Reghan Michelle Berry
1994 - 2017
BORN
1994
DIED
2017
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Reghan Michelle Berry

Greer, SC

Reghan was born on Sept, 13, 1994 at Greenville Memorial. She attended Riverside Middle and High School. Reghan leaves behind her loving mother Jennifer and step dad Brian, as well as her biological father Rick Berry. She also leaves behind Jacob and Abigail Woodward, James and Wesley Woodard and Richie Berry, as well as, her maternal grandmother Marguerite Cannon, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Let's continue to remember the Reghan we all knew and loved!

For many years she fought a heroic battle with addiction. She had been sober a little over two weeks but her disease still had a powerful hold on her. We wish she had recognized the beauty and strength that everyone else saw in her. It has been many long, hard,and agonizing battles for the last 4 years and she fought like a warrior every step of the way. Addiction, however, won the war. To the person who doesn't understand addiction, she is just another statistic that chose to make a bad decision; a very uneducated statement indeed, but none the less that is what they will say, along with some other hurtful statements. We don't care though, because for people who do understand, this is our baby, our oldest, our child, our daughter and my everything. She was a sister, a niece, a granddaughter, a friend, a cousin, a human being with an addiction. She turned to drugs to make her feel normal like everyone else. Heroin told her "I can make you feel accepted, I can make you feel alright, I can make you feel worthy, I can make you feel normal, I make you feel loved and I can make you feel nothing and make you feel like everything will be okay." What it didn't tell her was how it would devastate her family and tear it apart, take her job and leave her penniless, take her home and make her homeless. How it would take her sparkle and smile, how it would take her humor and how it would take and take and take until it took her life. We need to talk and educate the world about this epidemic. My prayers worked and my baby girl may not be here physically, but she is working miracles from Heaven. She could not make me more proud. I love you my Reghan girl. Shine down on all of us and keep working those miracles from Heaven. Reghan never judged a person in her life and opened up her heart to everyone.

A memorial service will be held at Mackey Mortuary, Greenville, SC on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Online guest registry at www.mackeymortuary.com



Published by The Greenville News on May 21, 2017.
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My sincere condolences in your time of hurt and pain! May God lighten the burden and bless you and your family during this troubled time. God bless you and your family. RIP REGHAN!
Richard Ralston
January 4, 2019
Continued prayers for you your parents and family and friends
~ Elizabeth
June 20, 2018
Continued thoughts and prayers....
Elizabeth
May 25, 2018
I truly miss you every second of the day. If I could just have one more hug.
May 21, 2018
Praying for you all of u!!!!
Teresa Sanders
April 29, 2018
Please know that others share your grief and continue to pray for your family as your broken hearts try to heal day by day. May the God of all comfort sustain each of you during your time of need.
Juanita
April 5, 2018
May Our Heavenly Father bless your efforts to assist others by sharing Reghan with the world.
My prayers are with the family and friends of Reghan and those that are struggling with an addiction.
March 30, 2018
So sorry to see this, what a beautiful daughter!
I am a grandma that has to go thru this with my grandson, it is horrible!
God Bless you !!!
GINNY MYERS
February 10, 2018
Elizabeth
December 25, 2017
My prayers for your family. I understand the problem of addiction. I am clean for 8 days and reading this has given me hope. Thank you for opening your broken hearts and sharing your daughters struggle against addiction. Yes it is a disease and so many people don't understand it can't happen to anyone. I pray for your families comfort . You're daughter is beautiful and I am so sorry for your loss.Jill
Jill Blackwell
October 15, 2017
While words fail to capture the pain of losing a beloved child, may you find comfort in knowing that your dear Reghan is safe in the memory of God. May he comfort you at this time of such great loss. We can't understand exactly how you feel, but God does and will keep comforting you.

