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CASEY MARIE
Casey Marie Schwartzmier, age 20, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017, of an accidental heroin overdose after a long brave battle with addiction. She is survived by her parents, Richard and Michelle (Waldorf) Schwartzmier, her brother Eric Schwartzmier, grandparents Mary (Planic) and the late Richard F. Schwartzmier, Jerome B. Waldorf, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Casey never wanted to be defined only by her addiction and mistakes, she was so much more than that. She made it clear if she was to ever pass as a result of it she wanted people to know the truth with the hope that honesty about her death could help break the stigma about addicts, and get people talking about the problem of addiction that is taking away so many young lives. Casey was a beautiful, intelligent child of the suburbs who fell into its grip. It can happen to anyone. She was feisty and outspoken but would do anything for anyone and always lit up the room with her smile and sense of humor even while struggling with her demons. She loved her family deeply, wanted to adopt every animal she saw, and play with every child she came across. Casey believed strongly in second chances, maybe because she craved another chance for herself and other addicts, so she donated her life saving organs to give someone else a second chance at life. That was Casey… this amazing woman should be remembered for this and not her mistakes. Casey believed that hiding her cause of death would help no one, but if her story could help just one addict push even harder for another day of sobriety, encourage an active user to choose recovery, or shine a light on this horrible epidemic, then it would be worth coming out of the shadows. She was very open about her struggles and now is not the time to change that. This strong attitude with a fierce drive and loving beautiful heart that wanted to help other addicts even in death is one of the many things that she can be defined by, not her addiction. Casey wanted to live. She had dreams of a future career, children of her own, and fought hard all the way until the end, one day away from entering rehab, but couldn't break the chains of this demon that's wiping out a generation. Addiction doesn't discriminate, it will take hold and destroy anyone in its path including the families and people who love them. Addiction hides in the faces of everyday people all around us. Casey isn't just another statistic or just "another one gone too soon", she was a great heart with a bright future and a gift that the world lost and can never be replaced. So the best way to honor Casey is for people who read this or knew her to think twice before you judge an addict. Friends received on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the LAWRENCE T. MILLER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 460 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Incarnation of the Lord Church on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Nicholas Cemetery, Reserve Township.
www.ltmillerfuneralhome.com



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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2017.
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532 entries
February 11, 2020
I lost my son to addiction September 10, 2017 I can't get passed it. God bless
Robin Bireley
January 13, 2020
Beautiful Casey, on the 3rd anniversary of your death, your story continues to move people. I pray not only for an end to the stigma of addiction but an and to addiction altogether. Rest Peacefully. ❤
Karrie Knight
March 13, 2019
What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful girl. I, too, lost my handsome smart son to addiction when he was 46 to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, crystal meth, .
percocets. He was the love of my life, having him when I was only 20. I went through the ups and downs of having an addict for a child, and then getting the call from a police officer on November 7, 2012. To think I will never see him again, hug him again, hear his voice say, "HI Mom", again is at times unbearable. I send my prayers to the family of your beautiful daughter and any and all other families or people struggling with the disease of addiction. Nancy Bacon
Nancy Trense
January 20, 2019
Another beautiful gift sent to Heaven....
Brenda Perez-Piris
January 19, 2019
Hi....I just wanted to say that I'm very sorry for your loss.. I can feel your pain even though I've never met your daughter simply because I too have recently lost my 20 year old daughter in the same manner.... I pray that you are able to survive this tragedy. Who knows...Maybe Casey and Alysa are dancing in Heaven!!! Brenda
Brenda Perez-Piris
January 12, 2019
My condolences to you and your beautiful daughter. I lost my son to an accidental overdose in May of 2017. Thank you for sharing your story, I always question what I could have or should have done.
S. Boyd
November 24, 2018
Sorry ,my daughter also relapsed ,left rehab out on streets ,whereabouts unknown we are raising our grandson ,very difficult,trying to find her in,Time,she lost custody, sorry for your loss ,our daughter also pretty white girl,we ask why everyday,God bless,,
DOROTHY
September 5, 2018
I've posted here before, but I recieve notifications with each new entry in Casey's memory book.
I love to see the messages of hope and positivity that people leave for your family. In reading these messages it is clear that Casey's death is not in vain. It has created a dialogue for many, It has given people a voice and the courage to fight another day or to set their pride aside and ask for help. Thank you again for your honesty and for sharing Casey's life story with us.
K
September 4, 2018
As the mother of two children who struggle with addiction, and a facilitator of a support group for people with loved ones suffering with this vicious disease, I thank you with my whole heart for your extraordinary honesty and your selflessness in your time of grief!
God bless your precious daughter and may time and positive energy from those you have touched bring you some measure of comfort.
August 31, 2018
so very sorry on the loss of your beautiful daughter. God bless her and grant her eternal rest.
theresa bonkoski
August 31, 2018
`I am so sorry for your loss. I am a drug/alcohol therapist and trainer, meaning I teach other d/a therapist, probation/parole officers, teachers, etc. It would be my pleasure and honor if I could use your "Honest Obit." in my counseling and trainings. So I am asking for permission to do so. If would help spread the devastation of addiction.

