Widow whose husband died of heroin overdose smiles for photo by casket with kids

Widow whose husband died of heroin overdose smiles for photo by casket with kids

This is incredibly sad. When I first saw the photo, it struck me as odd that the widow and children would be smiling right next to the casket of their deceased husband and father. But, I thought about it. He had a long battle with heroin addiction and they all loved each other. Perhaps they truly believe this will help others and it appears that it is. I hope so. I know that if it were me, my grief would not allow me to do that. I don’t think his death really came as a surprise. It is such a waste and no child that young should have to watch their dad go through that, die and then have to bury him. That’s backwards and tragic.


From the Daily Mail:

An Ohio woman whose husband died of a heroin overdose has shared a photo with her children by his open casket to highlight what she says was a preventable death.

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Eva Holland said her husband, Mike Settles, 26, died on September 2 after a recent relapse in Cincinnati. The father-of-two had been released from rehab ‘a new man’ around Christmas, having sought treatment for the heroin addiction he developed after becoming hooked on pain medication.

Following Settles’ funeral last week, Holland made the unconventional move of posing for a photo with her smiling children, Lucas and Ava, by her husband’s coffin and then posting the picture to her Facebook and Instagram with a lengthy explanation.

‘I’m sure this photo makes a lot of people uncomfortable it may even p–s a few people off but the main reason I took it was to show the reality of addiction,’ she wrote in the photo caption.

Holland, who had been with Settles for 11 years, continued in the post: ‘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.’

Holland explained that her spouse fell into into drugs long after they first got together when they were teenagers.

‘We were together 11 years. I was there before it all started,’ she wrote.

‘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.’

Holland said her husband fell off the wagon after being prescribed some medication for a dental issue.

‘He did so good for so long but then a couple months ago it started with a single pill for a ‘toothache’ which inevitably led him back down the road of addiction instead of staying (on) the course 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.’


Holland posted the confronting photo from Settles’ funeral to some recovery sites in the hopes of helping people in a similar situation to her husband.

The original Facebook post went up on Thursday, and just a few days later Holland wrote a follow-up post about an addict that credited her with not overdosing.
‘This lady ran up to me crying and asked if she could hug me,’ the weekend post said.

‘I thought she was just having a bad day so I hugged her.

‘She said ”I am a heroin addicted (sic) and was going to try and overdose last night but then I see you post and you saved my life. I can never thank you enough!”

‘So we stood there hugging each other crying.

‘This right here is what it’s all about.’

Perhaps if it saves just one life, it was the right thing to do. This family is so young to be going through this sadness. The couple was together long before the addiction came into play. First it started with pain pills and then he moved up to heroin. Then death. Heroin is an evil drug and among the most addictive. Settles fell off the wagon because he had to take a pill for a dental problem. That’s all it took to spiral out of control again. I feel very sad for all of them. I hope the mom and kids find a way to rebuild their lives and be happy. Their dad has finally found peace. I just wish it had been while he was alive.





Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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