Please continue to focus on those happy days when you were all together with Reghan with her sparkle, smile, and humor. Please continue to cherish the good memories you have and may they provide solace for you. May God's word comfort your crushed hearts.
Davis
September 13, 2017
Elizabeth
September 9, 2017
To the Dear Mother, Parents and Family of Reghan....I know this is a tremendous loss for you. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers....
Elizabeth
September 9, 2017
I was from the city attending riverside my parents moved out to sc greer at the time i met reghan through my close friend kay everyone i had classes with she was real sweet to me r.i.p i did not know she passed r.i.p in heaven hun
Shakiela Willis
July 6, 2017
May Gods hands touch you and your family. As a recovering addict, people who have never been through it doesn't know. I have fought this demon for over 10 years, I now have custody of my two grandchildren and life is good. I pray that this story touches others still struggling. Life is so beautiful.
Amanda Bennett
June 13, 2017
Thank you for your honesty. This is so powerful and hopefully it will be shared over and over again. If we can help one person from starting or dying from heroin, your words will be worth everything . So many hide the addiction in death of our loved ones. You have brought light in the death of your beautiful daughter. May she fly high and rest in peace.
Lynne Pittman
June 8, 2017
I was very touched a moved by your biography. It makes me so sad for you all that you have lost her. As a parent, I can't even imagine the pain of your loss. As a nurse, I can imagine and see it every day I work. I do see that drug addicts are people and often people who had good lives prior to the mistake of trying something new. I understand the lure of the promise that drugs make to make everything wrong, right again. It breaks my heart that drugs destroy good people's lives by tempting them in to making the wrong choice at a time when life is not going their way. You are not alone. My heart goes out to you all.

I read her obituary to my teenage son as well. I felt so moved by her story that I had to read it to him. He's a good kid now, but I know they all start out that way and one day, life gets hard and someone offers them what seems like a good way to deal with the harsh realities of life, and from that moment on their lives are changed forever. Her story started yet another discussion on how drugs and take so much from you and it all starts with one wrong decision.

I just wanted to tell you that you said so well the struggle and tragedy that drugs brings in to someone's life. I could think for hours and could not have said it better myself. I admire your courage to let the world know her struggle and not gloss over it like so many do. You have found a way to educate people and remind them that addicts are still people and that they are usually loved and missed.

I cannot express enough my condolences and my gratitude for you sharing the story of her life with us all. May God bless you with peace in your heart and the knowledge that you sharing her story has helped others to see addicts as people worthy of our time and respect, and maybe help save others from experiencing such a terrible loss.
Crystal
June 7, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know what it's like to lose a child to this horrible disease because I was in your shoes when I lost my son a little over a year ago. May God give you strength.
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Brooke L
June 7, 2017
I love you so much my beautiful Rea Rea! You were my best friend and everything. My world is silent now without your crazy laugh, weird noises and just being able to hear you say one last time, I love you more mom!
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As so many people have expressed, I, too, was so touched by Reghan's obituary. I did not know Reghan or any of her family and I usually do not read obituaries anyway. Somehow my eye fell upon it and was struck because Reghan was a beautiful girl and reminded me a bit of my granddaughter. Then I was shocked to see that Reghan was born the exact date and year as my granddaughter. My granddaughter also has had her struggles with substance abuse, including heroin. I appreciate so much that Reghan's mother shared her story.
Marcia H.
June 2, 2017
I'm so sorry for Reghan's pain and for your loss. I understand the pain that your family is experiencing and wish no one would ever feel this. Thank you for your courage in writing this.
K L
June 1, 2017
My prayers go out to you. I've personally had to deal with addiction and have had to bury more friends than anyone ever should, especially at my age(29)

The part "she took it to make her feel like evrything is going to be accepted and everything will be okay" is so 100% true. Most tragic of all is that Opiates tend to attract sensitive, caring, tortured human beings that feel inadequate, it tricks them that everything will be fine but sooner than later the bait and switch comes and the drug puts them in one of the worst hell imaginable. And by then it's too late, you're trapped and find yourself a slave to substance.

