Northeast Ohio Mother Shares Brutally Honest Obituary Following Daughter's Heroin Overdose

Northeast Ohio Mother Shares Brutally Honest Obituary Following Daughter's Heroin Overdose
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In a brutally honest obituary, Northeast Ohio mother Kim Bishop attempts to shed light on the harsh realities of her daughter's heroin addiction in hopes of warning others against the danger that so quickly stole 24-year-old Cindy Marie Pitman's life. 

Pitman, a college graduate and licensed massage therapist, had just revealed to her mother that she planned to check into rehab but the following weekend was found motionless on the floor and was later pronounced dead from an apparent drug overdose.

Her mother only learned of her daughter's addiction one week prior to her death. 

"For it to come up so quick, to not even have been an abuser for any length of time, it felt like, oh my God, one time is all it takes," said Bishop in an interview with "This has to stop."

In the obituary, Bishop revealed additional details of how her daughter lived with an addiction. 

"Let's stop this, quit making people rich and killing our kids," Bishop said. "There's nobody saying anything about it, they are trying to sweep it under the rug like it wasn't any part of them, or if they did it it's their fault."

The full obituary is below from

Cindy Marie Pitman, 24, passed away on December 13, 2015.

Drugs are no secret to anyone. Everyone knows what happens. But no one thinks it will happen to them, or they don't care because they have reached that point of no return, and they know they will go out in a pain free way. They just don't accept help, it always starts small, then your body reaches that point. She knew it, we knew it. Cindy was a college graduate and a Licensed Massage Therapist, drove a brand new car, worked two jobs, and her free time was spent cuddled up with her dogs or helping her friends in any way possible. She found a wrong path in life, and once she was on that path it took hold of her life. She knew she was better than this addiction. Cindy Lou was loud and outspoken, and a perfect friend.

She is survived by her mother, Kim (Jim) Bishop; father, Kenneth Pitman; sisters, Kayla Nagy, Baylee Bishop, Paige Vogus, Dakota Pitman and Taylor Poling; brothers, Tyler and Hunter Bishop, and Kenny Jr.; grandmother, Carol Finch; and many other relatives and friends.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m., with the service immediately following at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron, OH 44305. Everyone that has this addiction, wake up, put the needles down, and ask for help.  

Pitsman was a graduate of Schnee Learning Center in Cuyahoga Falls and Stautzenberger College

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Phoebe Potiker

Phoebe Potiker is a college freshman at Ohio State University studying both Journalism and Public Affairs. Phoebe is currently a blogging intern at Cleveland Scene, covering local news stories. A graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Phoebe has resided in the East Side suburb her entire life and has been raised...
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