To all those who walked the hard miles but did not make it. You’re never forgotten.

Remembering those who have died – or been injured – because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

If you would like to commemorate somebody, please add Tributes here. Tributes will be posted below as soon as they are approved.

[Please be aware that as this is a public forum, any use of profanity or personal attacks in Tributes may lead to the Tribute not being published].

I once knew a staggeringly beautiful woman who wore high cheekbones and as much make up as her face would hold. An extraordinary extrovert, this woman had a jovial laugh and a sparkling energy; a kind of energy that spread like fire and radiated to all who encircled her. She loved dogs and Chex Mix and slapstick humor like a bad Billy Madison movie. Sadly this woman committed suicide after a long battle with alcohol and drugs on October 8th, 2014 at the young age of 41. This woman was my sister Leslie. That's right, Leslie Machuzak, daughter, sister, alcoholic, drug addict. I share this with you, not because I am in search of pity, on the contrary, it's because I yearn for the moment when those that suffer from, and have fallen victim to the horrific disease that is addiction will one day be given the memorial that their souls truly deserve. Many of us, and particularly those that are lucky enough to have never been touched by this disease, are unaware that addicts are powerless against their addiction. Until recently, this has been a difficult concept for me to grasp, as I saw my sister shift from a hilarious, confident, and powerful woman to an individual quickly dwindling away, as if a cancerous python was slowly constricting around her neck and what I finally realized was that none of us are ever in competition with that python. For addicts, there is never a choice to be made. For years I wondered if I could have been a better brother somehow, if I could have changed her in some way. I practiced tough love and sent her books and information on recovery. What I didn't realize was that I am apart of the vast majority of humans that can have an alcoholic beverage or two and not feel the NEED to continue feeding that beast. I've never ingested a substance and yearned for something more powerful to fill the darkness within me. My sister woke up every morning, physically ill, her body surging with pain until she would succumb to the desire to resort to numbness. True, unabashed addiction is a level of suffering I cannot fathom. My sister was found dead on October 10th 2014. I was given the weight of telling the rest of my family of my sisters passing. Yes, this is a very jagged pill that I must swallow every morning. To describe the details to all of you now of my sisters death, is allowing me to truly embrace the fact that as her brother, I will always love her and am still proud of the woman she once was (and the woman that will forever be emblazoned in my memory as my big sister). When i went to clean out where my sister was staying a few days after she died, I saw something that would stay with me forever. On my sisters dresser was a picture of me and a newspaper article cutout of when I was arrested for my animal welfare organization. Even through her struggle and haze, and when I had nothing nice to say to her whatsoever, my sister still went out of her way each time we spoke to tell me that she was proud of me. She bragged, to the point of my own embarrassment, and never faltered when it came to expressing her love. She once told me that one of the only thing she hated in this world was having a part in disappointing or hurting me, and she clung to that until the day that she left this earth. My only hope is that, in her final moments in this life, she knew that she never disappointed me. In my 36 years with her, I have been supplied with a lifetime of hilarity, the drive and desire to reach out to others, memories of my sister making an absolute fool of herself simply to bring joy to those surrounding her. I see her in myself everyday. Not a "junkie," a "waste" or someone "deserving of death” all I could see was a beautiful woman. So what my experiences with this horrid disease known as addiction has really taught me is to have compassion over judgement because each person that has fallen victim to addiction was once someone to somebody. May my sister rest in peace.
Johnny
In memory of those I've lost to drugs, mainly heroin, and to those battling addiction right now.
Jenny
I miss my son Szymon every day. I blame myself that i didn't protect you and didn't do enough. I got comfortable thinking that you are getting help and that you will be OK. How wrong was I. Life is really hard even though it will be 2 years soon since you left.  It doesn't get any easier and it shouldn't; you are not here and not coming back. We all miss you very much. Love you with all my heart. Mum
Iwona
2 1/2 years ago, I lost a very close friend from a heroin overdose. At that point, I was scared, I didn't know anything about the drug. Pretty much everyone from where I grew up was using OxyContin and other opiates and the fact that one of best friends had started doing heroin shocked me. A month ago I lost my best friend to an overdose.... same thing. Again. I feel empty. I cannot believe after my first friend passing, I didn't go out of my way to make sure my friend was okay. I know he struggled and was in and out of rehab, and was really trying. When he went through Recovery and the 12 Steps he reached out to me telling me how much he loved me and all the qualities I had that he adored. I adored him more than I ever knew. I will never have a friend that even compares to him. I don't know what to do to feel better about this. I want to learn about the drug and how it possesses you, but I feel frightened to indulge myself in the details of it. This past weekend, a month exactly after he passed, we held a memorial for him. It brought back a wave of emotions, and I know after losing him, I will never be the same again. I can hear him talking, I can see him singing, I can imagine hugging him, and laughing with him. Will this get better? I cant imagine losing another friend, so I've vowed to stay in touch with all those I love and never let the distance get between us.  Hopefully I can find a way to help people in this world, its the only thing that feels right in my heart.
Kim
I don't always agree with the decisions God makes. But I know He makes them from a position of love. And He knows best. I am grateful for the time He has given me to experience His love through my husband. A love that will never be forgotten. It may seem like I will miss you forever but my faith tells me it won't be long and we'll have eternity together. I love you Mikley Jervis, forever and always <3
Whitney
I packed away Bailey's dress today / And it broke my heart in two, / Just looking at the pink and black lace / Made me cry for you. / Sometimes it comes right at me / Like an explosion of red hot flame, / It engulfs my eyes with tears / And it seems like nothing will stop the pain. / I have a hard time watching / Your sisters heart so broken, / Your brother keeps a calm face on / Your mom so softly spoken. / I don't know what I'd do / Without them by my side, / For they are a living part of you / I thank God for every night. / I want so bad to be angry / But that's difficult for me to do, / Because I love you so much / I could never stay angry with you. / I can't describe the pain I feel / Not having you here with me, / But I know within my broken heart / You are now forever free. / That's all I wanted most for you / Was your happiness, / And sometimes it warms my broken heart / To know your in tranquil bliss. / Thank you for loving me / So tenderly and true, / For all the soft sweet kisses / For telling me "I do". / Thank you for our children / No one could ever give me a gift so grand, / And I promise you they'll know / Their daddy was truly an amazing man. / I love you Mikley forever and always <3
Whitney
On Monday September 15, 2014, I discovered my newly titled boyfriend Frankie non-responsive. I immediately called 911 and they directed me how to give him CPR, mouth to mouth reccesitation. He was about 3 1/2 months clean and in recovery. The detectives found track marks on his arms and a syringe in the bathroom. They also found an empty bag of heroin. I had no idea he was using again and was left with so many unanswered questions and so much guilt. I think about him every single day and I keep replaying that morning in my head. He was so full of life and in the short time that he had touched my soul, he helped me so much and gave me so much hope. I truly loved him. The only way Im getting through this right now is by talking to people about it. Everyone thinks it's traumatic that I found him deceased but the most traumatic part is that he is no longer here with me. I wanted to reach out to others and let you guys know your not alone and you can get through this. I've also became more spiritual through this. Because of his passing I found myself reaching out to my higher power and I pray for Frankie everyday. He may not be here, but he will forever be in my heart and I will always try to keep his memory alive. He is never truly gone. He lingers in my mind and heart every single day. RIP Frankie 2/31982 - 9/15/2014
Tina
Richard Moore sadly passed of a heroin overdose on 30th August 2014. He was hiding his addiction and comes as a shock to the people closest to him. His funeral is tomorrow and we are raising money to go towards your charity to help bring awareness to how vast this problem is. It has opened my eyes to the world of drugs and addiction and think there's so much that can be done to help others from ending up in the same situation. We need to wipe clean the stigma behind drugs and allow the addicts to be able to get the help they need and don't hide their addiction. Thankyou.
Stacey
My son, you wanted a family and promised you would never miss another of your daughter's birthdays. Yet you are gone. We miss you and think of you everyday. You promised that things would get better and I believe you thought it would be. To the strong handsome man that always gave the best hugs, warm smile and was always there if I needed a hand: You'll be greatly missed. Love from your family. I know you're shining down from heaven like a diamond Clint. Everytime we hear Pink Floyd we will think of you.
Your Family
Dear Andrew, Holding your memory closer than ever in my heart today, sweet nephew, remembering you on this day 22 years ago at your birth and all the remaining short days of your too brief life. What a very quiet baby you were, one who then became a softly whispering little boy who grew into a very kind and gentle young man with a shy smile and a huge heart. You always seemed lost, buddy….as if you had somehow wandered into this world, unsure of just how you ended up here, bewildered as to what purpose had brought you here. At every moment, watching you, I could only hope that you would eventually settle into your own skin, find your stride, and blaze your own unique path to find that purpose. You were a bright spark, Andrew, the light by which you struggled to penetrate the darkness around you. I always felt certain that the power of that spark within you just needed time to grow. I know that you never meant to leave us. I guess we’ll never know exactly what happened that last night of your life. I wish you had known that you could talk to me about your opiate addiction. Was it a beast that you thought you could control ? Did that monster turn on you…overpower you finally … make you forget how much you’d already fed to it…convince you that just a little more won’t do any harm ? Maybe you thought you would sleep the deepest sleep you’d ever had and wake the next morning ready to harness the beast again into submission. But you didn’t wake up. I wonder if there was a moment when you and the beast realized that this time you both messed up. I hope at that moment that you knew just how richly and deeply and magnanimously you had been loved every day, every hour, every minute and second of your precious life. By your mom and your dad and your brother and your sister. Your Grandpa FA and your Mama Marge. Your friends. Dawn and me. I hope you knew, Andrew, I hope you knew.
Anonymous
This is not so much a letter of commemorating a passing loved one, but this is a letter of tribute to those who are doing it tough and struggling with their use of drugs. all of these people on this page have had to deal with the passing of a parent, sibling, close family member or friend. they have had to deal with such a high level of grief that is unimaginable, and for those reading this and are struggling with the abuse of drugs, please, you dont want your loved ones to be posting a tribute to you and how you've sadly passed. and to my best friend louise, i dont want you to go like that, as much as it is a way to escape the realitys of real life, its not something to get a habit of. i want you to know that i love you like my own sister and i cant and dont want to imagine life without you by my side. there is a way out, there are people who love and support you, no matter who you are or what you do, you are never alone in this world. that dark cloud cant hover over your head forever, you will get out of this, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel but sometimes you just have to work harder to see it. "surrender to what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be"
Anon
To my late fiancee, the wonderful intelligent, warm heart-ed, creative, joyful, handsome Mohamed, who died March 2014, who lived for 33 years on earth. I love you, and will always love you endlessly, I can still recall clearly how your eyes smile, like if you are here yesterday,  and still remember your voice on the phone and the special phrases you use when you talk, still can smell you like if you just passed behind me. I pray to see you again in the next life. I am sorry I could not rescue you this time, I am really sorry I did not move on time. If my skin can produce tears it would, from every cell on my body. I miss you Mohammed. Fiancee
Fiancee
On December 25th, 2009, I lost my 23 year old sister to a drug overdose, that is no way anyone should spend Christmas. Since her passing, it has been a real eye opener for my family, my other sister who used pills recreationally went to detox & I went to rehab for alcohol we both have over a year sober & yes we might not have been as a serious addict as our sister who lost the battle to this disease but we definitely have been educated through NA & AA and we understand her demons & ours more. My family still does not celebrate Christmas, were not ready yet ; I miss my sister Annemarie everyday and i wish she was fortunate enough to find the rooms and fellowship, but a higher power had a different plan than her, drugs is no joke and life threating i just wish people understood that because of this disease ill never get to see my sister again and shell never get to meet her niece. My sister was a great person who got caught up in the wrong thing & i want her to be remebmbered for who she was not for what she died of.
Anonymous
It's been exactly one month since I lost my fiancée to a heroin overdose. I received the call from his father that he had passed in a restaurant bathroom and was found hours after his death. I'm still in shock and don't know how I've made it a month already. He left 2 of his own children and two of mine. It was a struggle he battled for more than 20 years. I am not a user and often wondered why it was so hard to just quit. Today, after watching his struggle for the 8 years I spent with him, I know it was not a choice to be an addict, it was a disease he could not conquer or overcome. Not because he was weak but because the addiction had a hold on him that none of us did, he couldn't do it for his children, me, his parents or himself. I do NOT want his death in vain, he was a great man with a kind heart. I will not let the addiction define him, he was so much more than that. I know he is free of the pain he endured every single day and is at peace. I am willing to take the pain and grief from his death so that he will not ever suffer again. I do this because of the great deal and love I have for him. Everyday is a struggle to breathe for me without him in my life, but knowing he is resting peacefully gives some solace to his death. I will continue to miss him terribly too I see him again someday. There needs to be more attention paid to this epidemic that is ruining the lives of some many people. He was only 37 years old with a whole life ahead.....I miss and love you my love!!!
Anonymous
This tribute goes out to Raphael T Moreira 04/24/12, Dan Cook 11/24/13, Nicholas Lapato 06/05/11.
Anon
On Thursday, 2 August 2012, my 22-year-old son, David Mashmann, died on life support at the hospital. He had been found on the floor of his bedroom two days before. He had no vital signs, and I began the most frantic cpr. On a young person, the heart beat will come back, but his brain was irreversibly damaged from lack of oxygen - and so he died. Cause of death, accidental opiate overdose. Heroin. He was a wonderful, well loved son and brother. In late high school he seemed to lose direction. He continued on that way until the day he died. He was loving and giving to us all, and had many friends. I'm an ER nurse. I knew that he smoked pot and he had a problem with prescribed drugs after a long-term injury. But heroin? He had seemed to be completely against it in talking not only to us, but to his friends. Yet, when I saw him on that floor, I knew he was dead, and that it had to do with drugs. Yes, everyone was shocked - his funeral was standing room only. He was still dead. Somehow his Dad and I had missed the boat. So much misery, so much pain. So many why's. It has been so long since I've heard his voice, seen his smile, was able to hold him. They say that the stages of grief take time. Time is only making it worse. Too long, too long. When I work, I see patients with drug problems more often than you would think. I always tell them David's story. Maybe it will help someone. In my work I have seen many people die for many different reasons. It's like a light goes out, but I don't know where they've gone. Oh but I do know what's left behind - the agony, the tears, the goodbye's no one wants to say. I want so much for this never to have happened to us. It did. To us and to many others. David, we love and miss you more than any words could ever explain. All for a murderous drug called heroin. Loving you always, missing you forever Momma
Leslie Mashmann
Little brother Colin: Nine months ago on 17 December 2013 you left me completely alone and broken. You were the only person who was a certainty in my future, and indeed you were my #1. I miss and think about you every day. I love you so much and I wish I could hear your laugh and guide you further and listen to your anecdotes and ask for your advice. I feel like you would have made a greater effort to stop if you had any notion of how much we will feel forever. Our family didn't deserve this, Colin. Way too final; you didn't realize deaths only happen to those still living. I'm angry you wasted or ignored all your opportunities and I hate that you kept secrets. We all played a part though, including the system, and I hate my role. I feel guilty and sick. Lonely.
Erika
For my Brother Nick (Nicholas David Berger 12/23/82-04/25/14), I miss you no end my brother. I know you tried so hard and felt so much stronger than these drugs but to no avail. You are my hero in so many ways. The thought you are gone forever is too much to bear and I don't know how or if all of us will truly move on without you here on Earth. I know you are so sorry for what happened and so am I, but I forgive you and I understand. Maybe someday we will be together again Nick. We can tell jokes and giggle to our heart's content. Until then, I love you and miss you every moment of every day. I love you. Megger
Megan
I love and miss you taytay
Kaelyn Ashley Johnican
My son Robert Rebyak passed away on 09 April 2013 after a three-week battle on life support in the hospital. He entered hospital on 17 March 2013 from an accidental overdose. He is missed and loved by so so many people. I think of Robert each and every day and every waking moment. Robert was known in the town he lived in by everyone from ages 5 to 85. To this day (17 months) later people are still taking about Robert. He made a big impression on everyone he met. He was funny and helpful to everyone. Anyone who knew Robert says he had a big heart, and believe me as his mom, I can say he had a big heart. He wanted to help everyone, just like his mom is and I will always be. Love you Rob!!
Ruthann Blanchard
Lee loosing you on June 18, 2014 has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced. You will always be with me I know, but missing your handsome smile and hugs is so hard. Love you MORE, Mom
Jean Krupsky
To my adoring closest friend Kendall, too beautiful for this world. Leaving us way too early at the age of 19. I miss you more than life itself. 3/28/94- FOREVER
Gabrielle
In memory of my son Philip Fader who passed away at the age of 29 on November 30, 2004. Struggled with alcohol addiction and died of a methadone overdose. Son I miss you always. Gone too soon.