Rest in peace to all of the beautiful souls that have had their lives taken by this horrid addiction and all of the families and lives torn apart by it.
Dawson Mercsen
May 30, 2017
God bless your family . I know and understand your grief ,I have had my daughter in rehab a son that is dealing with it now. Have lost a lot of friends to it . Maybe people seeing your story will open a lot of eyes. So sorry for you loss
Gus Grinstead
May 28, 2017
I did not know this beautiful child but I know your grief. What a wonderful thing to come forward with her story. Somewhere, somehow, someone is better because of reading it. May God give you strength and comfort you and all the family.
-Pam
Pam White
May 28, 2017
Beautiful girl. Very well said. Prayers for the family.
May 27, 2017
As a grateful recovering addict and alcoholic I'm so glad you were able to share your daughters struggles to help others. You are exactly right people do need educating about this disease.You described addiction so well, meth was the biggest love of my life for 16 years, it is a miracle I'm not dead or in prison today. Thank God I hit my bottom and was able to ask for help. I'm so very sorry for your loss and I pray for your healing right now in Jesus name. God bless you.
Tracey Price
May 26, 2017
To Reghan's Mom and Dad
I do not know you therefore I do not judge you or your beautiful daughter; I am a mother and also have a daughter, this real life journey through hell you told oh so well. I'm so sorry for your loss but happy for all you've gained. I'm proud of both of you for being real and stating the truth about Reghans' illness. As I read it aloud I cried for her and you. I too hope your message reaches all of Gods children, young and old. Sending my love to you, her cherished and bold family. You will all hold her again, God opened the door and let her in. Brenda R. ❣ Fly high Reghan Louisiana
Brenda R
May 26, 2017
I don't you but I say I am sorry and may you sweet girl fly high and also. For your parents may God give them strength they need and I hope all who. Knew will try to understand the battle you had to fight may you be super in heaven and never forgotten here on earth
Helena Williams
May 26, 2017
I too lost my beautiful Erin 2 years ago. So, I know there's nothing that I can say or do or buy to make this better. I can however tell you that this morning your Reghan woke to feel the warm sun on her new and perfect face then opened her news eyes to Glory, and she is safe and happy. That's all that I know...
Ed Roberts
May 26, 2017
May 26, 2017
Dear Jennifer,
I am so thankful that you wrote so honestly in Reghan's obituary. I know she would be proud of you for sharing her story, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that her personal story has already changed lives. Just reading these messages from all over the United States shows what an impact a tragedy can have on so many people. I am so very sorry I did not get to see or talk with Reghan over the past several years. She was and will always be a special person in my heart and I will cherish those times she and I spent together when she was so much younger. By the way...did she ever tell you that when I first started driving, we were riding around town thinking we were oh so very cool, and I was pulled over for speeding? She said she could keep a secret because she liked to ride around with me. She felt "cool." That makes me laugh when I think about it. Don't worry, mama knew about it and it never happened again!! She grew up to be such a beautiful woman. I am so very proud to see what an impact she is making all the way from Heaven. RIP Rae Rae
Becky
May 26, 2017
I am so, so sorry. I can't imagine. My struggle has been with severe bipolar depression. I know what it has done to my life and my families. I can't imagine being the healthy one and fearing my child, husband, mother was going to die. I can not imagine the ongoing pain of watching my child struggle to fight anything this hard. It starts as a choice but it becomes a disease. These babies are precious to us all. And I am so tired of losing them. I know some win. Some get well and stay well. But no number of success stories lessens the tragedy of the lost. Nothing makes this okay. What do we do? Praying for you from NC
Melissa Adams
May 25, 2017
My sincere condolences. As a member of Nar anon and Alanon, I understand completely. Praying for you and family. I, too, lost several loved ones including my mom and husband. We are family. I feel your pain.
Geraldine Simmons
May 25, 2017
Such a beautiful young lady. I'm so sorry for the pain she lived with and the horrible loss the family is dealing with at this time. Your in my prayers.
Peggy Hill
May 25, 2017
I personally didn't know Reghan or her family but the message in her obituary speaks to so many. We lost our Grandson to Heroin addiction after coming our of rehab. We all need to get this message out to everyone. I pray God will bless this family as it has ours as they travel through their grief journey.
Sylvia Scott Robison
May 25, 2017
I personally didn't know her or the family but the message that is given in her obituary is enough to save someone else's life. I pray that her light will continue to shine and that someone somewhere will be able to be saved because they heard her story! God bless this family.

