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.
— Boston.com (@BostonDotCom) July 31, 2015
RIP, Coleen Sheran Singer. The obit for the young opiate addict is quickly going viral (and will make you tear up.) http://t.co/jfa2YUm43B
— MetroBoston (@MetroBOS) July 31, 2015