A Different kind of Obituary: Madelyn Linsenmeir, 1988-2018

I have published a number of humorous obituaries over the years. However, a newsletter reader sent an obituary to me today that isn’t humorous, but sad. Nonetheless, I will suggest that everyone, genealogists and non-genealogists alike, should read this one.

Yes, it is sad. It is also important in these times in which we live. Please forward it to anyone and everyone that you love and perhaps you are concerned about their lifestyles.

The obituary for 30-year-old Madelyn Linsenmeir may be found at: https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/madelyn-linsenmeir-1988-2018/Content?oid=21797604.


Yes, such a sad obit. And there are so many, many people with this disease. We definitely need to help them all we can—not condemn them.


Thanks for sharing this. The public needs to be aware of illnesses like this, and the toll it takes on families and society. More compassion and help are needed.


This was heartbreaking to read but I am glad that you shared it. And to all of pharmaceutical manufacturers out there – if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.


Wow. Honest. Well-written.


Thank you for sharing this! I lost a talented, charming, handsome nephew to addiction just short of his 21st birthday. His addiction started when his oral surgeon prescribed oxycontin after extracting wisdom teeth. His parents wrote a similar obit … hoping to educate people about addiction. Luke’s death was a terrible loss to the world, not just to his family.


What makes a person addicted to Oxy? I was prescribed it last year when I had a hip replacement. Knowing the dangers of it, I only took it for a week and then threw the rest away. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it other than pain relief and I handled that after I threw the rest away. Why did I not get addicted?


Some people can drink alcohol and never become alcoholics. It’s different for everyone. Thankfully, you did not become addicted to Oxy. I take hydrocodone for chronic pain. Sometimes, we need those things. I’m not addicted, and I hope I never will be.


So sad. A loss in many ways. Shows that sometimes love just isn’t enough. R.I.P.


Thank you for sharing. How very sad for everyone, especially her family. It’s important to be kind and empathetic to others, you never know what its like to live in their shoes.


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