Thank you,

Bruce Schaffer

brutrain@comcast.net
July 14, 2018
I read about Caseys death when it happened, so Im sorry this is late. I am also a struggling addict and I live in the same community as you and your family. I grew up with a fantastic family in this nice neighborhood and still developed a heroin addiction. Im so sorry for your loss and I love what you and your daughter did to show this and other communities like ours that this can happen to ANYONE and ANYWHERE. We have to stop the stigma. Please continue your work. We need more people like you in this community.
S
April 19, 2018
I know this is very late but i am so sorry. I too lost someone i loved more than nything else in this world i was married for 13 years went to prison and my husband overdosed on herion only 22 days to my release. I ever even got to say my goodbyes i had to ship his body back home to his mom to be buried. I still cry so hard at the thought of what our 4 children will never know.
Samantha Young
March 29, 2018
Sorry for your loss. The compassion of God in Heaven is near to those that grieve to uplift their spirits. May you be comforted by fond memories and prayers of family and friends.
March 24, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss and I totally get it I myself am struggling with oxycodone addiction, please pray for me
Victoria Na
March 12, 2018
I didn't know Casey personally, but my mother worked with Michelle. She seemed like such a loving girl who will forever be missed. My thoughts and prayers are still with you, but just know that she is in a better place and she is stronger than ever.
March 7, 2018
With tears streaming down my face, I am reading Casey's obituary. I just lost my 19 year old niece Rachel, to an accidental overdose. I am broken, her parents, cousins, aunts and uncles, friends, we are so broken. My heart goes out to Casey's family. In the grips of addiction, a beautiful young woman has been robbed of her life. Please accept my condolences at the passing of your precious daughter. May she never be forgotten and may her life and death help others who are suffering from this dreadful addiction.