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:5
Keshia Neal
May 25, 2017
Elizabeth
May 25, 2017
God bless you and give you peace. And thank you for sharing your beautifully written testimony in order to bring awareness to this devastating epidemic of addiction.
Alice
May 25, 2017
am so sorry for your lost. May you find comfort in knowing that God is near to all those broken in spirit. He is near to you. 1Pete 5:6-7
Madelin
May 25, 2017
Stumbled upon this obituary by mistake. I was looking for another obituary. Noticed how beautiful Reghan's eyes were, and wondered who this person was that came up on Google's front page when doing a search. God must have meant for me to see her obituary. While I too struggle with addiction, alcohol in my case, I will celebrate 3 years sober this Saturday. I see so many young kids come into my AA meetings desperately seeking help. So sorry for your loss, maybe some young kid will stumble upon this obituary and find the strength they need to stay clean. Reghan may just help someone still. I am sure she would smile about that, because we are taught in our meetings to help people who struggle with addiction. My prayers go out to you.
Mike Maxson
May 25, 2017
I like quite a few else who have posted...know your pain. My son has battled addiction for over 17 years. It breaks my heart to see him struggle. It's also been a very lonely world as many people truly don't understand that this is a illness. The media has made it look like it's a choice, but I know my son never grew up want to be an addict. I pray for peace and serenity for you and your family and I know she will never walk alone again because she will be amongst so many children who have lost this fight..
Stacy V
May 25, 2017
Eileen Roberts
May 25, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss
Michelle Clay
May 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a child is the absolute worst pain ever. Reghan is well now. She is surrounded by angels and sits at the right hand of Jesus. I will keep Reghan and your family in my prayers. I
Sandi Mayfield
May 24, 2017
My condolences to you and your family. What a precious tribute you have given to a beautiful young lady. Hopefully someone, somewhere will read this and be saved from the ravages of addition. I regret that Reghan's life concluded this way, but no one knows her torment until they go through the same circumstances. She has left this painful world to find peace and comfort in the arms of Jesus. May God continually bless you, especially through this difficult time.
Faye Cannon
May 24, 2017
Nancy
May 24, 2017
I am a stranger to you but I am heartbroken for your loss.I know addiction is a disease that is so cruel. So very sorry and sending hugs.
nancy Nance
May 24, 2017
Sorry for your loss
Marie Dame
May 24, 2017
I don't know you buy my heart goes out to you and I will pray for you and your family. May God bring you peace and comfort.
Jan
May 24, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I, too, know the pain addiction causes a family. Your family is in my prayers.
Marie Morton
May 24, 2017
I'm very sorry for your loss. I recently lost a best friend due to a heroine overdose. These drugs are bad nowadays. I'm only 17 and I've been offered every street drug out there.
Kaliegh Miller
May 24, 2017
God bless your family.
Amanda Hamby
May 24, 2017
I didn't know Reghan personally but, I do know her struggle. I have a son who is just a little older than Reghan who is a heroin addict. He struggled for several years until he found himself in prison. I thank the powers that be for this as I know that he is safe and sound and has been heroin free for 6 mos. now. I am truly sorry for your loss and my heart is with you, your family and all families who are battling this demon.