Kathy
Lost Tom Vicky, Catherine and almost myself...RIP to both of you... Paix à vos âmes.... Y P
Yannick
We lost our oldest son 6/2/2013!! You also lose all sense of life. He was always so full of life and loved by everyone. Always had your back, stood up for anyone who was picked on in school and made them feel important. Drew was 25, one of the top athletes in high school. He only lost one wrestling match his whole senior year (I really miss those days) but you would never know that because he was so humble! After high school he seemed to be lost with no direction. Went from being the greatest at everything he did to just being lost in life. Always a good kid, never disrespectful to anyone. Then he got hooked on prescription pain medicine. What a nightmare! My loving child totally changed. One night he put some methadone into his veins and never woke up! First time he ever tried that drug and he died! I didn't even know this existed! I was looking for a half marathon that supported drug overdose and found this. Thanks!!!
Judy
My dear Erin was murdered by this hideous devil drug heroin on June 23, 1997. She fought hard but the heroin had her pinned against the wall and would not let her go. Now you are in heaven Erin and you are surrounded by people who had fought just like you. I miss you more each day and will never give up my fight to educate young people about the Devil. I love you. Mom
Marie Allen
In Loving Memory of Lindsey M
Amanda
It is so healing to have this time to remember and know that you are not alone in your grief - remembering my son Lee, who lost his life to an overdose in 2008. A day never goes by that you are not in my thoughts
Diane
To my dearest sister Donna M. You are missed every day. Always remembering the good times and smiling, Love always lil sis Mikayla-Jay x
Mikayla-Jay
BJ you left me and the boys nearly 3 years ago. We miss you every day and wish you were with us. Please remember your loved ones lost to an overdose xxx
Belle
I lost my son to a heroin overdose just 9 months ago, David Windsor "Thaddeus" Batchleder July 3, 1991-November 20, 2013, age 22. Rest easy Pooh, we miss you so much and we love you more than all the world can hold.
Kimberly Chilcott
John, I'm past the anger. It took me years though and two years of bursting into tears every time I heard you play or sing. I couldn't even listen to the music that brought you to mind so clearly. Remember "Turn! Turn! Turn!" that night on the bus? You were so easy to fall in love with. It took me a long time to understand why you needed the drugs. That it was fear, not hubris. And while I've forgiven you and moved on, I still love you. But because of you I'll never again turn a blind eye to someone I love using. I'll never back down like I did with you. Rest easy, my love, and know that you are missed, and loved always. - Little J
Julie Rogers
I lost my sisters to a drug overdose. Yes sisters! Both of them, my only siblings, my baby sisters. Lisa Roxane Hitchcock' Berrios 03-22-1969 to 04-03-2007 Joely Kathleen Mullino 12-20-1982 to 04-18-2007 They died 15 days apart. Not a day goes by that their death doesn't affect me. I miss them every day! Lisa was only two years younger than I. We grew up together. We fought, we made up, we hated each other, we loved each other, as sisters do. Drugs had a hold on her more than anything else in her life. Even after numerous overdoses and dying for 5mins. She had to learn how to feed herself, walk, talk again. It didn't stop her. Nothing, and no one could reach her. I miss you every day Lisa! You took a part of me with you. Joely my baby sister. You were only 24. So young and full of living. Lisa's death made you spiral out of control. Having an infant daughter didn't wake you up. You self-medicated depression with drugs. I adopted your baby girl. She's my daughter now. I love her more than you could. I miss you every day and see you in your little girl. I hope you know how much I love her. She's my world. I hope you both are resting in peace. I haven't found it yet with losing you two..I miss y'all so very much, every single day!
Stephanie Oladell
To my beautiful baby sister Haley. May you be free from life's struggles and dependency. It was devastating to see such an amazing young woman get caught up in such a cruel situation. She was strong, brave and honestly fighting for her life back. The chains of drug addiction can be unforgiving and she just couldn't set herself free. At the young age of just 21 she passed away and now lies in peace. I love you Haley and can now only dream of you sharing special moments with me. May your mind be still and your dependency be relieved. You have shown me the value of life and how to manifest its gifts daily. Thinking of you always.
Courtney
I left a message for you last year too. It wasn't even a year since you'd been gone and there I was, in a place I never thought I'd be - missing you. The pain I carry now is no lighter than it was back then, but better concealed. My life has shattered. It is sometimes motionless yet going through the motions. My heart aches for you and what could have been. What should have been. Your struggle was real and hidden. Your pain was there and unseen. Your life hung on a rope, tipping from one end to the other, never knowing which way the wind would blow and what would happen. The days we spent talking to one another before the final goodbye ring in my ears. You always teaching, always sharing. Somehow, maybe God was preparing me. If I'd had known the outcome, I'd surely have run to your rescue! I would have reassured you and asked you to hold on. Had I been there I would have stopped you. I would have begged and pleaded for your life. And yet, as it is written on your tombstone, words you spoke to me and dad. "Sometimes, the Lord's final healing comes with taking you home." I have to believe and stand by, or I'd go mad. The Lord, He was yours. And you were His. And one day I pray, I'll see you again. I love you Bubba. More than words. I love you!
Kristy
My husband and I lost our beautiful daughter Marin to a heroin overdose two years ago and in order to address the stigma about the disease and what can happen to a family we produced the video below with the Ohio Attorney General's Office and hope you will share. Would love to get involved anyway I can. I now work for the AG doing Outreach on this epidemic!! Thank you
Heidi Riggs
In memory of Pat Lawton, a young man who died too soon - with love forever - from his mum
Jo Pioro
Thoughts and prayers are with all the souls and their families that we have lost to overdose and to addiction x
David Ryan
Remembering Gianni today. A wonderful man and friend who left us too soon.
Teresa
In loving remembrance of my dear friend Matt Martens who lost his lengthy battle with pills. Matt passed away March 7, 2014 only 6 days after turning 30. You are missed every second of every day! Love you to the moon and back
Kim Martin
For Jeff, Tina, Alyssa and Stephen. You were all too young. I think of you often.
Luke
You left us just a little over three weeks ago. You tried to fight your demons but they were too strong. You were all or none, you had no rock bottom, you lost everything including your life. The heroin and fentanyl were the love of your life. Ultimately your lover was your killer. We may not of liked you sometimes due to the hold your lover had over the real you but we truly loved you. No more worrying about if you're safe or cold or hurt. We know exactly where you are now and instead of us watching over you, you are watching over us. We will get thru this but we will never get over it. RIP sweet sister of mine. Manda Smith-Mooneyhan 8/7/80-8/5/14.
Angie Bright
Mike Robert - my son. Forever loved and never gone
Donna
My son, Steven, I miss you more than words can say. My heart aches, the tears flow and the pain is unbearable at times. I'll love and miss you forever.  
Mom
Bill, I miss you more than words can say. You were and always will be my one and only son. I know you're at peace and one day we will be together again. So until we do I will always remember your smile and what joy you have given me since the day you were born. I love you Mom
Grayce Watkins
The day you left us Brian, you left an empty space, you took a piece of us all which no one could replace. A loyal man to all you loved, such kindness and so caring. The happiness you gave to us, and good times that we're sharing. I know again we'll all meet up, until we're back together. Your immortal smile and kind heart, will live with us forever. Your loving Karen
Karen B
As our state lies very near to the Golden Triangle and just next to Burma. Since Manipur is surrounded by Burma from different sides heroin is available and cheap. And the fertility of Manipur is also very much suitable for cultivating poppy plants. In recent years an area of 220 sq km of cultivated poppy plant has been found along with equipment for processing heroin. Also, the NH 39 highway is the main route for drug trafficking in bulk. So the rate of overdose is highest.
Nishikanta Elangbam
Ben, we miss you so much. Five years clean, a two-year-old daughter, such a mountain you climbed to get there after 20 years of battle. You had so much to live for and we were so proud of you. If only you could have felt that much pride and love for yourself. I grieve that my baby daughter doesn't have her uncle here, or me my brother to walk by my side through life anymore. I sing your song, we keep you alive, but nothing will ever fill the gap you've left.
Sally Stockwell
Danny, it's almost two months since we lost you to a heroin overdose. The pain and heartache is unbearable and I pray that no family has to ever go through this. There is such a void in our lives that was once filled with your laughter. Some days we wonder how we'll ever get through the next. I hope you know how many people loved you and prayed you would be able to beat this demon. I know in my heart you are finally at peace and free from this horrible addiction. You are always in our hearts. Till we see you again. Watch over us Dan. We love you forever.
Judy
Today I will be remembering my girlfriend Alice, who I lost almost exactly 12yrs ago. She was the first person who understood me, my addictions and my weirdness. She was truly effervescent, she brought a smile to so many faces and frustrated us all at times. Lost sadly to an overdose just four days before her 18th birthday in September 2002. I will miss your wit, your intelligence and your joy in seeing others doing so well. I am glad you came to buy some shoes with me :) for Alice, I love you always and your memory is so often the driving force to maintaining my recovery on my darkest days.
Michael McDowell
Linda Richardson GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN With love xxx
Ange Clarke
Nathaniel passed September 11th 2009. I am a youth employment counselor and he was a youth I had known for 7 years. But he was more than a client – he was a friend, a son and a real warrior. His spirit walks with me every day in the work I do and calls me to do more for the youth I work for.
Tim Greenwood
My friend  it's been thirteen days since you were so sadly taken way too young. I want to say R.I.P. Aaron Collins, you won't be forgotten. You were a good friend of mine along with so many others. I'll miss you making me laugh. Miranda Lynch
Miranda Lynch
Michael my love, not a day goes by that we don't love you, miss you or need you. You will always be the most beautiful man I've ever known and the rest of of my living days are forever incomplete. It'll never make sense. I love you for eternity
Danielle
Today, 08/31/2014, is a very special day. It is International Overdose Awareness Day, and it is my birthday. Today, I remember my son Quincy Kramer 01/11/91 - 06/03/2014, at 23 years he left this earth due to a heroin overdose!!! I wish he was here, but he will just be here as my angel today!! Quincy, Mommy misses you!! I love you!!
Stephanie T Kramer
My dear baby bear Jake, it has been almost 18 months since you left us. Not a day goes by that I wish you were still here.  I know you are watching out for all of us who love and miss you. I love you son, LOVE Mom
Anna
Jason Peters 10/2/71-7/3/13
Cortney Critelli
Joshua Bennett (9/4/1978-4/2/2014). My dear son, I love you and miss you each and every second of each and every day. I wish you had trusted me enough to tell me you were using again. The heartbreak and pain of losing you is indescribable. I will always love you, Mom.
Linda
LESSON FROM FRED – In loving memory of my brother Don’t be a hater he once said. “What?” was my sarcastic reply, "look at the scumbag walking down the street. Do you see his clothes? His rotted teeth?” "You don’t even know that man." “Well, there are options," I replied, "there is rehab and another thousand reasons to stay alive.” "Don’t be a hater, what has he done to you? His spirit is broken and he isn’t going to come thru. I know that guy back from a year or two, lost his job and family too. His pain is deep but he’s hollow too." A few years later a call came to me. Can you come pick me up was all he said. “YES! I exclaimed, where are you?” "Well, you can’t come here, I’ll start walking." We rode in silence for some time. As you see, it was my brother I had picked up off the street. Brown bag under his arm, traffic whizzing by, he didn’t look the same but I knew why. “It will be alright” I finally said aloud. Eyes full of water he looked down and only said: "Don’t be a hater" “Ok” I replied.
Joelle White-Shaffer
A little over five months ago we lost my amazing big brother Georgie at the young age of 26. He was a kind-hearted and very knowledgeable young man with many talents. He had struggled with the disease of addiction for years and it seemed an overwhelming and unbearable battle for him. He tried many times to seek help and but his addiction went far beyond the physical ailing. It was a mental battle every day. My brother was the funniest, loving, cool big brother and uncle to my two boys who you could ever want or imagine. He is so missed every single day and life will never be the same without him.  Every life matters! Overdose is an epidemic in my county and my state and in our country! Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters need to be aware! I love you Georgie rest in peace
Grace
In honor of my little brother Billy who left us just this July 4th, 2014. I'm sad for the time we both lost in not getting to know each other more deeply and for the ways that drugs and alcohol, and sometimes this being human in life, can take us away from everything, from living fully. And I'm sad for your beautiful voice that will never sing again and for the fact that life had become so painful for you. I'm so glad I got to hear your voice. You are remembered with love and held in my heart and the hearts of all those whose lives you touched, even if just for a while. And though you may not have been able to feel it fully or reach it or believe it life held it for you, beneath it all you were and have always only been love. May you know and be in that wherever you are now. Love, Tristan
Tristan
To my beautiful son Shane Tyler Gwynne: In 24 days you will be gone 2 years. Every single day is a tearful battle for me. There are still so many things I can't understand about addiction and why. I hope you know how very much you were and are loved and missed. As my first born child you had an extra special place in my heart that can never be filled. Love Mom xoxo
Lisa Harbison
In loving memory of Grayson Kent. Your laughter and smile live forever in our hearts...4/5/93-7/9/12
Romona Adams
I can't imagine losing a child. This happened to my beautiful childhood friend Paige two years ago. I am thinking of her today, and wishing her comfort and love. Her sweet baby TJ lost his life to overdose and I know she aches for him every day.God bless her and her family. Love you Paige Caudill! -Tiffany Kirkpatrick and family ox
Tiffany
My dear Brandon, I miss you more and more with each passing day. It seems like the day you left, Nov 2, 2012, was just yesterday. I wish there was something else I could have done for you. I know I did my best, it just wasn't enough. I spend every day keeping your legacy alive. I share your story with everyone in the hopes that I can save just one person. Then I will know your death was not in vain. I will never forget you my dear son. I love you with all my heart! Until we meet again! Love, Mom.
Debbie
I lost my firstborn, my son Kane to opiate addiction two years and ten days ago. Our family chain is broken and nothing is the same.
Debbie Kopki
Methadone diversion took the life of my 18 year old son Shawn M. Leins on Oct. 12, 2012. I thought he had stayed the night at his friend's house, four places away until one of those friends came knocking at our door at noon. He asked for Shawn and when I told him I thought he was at his house, he told me Shawn had came home to go deer hunting with me. I looked in Shawn's room and I saw him in his bed sleeping - I thought. We called 911 and started CPR at 12:07. Time of death on his death certificate is 12:05. Shawn's friend's 32-year-old step-sister had shared her prescription of 10mg methadone pills with him. Autopsy revealed he had taken around 12 of those pills in the last 24 hrs of his life. Then she made him leave sometime between 12-1am. He came home and climbed into bed and went to sleep......forever!! Not a second that passes that I'm not crying on the inside. He had so much heart. He spent his days making people smile and he didn't deserve to be kicked out to go home alone! In loving memory of Shawn M. Leins 08/23/94-10/12/12 ~forever, for always and for eternity~
Lisa L Riddell
In memory of Jeffrey Stork, Josh Tarkington and Josh Galvez.
Brittany
My family recently suffered a great loss. My cousin Tyler was battling a heroin addiction that ultimately took his life. However, that is not what comes to mind when I think of Tyler. He had such a big heart and while he was clean he wanted nothing more than to help others also suffering with addiction. He spoke with those he knew who were struggling, went to every NA meeting he could and was truly trying to get his life back on track. Most importantly he talked about wanting to visit schools and talk to kids about his story. He didn't want to see anyone fall into drugs the way he did. So I choose to remember Tyler as the person he was, rather than as the addiction he had. I think it is really important to remember that addicts are human beings, family members and friends. So if you know someone struggling, please offer them support and understanding. Sometimes that means tough love, but it is love nonetheless.
Kateyn Sauerwein
Today, and every day I remember and rejoice in the 18 years I had as the mother to my first child, Brandi Shea Meshad. No it was not enough time. Eighteen years was not even close to the lifetime I expected to share with her, but 18 years was all we were given. She passed away on March 8, 2011 from accidental overdose and was only 18 years old. I contemplate all of the experiences I will never share with her, the experiences she never had the chance to have - to live - and it is overwhelming. An overwhelming loss of such a beautiful life. I choose to remember all the love and life she did share with all those she loved in the 18 years she had. I cherish every single second. Today, and every day, I remember and will always wish she would miraculously walk through the front door alive. Overdose is preventable. Education is an absolute must. Every single life is worth saving. My daughter was worth saving. But she didn't have that option. So from earth to heaven I reach my arms, my soul, my being to her in the belief that she can still feel my love. I will love you till the sky ends....and it never does. 
