One mother’s heart-warming eulogy is going viral after her 23-year-old daughter died of a heroin overdose.
With stark honesty, Kathleen Errico spoke about her daughter’s struggle with addiction and accidental overdose.
Kelsey Grace Endicott died April 2, according to her obituary.
The eulogy Errico delivered at the funeral recalled her daughter’s “sparkling diamond eyes” and “witty dry humor.”
“It is easy to see why anyone who met Kelsey instantly fell in love. She was an old soul for such a young woman and a complete throwback which made you love her even more,” the mourning mother said.
In a eulogy she later posted to Facebook, by popular request, Endicott detailed her daughter’s struggles.
Her reality was that with those sparkling eyes, she never saw what the rest of us saw. She looked in her own distorted mirror,” she wrote, detailing Endicott’s doubts and self-esteem problems.
“Her addiction told her she wasn’t worthy or deserving. She turned to drugs to make her feel normal like everyone else.
Kelsey Grace Endicott, 23, died of an accidental heroin overdose. Now, her eulogy is going viral.
“Heroin told her I can make you feel accepted, I can make you feel alright, I can make you feel worthy.
“What it didn’t tell her was how it would devastate her family and tear it apart, how it would take her job and leave her penniless, how it would steal her son from her arms, how it would take her home, how it would take her sparkle, how it would take her smile, how it would take her humor and how it would take and take and take until it took her life.”
The Haverhill woman had been in and out of rehabs for nearly two years by the time she died.
“Kelsey had just 10 months shy of sobriety and was due to move home in two months but God had other plans. He saw her constant struggle and decided to finally let her find peace,” her mother said.
“When Kelsey’s obituary was written my intention for it was to tell the truth in the hopes that maybe it could help even just one other person. Little did I know how it would implode. There were complete strangers that came to her wake because they were in our shoes and just wanted to reach out.”
She said that she hoped to spread awarness and educate people about the heroin epidemic — and described her daughter’s death as a win for addiction awareness.
“My baby girl may not be here physically but she is working miracles from Heaven and as her mother I couldn’t be more proud.”