Sincerely,
Josephine Ovalle
Josephine Ovalle
January 26, 2018
I still have Casey's obit hanging in my office (I work at a rehab center), and what you wrote was so impressive and beautiful that even though I don't know your family at all, I do understand your pain, and trust that you continue to work to find peace. Your daughter's memory and struggle will stay with me always, and will remind me that this horrible disease never discriminates. God's blessings to all of you.
Kris
January 24, 2018
So so sorry for your loss. And you are faithful, loving parents for this heartfelt and honest obituary. My deepest sympathy. I am a long distance runner and my daily runs sometimes include a trip through the Mt. Troy cemetery which is the resting place of your daughter. In the snow today I happened to see a statue toppled over near a headstone and stopping to put it upright I found myself at Casey's place. I said a prayer for her was touched enough to memorize her name and come back to my computer to write this. Every time I run this route I will pass her and say a prayer for you and for her. God Bless you and Casey.
Larry Z
October 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss. Casey was a beautiful girl.
Lisa Robinson
September 22, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss and I know you sharing her story will help alot of people. Sending love and prayers.
Anna Ivey
September 22, 2017
I did not know Casey but I am so sorry for the loss of your child. This obituary could have been my granddaughter, Amanda's. So passed away August 7th, 2017 of a heroin overdose also. They even favored each other in looks. My Amanda was 25 years old and graduated from college with honors. I so admire you and your dear daughter for the strength and honesty you have displayed. I will pray for comfort for you and your family. I ask for the same. Amanda was more of a daughter to me. I find it hard to go on some days but for her I will do it.
Bonnie Louallen
September 19, 2017
Your truth" from your daughters lips" may help save so many. Thank you so much for being so brave to share what is so private and personal.
Alison Woods Baker
September 16, 2017
Thank you for sharing Casey's story. It was a beautiful tribute to a lovely young woman who left the world too soon. Our daughter is a heroin addict who has struggled for years and we have lived in fear of losing her. It's painful to see her treated poorly because of her addiction. Anyway, I'm very sorry for your loss and hope that you can have some comfort from knowing that her story has touched the hearts of many.
Cheryl Redick
September 14, 2017
Thank u so much do sharing the truth about ur daughter's struggles that ultimately took her life. Far too often, people want to keep the "why or how" a secret because it is such a taboo topic like suicide. I'm sorry for ur loss but I see that thru ur strength and honesty, u have inspired and touched so many lives! Probably more than u will ever truly know because there will still be people who live these same struggles but keep quiet to the world about it.. I know that this obituary has most likely saved many lives! I've known many people who have been in this struggle and I've lost many friends to overdose over there course of many years! God bless ur family!
Ann Smith
September 13, 2017
Dawn Beals
September 13, 2017
Casey was a beautiful soul, inside and out.
My heart is heavy as I read her tribute. I can imagine the pain you her mom are enduring. My son is also in the grips of addiction. I feel your pain in my heart!
As you approach the anniversary of Casey's death I hope that your volunteering to share her story and to help others such as myself has rewarded you with a measure of comfort! Although I know nothing will ever truly eliminate the sting of death.

My hope that helps me most is the promise in the Lords Prayer, that soon "let your kingdom come, let your will (that we live forever in peace with our loved ones where addiction is never to be heard of again) be done, ON Earth as it is in Heaven." At that time I hope to meet Casey it will be remarkable and Jesus assured us of this truth! So hold on to it tight!! Thank you again for sharing your story with us all!
Jill H
September 1, 2017
Safe in the Arms of Our Loving Savior
Someone who cares
August 28, 2017
Wow that was absolutely amazing
Justine Makovec
August 24, 2017
God bless you mom and casey. Thank younfor helping others underatand.
August 24, 2017
Sending your family all the love and strength! Thank you for sharing your daughter's story, it is SO important! I too have fought addiction in my life & from the outside no one knew. Addiction affects so so many people and the more awareness, the more hope.
Kristin Graf
August 23, 2017
Dear Schwartzmier Family,
Thank you for honoring your daughter. I can only imagine the pain your heart was in as you wrote it. I did not know Casey but am thankful for her testimony of love for others. I pray for the ones that will be touched my her words and the lives that may be changed. I am truly sorry for your loss. I pray that you can feel the love and prayers of people you don't even know, today and always.

Robin McDaniel
Martinsville, IN
August 23, 2017
God bless you for sharing CCasey's story. My own has been clean for almost 8 months and we are fighting with her every day. My condolences on the loss of a beautiful soul.
Joyce Noel
August 23, 2017
RIP and surely we are spreading your message, of Love. Comfort for the Family.~A mom , whom loss her daughter.~Miami , Florida.
Cecilia Perez
August 11, 2017
Casey and Family,