Lisa Brandy
Love and miss you every day my sweet Candace. Love Mom
Tina
I would like to commemorate my son Daniel Agado, who passed away of a prescription drug overdose last Dec 14th 2013. Missing him dearly today.....AZ
Felipe Agado
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day. It's a day that would have no significance to me before a few weeks ago. Now, it will go into a long list of days that will lead to me thinking of my younger brother, Mike. A few weeks ago, my younger brother, 26 years old, was brought to hospital after an overdose. Most likely heroin, could have been some other opioids, the pain killers that originally started him down that path when he was younger. I have never had the heart to ask, and I don't think it would make a difference to know. I will not forget listening to the voicemail from my dad telling me to call back right away. I knew it was something bad, my dad has always been a strong man, and I've never heard his voice like that. When he answered the phone, I asked the direct question not wanting to dance around whatever the news was and he told me my brother, Mike, 26 years old, one daughter who is almost 4, was brain dead in the hospital on life support. There was no hope for recovery. I still have not processed this. As I stood next to him at the funeral, I watched a stream of family and friends pass by, physically broken at the sight of such a young person taken, with a sort of numbness that still comes and goes today. I didn't want to compound people's grief by having them feel bad for me and for the loss of my brother, Mike, who was 26 years old, with a daughter named Mia. This was not the first time. We've been through it before with him. I say we, but I mean my family. I've been away for so long, I just ignored it. It was an embarrassment, a weakness in him that I didn't care to understand or want to deal with. My mom would try to bring him up when we talked on the phone; talk about how he had being doing better, had a job, had relapsed, had came by asking for money or a place to live, but she knew that I would refuse to talk about him. This was his fault. He chose to do this, and he didn't care about who he hurt with his selfish behavior. That's what I believed. To some extent, even after everything, I still believe on a subconscious level that my brother, Mike, 26 years old, with a daughter named Mia and a younger sister named Kelsey, had killed himself. That's the easy way to look at this. It's easy, comforting to blame him instead of grappling with the idea of drug abuse and dependence. It's easier to say he should have just stopped instead of blaming a whole system of nameless, faceless people making decisions that treat the symptoms of this disease instead of the causes. A system that is based on some puritan morality that punishes the addicts instead of helping them. A system that offers no way out. Mike, my younger brother, 26 years old, with a daughter named Mia, with a younger sister named Kelsey, and a nephew named Kole, was trapped. We'll never know what or why he was driven to use on that last day, but he made an offhanded remark before he did that is heart breaking. He said he should just go out and get high so that he could get back into a detox program and get some help. Because even though he had a well documented history of drug abuse, the system doesn't let you in unless there are drugs in your system. People who want and need help don't always get it in time. I'll always blame him. I don't think it's entirely his fault. Things could have been different if there were better systems in place. If we knew how to deal with it better. I hadn't spoken with my brother in over a year. Who knows what could have happened if I had changed that. I don't blame myself. I don't need people to tell me it's not my fault, I know that. That, unfortunately, will never change the fact that there is a chance it could have been different. I could have been different. This is another epidemic in America we are ignoring. You don't have to go far in your circle of family and friends to find someone affected by this. One in 15 people who take prescription pain killers for fun will use heroin within 10 years. In 2011, there were over 260,000 hospital admissions for heroin overdose, a drastic and continual increase. There's no easy way to handle someone who has this problem. There's no single right way to treat it. But treating it as an embarrassment, quietly hoping and expecting it to resolve itself, relying on the current system to deal with it, that is the wrong way. There are resources out there. Please help bring attention to this problem. Please donate if you can. Do it for your own moral beliefs, do it for the people in your life who have already been affected. Do it for the ones who haven't been affected yet. Do it for my younger brother, Mike, who was 26 years old when he was laying in a hospital bed, surrounded by his parents, Ron and Paula, and his younger sister, Kelsey, when the doctor declared him brain dead, who has a daughter named Mia with his girlfriend, Mackenzie, who won't ever have real memories of her dad, who had aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends, who left us all.
Ron Matson
There's not a day goes by I don't wish I could have saved you. You have no idea how much we all miss you. The pain will never go away, but you'll live on in our memories. Until we meet again, my angel. I love you Dylan James Cade.
Jayce Tyler
I lost my 29-year-old son to an accidental heroin overdose on August 15, 2010. He struggled against his addiction, searching for resources that just weren't there. It is my most fervent wish that no other mother go through this and I hope in some way I can work to prevent someone else from experiencing the anguish and loss of that special love between mother and son.
Emily Galvin
To all who suffer the loss of their child. I am another mom who has lost my one and only daughter, Allison, at the age of 27, and to a drug overdose. The drugs won and she lost her battle with addiction. She was in her bed in her apartment and died. It's been almost three years and today I cannot be silent. Today unfortunately someone else's child will also lose their life as a result of a drug overdose. Hoping to share in my daughter Allison's memory, I wish you all my sympathies for these are tragic losses, which no one can deny are epidemic in their numbers. It's a day of Remembrance, but it needs to be a time to take a stand against drug importing, and pharmaceuticals not being controlled. Our children are paying with their lives for the greed of others. Addiction is a disease brought on by drugs and the combinations are killing without discrimination. Let us not be silent.
Rhonda Worsena
My tribute is to Taylor Lee. Forever, and ever You left this world, you walked right past. No word said, your breath, its last. Your memory dances in my head. I'm so sorry you were alone on that bed. You won't leave my heart, soul, and memories. You hurt so many when you passed. I know Leo, your love, his heart was smashed. I wonder what you do in heaven. Do you fly with wings, or does everyone sing? Do you miss me? Do you watch over me? I'll never know, until we meet again. I love you, and miss you. Born 01/28/1992 Died 06/06/2014 Found 06/08/2014 This sweet lovely boy, passed away at the age of 22. He passed away alone in his bed, and wasn't found for 2 days. Heroin overdose was his cause of death. He was a recreational user, and had only used twice before. My message is... It doesn't matter if this is your first time using, or the millionth time using, this shot could be your last. And good for you, all your pain, problems, and worries are gone. But don't forget it's not you that hurts any more, it's those who love you. Taylor had his whole life ahead of him. He was one in a billion. Because of a stupid decision he made, he will never see the bright future he had in front of him. Love Always, Kaelyn Ashley P.S. I Miss You Sweet Boy. I'll see you when it's my time.
Kaelyn Ashley
Our son James died 5/23/2014. We will always remember him and treasure the time we had with him. We miss him and love him more each day xxxxxxxxxxxx
Jill Brannan
I have lost 6 friends in the past 4 years to the effects of drugs and alcohol. Four of those were overdoses, the other two suicides. I am 19 years old, and I have seen more death than most people I know. Overdose is preventable, treatment is an absolute. I am blessed to have made it out of my own addictions alive, yet they still haunt me sometimes. I miss my friends, and my family member that I lost. Please spread the love, spread the support, and spread the awareness.
Dani
Steven, I miss you so much. Words don't describe the pain in my heart. I cry every time I think of you - which is all of the time. Your sweet smile and beautiful eyes are one of my favorite memories. I wish I had told you I love you more, even if you didn't want to hear it. In my heart I know you tried hard to fight and I wish I knew how to help you. I'm proud of you and my love for you will never end. My sweet son.
Mom
We lost our beautiful, smart, wonderful daughter Brooke LaZare on May 8, 2012 and since that day there are no tomorrows and no future. It is never-ending trying to remember and relive every minute of every day she was alive. Without any new memories, I strive to remember as much as I can of every day she was alive. She died three days shy of her 24th birthday. We love and miss you so much and cannot believe that you are gone. . . pink roses with glitter forever. Love you sweet daughter of ours, Mom and Dad
Jill
Jason R Samuels (6 August 1980 - 21 May 2010). Each day now is the same as yesterday and tomorrows will be no different. Grateful I was chosen to be your mom and walk with you through the good and the horrible. You fought a hard fight. Your journey was not and will never go in vain. You were an example of courage and my best friend, my beautiful son. No words exist for the ache that never ends. But for you Jason..the battle was won. You are right, "pain IS love". SOAR HIGH LIVE LARGE SUPREMELY FREE AND HAPPY FOREVER Love you forever and treasure every memory Mom
Vickie Samuels
My son and light in my life went to heaven a year ago October 24.  My dear husband found him in his old room from an overdose of heroin. He only struggled with addiction a short time but it consumed him from the very minute he tried it. He relapsed and used two times before the drugs took him from us, leaving a broken-hearted family and the woman who was to be his bride in 10 days. Never does a day go by when he is not remembered and missed. Ethan - you are in our hearts forever and we will always think and dream of what could have been........Mom
Kelley
My son Shawn Dalton Arthurs, age 21, died March 3, 2014 of a heroin overdose. We lost a son, brother, grandson, cousin nephew and best friend. Shawnie will always be remembered for his brilliant smile, his inner and outward beauty, sense of humor, his laughter, compassion and love that he had for his family and friends. Forever on my heart and always on my mind. I love you Shawnie
Rebecca Zemke
Miss you Sarrah!
Jeanette Terry Marcum
Not a day goes by that I don't miss my older brother, Sean. He was one of the most benevolent people alive.
Celeste Arnett
Mama, I love and miss you every single day. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I try to forget it, but I can't. I know you didn't mean to OD, but that doesn't make it any easier. I hasn't gotten easier after 3 years, I've just learned to live differently. You would be proud of me. I'm married. I married, Domenic mama. I saved you a seat in the front next to dad. I hope you saw it. I hope you saw me. You were honestly a wonderful mom and I'm sorry I never thanked you like I should have. I was a brat. I'm so different now. I've had to endure so much without you. Please save a seat for me in heaven. I can't wait to see you again. I love you bunches and bunches and bag again. Love, Tooterbug, goose, your princess, your daughter, Amy
Amy Maffettone
For my funny, inventive, B-movie lovin' brother who passed from accidental toxicity 7 December 2002. We love you.
Sis
In honor of my son James, whose birthday it was yesterday, August 31. I love you always. Mom  
Heidi Kuwik
My son was 26 years young. I miss him like I have never missed anyone or anything in my life. He is my affectionate child and he always made me laugh. He is the sunshine in the day. I cannot and will not accept that he is gone forever. I need him. I birthed him. I raised him. He is my son! Robert, if you can see what I am writing please know that I love you more than life itself. I would do anything to bring you back home. You are very loved by so so many people. You put an impact on so many lives. Why god took you from me I don't know, but please honey, just know you're in my heart every minute and every second of every day! Now and forever.  Xoxo Love miss you to the moon and back! Mom
Ruthann Blanchard
The love and light of my life. My heart feels as if it's been filled with concrete with the absence of your light in my life. You were the best little brother I could have ever asked for. The one who would sit with me and stare at that wild moon through a telescope, hoping we'd somehow find the answers resting in a crater. I'm still here, staring and hoping. I look to the stars and butterflies to find a piece of you. You're the sun on my face and the wind through the trees. There's nothing I wouldn't give to have another moment with you, or one more chance to help you through. Shine on you crazy diamond. Casey Carl William Wright, Rest In Peace, May 19, 2014
Kalli Wright
Walking in memory of my two nephews, Thad and Andrew lost to overdose, as well as all of those families that have suffered loss. While we remember those we have lost we also want to celebrate and honor those in Recovery!
Kris R
Jacob, my precious only child. I don't know how I've managed without you. Almost 47 months of wandering in this wilderness alone now. I miss your gentle spirit, your contagious laughter, your brilliant mind. I miss hearing your voice and wrapping my arms around you. I just miss you. Every second,  every hour, every day.  Rest in peace, my precious heart. I love you...... Always and forever. Mom
Lisa
Dan, I am writing this tribute to you. Born onto this Earth on October 3, 1990 to two loving parents. The only child. You brought so much joy and love into the lives of others. You were an old soul. Funny, non-judgmental, unselfish to your own detriment, easy going, able to make friends with absolutely anyone, yet you were haunted by demons at a young age. None of us really knew what they were. You acted out and acted the clown to mask whatever you felt. You never, ever wanted to talk about these things. Your parents were very uncomfortable with talking about things like feelings so they loved you by not making you uncomfortable, by covering up for you over and over and by supporting you. You dabbled in drugs at a young age but it didn't seem too much cause for concern. You quickly moved to prescription narcotics and became addicted. As much as we didn't believe it, you were addicted. How could this happen? This phase was very short. Heroin was all over the suburbs. It was easy to get and so much cheaper than painkillers. Now you were a full blown heroin addict. We were all in denial. How could we not be? You were such a  beautiful person and you were succumbing to a baffling, cunning, manipulative, personality changing, fatal disease. You became a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of sorts. You hid from us what we shouldn't see and we believed you. You were in and out of rehab. Always excited and fresh. Working the steps. Taking each day as it came. You had us all sit down for a meeting to discuss your future plans. You were so excited to be getting an apartment and to be stepping up in your Dad's business. You were so happy to have had 284 days clean that day. You talked about the many things you had to be grateful for. You talked about how grateful for the fact that God had given you the opportunity to live. We were all so excited, yet still slightly tentative after everything, to have you back. So vibrant. So full of life. You were my best friend in the world. You were my soul mate. I think that God gives us each a soul mate, whether it be the same gender as us or not, in our partner or not, it doesn't matter. Dan was my soul mate. He understood and accepted me for who I was and I, you. You brought a smile to my face each and every single day that I was fortunate enough to know you. Even on the bad days, I believe you still gave me a reason to smile. On June 24, 2014 at around 1pm, I got a call from your mother. She was hysterical. They had just found you at the rough place downtown. Your "friends" left you to overdose without calling 911. There are no "Good Samaritan Laws" in this state. I could rage on about the backwards-ness of that and the fact that first responders here, besides paramedics, don't even carry narcan...but I won't. It doesn't do any good right now. It doesn't bring you back and there are other places that I will rage for you Dan. I will not let your death be in vain. This is a fight that I will NEVER stop fighting. I am so sad, angry, confused, lost, enraged, guilt stricken and horrified that this has happened. It DIDN'T have to happen. Why didn't any of us pick up on the change in your behavior? Why didn't you tell any of us? We would so eagerly have helped. We just wanted you to live. We so badly wanted you to live. Now that you're gone there is such an enormous hole in my soul. I think about you constantly. It doesn't even feel quite real yet. You are all I dream about. But I know that true love never dies and neither do memories. Your love is in my heart and you will be with me forever. Please watch over me, over all of us. We need you so very much. "It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but is never gone,"  -Rose Kennedy
Patty
My best friend Vlad Mateescu passed away due to a heroin overdose on August 13, 2014, eight days after he turned 29. From the moment I met Vlady, I fell in love with him. How could you not love him? He had such a unique personality, a beautiful smile and he brought joy to everyone he was around. Whenever I was around him, it was like nothing else mattered. He had such a love for others, and his light shined for all to see. He was the glue in most of his friendships. He never judged anyone and he was always the quickest to forgive when he was wronged or hurt. I will try and remember Vlady with smiles and laughter, not with sadness and tears because he wouldn't want that for me. I have so many good memories with Vlady in the 11 years that I have known him. I remember when he joined the Marines and how much respect I had for him. He was determined to make a difference in his life and he was going to work harder than most to do it. He graduated top of his class, and man was I proud of him. I know that I will never have a friendship again like I did with Vlady because there is no one on Earth that is like him, and there never will be. He was the BEST friend I could ever ask for and a piece of my heart left with him. Thank you Joanna and Christian for bringing such a beautiful soul into this world, he forever changed my life! I love you Vlady and I will never forget you.  
Elizabeth
George was the first friend I made in rehab. We shared all the things that had brought us to that place and supported each other in reconstructing our lives without drugs. I relied on his courage and honesty when we shared a home together after rehab. We had two years clean when one day after a few beers watching the footy he bumped into an old girlfriend. The police woke me at three the next morning with the news that he was found abandoned in a St Kilda laneway, dead from an overdose. I wish things had turned out different. One mistake shouldn't be so expensive.
