Brutally honest obituary written by mom after son’s overdose goes viral

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(January 16, 2016) – A Louisiana woman had the extremely painful task of writing an obituary for her son. She decided to take the opportunity to warn people about the dangers of drugs, and now her son’s obituary is inspiring countless people across the world.

According to WAFB, Gwen Knox, of Baton Rouge, lost her son Brian, 40, on December 30 as the result of a drug overdose. Knox says Brian fell into the cycle of addiction when he was just a teenager, and he was never able to recover from it.

“He was just a good guy who made some mistakes in childhood that he couldn’t recover from. My son lived life full-throttle. Everybody saw this fun-loving guy, but I saw him when he came home,” said Knox.

When Knox sat down to write Brian’s obituary, she said the emotions just poured out of her. She submitted the obituary to The Advocate newspaper after four days of editing.

In the obituary, Knox offers readers advice that she wishes she would have gotten sooner. “Love your addict. Know that they are sick, but don’t let their sickness make you ill,” writes Knox.

Knox included her email at the end of the obituary for friends and family. But what happened next was completely unexpected. Knox has received hundreds of letters from people with similar stories from all across the world.

According to WAFB, Knox has responded to every single email with Brian’s urn sitting directly above her computer. She feels like she can finally begin to heal thanks in part to the stories of strangers.

You can read Brian’s obituary here, and you can also email Knox at

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