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I can't grieve my husband because I am so angry with him. On the day of his funeral I was given his autopsy report. Its why I shut down. It's why I disappeared from this website even though its a great healing tool. I couldn't deal with what I read and literally didn't even know how to comprehend it.

My husband died of a drug overdose. He died of heroin laced with fentanyl. I didn't even know he was on drugs, I had literally no clue. Not that anyone believes me. All of this suffering I have endured, I have endured because of a CHOICE he made?? The man that I loved more than anything on this planet was literally leading a double life. I am so angry and confused. He lied, deceived and manipulated me. He went to great lengths to hide this from me, obviously.

People ask me how he passed away and I cant even respond. Part of me wants to tell the truth to help break the stigma on addiction and try to help someone else. He was not a bum on the side of the street kind of guy. He was in church every Sunday. He was God loving. He had aspirations. He wanted so badly to have children and build a family and he was loving and kind. But his family wants to keep it private as they are shamed from what he has done- which I guess I understand. I am tired of talking about it.

My husbands death has destroyed me. It has ruined my life on so many levels. He left me financially screwed, an emotional wreck and an all over disaster. I have no desire to become a part of society again. I feel like I would feel so differently about this if he had died from something else. But I feel like he basically CHOSE to leave me. He made the decision to DO the drugs and he made the decision to HIDE these things from me. All it would have taken was for him to reach out for help, all he had to do was talk to me about whatever he was going through. In life I never would have judged him. I would have done ANYTHING for that man. I would have given anything for him. This is how he repaid me.

I do love him. I will always love him. Regardless of what has happened. But how can I possibly not feel this way towards him? How can I possible not be angry with him for this? I do realize that the only person this anger is hurting is me... because he can't feel it. And so I am really trying to let it go. But I just cant seem to.

Of course you can’t let this go right now. You are in shock and you are angry and I imagine you are combing your mind trying to figure out how you missed any sign of his drug use. I’m no expert on this, but I imagine it is going to take some time for you to wade through this quicksand and get to any kind of acceptance of his death and the manner of death.

I realize that you feel like life is over, but I hope you can hear just a little bit that you won’t always feel the intensity of the emotions that you feel today. You might search out a good therapist or counselor at this point.

Don’t run away. There are others who may come to the surface who know your kind of pain.

I’m so sorry you lost your beloved and that he didn’t know you loved him enough to share his drug use problem with you.



Grief takes many forms, anger can be part of it. An uncomfortable part of it, but a part of it.
So in a way you are grieving. You're are thinking and analyzing and all of that is helping you process his death.
Hoping and wishng that your mind will wrap around this event and move away from the anger and allow you progress towards healing.

I am so sorry that this has happened to you. Accept the emotions as they come. Be kind to yourself. Know that time is your friend.


There are a number of members here who lost their spouses to causes related to drugs or alcohol, especially when addiction was involved. And consequently, they have faced conflicted feelings about their spouses similar to those you describe. You can find many of their posts in the Specific Situations Section below dealing with suicide, addiction, mental illness, etc. Perhaps it will bring you a measure of comfort to read some of their posts, especially in these threads:




Sorry for the tragic loss that brought you here and for the complex road to healing that you must travel.

—- WifeLess


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