Campbell Black
This tribute is for Samm Gomez, who died of a heroin overdose three weeks before his 22nd birthday, on February 22, 2014. Samm, I trust you have peace now from your anxieties and struggles and that some day I will see you again. I know you are safe. I know you know you were and are loved. I miss your crooked little grin and hearing you greet me with: "Hey, Mom." I miss how you found the funny in every little nook of life. You had such a knack for noticing the absurd and comic and yet you were never mean. You could make me laugh like no one else. We walked a tough road together but it was ours and I accept it. I will find a way to use these experiences we went through for something good, Sam. I know you would have wanted me to. One day I guess we'll know the answers. Just not today. I know that you did not want your problems to cause anyone else unhappiness. It was not easy being you and I know you struggled with so much. I am so thankful for your friend Glenn, who kept you alive for so long and never let us get out of touch with each other. He is my and was your Earth Angel. Keep growing, keep learning, keep progressing, my son. It is all about the growing. I know you did the best that you could on this earthly plane and I trust that you are now safe with God. I will see you again soon enough. Love you, kiddo. Mom
Samm Gomez
So handsome so bright so young, 23 and now you're free, No more misery, no more pain, No sadness or worries of this life you have gained, Left behind so many you loved, Their feet on this soil left looking above, The stars the sky the moon above, But it's you they see in clouds and doves, Soar high with wings in beautiful light, For its not good bye it's just good night, To see you again with a smile so due, And arms open wide saying come to you. AMEN
Tonya Luck
To my son, L CPL. Richard J. Soltis, Jr, USMC, I miss you so much. I still can't believe you are gone. Every time I see your beautiful little girl Madi, I ache inside knowing she will never remember her daddy. I know the most important thing to you was becoming a United States Marine. I am so glad you fulfilled your dream. I am so proud of you for serving our country. I wish there was something we could have done to save you. I love and miss you with all my heart, Mom
Ricky
I can't believe it's been 6 years now since you've been gone. I know how much you struggled just to be you. I know how much you HATED the drugs and hated what you were doing. I'm sorry you felt so much pain. I'm sorry you could never feel the love that so many felt for you. When you died, I knew you were at peace and knew you finally FELT the love that everyone had for you. And that you have felt my love for you ever since.I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like to have you in recovery, what that would have been like for you. I wished you could have experienced that. I have never been ashamed of you, I am proud to be your older sister. Proud of the way you lived your life, the way you treated others and inspired others all the time. I am proud of your accomplishments and your drive in life. You taught me to dream and dream big. We all dream...and dreams come true. Thank you for staying with me the last 6 years in my dreams. I love you! Shannon Schou
Shannon Schou
On 2/11/04 I lost my Mom to an overdose of heroin. It's so hard to go on without your Mom. I miss her so much. She will always be loved in my heart, and in all the hearts of her kids and grand-kids. RIP Mama Patty Jean Adams. Forever in our hearts  
Vanessa Perales
I lost my beautiful daughter Erin to a heroin overdose on June 23,1997. She was 21. Erin tried to stop but the heroin kept calling her back. Our family misses her terribly. My heart is missing a big piece and can never be fixed. I know she is in heaven and pray that someday we will be together again. I keep all addicts in my prayers. R.I.P Erin Allen 4/3/76...6/23/97
Marie Allen
I lost my only son, John Atkinson, on March 30, 2002, to an overdose of alcohol, crack cocaine and opiates. My life was forever changed by my son's downward spiral though the hell of addiction and his subsequent death from this horrid disease. John left behind a four year old son. There is always an empty chair to remind me that he is gone. There is a piece of my heart missing, a piece in the perfect shape of him. Please don't think that addiction can't happen to you or someone in your family. This disease is like a thief in the night, and does not discriminate. It will ravage you, your home, your children.... Some die, that others may live. May the death of my son not be in vain.
Bonnie Cole
I lost my best friend Trev, accidentally. He was the most incredible good guy. Not a day goes past without me thinking about him. Its been 10 years, and I love him and miss him, like the day it happened. Rest in peace beautiful man xxxx
Pamela Bernal
On 3 March 2012 my family's life was forever changed. My beloved first born child - my only 26 year old son Marshall Jean de Meillon slipped away in the early hours. His death was as a consequence of a heroin overdose. He was a mere 10 days from celebrating his 27th birthday. My heart is forever altered by his birth and broken into a million little pieces by his death. Each day I pick up another shard of my soul and try to piece it together to weave it back into some semblance of a new "normal". A "normal" that does not include my son, my Marshall; my only boy child. The guilt, the missing, the endless ache of his loss - does not go away. Yes it moves in waves but it moves inexorably day and night and is relentless in its mission to batter your bleeding heart. Marshall Jean de Meillon - MY SON - made me love more, learn more, weep more and grow more into the person I am today - imperfect and battered but still his proud and living mom - a grief warrior that cries out in sympathy for all the other families walking a similar journey to ours. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you gather your million little pieces and try to move on.
Margot van Ryneveld
Quinny twinny, my dearest best friend and sister. I'm so sorry I couldn't save you from this evil disease. I know now you are not suffering, you are pain free in the loving safe arms of God. For you Quinn, I will bring awareness all around the world that drug addiction/overdose is very real and that we can prevent it. You always had the biggest heart sissy and now I'll be doing this for you. You are missed more everyday. Until that day I see you again, just know I love you so much!!! Love, Kay <3
Kay
I lost my brother John Yost to a heroin overdose, March 12, 2009. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. "I do this work to end the common thinking that addiction and overdose won't happen in your family. If it happened to my brother, it can happen to yours." My quote on the Stop Overdose IL fliers for the upcoming event on August 30, 2014. John was a very loving person who cared so much about us and didn't want to be a slave to this drug. He struggled for almost half of his life with his addiction. Going in and out of rehabs, jail and on the streets. Then just like most people who die from this, he used one last time. He was clean as far as we knew and died at 30 years old. It saddens me that we'll never get to see him get married or have kids or we'll never grow old together, but I know that he's at peace now. I can't imagine how horrible it was for him day in and day out to try and conquer it. In the end heroin won! We need people to get educated! I've met so many people in other organizations that have been through this or are going through it now. We need to get the people who it's not affecting educated. These are the ones that think, "Nope, it'll never be my kid". Look around, the kids who are dying are your cheerleaders, football, baseball, basketball players! It's no longer the face of the dirty junkie in the alley in downtown Chicago. It's our children who need the education but you the parent need to know about it first.
Jeannine Garriepy
I lost my first-born child, my son Kenneth 23, on 7/6/12 to an accidental methadone overdose. Ken excelled in everything he set his mind to. Graduated high school as salutatorian in 2007, went to USC Business School, traveled to Hong Kong and Greece, joined Delta Chi and pioneered an idea that led to a start-up company. How I wish I could see what else he could've done in this lifetime. I miss you buddy - Til we meet again my son.
Rebecca
Danny I think of you every day. I love you to the moon and back. Xoxoxoxo 08/27/90-08/17/2014 you are always with me. Love mom
Debbie Rocha
I lost my daughter, Molly Beth Lewis, on August 11, 2014.  She struggled with heroin addiction for the last 6-7 years. She was 27 years old. She was funny, caring articulate and loved children. She had so much potential that will never be realized. She had been clean this time about a month and a half. She had her first job in several years and moved into her very own apartment on August 1st without the financial help of her parents and without having some loser, abusive boyfriend move in with her. She seemed finally on the right path and was so proud of herself. What in the world made her pick up and use again one last fatal time will never be known. There are so many "what ifs" and "I wish's" in my head and heart right now. I am sad beyond belief and so are her father and brother. We showed her a lot of tough love in the last couple of years and in doing so said a lot of harsh things to her and now wonder if all those harsh words might have gotten the best of her. Again....another "what if" or "I wonder." I'm sure I will go the remainder of my life questioning what I could have done any differently. I just know that her struggle is over and in a way, I am happy she no longer has to go through that unbearable torture, but now the struggle is on us as her survivors, as to how we are ever going to survive this horrible, horrible tragedy.
Lori Owen
In loving memory of my son, Zachary Daniel Wells, who died May 21, 2005 of a heroin overdose at the age of 16. I always knew my son was loyal and had a heart of gold. He would gladly fight to defend anyone who needed defending. He was especially protective of his "girl" friends. Heaven help the boy who hit one of his girl friends! When I lost my husband in a car accident, Zack was right there for me. He always knew when I was crying. He would come sit with me, put his arm around me and pat my shoulder - never saying a word. After Zack's passing, the mother of one of his friends told me how Zack jumped in and saved her son from drowning when the kids were swimming in the river. There is a gaping hole in my heart that can never be filled while I am on this earth. But I am grateful that for 16 years I had him in my life. Till we meet again, my son. I love you forever. Mom.
Jaril Lawson
I lost my beautiful daughter to an accidental prescription drug overdose on April 2, 2012 when she was 15 years old. Olivia was talented, intelligent, creative, funny, loving and compassionate. She will not be defined by her death but by the shining light she was during her short time here. She is deeply loved and fiercely missed by me, her step-dad, her brother and step siblings as well as all her family and multitude of friends. Kids need to understand that they are not invincible and that some mistakes cannot be fixed. One pill can kill. Olivia, I love you, I miss you, forever and always. There is no other way ~ Mom xoxox
Dale Jollota
RIP my boy. Anthony Harting, December 28, 1981 to June 20, 2010. With Never-ending love for my son.
Emanuela Harting
Yesterday Alex R. overdosed and died after being 16 months clean. It was his first time to relapse. That morning he posted on his Facebook: "Wake up, have a nice cold glass of water. Do 15 minutes of stretching, 10 minutes of meditation. Cook myself the usual breakfast - egg whites and oatmeal. Watch the sunrise.  One hour in, and my day is already amazing. Who else is already having a great day?"  This amazing day ended with his long-time girlfriend coming home after work to find him dead. Alex was 23 years old, getting ready to attend University in British Columbia, had a car, apartment, prospects for work. It was all coming together for him, but he picked up and used one more time. One last time. Alex leaves behind an amazing family who has done so much to support his recovery. Please pray for them.
Billy Gregg
Daddy may you rest in peace. No longer in pain. We love you.
Amanda
August 31, 2014 will be the most awful anniversary. It was the day I lost my sweet son Benjamin, my only child, to an accidental drug overdose - ironically on Overdose Awareness Day itself. Ben was 17, and we never even remotely saw it coming. He was spending the night with a few friends, planning a future with his girlfriend, and they got a hold of some oxycontin. They all went to sleep around 5am and slept until 1:30pm. When they woke up, Ben was gone! He had been gone probably since shortly after they went to bed, and his girlfriend slept the night beside him. He just slipped away, so silently, unnoticed. Ben was a good boy - the best! He cared for and took care of everyone to the point of giving them food and shelter if needed. He listened to everyone's problems and gave them strength to make it through their struggles. He made them feel good about themselves and helped them find purpose and value in their lives. He had no prejudice toward anyone and taught those around him to lose their prejudice. Even for a mentally disabled man much older than he was - he sought out advice on how to help and befriend him. He was always respectful to us, his parents. At his funeral all of his friends said he was the kindest person they had ever met. To me, he was my joy, my only child, the only child I ever needed. He had a beautiful sense of humor and of appreciation of small things like turtles and fried eggs and and the wooly feel of lambs. He would help me by telling me to leave my new braces alone or else they would bother me more than they already did. He would ask me why I spent so much time getting ready - he said "You come out looking exactly the same. You always look good, Mom." Yes, he was truly my pride and joy. He searched for truth and the meaning of life - online, in conversation, in thoughts and dreams. He searched for God, for goodness, for health, for ways to help others. He talked to God and read the Bible and developed his own way of seeing and worshipping God, always searching for more answers. I believe he has now found his answers, and is enjoying the fullest joy he could ever know, with Jesus. Enjoy your reward in Heaven, my sweet Ben! I hold you always in my heart and look forward to seeing you some again. day. Please pray for us here. I love you always, my Ben! - Mom
Linda Rabenberg
Randy missed you so much for your 23rd birthday a couple of days ago. We did find some comfort setting up your Facebook page 'Randy's Kind Gestures'. Over 4,700 people did a random act of kindness for another on your birthday 8/21/14 just like you did every day because you knew how hard life could be. Hopefully the lives of those participants have been changed forever and this movement will continue in your honor. Shock is the only word to describe how we felt after you were clean so long and living so happily. We will find a way to survive somehow without you, they tell me. But I miss you and want you here with me every day. Love you the most, Mom
Rene
My precious sons Matthew and Brandon you will never be forgotten. Always in my heart. Momma will see you again some glorious day
Diane Woodward
To my beautiful son Hunter - You blessed each and everyone you came in contact with. Your love, kindness, joy and laughter was magnetic. You loved your baby girl for a lifetime and LOLA is truly blessed to have had you as her daddy. You taught me more about love and life than life itself, we fought this war together. I am so proud of how hard you fought! Heaven is a better place because of you. You were larger then life with love and an ANGEL YOU WERE AND WILL ALWAYS BE. God bless my sweet boy - my QUAN I LOVE YOU , MAMA XOXO♥♥♥
Healy
Forever in our hearts. Forever loved. Megan Lauren 2/23/80-3/8/11. Love, Mom, Dad and Kyle
Sam
My beloved daughter Kerri Hedding 9/25/89 to 2/9/2014. Always in my heart and forever on my mind.
Christine Hedding
My one and only sibling, Carlos Ramos, passed away to a heroin and Percocet overdose. My mom found my brother unconscious. Although 911 was called he was pronounced dead. That day my life changed. He was a loving brother, son and uncle. R.I.P baby brother, you're gone but never forgotten.
Vimarie Prieto
Sadly missed, happily remembered. It didn't have to happen, but addiction isn't something we don't all overcome! We miss you: Sharon Carisse Wayne Grexton Bruce Davis Jimmy Blij
Stixx
Weeum, it's been 5 years and I guess it's safe to say now that there will always be a piece missing from my heart that you took with you to the big guy upstairs. Many days I would rather be with you than down here. Hope with all of my everything that I'll see you again one day. I love you.
Dani
Timmy, I am so very very sorry.  I think I made just about every mistake in the book. I'm sorry, I did love you and I know you're at last at peace. Rosemarie
Rosemarie
My son Nicholas died of a heroin overdose on March 2, 2012. His brother Joel wrote a song for Nicholas, his family, for others who have lost a loved one and anyone who is thinking of using one last time. The song is called Hello My Brother by Joel revised. It can be found on YouTube.
Michael Wenzel
Michelle Salamone - March 21,1975 to May 5, 2013. Forever 38. Love and miss you more than you'll ever know, Love, Mommy  
Maria Salamone
Thank you all for awareness day. Three months ago I lost the man I called soulmate, love and best friend. I wished I knew more about this demon drug, as I've learned now. I would have tried harder, I would have known better. I will hurt till the day I die, missing that most loving heart and immortal smile. Brian C always know you are so loved. Until we meet again my love sweet dreams
Karen
To my son James. I think of you all of the time. I miss you being here so tremendously. I hope you are at peace and watching over all of us. You were the best son a mother could ask for. I miss your enormous sense of humor, your giving and loving personality. I am so proud of you and the person you were here on earth. Fly on high dear angel.
Mom
For my Jimijam. You will always be my light. I miss your gorgeous smile, your contagious laugh, your bear hugs and the way you made me feel like I was the best Mom. I will die a little each day until we are together again!! You are my sunshine
Cathy
In remembrance of John Szyler, originator of Any Positive Change as the definition of recovery and many other ingenious improvements in drug-related thinking. John overdosed on May 6, 1996 as he failed to take his precautions, which were so rare then. Now, in John's memory, for 18 years, Chicago Recovery Alliance has made naloxone available to people using, along with assistance in forming alliances for life to reduce overdose and its carnage. Thanks for all you gave us John and continue to RIP!
Dan Bigg
Robert Shimon Orban. Jul 30, 1979 - Jun 27, 2012. Queens, NY. Robert's zest for life was contagious and his sharp New York wit, although cutting at times, was always underlined with compassion and caring. A former pro hockey goalie, Robert loved his hometown New York Rangers. I'm sorry he felt as deeply as he did, for his acute awareness of his separation from God had him lean towards the solution that ultimately would be his undoing. Robert would help anyone and would rescue homeless animals on the streets. He just had a heart that was too big for this cruel world. RIP my good brother. He had New York coolness and an ability to make people laugh when no one else could make them. Him driving that souped-up BMW that he loved so much.
Mark Kinzly
Our son Zachary died on August 30, 2013 of a heroin overdose, while living in a very strict halfway house for addicts. He battled his demons for almost 10 years. When we were looking for a reading for his funeral, I came across this poem that said everything so well. I am including it here. I am free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following paths God made for me I took his hand, I heard him call Then turned, and bid farewell to all I could not stay another day To laugh, to love, to sing, to play Tasks left undone must stay that way I found my peace, at close of play And if my parting left a void Then fill it with remembered joy A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss Ah yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened… deep with sorrow I wish you sunshine of tomorrow My life’s been full I’ve savored much Good friends, good times A loved one’s touch Perhaps my time seemed all too brief Don’t lengthen it now with grief Lift up your hearts and share with me, God wants me now… He set me free.
Elizabeth Berndt
In memory of my son Patrick Spencer, who died of a heroin overdose on 11/18/09. He was born on 10/06/85. Forever 24, forever in my heart. I'm serving a life sentence with no chance of parole. So save a life!  Don't wait till it's too late CALL 911
Jan Messer
On 8/8/2013 our loving son passed away from heroin overdose. He was at a friend's house who left him for hours as he thought he was asleep. Graeme Andrew Johnson was born 27/10/1984. Taken far too soon. We will always love and miss him. Rest in peace son. Love you loads xxxxx
Yvonne Johnson
Forever precious Kim.
JC Spruce
I lost my sweet son when he was 24 years old. My beautiful, kind, lovable, smart, funny boy was everybody's friend. I miss him so much I can hardly breathe. Austin Nicholas Barthen 02/26/1981 - 09/16/2005
Lesli Messinger
In memory of my late husband Jason William Nolan 9/03/1978 - 3/03/2011. Love you always, miss you terribly. Forever you will be my "diamond in the rough".
