While it was widely known that Houston had battled with drugs throughout her career, the impact it would have had on her young daughter may have been forgotten.
CEO of charity Drug FAM, Elizabeth Burton-Phillips explains how children who have lost their parents to an addiction often deal with very different circumstances to others dealing with bereavement.
Burton-Phillips suggests that having a family member dealing with addiction is bereavement in itself, as they have essentially lost the person they once were. This when followed by death, is regarded as the second bereavement. When a child loses a parent to addiction, they will experience a double grief process – this can often leave them with conflicted feelings.
Dr Christine Valentine, research associate at Bath University explains “one of the difficulties is having to live with someone who has a drug problem, it often happens for years at a time leaving the family members, children in particular, continuing to feel…