Our eldest daughter Kathrine died from an accidental opioid overdose on August 7th, 2015, exactly three months to the day before what should have been her twentieth birthday.
At eighteen years old, Kat, as she was then known, realized that she wasn’t just partying hard, but she was drinking to black out. Bad things happened to her when she was drunk of which she had no memory of. She was scared. Amazingly, she at this age had the maturity to voluntarily go to rehab and join a sober living community. She did not want this to be her life. And it worked, it really did. For a year, Kathrine was clean, sober, working and self-supporting. She was happy and beautiful and we were full of hope.
And then she felt strong enough to go it alone. She had just turned nineteen and signed a lease for her own apartment. So full of hope for her future. But she wasn’t ready.