Tracy Nolan
For my true love and my children's father, Steven Wolfe. It has been two months to the day that God called you home and relieved your suffering here on earth. With you for 19 years, half of my life spent loving you. I miss you so desperately, Steve. I love you. Eternally.
Sarah Deitch
My beautiful son Joshua Aaron George, 9/24/83 - 12/3/11. He was a gentle soul and had a smile that lit up the room.  I miss him so much. Why oh why do we have so many passings from drug overdoses. It has to stop I love you Joshua now and forever - Mom
Rose George
Murray you are missed. You are remembered. xx
Alice Steel
My son, Levi Jason Butler. A beautiful soul. Love and miss him immensely.
Hillary Moyle
Anthony "Tony RED" Givens. Damn. There are few in our lives that when we are with them we never question if they have our backs and best interest at hand. The many dark and dangerous streets and abandoned buildings that we frequented in our work over the years never intimidated me when I was with you as I knew that you had my back as I had yours. Wish I could give you a hug and let you know that you're missed and that you made a big difference in many lives and the work that is being carried on today. Bad jokes, always trying to pick up women no matter where or when. His love of dance and his commitment to make things better. REST good brother.
Mark Kinzly
Max Broden Courtney 10/17/91-10/26/13. Forever 22. Loving son, father, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin and friend. "Love to the Max".
Angie Courtney
James (Jim) Erickson. Rest in peace. A loving fiance, daddy, son, brother, uncle, friend. Gone from our lives forever, but never gone from our hearts.
Monica Erickson
Jorge Luis Alverez, Feb 22, 1967 - May 13, 2013. New Haven, CT His infectious smile and how he welcomed people. His love for the Pinstriped boys of summer from the Bronx and playing golf with friends. Always a welcoming hand did he have for those especially with the allergy of addiction. He rewired many a house for people who needed the work done but could not afford it. It was one of his many ways of giving back what was freely given to him.He truly will never be alone again. May you Salsa with the best of them my friend. The bantering between those of us that love the Red Sox and hate his Yankees. Never cruel, always in fun. His welcoming touch.
Mark Kinzly
To my beautiful baby Sara, lost to me on June 9, 2013. I will miss and love you forever. Although your pain and struggling are over, I will carry you in my heart and soul forever. Love you, Mom
Adrienne
My son Christopher 9/27/84 - 9/15/10, may God rest his soul, would have been 30 this year. We all love him and miss him more than words can say. Gone but never forgotten xoxo
Debbie Norrod
To: Patrick This is a tribute to my wonderful son Patrick Holley who passed away 2-13-2010 from a heroin overdose. Patrick fought addiction as best he could, but lost his battle in the end. Patrick was the light in our lives, and now that light has gone out. He was the heart of our family and is missed very much and will always be loved. We all love you Patrick. We miss your smile, laugh, sarcasm and most of all your BIG heart! We wish you peace, joy, happiness, and most of all LOVE for you for all eternity. May the good Lord look after you and love you. I look forward to the day we are reunited. Love you, miss you much.
Momma, Dad, Erin, Maggie & Fiona
To: Sean Dunn (passed away on 23/12/06) I miss you dearly. I often think about the times we spent together. You are sadly missed. Love Annemarie
Annemarie Heally
To: Heath, Andy and Lisa Three great loves, three great lives. Never ever forgotten.
Anon
To: Davey Thinking of you always
Kainie
To: Jason Thinking of you always
David
To: Tolly Thinking of you always
Craig
To: Benjamin Kennedy Cartwright Benny Boy you were the light of my life, and the heart and soul of all our family. Your father loved you and your siblings adored you. You were also the naughtiest little devil going around. In your short 23 years you crammed more into those years, than most people do in a lifetime. When you were at your "worst" you would play the piano for me to calm me down it worked every time. Your legacy to all of us was you made the sun shine brighter for all of us and the Frank Sinatra song "I Did it My Way" was your anthem and we played it at your funeral as well as "Benny and The Jets". The world lost a talented young man the day you died. Rest easy my darling boy my "Blonde Bombshell" Forever Young Your loving mother, father and siblings
Paula Cartwright
To: Mel In memory of a very beautiful friend who died in December last year. Melissa was a sweet & gentle soul, warm, generous & loving. She will always be in my heart as one of the nicest people I have ever had the privilege to know & love. Rest in peace Mel.
Don
To: A.J. Miss you mate everyday Lotsa love xxxxxx
The St Kilda Crew
Maxie & Matt. More than twenty years have passed and we still think of you both. Love you and miss you.
Your Old School Mates
To: Matthew Cook
. Will always love you. 
You were a good friend always. 
Miss you forever.
Kylie Hale

To: Theo Manesis 
We love & miss you so much 
We know that God had other plans for you
 Thinking of you every day
Your Girls - Renee & Sherie xxx
Renee & Sherie
To: Dad
 I love you always
Your Lil Princess Sherie
To: Shaun O'Connor AKA UKNER
 As each day passes you are now only a memory, a memory of childhood holidays, fights, laughter, family outings and fun times.... and then times became hard for us growing up. Many horrible things happened and we all drifted apart. Then god brought you and I back together, I felt like a mother to you more than a sister, I took care of you, and I hope you feel as though I took very good care of you.
Then you were taken from me again, and this time for good. I miss you more and more as each day passes, you are constantly in my heart, thoughts and dreams. I know you are watching over me now as I have watched over you! I miss you little brother and you will always live on in my heart and thoughts! LONG LIVED THE GREATEST!
Love always, Sissy
Sissy
To: Jeff Cullen 

For my son, Jeff Cullen, who died at 27 years of age of an accidental overdose after a period of 6 months of abstinence. He was kind, funny, loving, loyal, generous, and beautiful inside and out. He loved animals, and was always standing up for what he believed, and was there to help others in need. He was a natural athlete, loved to mix music and be with friends and family. He was an old soul, a wonderful human with a horrible disease. He is missed greatly by so very many. On August 5th, 2011, he will be gone 3 years. Sometimes it feels like yesterday, sometimes it feels like forever. The pain of his absence is always with me. His Dad and I are doing what we can to help change policy, attitudes and maybe save a life. We call this doing "Jeff's work" now since he is no longer here. He was one who truly lit up the room with his smile, his laugh. He was humble and ever so sensitive and perceptive. I will never stop missing him and loving him. That invisible cord that connects mother to child is strong and I believe it is what keeps me going. I love you Jeff....beyond words. Mom   
Mom
To: Nick "Munch" Mata 6/18/87 - 5/14/10 
Nick we miss your face, your laugh, and your hugs. We are forever changed and for the better, this we owe you. The 22 years you spent with us, you taught us to love and cherish every day. It's been 15 months as of 5/14/2011 and it still feels like yesterday when we received the worse phone call ever. Our hearts hurt everyday but the only belief that keeps us going, is knowing nothing can hurt you now. That you are riding dirt bikes and cruising the river on your boat. That you are truly happy and free. We love you more than words can define. I carry your heart. 
Ang and Anthony
To: Allen
 
For my son Scott Allen Reece. He died of an overdose on August 5th of 2010. My son was the most loving, kind, considerate young man you would ever know. He was our life, You think your life changes when you bring a child into the world. Well try having one go out of the world. Talk about changes. I always thought I gave my son life, he actually gave me life. I have not missed one day of crying my eyes out for my son even why he had his disease, he still was one of the most considerate young men so full of life and love, so worried about hurting his mom and dad, trying to get clean for us. He walked in my home with that great big smile as well as my heart, Please God end this horrible nightmare so no one suffers like we parents do. My life will never be the same again, I died that day also but have to try and survive for the others , I do not want to, I struggle each and every day to live without my Handsome Son, It’s so unfair. You are so missed. It is painful son... 
Patty
To: Andrew For my son Andrew Lee Lamp. My son Andy died May 25th 2011 of a drug overdose. My life as I knew it ended that day. Andy was an addict. He fought so hard to overcome his addiction. He just couldn't do it. he was so smart and witty. Andy could name almost every type of tree there was just by looking at it. I mean really, who can do that? On March 9th 2011 Andy did the most courageous thing he had ever done in his life. He gave me his two boys to raise. He knew he and their mom could not take care of them. I am proud to be his mother. Andy your boys are wonderful and they talk about you every day. They love you more than you could ever know, confident that you are out there looking after them. They are strong and brave. I will never let them forget you. I love you precious son.
Mum
To My Brother Fil (Bondi Sydney) Deepest respect Brother, miss you more than you know - that laugh can never be replaced Bro. RIP my Brother.
Don
To Devina My prayers are always with you. Missing you so much, remembering all the times we shared and had so much fun. But it ended so tragically - I wish you could have just asked me for help to find you like that in the bathroom. I just wish I could go back - you died alone but you are not alone - I always think or do the things we used to. RIP D luv you always.
Gabriella
To Ed It’s been 10 years but we still think of you - from all your friends.
Sue
To Piri: The folk who seem happy And those who seem bright With smiles on their faces And feet that are light Art not always those That have lived in the sun But those who faced darkness Fought it and won Miss you around - miss your light feet and smile.
Anon
To: Donna Mitchell What a waste.
Matt Jordan
To: Dano Australia Day will never be the same.
Mix
To: Tracey You had a good heart and were always kind to people. You always made me laugh when I was miserable. We will miss you heaps
Haley
To: Thomas McLeod Brock I have another daughter and still the same strong wife, someone that I will love for this and my next life. We didn't know you'd left us for another place and we still don't know if you chose to quit the human race. You were my friend and as close as a brother I guess. We did things our way and made quite a mess. Surrounded by daughters, sisters and wives who tried to help us all through our lives and now that I am reaching into my own twighlight. We both know that parents are right!
Bob & the girls
To: Kylie You were a good friend towards me - we understood one another. Even though you are not here I still celebrate your birthday. The thing I miss the most is having someone good to speak to like you. I'm still hurting inside thinking of good times we had together.
Cherryl Dunleavy
To:Dione I have been missing you quite dearly because we did a lot of great things-went to school together, movies etc. but there is one thing I will never forget is you were always saying to believe in everything you do and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Cherryl
To:Tracey (from the Regal) & Cheeky (Gatwick) It was nice to see you everyday Tracey. I was really shocked, not to mention upset, to hear the news that you were found dead. You were so lively and will be sadly missed, Im sure.' RIP . And you Cheeky, just wish we could have known you longer. People need to know not to fool around with drugs. Know your limits or don't bother using.
Nicole Delaney
To: Glenn Harvey Miss you every day love - wish you were still here.
Melissa
To: Tracey Take care and hope you are in a better place. Miss you - wish you were here - one day we will meet again.
Martin
To: My darling sister I miss you every day and so too do all your friends in St Kilda - you are always in our hearts and conversations - Rest in peace.
Your loving brother AJ – Andrew Crook
To: My Sister Every step I take, every breath I make I'll be missing you - in my heart forever
Bec
To: Kelly Wayne Kelly will always be in our hearts, may she shine on. Love you Wayne Alan
Alan Drysdale
To: My little brother We started our physical journey through life together and now I have to walk alone. I know that you are with me spiritual. I hope you finally have the peace and rest your soul needed. I love you.
Your sister
To: Seamus Finnigan Miss you every day
Sam Blois
To: James Never forget you and our friendship
B.J.
To: Davey Thinking of you always.
Kairie
To: John Never forget you and our friends
Brett
To: Pat You always believed in Angels Now you fly with them I wish I could have understood you more
Your LIttle Sister
To: My Son Jeremy A place to Rest and Shelter for your soul has been found in your most favourite place in the world above the cloud line at the top of a run listening to the music from the lifts below now and for eternity Love you forever
Your Mum
To: All We often swim in the unknown waters of drug use that’s why we need to educate ourselves in the substances we inject My heart goes out to all those in the waters of addiction and have fallen prey to the sea of monsters
Fred Tori
To: Lee Anne Brown To a great friend and mate You should of never been taken from us but the lord wanted you way too soon Thinking of you each day Love always Your mate Roseanne
Roseanne Hughes
To: Kevin Thinking of you always
David
To: Kylie Thinking of you always
Clifford
To: Timothy Thinking of you always
Clint
To Bailey Rhea November 24,1982 - January 7, 2009 - My first born, I think of you everyday and miss you even more as the time passes. You left behind 2 precious little boys (one in which you never got to meet) and a broken heart for me. I will always keep your memory alive and never let you be forgotten. I now know that you are in a peaceful place that has no struggles, pain, sicknesses, and evilness. You are in Heaven and are now my Angel and you can live peacefully. Until we meet again my son, I will always love you and the void in my heart will one day be filled again when we do reunite. We love and miss you my son - Love Mom
Donna Johnson
Dear York, Hope you are doing well looking down on us all struggling with our petty everyday lives. Somehow you always managed to lift us out of our gloom and make us happy. Your spark for life still lingers with us every day, and thinking of your bright smile and upbeat attitude still puts a smile on our face, like you used to do to everyone else. Your dad came and we gave him your belongings. It was amazing. One minute not a cloud in the sky, then as soon as he entered your room it poured. Thinking of you always our dear friend. Remember not to forget the doughnuts! Love always, Chris and Carley
Chris and Carley
In honor of my only son, Josef (Joey) Feguer 3/8/84- 4/3/2010. Died in his sleep from an accidental overdose. The world lost an amazing man, heart so big, smile so infectious, and those blue blue eyes I can still see when I close my eyes. In your short life, you lived wild, loved deeply, passion for your music...in your death, you brought awareness to those around you who decided to stop the drugs once and for all. We will be together soon my son. Until then, I long to hear the words I loved the most, "I love you Ma!"
Disa Prudden
The day I (nearly) died was the day I decided to live again we remeber all my friends who have fallen and I FIGHT ON FOR ALL YOU WHOM I LOVED I miss you all each day but know you are in a better place the twenty minutes I died I felt true piece and the true meaning of life I was always searching to get high enough to touch God until the one day I did it was the most beautiful experience but I begged to come home to finish my journey to change things for the better addicts are people too. We struggle everyday to stay clean but its not an easy fight we love just as much as anyone and hurt and bleed the same as you or I ... and for all out there we need to stand together to make this world easier to save lives to make the politicial mindfield work for us We need Doctors to prescribe Drugs that work!!! We need more rehabs for those who are ready, we need more Doctors prescribing treatment for those who choose and we need support from our family and friends to help us get the rights to fight to live please stand behind us all we don't need to lose another Mother, Father, Child or Brother!!! My love goes out to those we have lost in this fight for Rights to be heard and not to give in to the shame ...we should not be hiding in the shadows thats how people get lost
Hope at NUAA
For my soul mate, true love, best friend, and husband. Dave passed away from an Accidental Combined Drug Overdose on January 22, 2012. Dave, you are the light of my life, and my rock. I miss you so much. You are the most amazing man I have ever had the privilage of knowing. You were the most loving, caring, compassionate, understanding, thoughtful, and most unselfish, and many, many more things. I wish that I could turn the clock back and change things. I would do things so differently. You are all I can think about. I miss hearing your sweet voice, seeing your warm smile, feeling your arms around me, and feeling your gentle kiss. As each day passes that I am without you, I feel like the pain is getting worse. I need you. I need the support and compassion that you always gave me right now. I love you and miss you with all my heart and soul, and will forever.
Laura Spencer
You are he greatest son a mother could ever ask for. Twnety-five (25) years was not enough time. When you left a very big part of my heart went with you my beautiful son, but you are free now. No more does the sorrows of life hurt you. I will love and miss you till I take my last breath. Christopher Charles Dinwiddie you are my heart and I am honored to be your mom. I love you.
Larae koerber
This is not a tribute I have a son using herion not a day goes by that I cry for him to stop. I have tried everything to help him stop. I even sent him away to live with someone else all I can do now is pray it stops here before I get that call that he's gone. I'm just a mother in pain.
lost in illinois
You were much loved & you are much missed Johhny Smoke.
