Bobbi Kristina’s death and funeral raise questions of lifestyle choices

Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown modeled her troubled parents’ lives of excess, uncontrolled drug use, wild public conduct that created a less-than-stellar template for a stable, productive lifestyle.

As the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old daughter of late singer Whitney Houston and entertainer Bobby Brown, is prepared for her funeral in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived and died, reports indicate that she will be laid to rest next to her mother in New Jersey, completing the circle of life that was so beautifully portrayed in Disney’s iconic children’s film “The Lion King.”

Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday, July 26, six months after she was found face down in a bathtub in her Georgia home. She remained in a coma until her death at an area hospice. An autopsy has been inconclusive and it is reported that the inheritance that she was expected to get from her mother’s estate will revert to Houston’s family.

The Houston-Brown family unit on a trip to Disneyland.

The Houston-Brown family unit on a trip to Disneyland.

Yet, as the circumstances of Bobbi Kristina’s death are discussed and the similarities to her mother’s own demise compared, a central fact is inescapable: children often emulate the behavior and lifestyle habits that they see in their homes. It the case of Bobbi Kristina, she was born into a household that featured a tumultuous marriage, drug addiction and erratic conduct by both parents, who lacked the credibility and clout to discourage Bobbi Kristina’s own drug use and life of excess, which later consumed and eventually destroyed her.

Bobbi Kristina and her father, Bobby Brown

Bobbi Kristina and her father, Bobby Brown.

As Bobbi Kristina is mourned and her tragic life is examined, the connection between what she experienced through her parents’ questionable parenting and lifestyle choices, and how that reality ultimately shaped her poor choices, will surface and take root. That question has the potential to serve as a reminder that parents shape their children, and that parents do their children a gross disservice when the example they set is so destructive that it provides the children with an inferior and unhealthy template for life.

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina mimicked each other’s behavior in life and will be buried next to each other.

At the same time, it sends the message that by coddling and protecting children who consistently make poor lifestyle choices, parents are guilty of supporting their children’s destructive path.

Bobbi Kristina’s death at a tender age is tragic. Her mother’s death was also tragic. Still, what might be the greatest tragedy of all is the unmistakable connection between the mother and daughter’s shared demons, the similarity of their questionable lifestyle choices and the uncanny similarities in how they died.–