I have never met you but came across your name through my work at The Pittsburgh Foundation. What a beautiful obituary of an amazing young woman. Addiction is a dreadful thing but doesn't take away from the beautiful person that you are. My condolences to the entire family.
-Lindsay Aroesty
May 7, 2017
Casey I wish we could have met you. You seemed like such a loving, kind person who would have really helped others. Your spirit will live on in your friends and loved ones. Your story will inspire others to change their lives and hopefully want people to stay off drugs and live clean lives. We will always remember you and the way you have such a good heart. You're an angel now. And your spirit lives on.
Kristen Amman
April 28, 2017
God bless you, a true tragedy. I can see she was a lovely young woman.
Nancy
April 28, 2017
You are brave and strong to share your story. May
God hold you and your daughter in His comforting embrace. Peace
David
April 27, 2017
It is always tragic to lose a child no matter the cause of death. Life can never be the same . However, by sharing Casey's story, you will help others who share this tragedy.. I lost my daughter Leah to a drug overdose 3 1/2 years ago. I miss her so much every day. I know I will see her again, but that does not make today easier. God bless you.
Ray
April 26, 2017
Angela
April 25, 2017
What a beautiful young woman.
My heart knows your pain. Your courageous and loving words have truly touched me. I lost my son two years ago to an accidental prescription drug overdose. I pledge to work in some way to educate and find ways help stop this addiction madness!
Sending prayers.
Beverly York
April 25, 2017
So very sorry for your loss, I feel your pain as I lost my two beautiful nieces to this horrific disease. May God give you the strength to get through this very difficult and heartbreaking time.
Linda Beveridge
April 25, 2017
"When you believe beyond what your eye can see....Signs from Heaven show up to remind you Love never dies." This was given to me and it refers to Red Cardinals showing up in your yard are a sign from a loved one who has passed. May God comfort you in this time of loss.Thank you for sharing your daughters story!
Maggea
April 24, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. Such a horrible desease. Beautiful girl.
April 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. What a brave and beautiful young woman.
Sandy W
April 24, 2017
I read the article in the Post Gazette and am truly sorry for the loss of Casey. The obituary was a beautiful tribute the a life of a daughter gone too soon and why. I often read obituaries in our local newspaper and when a young person dies and there is no cause I wonder if it wasn't addiction. Friends of mine lost their son to addiction last year and were not shy about stating the cause either. Perhaps it is time we share this cause as we do when a person has cancer. Addiction is more common than we realize and hiding it will not help.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Casey's family and to other families dealing with addiction.
Jacque Orzechowski
April 24, 2017
I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. I can't imagine having to deal with the loss of a child. I am the mother of a recovering heroin addict. I worry every day that your reality will become mine. As difficult as it must be for you to understand why Casey was taken from you so soon, her passing did happen for a reason. If her story saves just one life she has made a difference in the world. God bless you and your family.
Nicole C
April 23, 2017
Casey was beautiful, inside and out, and so are you, Michelle. You are very brave to do what you are doing and you will help save lives. I'm so sorry you have to do this.
Mary Beerman
April 23, 2017
How brave of Casey and how brave of her family. May her memory serve as a blessing.
Rena Becker
April 23, 2017
I read the article in the Post Gazette this morning and had to look up Casey's obituary. What a wonderful tribute to someone who was struggling, yet wanted to make a difference. I think she has and will continue to do so. My sincere condolences to Casey's family and anyone who is affected by addiction. - Arlene Fath
April 19, 2017
My sister, Libby, sent me the Washington Post article by Ms. Larimer. Thank you for sharing Casey's story. I, too, am very sorry for your loss. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your family's way.
J G
April 7, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. When I read this, it touched my heart. Thank you for sharing your daughters story. I hope you find peace. ((Hugs))
Shannon Hummel
February 14, 2017
Praying for your continued peace and sending love to your family.
Karrie Knight
February 13, 2017
I can't pretend to understand Casey's struggle but I am thankful to be able to have read her story and hope that it will help someone else. Your daughter was a strong, brave, and selfless individual who is no doubt changing lives even now. May her memory be forever for a blessing; I am so very sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you and your family.
Ashley Croft
February 12, 2017
I'm so very sorry about Casey's passing. She sounds like she was a wonderful young woman. I didn't know Casey but unfortunately know her story all to well. I correct every time I hear someone putting down a person with addiction. People have to realize that drug addiction isn't prejudice, it doesn't care about religion or wealth...people need to realize that someday it may be their child.