Lock key
To my sweet boy, Dillon Luke Millwood, who died from an accidental drug overdose on August 15th, 2011. I miss you more than words can describe. As long as there is breath in my body, you will never be forgotten and I will dedicate myself to serving your memory and trying to help others who struggle with addiction. I love you so much. If I could have taken your place I would have gladly done so. I miss your smile, your laughter, and your incredible sense of humor. Most of all, I just miss hearing you say "Moma, I love you." You will always be in my heart. I will always love you and will never forget. <3
Mom
To my dearest Cameron lost to us on March 11th 2009. I miss you very very much and have done everything I can to make sure the loss of you was not in vain. I know you never wanted to go out that way and I wish every day that I could have stopped it. I hope you are looking down on us as we look up for you. x
Brodie
Michael Gentle,kind and loving. Quiet and unassuming. Cheeky grin on his face when something tickled him Intelligent,focused,computer programmer, Musician but most of all loving son,brother,grandson, nephew and cousin. TOO YOUNG TO DIE ALWAYS LOVED mum,dad,chris and marie
Helena Wong
Please let me tell you about my son. His name is Adam Roland Hebert he was born June 12 1989 and died October 18, 2011 of a heroin overdose. Adam grew up like any other kid in a small community he had many friends and played sports. He was a hockey player and I loved going to every game and every practice. Adam did well in school it came easy to him. He was one of the loves of my life. He was my oldest and very special loving caring person. So then how did this happen? I couldn't tell you. I ask myself that everyday. When he became a teenager he changed started smoking pot and was getting into trouble with the police. He had been in and out of detention centers from the time he was 14 until he was 18. At that point it seemed he understood and he seemed to have cleaned up his act wasn't in trouble anymore and was growing up. About nine months before he died I found out he was using heroin, I was heart broken I tried everything I could to get him help over those nine months. I even went as far as going to the courts and had him committed to a rehab facility. A lot of good that did, they let him out after only 12 days. Adam was dead 5 days later. My world ended that day, finding my baby, cold and lifeless. I wish you knew how much you were loved I wish you didn't give up on yourself. I am telling his story because I want it heard I want everyone to know how this destorys families, I also want someone who is struggling to read this and know that you are loved by many and don't give up on yourself. So for my tribute to my son Adam I am reaching out to let you know we care. We all care. I am a mother of an addict who lost his life and I still and will forever love him. Love You Adam Mom
Carrie Butland
In remembrance of my son Yusef Kallab who lost his life to an overdose September 5, 2009. Yusef was prescribed Oxycontin for pain and very quickly became addicted. When Oxycontin became too expensive he switched to heroin, which was cheaper. I think of him every day.
Yusef’s Mom
Jason is missed every moment of every day since he passed on September 9, 2008 from an accidental heroin overdose. Jason had been sober for 8 months when he gave into his urge and lost.He lost his life and we lost him. Life will never be the same without you son. We are grateful he left behind a beautiful daughter the love of his life but I am so sad she will not grow up with her Daddy.We miss your laughter and smile the most.
Jason’s Mom
In remembrance of my son, Mark Jeremy Susong, 6/5/90- 2/10/12. He lost his life to heroin. He will be remembered by us for much more than how he died. We loved him dearly, and still do. We'll miss him forever, but will never forget him.
Jill Susong
To: Kristopher A battle too hard to win. We loved you regardless and lived in hope the day would come where peace would be your friend. So many new adventures to have - we all love you past the dark and miss your beyond... listening to you . Love Mum xxxxxxxxx
Marg, Jaimie, Tezz, Taylor
To: Tony The pain of losing you this year has not lessened, but, every day without you is another day closer to being with you again, for all eternity. You touched our lives and our hearts and though we only had you here with us for 32 years you are a part of who we are forever more. I love you Tony.
Your Sister Brigitte
To: Aloma I always think of my brother at family gatherings, birthdays, warmly looking at his children too. I recently got a big photo of my brother. There are days when I cry for him - he is always in my thoughts.
Wally
To: Aunty Mary Since that day has past I wonder how long I will last U were an occasional user Where I am an abuser U should not have been taken But that was the day I was awaken.
Mix
To: Phyllis Trifitt (Phil) It's been 13 years but I still miss my best mate in the world. I miss our run amock times and those whirlwind days of purple haze kinda stuff - when I get to heaven I will find you and we will go mushie picking. Love always - Hel.
Helen Woods
To: Frog To the man who changed my life still to this day. I was asleep and blind and you woke me up and made me see - wish you were still with us in body but will always be with us in mind and spirit.
Rachel & Dylan
To: My Bab Nathan Chalkley = Still waiting for it to become easier honey. Sad that I didn't get to say goodbye and to tell you that I love you more than anything. I pray that you're at peace and you have overcome your demons. Hope you realise what you left behind. All for the sake of a few minutes of peace that I will never understand. You not only left me behind but you left your two beautiful children behind who miss you more than anything, especially your son Jarrad, who is so much like you and finding it hard to live without you in his life. I will do everything in my power to make his life and Emma's as happy & normal as possible. I am sure that is what you would have wanted for them. All our love Katrina, Jarrad & Emma Chalkley.
Katrina Jarrad & Emma Chalkley
To: Jarrad My baby boy I hope you are pain free whereever you may be. If I had one more day I would tell you how much I miss you since you were taken away. It hurts baby. I try not to cry but it hurts. I hope you are being looked after. I love you and miss you like crazy. I love you now and forever. I love you Jarrad.
Lynda
To: My Mate Think of ya every time I have a whack. Would like to have some for ya but don't - want to end up like ya so I just think how you would enjoy it and enjoy it for ya.
My Mate
To: Thomas John Kotowski Why did you sacrifice your life for a few minutes of harmonious heaven? Why indulge in this devil’s blood - it had you hypnotized Why did you let it turn you into a zombie that can't awake to see the stranger you became? Why didn't you break free from the hold this pleasure has on you? Why didn't you acknowledge the people who loved and cared? Why didn't you open your eyes and see the death sentence you had signed? We can never bring you back from the devil’s hands but we will always love you.
Sally, Billie & Andrew
To: Streetharts Thank you.
Little Cindy
To: The Booth Family Mr Booth both your sons deserved so much more out of life, not to die on the end of a needle. I wish all the luck in the world. Stoney
Andrew M Stone
To: All families left in grief through the loss of loved ones It has been 10 years and I am sad to say I remember the day you passed away I feel myself break down now and then I needed you around for guidance my friend Oh how I wish you were here my bro Cause I am lost out here nowhere to go I see you in my dreams you are always there I wake up hater all stuffed up and that is not fair Oh how I wish you were here and not there Don't know why you had to go I love ya always my dear bro. In memory of Paul J Mudge
Damuj
To: My little brother Ash It has not been a year yet and my heart is filled with pain, I talk to you often, I wish you could do the same. One day we will meet again and we will talk about this pain. Love your Sister x
Sister
To Simone I will always remember your warmth, openness and your love for your brother, husband and dogs.
Anon
To Mum Missing you - lots of love and God Bless - please watch over your grandson Joshua.
Becky
To Donna In memory of a bright spark who always battled against the odds - you will be missed.
Mary Anne
To Terry Radnidge Thinking of you mate - 30 years later - God Bless.
Terry Hawkins
To Adam I see our son Marc I see you Looking at me very cheekily You are so loved The little genius lives on Through the talent of our son Our creation - your beautiful man Adam tattooed on my back Many questions about shacky’s shack My name and body on your arm Very proud that art lives on I know you are with me As a flea just jumped on thee Never gone. Flee
Flee (Carolyn-Jane)
To Steven I remember you and you were a good friend.
Shaun
To Shane Goodfellow You’re a strong man who always stuck by his guns. Close mates with my father who died three months ago. My Father always spoke with respect towards you because you were one of a kind and my Dad was one of a kind too. Both rest in peace - God is in good hands taking care of you both. God bless you both - I miss you - I love you very much.
Lana Pettiford
Robby Nunes, 7/17/81-4/16/01, accidental heroin and cocaine overdose after 7 months of sobriety. Your family and friends miss you so much. My heart is forever broken and I will miss you until I draw my last breath. I am always your loving mom. I miss my kid.
Sandi Daoust
In memory of my son, Tim Steil, who lost his battle at the age of 19 on July 2, 2011..Always remembered, never forgotten..not a day goes by that I don't wish you were still here with us..We miss you so much.
Katie Steil
To: My Son Quentin, died from a accidental overdose, 27 years old died on March 23, 2010. The best son ever...missed so much and loved forever. See you in heaven dear heart! Moms
Kathy Smith
In honor of my sweet son in law Ryan, who lost his battle in June, 2012 leaving behind his wife, baby, and 4 year old stepdaughter. Ryan, you are dearly missed and so, so loved. If I could bring you back for Kristyn, I surely would in an instant. Shine down on them, please?
Lynn
Sean Patrick you will never be forgotten nor shall your passing be in vain. You were taken from from us at the tender age of 18 on 11/11/07 by the demon called heroin. Many have realized the dangers of drug use since your passing and I will continue to keep the torch going to help in educating in hopes of saving lives to this horrible disease. Love Mom and Dad
John and Jill Kelly
Funny Jim kept us laughing and seeing the world with clear blue green eyes. Overdose took him after 22 years of battling the disease of addiction in March, 2003. Today he inspires us in so many ways as we strive to help others - those who also wrestle this disease and those who love them. Jim, you are my guiding star; my hope and my dreams come true in ways I could not have imagined when you died. You live in my heart and still offer inspiration in ways you and I could not have predicted. Keep us moving forward in your honor and for your uncle Bill and niece, Amanda, also lost to the disease of addiction. Love, Mom
Barbara Allen
I lost my only son Richard J. Yaskolka on June 24,2010 due to an accidental drug overdose..Our lives will never be the same..the heartache that no one understands unless they have walked in our shoes...our children are not supposed to go before us...I believe that God took our son home to end the pain and suffering he was enduring..he was clean for 6 weeks and decided to try one more time...well the one more time killed him...I miss my son so very much every minute of every day..people say you have to move on...well it's not possible to move on without your child..I love you Richie and will love you forever and ever..until we meet again...Love, Mom xoxoxo
Mom
In loving memory of my precious son, Ryan Scott Koch. God took you home when you called out to Him. I am forever missing you and loving you more each day. I will be with you when God brings me home to you. Until that glorious day, you will stay in my heart always. I Love you so much, Ryan. Forever, Mom
tina koch
I miss you Joshua. There is a part of me with you, and a part of you with me forever. I think of you every day. I only wish I could have found a way to help you. I wish I had understood the pain you were in. I wish our last words on this earth were different. I love you with all of my heart. I know that you are safe and with Jesus. I know you are the warrior you always wanted to be. I know that I will see you again. Until then I will continue to miss you every single minute. All my love til the end, Mama
Dawn Oakwood
On March 4th 2011 my life changed for ever. I lost the one thing in my life no one could take from me. I lost my daughter Amanda Courington Paul. (ALABAMA) After 8 overdoses and I realize I was an enabler. I just could not stand to see my baby sick. I detoxed her, turned her in to police, wiped her tears all to try to save her life. The times I sat in the halls of the emergency room ALONE praying God would spare my daughter. Not this time God PLEASE I would say. Amanda went to Boot Camp graduated with her G.E.D. Was going to make a difference. Heroin was to strong. HEROIN WON. I miss you baby girl. You come to me in my dreams. I check on you through Mediums. You are happy. You found your place in Gods arms. I am very stingy though I miss you and took you the way you were God thought he could do better then me. I will see you one day, I have your children to remind me of you and many memories I just wish I could of saved you. Love, Mommy
Linda Williams
Winning The Fight will be honoring those that have lost, and those that have lived through a drug overdose. Never when we brought you home from the hospital Brett, would I have ever thought you would have left us so early because of drugs. We miss you so very much. Our lives have this huge hole. Everyday we get up and carry on with our lives, but there is always that deep sadness of you not being here. Please continue to watch over us and all the important people in our lives. Our goal now is to save as many lives as possible. Need your help with that. With all my love, Mom
Kathy O’Keefe
We miss you our dear Melissa who passed away on Aug.31,2009. Love, Your family, and friends.
Cindy Shattuck
My sweet Will, my life changed forever the day your heart stopped beating. I miss you so much, not a minute goes by that I don't think of you. I can't believe that an accidental overdose took you away from us forever. I love you my son, Mom
Your Mom
In loving memory of my precious daughter, Jennifer Reynolds- Died 1.15.2009 at age 29 of an accidental drug overdose Website: www.TheJenniferAct.com Good bye- All to soon you are gone no time to say I love you so I miss your smile and even the tears We used to share both in those roller coaster years We tried to get it right we tried many times To ease your pain we searched in vain It was two steps forward and one step back The same old problem kept coming back We got to point A and even point B Then came the test for you to be free It seemed no matter how hard we tried This painful oppression blurred by depression Became the same cycle and try as we did With all our might We could not keep The darkest of night to depart from our life The days turned to months the months turned to years All we have now is regrets and tears I ask God, “why” did you have to die? All I hear is a silent reply I have memories I have tears Most of all, though I have no more years No more tomorrows to hug away your fears No more chances to say “you’re gonna make it” You memory is alive In all our hearts I keep my chin up With tears running down my cheeks Goodbye precious Jen Until we meet again… I love you, Mom
Mom and family
To our gorgeous brother Trevor, It was 20 years this year since we lost you to an accidental overdose. I keep you close to my heart and I will never forget you. xox
Amanda
To My Ritter, (Christopher Michael 06/03/1987 to 5/2/2010 I will miss you forever my beautiful Grandson. I am so sorry I couldn't help you no matter how hard I tried. 22 years was not long enough to have you. love and miss you GMA
Ginny
Dear Bree I hope that next time round things are better for you. I remember every year.
Anon
Dear Tony, We only knew you for a short time, but you soon became one of our closest friends. You were an integral part of our small community, touching all with your spirit and the way you faced lifes adversities. If only someone knew you were lying there in need, holding on to life stubornly in true Tony style right to the very end. Your death touched everyone in town deeply and no-one will ever be able to fill your shoe. It's always the good ones. Love always, C and C
Chris and Carley
More than 800 drug related overdose deaths in 2011 are enough. Support the Overdose Awareness Day
dirk
Dominic who passed away at the tender age of 23 in April of 2008 from heroin and prescription anxiety medication. We hope you are finally at peace. I look for signs from you everywhere and will continue to try to make contact with you until I reach the other side too. We're not the same since you left us. Our hearts are broken. You have left a huge void in this family. We miss you sweetheart more than words can say. xo Mom,Dad and Lex
Fran Ciabattoni
TO MY BEAUTIFUL SON NATE ....On Sept 20th 2008 I lost my only child ( Naythan Anthony Kenney ) he was my love , my life and my best friend, my life has NEVER been the same ....I promise you Nate that I will take good care of your son Mason Dean and I will NEVER give up on loving and waiting to be with your son, my grandson Nolan Dex Kenney, no matter if I have to wait with open arms for the rest of my life, I will pray that his mother will let me see him once again and that she will come around and do the right thing and let Nolan see our family who loves him dearly, it has been 4 years sense I last saw Nolan when you passed away. I will pray for Katherine, and hope that some day she will DO THE RIGHT THING and let our family be apart of his life once again. Nolan needs all of us and I know that you would want us to all be together again .I LOVE YOU MY DARLING SON AND I AM WAITING FOR THE DAY THAT WE WILL BE TOGETHER AGAIN UP IN HEAVEN ..Mason is the picture of you Nate you would of been so proud...He is a mini Nate. I will make sure that Charlie your best friend will ALWAYS be apart of Masons life , I know how important that is to you . RIP my beauty and mama will see you soon ..I LOVE YOU SO MUCH...MAMA ALWAYS and FOREVER OXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOX
Verlene Crawford
I lost my beloved first-born son, Mitchell Craig Fleitman, born on April 15, 1988 and passed away at age 22 on June 11, 2010 from an accidental drug overdose (heroin). I found him and will never be the same again. Mitch left behind a mother, a father, and three younger brothers and also a grandmother and many aunts, uncles, cousins,and friends. Mitch loved and played hockey,and also enjoyed spending time listening to music and hanging with his friends. He was interested in auto mechanics and fast cars. He was kind to his friends and stood up for others when they were bullied, as he himself was also bullied so he understood. Our hearts are broken forever. We miss you dearly, my son. I'll love you for always...forever my baby you'll be. Missing you forever in my life.
Margie Fleitman, your forever mom
My only son died 10-08-2003 from a prescription drug overdose. I miss him so much, he was my baby.
Sharon Acosta
My son Salvatore Marchese died on September 23, 2010 from an accidental heroin overdose. Sal was an amazing son, brother and father - a beautiful soul who will forever be remembered and loved.
Patty DiReno
I have lost many people throughout my life to heroin, which has lead to overdose or suicide. I was lucky I came back the times I overdosed and now do not use and help others who do. To all my friends I have lost over the years, you are all missed deeply and never forgotten. I miss you Snappy. You left us with a deliberate heroin overdose to end your life. Many tears are still shed for you even though it's been 14 years. Dread and Dan you are missed by many. So many friends gone. You will never be forgotten. Love always and forever. Your friend M
Mish
To my dear son. I miss you really bad. I am so sorry you chose that life. You have been gone since April 30th 2007. I love you Charles.
Tina Jenkins
Anthony Perkins #7 My son died from an accidental drug overdose due to Methadone on 4-21-2004. I will forever love and miss you here on this earth but I look forward to seeing you in Heaven. Your spirit continues to inspire me. This road I travel called grief is such a hard one. I miss what should have been....You here with me. Love, mom
lisa duncan
Anthony Harting, December 28, 1981 to June 10, 2010. My son died in his bed at home from a heroine overdose, his children are missing a wonderful father. My child I miss you more, if the days were longer I would miss you even more. With neverending love for my boy. Ma.
