human beings who were also people’s daughters and didn’t deserve to die like this. Unfortunately, my daughter went down the wrong path and she didn’t have the life she was meant to have
There by the Grace of God is a phrase that is never far from my thoughts. The wrong path. How is it people go down the wrong path? How does that descent into despair and dependency happen? Well, quite easily I expect. Homelessness is not as far away as you think. A few wrong turns, a bad relationship, an addiction - one or all of these, and other things can take us off that little perch of safety and comfort. We are only one step away from the gutter.
Some of us have friends and loved ones, but a person who goes down the path of substance dependency sheds connections. Even I have asked myself how long would it take, how many stolen things would it take or violent tantrums, until I chucked my kids out and said, "never darken this door"?
I have been involved with the rehabilitation of ex-drug users. They were lucky, though many of their friends and relatives were not. There is a lot of support out there if you are on the edge of society, but you have to want it and you have to make some kind of commitment to live and survive. These girls, I am afraid, made the wrong choices. That is not wicked - we all do. But what they did wrong was to close themselves off to help, to believe that they were alone and defeated and unable to conquer their inner demons. And sadly, they paid a terrible price.