Prayers and love to you all. God bless Casey for be brave and unselfish.
Robin Del Vecchio
February 6, 2017
I dont know your family but that was beautiful. You were very lucky to have a daughter like her and she was lucky to have a mom like you. RIP sweet girl.
Shanna Champnoise
February 5, 2017
Thank you. I am a Chaplain in the Yakima County jail in Washington state. I have seen the ravages that drugs have on the women we see come in and out of jail. Your Casey had hopes and dreams for a better life. I hear that from our ladies as well. They want to restore relationships with family and especially their children. They want to live out Gods purpose for their life. The grip of drugs is very real and for most it is an every day battle. But I want to encourage you that we also have many women who do make it and experience the life God has for them.
Thank you for the courage it took for your daughter to allow it to be written and for you her Mom to write it. May God bless you and heal your aching heart. I will be sharing your daughters story with the women in our Faith Unit.
Kristy Bailey
February 3, 2017
I have written before, the number of response entries are amazing! Casey has obviously touched many many lives from near & far.
My son is in recovery~8 mo. sober (after multiple failed attempts)in a wonderful facility out of state (key) If anyone needs info, I would be more than happy to share:
leeann1226@gmail.com
P.S. I think it would be meaningful to make a book of all the entries, (without personal names of course) in Casey's honor, just a thought!
February 3, 2017
My heart hurts for you. I admire your courage in sharing Casey's truth. God bless you all.
m kane
February 2, 2017
I never had the pleasure of meeting Casey, I just read her story on Facebook. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you taking the time to let others know about her and her struggles. Unfortunately where In located there aren't alot of help for addicts and what help there is has huge waiting lists. Addiction can happen to anyone, now says people are so quick to judge and call addicts trash and belittle them. It's truely comforting to know there are some people who understand. Im sorry for your loss. She truely sounded like a wonderful girl, and her story touched my life. I will continue my efforts to find recovery.thank you for sharing her story with the world.
Rachael McKeown
February 2, 2017
Thank you for speaking your daughter's truth with courage and love. I am an advocate for those with the disease of addiction, and am constantly fighting the stigma and shame cloud they live under. My deepest, and sincerest condolences at the loss of this beautiful child.

Laura Fry
www.live4lali.org
Laura Fry
February 2, 2017
This is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read! My 1 year clean will be February 15th and these words remind me what I'm fighting for every day. May God bring peace to the hearts of her family and may she RIP
Nikki
February 2, 2017
Sadly, way too many of us have been affected by this epidemic within our own family. It is rare however that someone has the courage and honesty to come forward and publicly tell Casey's story. Thank you for doing that Michelle.

I really cannot image your pain but I can affirm the good that you just did for the world.

Wishing you and your family peace and some sort of healing in the days ahead.
Robert Mohr
February 1, 2017
I have struggled with an addiction similar to Casey's. I'm very sorry for your loss, but your message gave me the chills. I have somehow managed to be 16 months clean, and reading this message gives me the focus to continue the path that I am on. It inspires me to give back to other addicts and to help people in need. I am blessed to be able to write this message, and what you wrote touched my heart.

I will never forget where I use to be and this was a good reminder of everything at stake. It made me think of how easily I could have had this happen to all of my loved ones.