Sincerely,
Robyn Schiefelbein
Mother of an addict
Robyn Schiefelbein
May 24, 2017
I don't know you but I lost a nephew to drugs and alcohol and my heart goes out to you.
Linda McKinney
May 24, 2017
Beautiful.May your daughter know our son.
Nikolas Stephen Fredrick1/31/91-10/29/13
Accidental Heroin Overdose
You are all in our prayers.
Patti and Greg Enloe
May 24, 2017
I do not know you personally but we are connected because of this horrible epidemic. I have a sister and brother on heroin and it has torn my family apart. I pray that God gives you and your family the strength to continue this fight. Thank you for sharing about your beautiful daughter. Love to you from Ohio.
Tina
May 24, 2017
I do not know you or your daughter but this memorial has touched my heat and soul!! May she rest in forever peace!! My heart goes out to you all affected by addiction it is a horrible disease that takes hold of your loved ones!!
Nicole Harshman
May 24, 2017
I am the mother of a heroin addict and your words brought tears to my eyes. Reghan is now soaring with the angels...she has found her peace and happiness that most addicts are searching for. Sending much love and prayers
Barbara S
May 24, 2017
This is truly heartbreaking....to the Dear Mother, Parents, Siblings and Family of Reghan, I never met your beautiful loved one and I am SO very saddened and heartbroken for you to read about her passing. The eulogy written for her was touching and very moving and you can tell that she was much loved. I would like to thank you for sharing her life story and I commend you for your honesty. Although, Reghan's story is tragic, I pray that just one person who reads this realizes drugs are not the answer to their hurt or troubles and hopefully they decide this is not the path they want to take. I take Solace with you in knowing your beautiful beloved daughter/sister/niece/loved one is NOW SAFE IN THE ARMS OF OUR LOVING SAVIOR...my heartfelt condolences to all who knew this beautiful young woman.
Elizabeth
May 24, 2017
Her suffering is done. Your sharing and her pain will go far in helping others. Thank you for enduring so much. You are not alone.
Mike
May 24, 2017
May she be the light that shows others the way to beat their addiction. God bless and keep her safe in your arms.
Marguerite Acosta
May 24, 2017
So very sorry!! Your precious, beautiful girl is now FREE from addiction and the chains that held her. Thank YOU for your honesty, your courage, your bravery and your willingness to educate others! I pray your daughter's life & experiences will positively change lives.
Donna C.
May 24, 2017
My heart aches for this family but I am so inspired by the mother who shared her daughter's story. I pray your girl continues to work miracles as you said. May this beautifully brave girls story touch every heart of the ones who read or hear of it.
Jerri Clarke
May 24, 2017
Your courage in sharing honestly about Reghan's struggle is beautiful. So many families go through this, and we keep it to ourselves and suffer alone. I myself am a recovering addict, and I'm going to carry her with me and enjoy life more fully in her honor. You may not know, but the surgeon general's report in 2016 was on addiction - that it is a disease and not at all a moral failing. He quoted that "more people suffer from substance use disorder in the United States than from all the types of cancer combined!" But still people judge and blame the addict instead of the disease. Addicts are deeply spiritual and beautiful souls....they feel things to an extreme - all things - and use to deal with the intensity of their emotions. I'm sorry I did not get a chance to know her, but her smile is contagious and precious. I hope that is the image you will have of her when you think of her!

(We are working to open a recovery school in Columbia. 90% of addiction starts in adolescence, and drugs are readily available in schools. A recovery school gives teenagers a safe place to find peers who are also working against the struggle of addiction so that they may be successful in both recovery and in education. If it would help you work through the loss of Reghan, you could share your experience and help us shape the school and ways to help others like her and their families. (HOPEAcademy.online) Know that we will hold her in our hearts as we help others overcome addiction!)

