Megan Carlson

Megan Carlson

Beautiful, kind, loving daughter, always

Megan was a kind, compassionate, authentic person, true to herself and loyal to others. She loved deeply, without hesitation, and was close to her mother, grandmother and older brother Dylan.

Since she was sixteen, Megan was employed at Dunkin Donuts, ultimately working her way up to Assistant Manager. Regular customers were delighted with the small notes of encouragement and appreciation that they found on their bags when she worked the drive-through. They also enjoyed her fun loving nature and the sparkle in her green eyes.

Megan had a great love of the outdoors and spent time with her brother hiking, camping and exploring. She also loved music, painting and writing in her journal. Before her addiction, Megan wanted to become a park ranger, but that dream eventually faded with her drug use. After treatment and during a time of recovery, she thought of becoming a peer recovery coach to help others overcome addiction. “She never hesitated to help someone in need,” her mother said.

Megan was seven months pregnant at the time of her death. Becoming a mother was important to her, and Megan and her mother spent a lot of time talking about and planning for the arrival of Kadence; tragically that never happened.

During Megan’s addiction her mom felt isolated, but now she openly speaks to parents of those with similar experiences. She has changed her career and works in a recovery outreach center. “It is important to me that people with this disease know that someone cares about them.”

“I miss her terribly and nothing will fill that void,” her mother said. ‘This disease robbed Megan of her life; she was a special soul. Every time I witness a rainbow or beautiful sunset, I feel that Megan is putting her artistic skills to work up in heaven.’

“I feel cheated,” Megan’s mom said, ‘ I did not get to experience the birth of my first grandchild and many of my dreams have been extinguished or altered.’ “I do feel blessed that Megan had a close relationship to her family and that she knew God and now rests with him in heaven.

Megan’s mother, Debby Kirkpatrick, provided the information for this narrative.

February 21, 1990-August 4, 2016

Age 26-Lived with addiction 6 years.

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