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Shannon Heather Burrell 1974 – 2022

Posted By Cathy Harris On January 21, 2022 @ 2:00 pm In Obituaries | 2 Comments

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Shannon Heather Burrell born March 31, 1974 in Maple Ridge, BC

Our beautiful daughter stopped breathing on her own on Friday, January 14, 2022 due to drug toxicity from heroin laced with fentanyl.

She was diagnosed with schizophrenia 23 years ago and her existence had been one of discouragement, sadness and loss causing her to self-medicate.

Prior to her illness she was a social, popular girl with friends that adored her. Always busy, always laughing and forever annoying. She sang like an angel and loved fiercely.

Due to heroic efforts by the Kamloops Paramedics, she was resuscitated and the medical team was able to place a ventilator, which allowed her family to grieve for and with her, and to make some difficult choices. In her death, Shannon gave her organs and on January 19 the surgical team accepted that donation. Today she has saved lives and affected countless families.

She leaves behind her beautiful children, Kristin and Daniel Indelicato, her mom Grace LaBossiere, her sisters, Tara Chambers and Erin Burrell, and her nephew Zachary Chambers, as well as many extended family who are as broken as we are. We really hope she is sitting down with her Dad, Garry Burrell, somewhere better. Our hearts are shattered, but she is finally at rest.

The family would like to thank the BC Paramedics that responded to the call, the ER attendants who worked with her, the amazing team at RIH ICU, every doctor, nurse, and social worker there was kind, deeply caring and responsive, both to Shannon’s needs, and our own. And finally, all the personnel from BC Transplant who dealt with everything with such compassion.

In lieu of flowers and cards, please register as an organ donor, or make a donation to the BC Kidney Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Fund, the Liver Foundation or any charity of your choice.

There will be no funeral service as the family is planning a private Memorial in the Spring.

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Condolence from Marlene & Jeff Denomey on January 27th, 2022 9:46 am

So sorry to hear of Shannon’s passing. It makes me cry to think of not only all the difficulties Shannon and your family have endured because of her illness, but also all the good times that should have been and were stolen by schizophrenia.
Our hearts go out to you all. I’m sure she knew that she was deeply loved.

We share your grief,
Jeff and Marlene Denomey

Condolence from Tom Rankin on January 30th, 2022 7:35 pm

I read the obituary for Shannon. I’m so sorry for your loss. I see such honesty in your writing.

I didn’t work directly with Shannon but had a variety of contacts with her over a few years at a social agency and saw her many times on the streets after. Her struggles were clearly evident directly and through talking to other staff.

Every child starts out with so much simplicity, love and potential. Sadly Shannon’s journey did not continue that way but it was so heartening to see her origins honored in your tribute.

My Dad’s organs were donated, as were Shannons. I hope knowing the good that has come from that decision brings long-term comfort to your family as my Dad’s donation has for us.

My thoughts and prayers are will you all.

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