Emanuela Harting
I know you never meant to leave us, our beautiful Vallie girl. Your heart was way too big for this world and now you fly with the angels. I love you and miss you beyond measure. We will see you again. Valerie Nicole Moore 8-7-88/4-28-08
Momma
To: Kim Kim Mitchell died of a drug overdose on April 26th 2011. She was 20 years old and we miss her more than words can say. Kim also suffered from an eating disorder and depression and we believe she was self medicating since the doctors just couldn't get it right. She was a great softball player and she managed the store where she worked and was loved by all. May God watch over you and us and may justice be done. Love Always, Mom, Dad, and brother Brian
Ann, Joe and Brian Mitchell
To my only child, my precious daughter Marti LoMonaco born 4/16/62 - left this earth on 11/3/09 at the age of 47 due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that she was addicted to. Many hearts were shattered the day you left with the angels. I will never be the same, I will miss you until the day we are together again. You will live forever in my heart and as long as I am on this earth I will keep your memory alive. The world must never forget you were here.
Mickey Fisher
This for my nephew Justin "JD" Carter who passed away June 18, 2011, RIP you are truly missed and loved!!!
Gwen Reynolds
For our son Justin Dale (JD) Carter. 7/17/1983-6/18/2011, died from a Cocaine Overdose. We love and miss you so much. We know one day we will "SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE".
BOB AND TRUDE REEVES
To Josh Graves, my beloved grandson who died March 19 2011 age 21 from a prescription pill and alcohol. We love you and miss you every single day big buddy. 'Til we meet again. xoxoxoxoxo From Grammy and Pop
Gerri Scott
In loving memory of my beautiful boy, Tyler William Anderson. Tyler died from an accidental overdose of heroin on February 4, 2012. He was only 23 years old. Our lives will never be the same. We miss you every single day. We will love you forever. We will see you in heaven. I love you my precious boy. Love, Mama
Debbie Anderson
To my uncle Pete, I am sad so very sad that you died alone, so young, your future taken from you. I am sad, so very sad that my cousin lost his dad. I am sad so very sad that my nan grieved in silence. I am sad so very sad that your sisters, brother and parents lost your future too. Your niece, Emma
Emma
In loving remembrance of Ian Murphy Mitchard. We loved him well, he was our joy. 9/21/1979 - 9/24/2007
Marilee Murphy Odendahl
To Drew- my blue eyed teddy bear. You know how much you are missed. I didn't realize how much a heart could hurt, until 26 June 07--- Forever and Always ---Mom
Debby Wood
Wayne, you are my world. Always were and always will be. I miss you more than words could ever say. I will be with you again...I love you. One Love. 1/14/85 ~ 4/1/11
Mom
this is for my big sister and brother, whom both died from overdosing. Remember you did not die in vain. I love and miss you everyday. until we meet again, love you both
sherry mclaughlin
My Dearest Barry, My first born child, with so many nicknames :); Ninja Barry, Big B. Bear. On Feb.2, 2011 my heart was shattered forever. You fought the Fight of Dual Diagnosis with dignity and integrity. You battled the Double Stigma ( Mental Illness, and Addiction ); you taught me, "your Ma" so very much. We lost you on a day a huge blizzard had just passed through our community. Your life was a storm and you left with a storm...It was all so Very Barry. It was your 4th and final Heroin overdose, and you always said your life was like the movie "Groundhogs Day" and ironically you left this cruel world you battled with, On Groundhogs Day! Thats something I have always wanted to say to you honey," This Groundhogs Day, its not the same Honey. This one, you went home to Yahweh, your greatest Love, your Best Friend". I lost my best friend that day, and I long to hold you and hear your voice...I will Miss You with All My Heart, Until...We Meet Again My Precious Son. R.I.P. Barrett K. Falzone 9/17/85-2/2/11 Here is a quote from Barry, I found on a small piece of paper in his belongings....." To spend Eternity Praising Your Name would be Sweet Bliss compared to spending eternity on my own Hopes and Wishes " Barry's Bible was 4 ft. from his body when we found him. A Beautiful Soul, returned to a place of peace and love that he never experienced here on earth... I Love You Baby...ALWAYS !!
Barry’s ” Ma “
Life was cut just too short for all the friends I have loved and lost. Gone but not forgotten. From Herion to HIV and quite a few from HCV National Allliance for Medication Assisted Recovery NAMA R of Florida END THE DRUG WAR Nanette
Nanette
A co- worker, a class mate, an inspiring person. To think of the story I never got to hear. You were strong and clean for years and reached your long term goal, then somewhere down the track you lost your way with no help from the media you then left the world behind. I hope you are at peace now but know you are thought off daily. To those you touched and to the clients you helped RIP Dan the Man. XOOXO CR
Carla
Dear Richie, George and Ryan, Always in my heart and will never be forgotten xxxx Liz
Liz
To: Samantha Vincent My it's been sooo long. Really miss you and know, you're still with me.
Alana Lacey
Michael Patrick Duffy 8/8/87--10/28/08 After 11 months of sobriety, Michael died from an overdose of OxyContin. Missed every day by his Dad and I and his sisters, brother, niece and nephew. He was a funny guy who loved his family dearly, which includes his dogs.
Patty Duffy
Brian, there aren't enough words to ever explain how much I miss you. Somehow, time passes, days become years and I am still here. I hope you are near and that you see how many Mothers I have helped in your honor. That and of course your baby brother are what help me go on. I will love and miss you forever. Love, Mom
Janet (Mom)
To my Beauty, Nicole Monique Willens passed on February 27, 2012. Tomorrow it will be 6 months and my heart is so broken. I actually feel it is hard to breath since you are gone. My beauty Queen I miss you so much. I miss everything about you. I miss you baby.
Carol Roane
To my cousin Alex- We fought that battle together I truly thought one day we would think back on our crazy days and think about how stupid we were. I miss you. I can't believe it ended like that the tears don't wash away the pain your mom and dad are numb but the thoughts of you not being in pain is what gets them through the night. I miss you and will never stop loving you. Your sisters are doing so well I know they miss you. Enjoy your life in heaven since you were in misery down here. I'll always love you. You keep me strong and for that I love you.
amy Rudnitskas
To Chris Crompton, a beautiful young man who we knew all of his life. Son of our best friends Allan and Nina Crompton. He was a shining light who somehow became trapped by an insidious darkness which took him from us. Chris will be loved and remembered always. John and Vicki Sampson.
John and Vicki Sampson
Uncle Rob, Even though you're gone, I will hold the memories you left me with dear. My fondest: when we lived in the small two bedroom house and you would make me and my sisters breakfast... Flipping pancakes high into the air. I recall when one hit the ceiling, you scrambled to scrape it off before my mom got home from work. I will remember you at these times, the happy ones. Now that I am older, I realize there was a sadness and a pain that took you prematurely from the ones that loved you most. We all love(d) you. I loved you, but I hate the choices that you made. I hope that your pain has finally subsided. I hope you have found peace and that some day I find peace with your passing.
Your loving niece, Jamie
Mikhaila Camille Throop (aka baby girl, Misha, Mimi) born 8 June 1993 died 7 May 2012, 1 month shy of her 19th birthday. She was my niece, my friend, the little sister I never had, a sister to two, the firstborn, a savior to her mom, and a friend to many. She will never leave our memories or our hearts. I love you Misha - forever and ever. Come visit us in our dreams again sweetheart. xoxo
Auntie Esther
My 1st born, Mikhaila Throop was out with her friends all day; high. Mish went to 'hang out' at Corey's house where she was given an abundance of lethal doses of cocaine, opana, ambien, and xanex. Mish felt sick, she got dropped off at home, then they told her to go to sleep; she died 6 hours later after I tried texting her roommates all night who said 'she was fine'. Mish has touched the lives of so many if you knew her, you were fortunate to have at least the opportunity of knowing your best friend. Mish has touched more lives after death; from the nurses at the hospital to the funeral director, to many more on our blog for her on Fb "Rest Easy Misha". Her father and I are trying to reach, help, bring awareness to as many as we can help or need someone to listen to... She had siblings that didn't get to say goodbye,a father that she never met nor could he say hello, a mother that is in constant pain that has lost the greatest thing she has ever created and friends....friends that are still abusing drugs...please remember her and so many others that have lost this battle. I LOVE YOU MIMI .....Until he calls your name
Sarah Lemieux
Daniel Richard Suey, our almost 15 years together were the BEST and WORST years of my life. I lost you on December 8th, 2011, 10 days after your 38th birthday. I miss you so much EVERY SINGLE DAY! You have given me a second chance at life. I stopped using the day you died, almost 9 months clean now, and a whole new HEALTHY LIFE ahead of me. Daniel thankyou so much. I will love you forever. Love always, Razza xxxx
Razza
To my son Donald John Kinsler...passed away Feb 27,2010, accidental heroin overdose. I miss you sooo much, think of you constantly everyday, your friends miss you. You'll never know what a positive impact you had on people. I heard so many wonderful stories from your friends and acquaintances. You are so loved and missed by everyone! I started "Stop Overdose Now (S.O.N.) in your memory. Until I can tell you myself always know "I love You"!!! MOM
Pam Moloci
Scott, you are the light in our lives. Scott lost his life to heroin at the age of thirty. We all miss you dearly and talk about you often. The stories we tell always make us smile because you were such a blessing. I think about you every day and know that you are in a better place and at peace. Your fight with the disease of addiction is over and your pain is gone. This thought is what helps us through our day. Miss and Love YOU!!
Your Mom, Sister & Children
Missing our first-born son, Mitchell Craig, born April 15, 1988, whom we lost to a heroin overdose on June 11, 2010. Forever 22!! We will forever miss and mourn everything about him. He loved to work on cars, loved fashion, high-end hairstyles but his number one love was always ice hockey! He loved it ever since he was a very young boy. He never intended to forever alter our lives and we know that he would not have wished all this sadness for us. He taught us tolerance, compassion, patience, understanding, and most of all…unconditional love for him that will NEVER end! He will always remain in our hearts and in our minds till the end of our days. Love you so much, beloved son, adored grandson, brother to Jared, Sam and Jack, nephew, cousin and a devoted and true friend. Loving you, Mitchy!
Mom, Dad, Jared, Sam & Jack
For my son Darren Innes, taken from us due to an accidental drink and drug overdose. Forever 22, miss you so much, my heart is forever broken xxx Lots of love Mum, Lisa Abby family and many friends xxx 3.4.88~1.1.11
mum
Missing our first-born son, Mitchell Craig, whom we lost to a heroin overdose on June 11, 2010. We will forever miss and mourn everything about him. He loved to work on cars, loved fashion, high-end hairstyles but his number one love was always ice hockey! He loved it ever since he was a very young boy. He never intended to forever alter our lives and we know that he would not have wished all this sadness for us. He taught us tolerance, compassion, patience, understanding, and most of all...unconditional love for him that will NEVER end! He will always remain in our hearts and in our minds till the end of our days. Love you so much, beloved son, adored grandson, brother to Jared, Sam and Jack, nephew, cousin and a devoted and true friend. Loving you, Mitchy!
Margie Fleitman
My darling Jacky B- Even though it has been 8 long years since you left this "sad, old world" we miss you just as much. I know that you didn't mean to leave us but you had that horrible disease of addiction. Your shining light now shines through your precious son, Braden. We are doing our best to help others with the disease of addiction. You are still with us, I feel your presence every day. I love you, Son. Mamsy
Charlotte M. Lanier, LMSW
Casey, It seems impossible that 10 years have passed since we lost you to heroin and the disease of addiction. There's never been a day in those ten years that you have not been deeply and desperately missed. We miss your smile, your laughter, your wit, your hugs - we miss all that was YOU. Your dad and I continue to be the keeper of your light as we share "Casey's Law" with other families in KY and across the country. You have made a difference in this world, Casey, and we are so blessed to have had you for 23 years. Thank you for being our son. We love you so and always will.
Your mom and dad
To my dear little brother Peter. How I wish I could turn back time and right all of the wrongs that led you down this path. I wish I could have been a better big sister and saved you from the hurt and pain. What I would give to hear from you again. To spend another day with you. You are in my heart forever and I just hope and pray that we get to see each other again, in some way. You are missed by Mum and Nann so very much. I hope that wherever you are, it is somewhere beautiful where your mind can be at peace. I love you with all my heart and cherish every memory I gave. Your sister Megan xxx
Megan
Remebering you today and everyday as it is your 2 year anniversary. You struggled with your drug addiction for so many years. May you now rest in Peace Allen Woods xxx
Jodie Cromer
To Kellie King, I don't recall the date, all I know is losing you broke the hearts of many. May you be sleeping peacefully, forever in my heart xxx
Shona and family
Mikhaila (Misha) Throop, 18, June 8, 1993 - May 7, 2012. Prescription drugs. The world is not the same without you.
The ones that love you
Babe, I know as angels take us one by one we'll meet again. I feel your spirit walk beside me everyday. I'm lost without you. Your daughter Yasmine looks so much like you so I've always got a part of you in our little daughter and in my heart. See you on the other side. I love you and miss you, and there's not a day that goes by that your family and I don't pray for you. I will always love you.
Your girl Ashley Jade Sumne and your little angel Yasmine
To my Coley, You are missed more than life. How we are going on is mystery but we have no choice. My girl I would always say I did not have a daughter but I had my Coley. Waiting until I am with you again. Love aunt Didi
Diane roman
My angel my star Jen. Jen passed away on November 5, 2005. She died from drowning and multiple drug intoxication. She had a dumb accident because she was high and slipped in the bathtub and knocked herself out and drowned. You were my best friend, my daughter, my love. I will miss you forever.
Sandi Mc
Not a day goes by that we don't think of our beloved son Patrick Michael Burkett, who died on March 18, 2006 of a "polypharmacological overdose" which included methadone. He was just 20. He played a mean guitar and had a brilliant, quirky sense of humor. I'm crying right now as I write this...and my heart goes out to all who are grieving for loved ones lost to drugs.
Zann Carter
RIP my beautiful daughter, Jaycie Alexander 1-21-1986~~5-17-2011~~ Our lives will never be the same, a little less sunshine and a little more rain. We are now learning to dance in the rain....until we see each other again. We all misss and love you so much...Butterfly kisses forever changed.....Please sign... www.ipetitions.com/petition/jaycieslaw
Susan Todd Overstreet
To my dear mom, Patti Holden Hodge, you will forever be remembered in my heart. I love and miss you so much.
Martha Armstrong
In loving memory of my son Ralph 3-5-1988 to 5-27-2012. I will miss you forever, my heart is broken, you left me too soon my son. May God watch over you, until we see each other again. I know you didn't mean to overdose, but I know you thought you were superman. I will always love you with all my heart. Your my #1. Love, Mom oxox
marisel chavez
In loving memory of Tyler Zane Sommers 07/11/1990 ~ 11/10/2011. The Love you took with you Ty Ty is and will be missed by so many in life! Your Little sister misses you more than the world will ever know! Your father needs your support each and every day and my prayer is that all will have you to lean on in times of need! May the World find a way to help so many in need! Love Mom
Kathy Bussing
To My Son Lenny, I lost you to a heroin overdose 9 yrs ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you a hundred times. Miss you my boy.
Ma
In Memory of my beautiful son, Robby Nelson - 09/16/82 - 10/17/09 - Accidental Overdose. There's not a day; not even a hour that goes by, that I don't think of you, my beautiful beautiful son. I miss you and love you so very much. I can't wait until we meet again, and I can wrap my arms around you. All my love and heart, forever, Mom.
Tami (Mom)
In loving memory of Samuel Wallin. I will always miss you my love. Sleep with the angels
Jasmine
In memory of my beloved godson Kyle age 21 who lost his life to an accidental Meth overdose 11/15/10 I love you Kyle
Laura
For Sonia Nicole or "Nikki" the best friend I ever had my whole life, some one I wanted to know until old age. Gifted artist, brilliant mind and loving spirit. May you fly free from all your worries and troubles now and forever. Ended her battle with Heroin 2 days after her 30th birthday on June 30th. May no one suffer as you have suffered, I miss you and wish I could have prevented everything.
Adrianne
Jarryd Hayden Fields I LOVE YOU
Rachel Alderman
In memory and honor of my handsome and very special nephew Greg Devon. There isn't a day that goes by without thinking of you....at times I cry and other times I smile and say one of the famous sayings you had :). We knew when you were young that you were a special person, and you held true to that. God needed you with him to work your special magic in heaven. You fought the good fight and I am so proud to be your Aunt Mo. Thank you for all the beautiful memories that will forever be in my heart. Until I see you on the other side...know that I will love you forever. XOXOXO
Aunt Mo
To my incredibly courageous, loving, and wonderful nephew Greg Devon better known to me as Boo . . .without you, we are lost and without you life is incomplete. You will always be in my heart and I can't wait for the day I see you again and you flash that beautiful smile at me and I see all the pain and suffering erased from your face. Knowing you are finally not struggling with the pain and torture of this devil drug helps and knowing you are in the most beautiful place helps and remembering that I will see you again gives me strength. You are and always will be my Boo! Love you so so much!
