How We Use Your Information
Honoring the Many is a place where people who have died from a substance-use-related cause in the U.S. can be honored and remembered. It is a free service hosted by SADOD (Support After a Death by Overdose), a project dedicated to helping people who are bereaved by a death from substance use, whether the manner of death is accidental overdose, suicide, homicide, medical complication, or some other kind of accident. No information submitted by users is verified with legal documents.
Each beloved person who is honored must have their information submitted by someone close to them, which is usually a family member because there is inherently a degree of responsibility associated with adding someone to the memorial. It is necessary for every deceased person who is featured on the memorial to have certain information submitted on their behalf.
|It is preferable that memorials include all of the items listed below. Items that are absolutely required are in dark purple type.|
|You must agree to this declaration: "By submitting this form, you are stating that substance use directly and substantially contributed to the person’s death, and that you have in good faith provided accurate information."|
|Your name, relationship to the deceased, and contact information||This information is required so we have a record of who served as the source of information for each person memorialized—and so we can contact you if necessary about any information provided. No information about you is publicly displayed on the site.|
|Your permission to release—to anyone who requests it from us—your name and relationship to the person||This is required so we can share with anyone who requests it the identity of the person who submitted the memorial. We do not share your contact information with anyone unless we are required to do so by law.|
|Basic personal and demographic information about the deceased||For example, name, date of birth, race, etc.|
|Memorial Statement||Statements must adhere to the Community Guidelines.|
|Obituary||You may share the Internet address or a PDF copy of the obituary, which will be accessible on the website.|
|Eulogy||You may share the Internet address or a PDF copy of the eulogy, which will be accessible on the website.|
|Photograph||The photo must show only the person.|
We publish this memorial because people who die from substance use deserve to be honored and remembered — and those who are left behind to mourn their loss deserve to know that they are not alone. The SADOD website, of course, is available to people to use if they find it helpful (please see the About SADOD page to learn more).
We organized the memorial in a manner that allows people to share a picture of their loved one, a memorial statement, a eulogy, and an obituary. We also include basic information about the deceased person— and make everything searchable — so even though only a fraction of the people who die from substance use are honored here, the commonalities among those who have been lost can be highlighted.