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Ohio mom’s viral casket photo shows ‘cold hard truth’ about heroin

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — A Cincinnati woman’s Facebook post showing her and her two young children next to the open casket of their father was posted to show “the cold hard truth” about heroin, according to Eva Holland.

Holland’s post begins, “I’m sure this photo makes a lot of people uncomfortable it may even piss a few people off but the main reason I took it was to show the reality of addiction.”

She posted it on Sept. 10 and it’s been shared more than 280,000 times. Her entire post is below:

“I’m sure this photo makes a lot of people uncomfortable it may even piss a few people off but the main reason I took it was to show the reality of addiction.

If you don’t choose recovery every single day this will be your only way out. No parent should have to bury their child and no child as young as ours should have to bury their parent. This was preventable it didn’t have to happen but one wrong choice destroyed his family.

I know a lot of people may be upset I’m putting it out in the open like This but hiding the facts is only going to keep this epidemic going. The cold hard truth is heroin kills. You may think it will never happen to you but guess what that’s what Mike thought too. We were together 11 years.

I was there before it all started. I knew what he wanted out of this life, all his hopes and dreams. He never would’ve imagined his life would turn out this way. He was once so happy and full of life. He was a great son, brother, friend but most importantly he was a great dad. He loved those kids more than anything.

But as we all know sometimes life gets tough and we make some wrong choices. His addiction started off with pain pills then inevitably heroin. He loved us all so much he decided enough was enough and went to rehab at the end of last year. He got out right before Christmas as a brand new man. He had found His purpose for living again, he found his gorgeous smile again, he became the man, the son, the brother, the dad that we all needed him to be again.

He did so good for so long but then a couple months ago It started with a single pill for a “tooth ache” which inevitably lead him back down the road of addiction instead of staying the coarse of recovery. He said he could handle it, that he could stop on his own and didn’t need to get help again. Well he was wrong, last Wednesday he took his last breath. My kids father, the man I loved since I was a kid, a great son and a great person lost his battle. I just needed to share his story in case it can help anyone else.”

On Monday, Holland wanted to clarify something about her post. She said, “I had a talk with Mike’s parents today about my post. They said it doesn’t bother them they just want me to clarify that although we know he struggled with addiction that they have not gotten a coroner’s report back yet with the official cause of death.”


    • Wanderdust

      yes, but my thought is perhaps a family member told them to smile, or they were used to smiling for photos, or else did it on purpose to juxtapose the grim justification and irony of smiling in the face of such bitter sorrow. I had the same thought, but those were my theories. Smiling makes it all the more creepy and tragic and wrong. I pray comfort and hope, and the presence of the One who bore all our sorrows and was familiar with grief.

    • Gina

      I looked at the photo again and to me it may be irony that this is their VERY last family portrait with him. You never know…they may have been that family that has tons of family portraits that they take frequently and sadly this is the last one…they won’t see him again. Sad.

  • ...

    I agree the smiling is very weird but you cannot blame someone else for and addicts lifestyle, they do what they want at any and all costs. Narcan only works if there is another person there to give it to the person overdosing, you can’t give it to yourself. So I don’t see how you can blame family for their loved ones screw up, she didn’t stick the needle in his arm. The article states she knew him on pain pills could bring up his addiction and he claimed it would not, it could have only been a few days after that he got heroin and OD’d, you don’t know. You can only do so much for an addict, it’s ultimately their choice.

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