Thank you so much for writing this, it truly is giving me the focus I need to continue on my path. Thank you, Casey did not die in vain. May she rest in peace.
February 1, 2017
God bless you for helping your daughter to use her pain to help others. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand.
Mom From Canada
February 1, 2017
She won't be forgotten..you will remember her in good time..
A Kuszmar
February 1, 2017
ROBERT MOHR
February 1, 2017
So very sorry for your loss, I lost My Son on Mothers day 2014.
Amy B
February 1, 2017
A flower from my grandson to you in heaven
Hellen Canavan
February 1, 2017
What a terrible loss, but god bless you for writing her story. She has found peace she craved. Hugs and Prayers
betty trout
February 1, 2017
R.I.P.Casey M. Scharttzmier, pic. of my grandson "For you"
Hellen Canavan
February 1, 2017
My beautiful boy Jordan
Im so very sorry for your loss. I lost my son Jordan William Howell two weeks ago to an opiod overdose. My heart is broken for you, your family and your friends. The pain is indescribable I miss him every second. May God bless you all.
Robert Howell
February 1, 2017
Michelle, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. You raised and strong and brave woman and her words, expressed through you, will be a legacy for those who knew her and for those (like myself) who did not. Your words were raw and real and I am inspired to have hope and spread awareness and beat this epidemic that is indiscriminately taking hold of our communities and nations.

Sending love and light to you and yours, tonight I will look toward the sky and send the same to your daughter. Rest easy beautiful Casey.

hugs
Heather
(a Mom just like you from British Columbia, Canada)
February 1, 2017
I am really sorry with your loss of such a beautiful daughter.

I give a lot of credit for what you did, because most parents would hide the truth, by you doing this you are helping to save even one life its worth it!!!

