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As hard as patients and their families work to overcome an eating disorder there are times when treatment fails. Some patients die as a result of the medical effects of eating disorder behaviors or from suicide as a result of the psychological symptoms.  F.E.A.S.T. joins the families who have lost their loved ones in mourning and in celebration of the lives cut short by these disorders.

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In Remembrance of Libby Rose, age 16

September 4, 2017 In remembrance of the much loved Libby Rose who passed away recently with bulimia nervosa aged just 16, please take time to read her Family Statement. Libby Rose: A Family Statement It is with inconceivable sadness and anguish we share the devastating news that our beautiful Libby has passed away. Everyone who […]

Rosie Flett, age 21

February 11, 2017 From Rosie’s Mother: Rosie battled against anorexia and then bulimia for 6 years and I firmly believe that although her death was by suicide her rapid mental deterioration was triggered by a considerable drop in weight in the 3 months leading up to her death. Rosie was a fun loving cheeky intelligent […]

Elizabeth Grace Watson, age 21

March 1, 2016 Elizabeth Grace Watson, 21, of the City of Grosse Pointe passed away quietly and peacefully March 1 at her home, with her parents at her side, after succumbing to her courageous ten-year battle with Anorexia Nervosa. Elizabeth’s sparkling blue eyes, her radiant smile, keen intellect, sharp wit, and her abundant kindness will […]

Joseph G. Speir, age 26

November 23, 2014 Joseph G. “Joe” Speir, age 26, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Joe was a graduate of Sanford School (2006) and Wilmington University (2010), where he majored in Computer Network and Security. Although Joe’s life was short, he lived it to the fullest. He was well known for his sense […]

Remembrance of Sara, age 34

October 27, 2014 I just don’t know where to post this. We lost our beautiful and amazing girl last Monday, Oct 21st. She died in her sleep. Thank God I was here with her. We thought she was closer to recovery than she had ever been. God answers prayers-just not always the way you might […]

Averil Hart, age 19

December 2012 Averil Hart, our wonderful daughter, sister and friend, died at the tender age of nineteen from Anorexia Nervosa (AN). She died just ten weeks after starting at the University of East Anglia in December 2012. Averil was born at home with her family around her. She was the cheeky, lovable, fun girl at […]

Emma Vinesky, age 16

2011 Emma Vinesky, age 16 1994 – 2011

Erin Elizabeth Riederer

June 10, 2010 Erin Elizabeth Riederer found Peace on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at the age of 28 years. Loving daughter of William and Joan (nee: Ellerman) Riederer. Cherished sister of Justin Riederer. Granddaughter of Catherine Riederer. Erin is further survived by other relatives, numerous friends and supporters from across the country. Erin graduated from […]

Celebrating Monica, age 31

March, 2010 Remembering Monica Monica died in March 2010, at the age of 31. She had suffered from anorexia for 15 years. Monica’s mother, a F.E.A.S.T. member, shares with us the remarks she wrote that were read at her daughter’s funeral. The F.E.A.S.T. community extends sincere condolences to Monica’s family and is honored to celebrate […]

There is no greater loss than that of a son or daughter. Eating disorders are very dangerous conditions and do, in numbers far higher than the public seems to understand, cause death. As a parent community we stand together with bereaved families in their grief. We feel this type of loss with great empathy and special understanding. Although this is never the outcome we expect, we do not run from the reality that not all lives will be saved. When eating disorders take a life it is time to put aside all else and focus on supporting the family and friends.

If you know of a family that has lost a loved one to anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or other eating disorder please let us know if we can be of support. Let the family know that we will remember the life of their loved one on our website if and when they wish to share. We welcome families to share their experiences and seek support on our online forum. Our local Task Forces and small support networks and allied organizations may be able to identify local resources for families facing this terrible loss.