When Molly Parks died of a heroin overdose, her father, Tom Parks, printed the news publicly.
In a striking obituary remembering both Molly's ups and downs, Tom shares the pain of losing a daughter to drug addiction.
The obituary remembers a bright, intelligent 24-year-old who loved the "Harry Potter" series and perfectly applied red lipstick.
Molly, who worked at a pizza place in Manchester, New Hampshire, was found dead April 16 in the restaurant's bathroom. She still had a needle in her arm.
Although it wasn't easy for the Parks family to cope with Molly's death after several failed attempts at rehabilitation, they shared her story in hopes it will help someone in the same position rethink his or her choices.
Tom told NPR, "I wanted [the obituary] to be transparent and blunt."
"People need to know there's an epidemic."
"People are getting a hold of heroin and they're dying regularly."
Tom said the obituary took him an hour to write because "[he] couldn't see the screen or the keyboard 'cause [he] was crying so hard."