"You will find what drives your mind"
- Chris Poissonniez, Eden's song
  • 33 years old
  • Born on February 26, 1985 in Monterey, California, United States.
  • Passed away on June 20, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved Chris. He was a son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. More than that, Chris was a beautiful soul. A lifelong musician, poet, wilderness explorer, and master of many trades and skills. He was clever, thoughtful and endlessly creative. He was witty, with a sparkle in his eyes; a bright light in our lives. Most of all, Chris was kind. We will miss him forever.

Please turn up the volume and hear two of his original songs.

We have set up a memorial fund in his honor at the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. Please consider making a small donation in Chris' name. This program matches the amount you donate. The dollar amount you give is anonymous. Every little bit helps. 


Posted by Claire Poissonniez on 1st January 2019
Happy new year Little Brother. I miss you.
Posted by Claire Poissonniez on 18th November 2018
"There are ruins in each of us. A place where 'what once was' lives on like an echo, haunting the landscape of our lives with its ruined foundations. Abandoned, scavenged, and dismantled by time, the ruin is the holiest place in our heart. It is the ways in which we have been broken that have earned us a place to stand. It is in our life's absences that a wild longing is born." - Toko-pa Turner, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home
Posted by Claire Poissonniez on 2nd November 2018
Halloween was not the same without you here, Chris. I remember many wonderful memories of trick or treating together all around the neighborhood. Remember when we coordinated costumes? Our dinosaur costumes were great, but the best was when I was a taco and you were a burrito. I saved you some laffy taffy and reeses. I know they're your favorite.
Posted by M'Liss Comeau on 7th October 2018
Claude, Carrie & Claire Ian just told me about Chris yesterday. My heart breaks for all of you. Chris was such a beautiful soul. I will never forget him. I am so glad to have this site, to communicate with you & see all those wonderful photos. Especially the memorial fund. There is still so much that needs to be done for people who suffer from mental illness and their families. All of my love, M'Liss.
Posted by Caroline Poissonniez on 31st August 2018
So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, Blue skys from pain. Can you tell a green field From a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil? Do you think you can tell? And did they get you to trade Your heros for ghosts? Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze? Cold comfort for change? And did you exchange A walk on part in the war For a lead role in a cage? How I wish, how I wish you were here. We're just two lost souls Swimming in a fish bowl, Year after year, Running over the same old ground. What have we found? The same old fears. Wish you were here Pink Floyd...Wish You Were Here
Posted by Sue Titus on 22nd August 2018
This will sound like gushing, but it's not. Chris was always exceptional, extremely talented musically, handsome, soulful and very, very kind. My husband and I had the privilege to meet his parents on the craft circuit and became instant friends. Just before they moved from California to Oregon, we went to their house for a farewell dinner, and Chris serenaded us for the evening. Some covers, but mostly his own music, we were stunned by how good he was. The next day, I spoke with Carrie, and then asked her to put Chris on the phone. For some reason, he didn't seem to get how awesome he was, no matter how hard I tried to convince him. Glad we had the opportunity to spend time with this remarkable human being, and really sad that we won't get to have more. Our hearts go out to Claude, Carrie, and Claire, wish we could do something to make it better. Love you all.
Posted by Patricia Pharr-Snyder on 17th August 2018
Our family got to know the Poissonniez family when our son, Kevin, became friends with Chris in elementary school. Those two would take bodyboards out onto creeks in what is now The Grasslands in Ramona. It was Chris's backyard. They would explore out there for days and days. Kevin enjoyed his friendship with Chris and was respectful of his music accomplishments. Hal and I became close to the whole family. It was selfishly sad to us when they announced they were moving to Oregon but we knew it was a good plan. We stayed in touch and got to visit them in their new home in Eugene over the past three years . Our last visit was in January of this year. We were so pleased to interact with Chris at that time. He was excited about his future and he looked happy and healthly. The loss of Chris is overwhelming. He was such a kind soul.
Posted by Ellen L on 4th August 2018
C, C, & C: I have no words to express my sorrow for the family. I can't imagine your pain losing such a beautiful soul, son, and brother. I know how much you loved him, and how much you wanted to save him. I didn't know Chris but for a few interactions. But, he was always such a sweet person. I wish I had had a chance to see him well. I love you all and hope that time will help you cope and heal.
Posted by Shawna Raher on 30th July 2018
I grew up with Christopher in Ramona, CA. I will always remember his beautiful vibrant smile and gorgeous blue eyes. I remember his amazing house he grew up in and how proud he was of it and his families business. He was one of the sweetest souls I have had the pleasure of meeting and his kindness is unmatched. He had an aura around him where you just felt and knew he was someone very special, there are only a handful of people in our lives that we can truly say that about and Chris was one for me. His cheerful and caring nature was such a bright light for me growing up and I will always cherish the memories I have of him. May his sweet soul Rest In Peace.
Posted by Courtney Moses on 29th July 2018
Chris was the sweetest boy that I knew. Even though he was my step-grandson I loved him dearly as much as I did my own. He will be dearly missed. -Snookie Moses
Posted by Shelley Benson on 26th July 2018
We didn’t have the good fortune to meet Chris in person, but we know the beautiful people that are his parents, Carrie and Claude. We extend to you our hearts, during this time of extreme sorrow. From these beautiful photos, I can see the love you all shared as a family. Chris’ soul is at rest. May you be comforted in your memories of the good times, the smiles, his beautiful spirit, and the legacy he leaves with you. Thank you Claire for creating this page. I hold out that we will see Carrie and Claude again, and meet you too. ❤️ Carrie, as mother to mother, friend to friend, I embrace you with love and tears. Ox
Posted by Claire Poissonniez on 25th July 2018
Thinking about you today, Chris. I went for a walk in the "Second Woods" where we used to walk Jack together. I remember last time we went it was dark, and I felt a little scared until I remembered that you were there with me. I feel closer to you when I am in the woods. I feel like you are still walking there with me, just a little ahead, just barely out of sight.
Posted by Caroline Poissonniez on 24th July 2018
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