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In memory of Sean Cahill

Created by Family Of Sean Cahill

Sean Cahill

Sean was a student at Wilkes University Pharmacy department when he came home at the Christmas break in 2001. His mother had passed away in 1999. I did not know he was depressed and we never talked about all this. Somehow, he started using drugs to calm himself down.
Sean was in college 3 1/2 years of a 6 year doctoral program. He told me he wanted to ride it out, but I think he really went out and used his sizable amount of money to purchase his drugs. He went to a New Year's Eve party in Allentown, PA, at his roommate's house. It was there at the estimated time of 3:30 A.M., that he ingested a lethal amount of heroin and was pronounced dead at the hospital on January 1st, 2002. It took me over 2-1/2 hours to get there, but it was too late. The family slept in and they were also too late for him.
I really miss him and his mother. I will always blame myself for not talking to him and telling him how much I loved him and that I was so proud of him. But, I know he knows that today. I place a carnation at the gravesite on two days every year. One on the anniversary of the day he was born, and the other on the day he died. I will continue to do that.
His life impacted many students at Wilkes University and he had many friends there. I wish I was in his life more. That is my real regret.

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Guest Book


1. Kara Deablo
It's not your fault, people make mistakes but in this case it was deadly :[ don't blame yourself.
2. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
John... your son knows. He knows how much you loved him. I know well, the guilt and pain. If he could take it all back, you know he would. I am so sorry. That both Sean and his mother have left an unbearable void in your life. Oh, how we go over every parental mistake, everything we should have or could have done. Peace John, peace to you. May you feel Sean's spirit in your open heart and his laughter in the wind. It is an unspeakable loss... our children.