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In memory of Mary Keefe

Created by Family Of Mary Keefe

Mary Keefe

My mother had 7 children; 5 boys and two girls. When we were younger she had a problem with drugs and pills. She would always get clean and then quickly relapse. Sadly, this happened throughout my whole life. She did do things in the best way she thought possible for us kids by giving some of us up for adoption to good homes and giving a couple of us to my grandmother (god rest her soul ). My mother had a hard life herself. When she was younger and started having children young and she just wasn't ready for all of it. I remember always crying for her and she was never there when I needed her the most, especially as a teen. Then, when I was 18, I heard that she was doing good. She had been clean for 8 years and was working in a rehab facility for a couple of years in Lynn, Ma. I had gotten set up to meet her again and I did. I was scared and overwhelmed at the same time; I hadn't seen my mother since I was 8years old. I didn't blame her at first and then with more visits came more of the blame. Then more of my siblings came around to meet her and she just went down hill from there. It started with drinking, then pills, then cocaine, and finally heroin that took her soul and then her life. I HATE YOU HEROIN! I knew her for a year before she died. She passed away 9 days after I gave birth to my daughter Elianna. Her death was awful. She had been dead all night long and had died in the bed with my little brother Conor. Half of her body was on top of him when my step father found her bleeding from the mouth and nose. My little brother has never been the same. I am so blessed that she had met my daughter and held her tight a couple of times. The day before my mother died she wanted me to hang out with her and I said no because she was high. I regret this everyday of my life. It is so hard to go to her grave. She wasn't the best mother at all, but I knew she loved me and she just had problems. I have been affected by this tragic loss and illness for so long. My best friend is also addicted to heroin and I pray everyday that he will get clean and that I don't have to see him in the ground as well. I don't think I would be able to go on if that happens to me.

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Guest Book


1. Stacey Melchin
I'm so sorry for your loss. My dad just passed away on June 9 from a heroin overdose. He was 53. I miss him more and more every day.
2. Melissa Delarosa
I am so sorry for you and at the same time I know how you feel. My mother died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 (she had been doing it for a year). I was only 21 and like you she had known my first child for one year before she died. I grew up with a mother addicted to alcohol and pills, but it was not until heroin that it went really insane. I feel your pain and you are not alone. Write me if you ever want to talk.
3. Elaine Davidsmama
Dear Erin, I'm so sorry for the pain & suffering you experienced at the loss of your mother. I know it must feel as if you lost her twice. I echo Angela's words. Your mother loved you and still loves you. Addiction is a disease that steals, kills & destroys. Your mama wanted better for you & wanted to protect you and your siblings. She could see even thru her addicted eyes that you were beatiful. She feels no more pain or shame from her disease. Thanks for sharing.
4. Angela Gwynn Mother Of Dallas Nguyen
Erin, your story is a hard one to tell. I am so sorry you had to live through this. But you be absolutely sure of one thing... your mother did love you. You know. Even through the brutality of her addiction. Life deals us terrible sometimes. Terrible. But guilt, it has no place in your heart. Let it go now, before it destroys you. Your mama blames you for nothing. Nothing. Love is eternal. It lives beyond the body, the addiction, the sadness. My peace and love to you and your family...