Why Grieving an Overdose Death Is So Hard

By Dr. Joseph Kirkpatrick

When you lose a loved one due to an overdose, there are a number of factors that can compound and intensify your grief, making it much more difficult to come to terms with the loss.  Society treats this loss differently than a death from any other cause.  There is often a belief that the one who died must have somehow been a bad person.  And for those of us left behind, that we too must have somehow been a bad parent, a bad spouse, a bad partner, a bad sibling, a bad friend, etc. or the person we love wouldn’t have died.  These beliefs are simply not true.

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