OBITUARY

Meredith Rose Weinstein Baskin

December 1, 1983August 8, 2018

MEREDITH ROSE WEINSTEIN BASKIN, age 34, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 after a long battle with opioid addiction. She was born on December 1, 1983 in Little Rock, AR, the daughter of Susan Weinstein and the late Jeffrey Baskin. After graduation from Central High School, she began her studies at UALR, ultimately graduating as a registered nurse with honors from UAMS in 2008. She went on to practice as a nurse at UAMS and several private clinics in the Central Arkansas area. She loved her work and was a caring, committed health professional who was universally loved by her patients.

In 2010 she had a snow sledding accident that resulted in a painful fracture of her back. Thus began her use of opioids, first for her back pain, then needing more and more as she became addicted, ending in the use of heroin. After repeated rehab locally to recover, she moved to Los Angeles in 2017 and entered a long-term Jewish residential rehabilitation center in an earnest attempt to rid herself of her addiction. She worked exceptionally hard to become clean over the course of 16 months. She found new work, new friends, renewed faith, and a loving, supportive community in Los Angeles that honored her desire to remain clean.

Addiction, hidden or not, remains a serious disease in this country. She was only 34 and should have had a long joyous life ahead of her. We write this not to dishonor Meredith’s memory. Rather, it is to once again shine a personal light on the epidemic that is ravaging so many young lives. More often than not, opioid addiction is misunderstood and stigmatized. It does not stem from a lack of personal conviction to overcome it. It is not borne of laziness. Rather, it is a disease of the brain that lurks within addicts (reformed and current) for as long as they live. Meredith was unconditionally loved by her family. We are proud of the sincere struggle she put up to overcome this disease, and heartbroken by her untimely death. Meredith was filled with kindness and giving, while struggling silently within. She had a heart of gold and a warmth that radiated. Now she is free of the demons inside her.

Meredith is preceded in death by her father, Jeffrey Baskin. She is survived by her loving mother, Susan Weinstein, her brothers Bernie Baskin (Yvonne Quek) and Danny Baskin (Ashley Byers), as well as a large extended family.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth. Burial will be at Oakland Jewish Cemetery in Little Rock with a private, graveside service. Donations may be made to Beit T’Shuvah (Los Angeles, CA), The Oasis (Little Rock, AR), Synagogue Agudath Achim (Little Rock, AR) or to your favorite charity.

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THOMAS WIESLE

October 11, 2018

I didn’t know Merideth but I wanted to say Thank You for sharing your story. It is beautiful and so full of love and caring. You’re right for sharing because keeping it quite isn’t helping anyone.

Judy DeMeola

September 23, 2018

Dear Sue, I have been thinking about you and your family. This obituary shows the love and respect your familiy show each other and the world. I have been sending you love, you are a very strong woman. Meredith truly was a beautiful child. I wish you well now and forever.

Judy DeMeola

Christina bumpers king

August 25, 2018

Prayers for the family. I worked with Meredith at UAMS. I loved working with her. Meredith was a very sweet person.

Angela Johnson

August 19, 2018

I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Meredith. I just happened upon this obituary and felt the love you had for her. I send love to all of her family and friends and I pray comfort for each of you.

Anjela Bowling

August 15, 2018

Sweet Merideth, a long ago former client in my salon. Always warm and light and dedicated to getting her education. I knew she’d be a great caregiver. She always spoke lovingly of her family, truly heartbreaking news. Praying for peace for All of you. Rest sweet your soul Merideth.

Patricia House

August 15, 2018

Meredith was an amazing young woman. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God keep his loving hands of protection around the family to provide you with strength. My continued prayers.

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August 14, 2018

I will always hold dear the fondest memories of Meredith. Meaningful and supportive conversations were heartfelt between us. Characteristically, her warmth, love and compassion are first and foremost as to who this beautiful lady became. It was a blessing to know her as this person, i was blessed to have Meredith as a friend. My sincerest condolences to her loving family. Fortunately, Mere was aware and appreciative of the unconditional love her family has for her. She will be missed here but now free from what restrained her soul. We never want our loved ones to experience such pain. Bless you all...more photos at https://photos.app.goo.gl/NK2u1PU2VCb79Q8t8

Mary Catherine Burney

August 13, 2018

Meredith was one of my first grade students at Carver Magnet. I am so sad to know the suffering she endured and I thank you for being brave enough to share her story. I pray she is at peace now and for healing for your family.

Mary Catherine (Black) Burney

Larry Grace

August 13, 2018

I did not know Meredith but my heart broke as I read her story. I offer my most sincere condolences for her loss, and my honor to you for sharing her story. My prayer is that others take her story to heart, and that lives will be saved as a result.

May God bless you in your loss and for your courage

Jo Lauer

August 13, 2018

I didn’t know your daughter, but I did want to say how I admire your courage in sharing her story. Loosing a child is the most painful experience parents can have and I pray for strength for your whole family.

FROM THE FAMILY