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Jon had been sober for eight years when we met him. When, in October of 2017, we learned he was relapsing on heroin it was devastating. For months he struggled to regain his sobriety.

On February 9th Jon went missing. Alex and I were terrified. We called hospitals and filed a missing-persons report. We checked the morgue every day.

After ten days, I received a call telling me that they’d found Jon’s body in his car in a parking lot in Montebello, California. He had OD’d

He had died alone, without me. Without us.

It is the one absolute in all of our lives: everyone we love, all of us, will die. And yet, I was completely unprepared to handle death.

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