After someone dies there is always some sort of aftermath. There are things left undone that the people left here have to deal with. There are the speculations about the death itself. There are the mourners trying to recover.
Whitney Houston’s death was tragic and yet so common in a way. Yes, we should remember all the good of her but we shouldn’t idolize her and only believe the good. We should learn a lesson from what she went through. We still don’t know the cause of death, but there is speculation of prescription drugs and alcohol. First, I think we should learn that no matter what we consume (pills, drinks, etc) that we are risking our lives. Just because a doctor prescribes it, that doesn’t mean that it is ok or good for you. It’s scary because these are the people you think you should be able to trust. But there is some personal responsibility as well. We know that mixing drugs and alcohol can be a deadly cocktail and yet people still do it. You’re playing Russian roulette with your life.
Second, we should learn from the tragic lives of these celebrities and use that knowledge in our own lives. While there have been many celebrities who have died from accidental overdoses, it seems fewer people really get it and have the mentality that it won’t happen to them. Don’t be a statistic. Learn. Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, and Brittany Murphy were all extremely talented people and yet they died way too young and for no good reason. Demi Moore is in a rehab facility now. I hope that she has learned something and can get her life on track.
Addiction and substance abuse isn’t for the very rich only, though. No, you see it daily. It’s scary. I have known several people with addictions and loved them and hurt because there was nothing I could do to help them. I tried many ways and times to do something to make them stop the self-destruction. There is nothing you can do when someone is bent on tearing their lives up. Sometimes you just have to let them go and pray for their well-being. I have had to do that and it was the hardest thing in the world.
I am praying for the family of Whitney Houston. I don’t know who said it, but “a child lost her mother and a mother lost her child.” That kind of pain never goes away. I can attest to that. I lost my mother 15 years ago. Not a day passes that I don’t think of her and need her. I also pray for the people I know who are troubled with addiction and substance abuse. They may no longer be in my life but I still have a heart full of love and care for them and wish them peace to deal with their problems in a healthy way.