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What you’re saying about Coleen Sheran Singer’s death

Courtesy of Brent Singer
Courtesy of Brent Singer
Coleen Sherin Singer.

Coleen Sheran Singer’s obituary, published by the Bangor Daily News this week, is a moving and politically charged account of the life of one woman addicted to heroin.

Singer, formerly Coleen Clark, was 32 when she fatally overdosed Christmas morning.

Her ex-husband Brent Singer wrote the obituary, noting, “She was a victim of herself, of LePage’s politics, of our society’s continuing ignorance and indifference to mental illness, and of our society’s asinine approach to drug addiction.”

He said that Singer likely would have qualified for MaineCare, subsidized health insurance, if the state had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The obituary has been read more than 100,000 times. As of 1 p.m. today, her obituary had 43 written condolences, 9,300 likes on Facebook and hundreds of tweets, the vast majority of them appearing to be positive. We include just some of the reaction here.

Alex Steed: “Just this week, the trend toward obituaries honest about addiction continued with the publication of Coleen…

Posted by The Bangor Daily News on Thursday, July 30, 2015

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