May God be with you
February 1, 2017
Thank you for your honesty and courage. It WILL help others find the strength to also talk about and confront this horrific epidemic.
Katherine Nakamura
February 1, 2017
IM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT UR LOVE ONE SHE SEEM TO HAVE A VERY KIND HEART. THANK U SO MUCH FOR SHARING UR STORY. I LOST MY BROTHER TWO WEEKS AGO OVER HEROIN.
YESSI MARTINEZ
February 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Your daughter is beautiful and she, nor her family, deserved to suffer with this awful disease. I know so many parents going through the same pain of losing one so young. God bless Casey and her survivors. She is no longer in pain of addiction. May you find solace in this truth and in the memories of your beautiful Casey.
Eileen Midili
February 1, 2017
Thank you for sharing and having the strength to use such honest, yet unimaginable words to describe someone who obviously means so much to you. I wish you peace and love through the tragic loss of your loved one.
Abbe Hughes
February 1, 2017
Thank you for sharing Casey's story. She was a very beautiful and caring young woman.
My deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends.
Kelly
February 1, 2017
God bless you and your family. Stay strong and continue to spread her message. It will make a difference!
Tina
February 1, 2017
Thank you for sharing her struggles with addiction. Being the mother of a teenaged daughter, I worry about the possibility of drug addiction every single day because there's just so much of it out there now. May your daughter rest in peace. Her obituary has truly touched my heart.
Cathy Kiley
February 1, 2017
May Creator's love wrap you tightly with the warmth of healing. Miigwech (Thank-You) for sharing a glimpse of your daughter's life story/journey. Miigwech to your daughter for sharing her true spirit, her gifts, her teachings. May her sunshine within brighten her way into Creator's love. I pray that her story guides many to continue their balanced life journey and guides many to choose a balanced life journey; taking care of their mind, body, emotions and spirit.
Yolande Nashkawa
February 1, 2017
So very sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing her story
February 1, 2017
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your family is in my thoughts.
February 1, 2017
Thank you Casey for allowing your mom to share this with the world. I see it everyday in the small community that I live in and wish I alone could help change these people. Addiction is incredibly deeming and people choose to ignore to rather then face it. People who struggle want the help even if they can not show it. Fight for your loved ones lives cause no one else will.
Rest in peace Casey and I hope someone read what your mom wrote and it changed even one life.
February 1, 2017
I'm sad there was another young lost their life due to street drugs. Street drugs are powerful and take control over your life. Please don't take it not even once. Tell them how much you love them everyday. I'm sorry for the loss of your beautiful daughter. May she live in peace.
A Kuszmar
February 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Your daughter was beautiful and I am sure loved her family. I had a sister I lost to heroin addiction. She has been gone many years but when I see another life taken to soon it was just like yesterday all over. Thank you for sharing your daughters story.
Sue Goodfellow
February 1, 2017
My condolences to your family..I was just looking up local newspaper here in small town called Farmersville,CA. This story touched my Heart and also helps me out. I'm also struggling my self as an addict but a different type of drug. I have done an outpatient drug program twice but end up falling back into the ugly and evil hands of addiction. I hate it and I'm sure I speak on behalf of a lot of other addicts out there,"we hate it but its very hard for some of us to break the habit. We want to so we fight and struggle with the demons and temptations and our triggers that surround us every day of our lives. Its very hard for us addicts but only we understand what we are going through. I hope this helps a lot of us "addicts" that struggle everyday to "just for today" I will not use. I'm sorry that it had to take a precious beautiful young girl to have this conversation, so lets shed some light on this daily struggle that us addicts have so we could get help or open someones eyes to come forward and help an addict out. Just talking to an addict or even listening to an addict or helping an addict out to find resources so they could get help, helps out a lot. That extending hand will and does go along way. May GOD BLESS everyone and my respects to this young lady and to her family,thank you for letting me share my opinion.
Mr. Campos
February 1, 2017
I am so sorry for your families loss. Casey sounds like she was a wonderful girl. This is very brave of her and you to acknowledge the cause of her death I have experienced addiction with my son. When our children are young we can never imagine that addiction will happen to them. God bless and prayers
M W
January 31, 2017
First of all my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I am an ex-herion addict I actually started using herion at the age of 49 which shows you that it does not discriminate age race or religion. I kept it a secret from my wife of 36 years and my two beautiful daughters. I am Sberbank now and have been for several years thanks to the help I received from my family rehab and God ( I am not a religious person, yet there is a greater power then ourselves ) . Now at the age of 56 I have returned to school to become a counselor in drug addiction. I believe this is my destiny to try and save another life from this horrible life- sucking disease. I was lucky to be given a second chance at life. Your daughters tragedy will not be forgotten. I all can say is just remember her for who she truly was and not for what this disease took away from her and your family. My prayers are with you
Kent Smith
January 31, 2017
Casey, you have now opened the door, to the hearts that have been hurting, all over the world, Casey, you are not alone nor your family, as they say, When we have gone through it, do we understand. I know you are with Jesus, and you will be our "voice" Our "Angel". I pray your family will make a website and help others. Prayers to all of you.
marie franco
January 31, 2017
Casey's obituary was beautiful. Her family is in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all and may Casey rest in peace.
B. Stockman
January 31, 2017
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Casey sounds like a beautiful young woman with spirit and a kind heart. And how fortunate she was to have such a loving family.
M
January 31, 2017
Thank you for sharing your daughter's story. My brother struggled with drug abuse for nearly a decade. He has been clean for a few years now, but as you know, the disease could rear its head at any point. He continued to be my funny brother with a big heart, even in the deepest, darkest moments of his struggle. Bless you and your family and I hope you find the strength to move forward in your lives.
Angela Pennock
January 29, 2017
Im so sorry for your loss. May Casey's soul and family find peace
Jenn B
January 29, 2017
My heartfelt condolences to Casey's family. thank you for sharing her story.
sending you love
crystal
January 29, 2017
Your honesty and Casey's story have made a difference to me in my struggle. You and your daughter are my reason for staying clean and sober for today. Thank you and God bless you, Casey and the rest of your family!!
Sara
January 29, 2017
As a former addict myself, I admire your bravery in sharing your beautiful daughter with the world. I truly thank you. She is with you always.
ann w
January 28, 2017
I was a friend of the person whose obituary inspired Casey to ask for her story to be told. Casey, you are a good person, who suffered from a disease we haven't cured. But we will. Your goodwill will be your legacy.
Eddie T
January 28, 2017
Thank you for being so brave and letting the world know about how Casey passed away. I don't think I've ever read an obituary that told how the person died from an overdose or a suicide. I think the way you wrote about her is going to help someone, anyone out there get help. Please know I am praying tonight for your family. God Bless you for your honesty and thank you for honoring your daughter's request.
Sylvia Carlson
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