Thank you for being courageous as we work to change the stigma of addiction! My love to you and all those who miss her....
Robbin Jones
May 24, 2017
So very sorry for your loss and pain.
May 24, 2017
Your story is heartbreaking. I am the mother of a heroin addict. He (we) has been battling his addiction for four years. I commend you for bringing this war on our youth to the forefront. It is an epidemic. Your precious daughter is in peace now. I pray for your healing as you go through the journey of grief. May God bless you and your family.
Beth Bailey
May 24, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful; it waits patiently for everyone who has a substance abuse problem. It is a disease not a character defect. Thank you for being strong enough to share all of this.
Reghan is beautiful....and I know your heart aches but thank you for sharing all of this.
Susan Brown
May 24, 2017
What a beautiful young lady, what a strong family. What a tragic loss, I hope her friends that use and others that don't Know her who use read this obit and understand that they too are special and loved and the outcome of addiction is tragic for all involved.
May 24, 2017
This link was shared by a friend of mine. I'm so sorry for your Loss & Thank You for sharing your story ~ So that it might help another!

God Bless You & Your Family!...

Sending Angels of Love, Comfort & Peace!
Cindy Casper
May 23, 2017
Just a very sad thing that addiction will do to a family... You are an amazing mom
Stacey Reed
May 23, 2017
Sorry for your loss. God give you strength to carry on in the days and weeks that lay ahead. God give you comfort in knowing she is at peace with her savior and no longer battling the demons addiction. I pray that this world could be rid of all these evil drugs so no one has to go through this. RIP Reghan.
Lisa Turner
May 23, 2017
Prayers to the family and may she now rest in peace.
May 23, 2017
I pray the Lord surrounds you with peace. Your story is a powerful testimony. The Lord has a plan!
May 23, 2017
God bless you and your family for sharing your beautiful daughter's story. I understand your pain as my son lost his battle with heroin on 4/27/17. Like you, we shared his story. From one grieving mother to another, you will see how many people you touch from near and far by sharing her story and while I know you'd give anything to have her with you, your courage to share will help other families. God Bless you Mom. You're a warrior too. ❤
Michelle Benson
May 23, 2017
Dear Reghan's Mom,
I don't know you or your daughter but a friend of mine on facebook shared Reghans' obituary so I decided to read it. And I'm so glad I did. You are so brave to share her story. It was the most beautiful and well written obituary I have ever read. From one mother to another I wanted to tell you, well done. I pray that God continues to give you strength everyday.
Beth Shirk
May 23, 2017
You will be forever missed by many...
Jami Brothers
May 23, 2017
Well said, Jennifer. I am sorry for your loss.
May 23, 2017
Please accept my sincere condolences. I just read your beautiful daughter's obituary, so eloquently written from the heart of a grieving parent. I too, lost my daughter to the horrible, unimaginable monster of addiction. Your family are in my prayers!
sharon garner
May 23, 2017
Praying for your family and all who suffer addiction. May God give you comfort during this most difficult time.
Cathy B
May 23, 2017
This is SO Very brave! Reghan is such a beautiful young woman, and it is so tragic that heroin stole her from you and our world. I applaud your candor and frankness, and pray that others will benefit from your strength in your sorrow. Prayers with you and your family.
Margaret
May 23, 2017
I am so sorry about the death of your daughter. I feel your pain I lost a son who was an addict but he died of a heart attack.. I do not know you but I am asking God to comfort you and give you peace.
Martha Kidd
May 23, 2017
Prayers ❤
May 23, 2017
Bless you all..We are losing so many loved ones to addiction..
Beth Newberg
May 23, 2017
I'm so sorry for your loss and the long road of suffering that you all traveled until it's tragic end. I thank you for sharing this painful truth because it is a horrible disease that doesn't have to end in losses like you and your daughter suffered. If her beautiful life and story touches even one addict then her passing will be a legacy of a true warrior who gave her all so that others might live. Bless you and your family and my sincere hopes that you find memories to bring you smiles and comfort are with you today and always.
Sue Wilkinson
May 23, 2017
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