Aunt La
My son, Chance died on August 30,2009 of a heroin overdose. There isn't a day that goes by, I don't think of him. I wish we could save all the young people from this tragic and senseless death. I know if he had the choice, he would still want to be here. I keep his memory alive by trying to help other addicts. Chance, you are my Light, my Joy, my Heart. Love, Mom
Gaynor Hofmann
To Pascal. I will always remember you. Love
Alexandra
Honoring my beautiful daughter Hannah Rachel O'Harra-Brown Hannah died of a horrible accident. A bad choice, lapse in judgment. She ingested a prescription narcotic, that did not belong to her, along with alcohol fell asleep and quit breathing. That is the truth, the end. How she died doesn’t change who she was. A beautiful soul. I choose to share pieces of our story with you because I realize people make up stories when they don’t know the truth. She was an incredible person, everything you could hope for in a child. She gave more love than I ever knew possible. She always put her family first and adored her grandpas. She was smart, a smart ass, funny, loving, courageous, dedicated, dependable, hard working, honest, a beautiful soul. I must have said a thousands times through out her life “Hannah you have the soul of an angel” She was not perfect, flawed like we all are but to us she was everything. I love and miss you every second of everyday Mom
Melissa O’Harra-Brown
In memory of my brother in law, we loved you Mark Steven Putman 10-12-76 to 9-13-12. You will be missed dearly forever and always.
Katie Putman
In memory of my beautiful and loving son, John, who suffered an accidental heroin overdose on April 4, 2012. He lived on life support in the hospital for one month and passed away on May 4, 2012. I love and miss him more than words could ever express. John Patrick DiDonna 3/17/87 - 5/4/12
Stephanie DiDonna
TO MY MOM THAT OVERDOSED ON JULY 7 2012, NOT ON PURPOSE BUT BY ACCIDENT, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERD BY YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, AND ALL 3 OF YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, AND FLY WITH THE ANGELS. YOU ERNED YOUR ANGEL WINGS ALREADY. WE LOVE YOU MOM
kayla and bella
In honor of my beautiful son, who has struggled with heroin addiction for the last year, in and out of rehab.. but is now in college. I'm so incredibly lucky, so grateful. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't think of this horrible crisis and all those young souls we've lost to heroin. I wish Chicago would respond to the crisis appropriately, with as much energy and determination as the drug dealers.
Ellie
To all the people, way too many to mention, that lost their lives through addiction. Not a week goes by where I don't think of at least one of you. Rest in peace my friends.
Neil C
To all my many friends who have been lost to drug overdose, I think of you every day and you will always live on within our hearts
Tink
Nicky O, Reece S, Paul M , always remembered x
allison
My dear brother Jeff, I miss you so much, your little girl and mom and dad miss you terribly...there is a huge hole in our hearts because you are not here with us. I wish I would have been there for you but I was an idiot and thought you were invincible. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you and where you are now and what I could have done to prevent it. I love you so much my big bro. Peace.
Heather
I Miss you so much words cannot say. My life will never be the same without you. I only pray I see you in Heaven my Beautiful Boy. Your Mom sisssy and brother miss you. Mommy
Susan Crane Button
Daddy, I wish you could be with me this year, and be there in the audience when I walk across the stage to get my diploma.. I hope I make you proud every day. I know you didn't mean for it to turn out this way, but you are in a better place now. I miss you more every day. Love always, Tiffany
Your Princess
Roofer Mike You are truly missed. Your smile, jokes and engaging conversations were something I always looked forward to. Peace be with you.
D
To a dear friend Arron Lloyd Seals, 1989-2011, who lost his battle to a multiple drug overdose, including a fatal dose of Dilaudid. I know it was so hard for you after losing your father, your rock. We all watched in pain as you slowly fell apart right before our eyes. I regret every day not trying to help you more with your many addictions, but losing you helped us all learn that we must never again sit idly by and I promise that I never again will. And to Zach Beauregard, who we're so lucky to still have with us today after three drug overdoses that he was saved from. Zach, heroin had you in its grip for a long time and I am so happy and proud that you are on the road to recovery. I can't imagine how much you struggle each day not to go back down that long, dark road. Just know that you are so blessed to still be with us and know that we are so proud of you!
Chantelle
The days go by and our lives are never the same. We welcomed a new little boy into our lives just seven months after you left us....he speaks about you always....we keep you in our lives through our little grandson everyday. He and his soon to be little brother will never have the pleasure of sitting on your surf board with you as they learn how to ride the waves. Tim you rode all of the good waves with dad and we rode the rough waves together!!! In our hearts we will always know that you tried your best and struggled everyday with this horrible affliction that is called addiction!!! With you holding us up we have pledged to make a difference and make addiction no more. Tim I love and miss you everyday. Love Mom
Teri Kroll
My darling Zoe, There is not a day that goes by that we don't think of you, miss you terribly, wish for one more hug, one more word, long to hear your laugh, want to feel you, need to hear your voice, need to see your smile. Life without you is not right. But we're doing wonderful work, work that you would have done yourself but for one mistake, one night. I think you would be proud of all were doing, and Zoe, it's all for you, in your memory, in your honor and filled with so much love, forever. We miss you so much. www.zoe-story.com
Robin Kellner and John Sicher
In memory of my beautiful son, Kenneth Charles Grym whos passed away January 8, 2010 of a heroin overdose. Rest peacefully my prince... All my Love, All my life....
Kelly
In memory of Dylan K. Hadley, forever in our hearts and always on our minds. I love and miss more and more with each passing day. Love always, Adrienne
Adrienne
Sweet Child of Mine, Miss and love you every minute of every day my beautiful, talented, sweet, smart, handsome forever 21 year old son, Zack (8/25/89-5/1/11)! There are no words to express the loss... I love you Z, Mom
Mom
Mike, Patrick, Deirdre, Malcolm, Cindy, too young, too soon, the good times remembered always
Simon
Jason, I miss you everyday. I wish I could turn back the clock and somehow prevent that day from ever happening. It still hurts. Love you forever xoxoxo
Tanya
"To all my girlfriends who left this place too early! Love Waz" "To Shaun, John, Mickey Boy and Richard, Hope you rest in peace Brothers. Love Wildchild" "To Ben, You are my old mate, always will be. Thinking of you daily, you'll never be far. All my love and kisses forever, Bella" "To Sandy my sweet darling husband, the day you left was the worst day of my life. I wish we could still have fun together. Miss you my darling. Loving you forever, Bel" "My tribute to Phil Love, You were an angel in life, too good for this world. Then God made a decision, to bring you back to his hold. But us here on earth, will forever miss your smile, your kind and gentle ways, still no-one can match your style. I'll think of you often, and how your eyes were so blue, To YOUR MEMORY I'll live strong and brave.... ....just like you. Will never forget you mate, Simone" "Midnight, your'e still in my memories" "To Mickey/Shane, All the best in the after life, love always (Tomo) Stacy and Bell" "Dear Kimbo, Hope you get this! It's not tragic dying doing something you love. R.I.P. love Dean" "To Donna Warner, How we miss you! To Robbie Sails, All our love. From Ross, Keith, Michel" "Heroin, The lost way of life, Heroin, Life comes last, fast, Heroin, So called unbiased friend, Heroin, means the end!!!" "Sharon, Love you and miss you. Always remember our mad times..." "Shane Ell, Miss you, love you, never forget you. I'll make you proud big brother" "Miss you Paul. C U oneday. Jimi" "Remembering Nicole who was a good woman and will be sadly missed by friends, especially her sons that were left behind. My prayers are with them. Liz, Jason and Rasharni" "Hi Tess, Miss ya mate! Leanne" "Hey Tracey, still thinking of ya mate! Leanne" "To Dylan Clews, still thinking of you. From Ben Halistone" more to come.....
All Consumers of The Langton Centre
Dear Miles, We only heard of your tragic passing two days ago and we are still in shock. Our hearts go out to your best friend, your partner and your children as well as the rest of the community which you belonged and played such a big part in. With time we might be able to put better words to give tribute to your life, but until then our good friend, rest in peace. All our love to your family in this time of sorrow.
Chris and Carley
To Ben, You are my old mate, always will be. Thinking of you daily. You'll never be far. All my love and kisses forever. Bella
Bella
To Shaun, John, Mickey Boy and Richard, Hope you rest in peace Brothers. Love, Wildchild
Wildchild
"To all my girlfriends who left this place too early!" Love, Waz xoxoxo
Waz
Sic itur ad astra‎, Boy...you are stars. Daniel, 1969 - 1995.
Girlie
My baby brother, Daniel, was taken too early. He was just 25, on june 15 2007 when we lost him. I think of you everyday and miss you every minute. I know you're watching down on me and my girls. xoxo MMDS
Melissa
To my dearest friend Michael Anthony Maffetone 6.3.1982-2.11.2012 who passed away from a heroin overdose you are missed so much by many especially me every single day. Gosh it's been so hard knowing I can't talk to you and hear your voice or your laugh. I miss you more everyday but everyday is a day closer to seeing you. I love you forever!
Lita Lagutina
This is in memory of my son "Leo" who left us on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. He was my first born and my only son. We miss him every minute of every day. My daughter always called him her protector now she says he is still her protector, he just protects her different now. I am sad that his sons will not know what a wonderful, caring and amazing man their DAD is. Our life has changed so much since he has left. I always told him that he was the light of my life and my heart hurts so much every day. I know that that we will be together again someday, so until then I will continue on with a broken heart
Helen, Shauna and Evie
Robin Scott MacDonald 10/2/70-18/11/97 Dearest Rob - so kind, so gentle and so individual. Taken by heroin, but never forgotten and always in our minds.
Mum & Dad
To: Louie, It is difficult to believe that you are gone. It was a tragic day that you passed away from us. We know you are at peace from all the pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of addiction. We miss your sense of humor, your Italian imitations and the kids and I speak about you often with love. You will always be in our hearts.
Debbie
To Simone, Debbie, Nola, Rikki, Ronnie, big Dave, Lionel, narelle and my cousin glen - loved forever and never forgotten-Lisa xxx
Lisa d
To Paul Over the years I've known many who've lost the battle, but you were the first, and every New Years Day, I remember that day many years ago when I went into work to hear the news that you'd gone
Kathryn
To Gwen- My heart is broken that you did not get the chance to grow into the wonderful woman you were well on your way to becoming. You are forever in my heart until we meet again. My beautiful, sparkling, creative, anxious, impulsive and reckless daughter Gwendolyn Farrell died of an unintentional mixed drug/heroin overdose. Twenty-one years of age: 11/1/89 - 3/26/11.
Chris Farrell
My dearest, sweetest boy who was loved 'big much' by so many, none more than me --- as you said in a birthday card to me once.... I miss you every minute of every day. You are the love of my life....I hope you are dancing among the stars you loved so much.....Mom (Jeff Cullen, 27, March 2, 1981 - August 5, 2008)
Denise Cullen
Mandy my twin, There is not a day that goes by I do not cry. There is not a day that goes by I don't think of you with every other thought. I am still so truly sad and trying to let you go. I still can't believe its true. But I'm lucky to go to sleep and dream with you. Jayden your daughter of almost 5 is doing very well. And the promises I made will remain unbroken. But the pain is unbearable at times. When I think of that morning Matt called to tell me and the words were "braindead" and " will not make it" I lay here and cry. I'm lost without you Mandy, I'm lost without you. I hear your laughter and feel our smile. Fly Mandy fly. Be the beautiful angel you were on earth and now in heaven. Watch over us as we live this life on earth and Jay and I will see you again at the end. Tell Brows I love her. Your twin and best friend
your twin
To my beautiful daughter, Amy, who died on January 2, 2013 of an overdose. I am struggling every day just to stay alive because I do not want to live without you. I'm so sorry I couldn't help you and that I was not with you when you died. I will never, ever get over it. I know I have to go on for your children, Bailey and Will, but I am hurting so much and I miss you every minute of every day. I wish I could make every young person out there understand the pain that comes with drug use, for them and for their families. I love you my baby girl, forever, Mom
Trica
Dear Daddy...I forgave you for the mental and physical brutality on Mom and I spent my whole life loving you and being lost and lonely. Mom and you traded your years for drugs and drinking and parties and not with me BUT, I forgave you--we are all human and make mistakes. When I became an accidental addict to RX pain pills(really badly) at 28, I understood and understand the impact and the consequences and how painful addiction is to everyone and I proceeded to put my own family through hell. I know you were not happy with me being an addict but, we became buddies-drug buddies and buddies in general. I went everyday to the methadone clinic just to see you and to talk to you and to know you were ok and recently things just started to get ugly. I ran all over for you to protect you and look for you and put myself in spots that could have gotten myself arrested but, I did not care because it was for you. You were so funny and I loved just seeing you but your decline and fall made me so angry that before you died we got into a fight and didn't talk and then you died. You died. I am angry with you for leaving me and I feel lonely and I feel sad beyond words. I tried everything I could imagine just to see you or to make sure you were ok and now the sense of loneliness is overpowering and anger has taken over. You were always in jail or out doing your own thing when I was little but, I always knew what you were doing. I became used to not seeing you and then at the very end these past 2 years we became close. There's no more driving to clinic to see you or going to jail to visit you or calling you every night at 9pm to talk to you and say goodnight. I sit here and I hope that you are ok wherever you are. The worry has not faded. I can't imagine you not REALLY being here for the rest of my life. You are not in jail you are dead. I always told you that when you kick it that I am too because I won't be able to handle you leaving forever. But, I didn't keep my end of the deal. I can't leave my kids. NO matter how dysfunctional I am I can't leave my kids forever. I don't think you felt loved in your life and I think you didn't know how much I really do love you and how I always will. What makes this really hard is that you did not die naturally at 57 years old. You killed yourself. But, we are all human and we all do and say things that are wrong. I am conflicted with that statement because of one hand I am very pissed off and the other hand I know how addiction is and how terrible it is. You did not die alone or unloved.
Erica
Scott, I think of you every day. How could I not? Mental illness took over. I am so sorry for that and wish there was something anybody could have done for you. Yes, you were the smartest person in the room but you were also the funniest. It was a struggle that was not to be overcome. I hope you are at peace. You knew this to be your destiny. That's sad. I hung out with you for a while at the cemetery today. Too many other young adults there for the same reason. 8/9/79-12/15/12. Mom
mom
Donny- You were the best friend any of us could have asked for. I'll never forget the way you dedicated your life to making us laugh. Our memories are endless. I love you, til forever.
Sara
My loving Brother John C Sweeney- 27 yrs young..died September 9 2012- Heroin with xanax - My brother you were the closest person to me. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you. I'm sorry I didn't love you for who you were, rather than what I wanted for you. You are the smartest, deepest person I have ever known. I know my brother your pain is over, god saved you from this life and pain. Until we meet again - I love you " my brother" save a place in heaven for me because I know you are there! "your sis" Feb 2 2013
Your sister
Dear Lucas, Not a day, and rarely a minute passes by that I do not think about you. You were an old soul, and dear friend to many, including myself. Your talent was astounding, your intelligence amazing. You had a beautiful mind, and were a quality person in this dreadfully sad life. You were devastated at your losses, yet were in recovery. You made peace with everyone, and examined your life. You were removed from the methadone program after being suddenly laid off from your job,losing your apartment, getting your heart broken, losing your baby and detoxed rapidly from a very high dose. It became clear to you that the clinic had no intention or incentive to "help you with rehab", or detox you safely when you could no longer afford it either. You rose to the occasion of detoxing like a very brave man, and had hopes for your life. You were doing so well, it was a surprise that they say you died of an accidental combination drug overdose. You were a sensitive person, loving others deeply; and feeling pain unbearably. I am so grateful at the month we spent together last fall, and that you are in heaven with your only true father. 33 years seems too short. I am so sad I do not know if I can get through this. So very sad that you died alone (it appears) and that those around you were too chicken to get help when you needed it. I hope I can go on to live out your memory. You nieces and sisters miss you terribly. You had a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your step. I feel so lost sometimes. I loved every part of you, even though you struggled so much devastation. I am so sorry that it began to seem like the same old story, when you were trying to tell us how stressed out and depressed you were. I would give up everything material to be around you now, even though you wanted for me to keep my home, or move closer to you; which we were working on. Wish I would have gotten you back home from Colorado sooner. Did not think you would be coming home this way. Love you always and forever...Momma
momma
To my older brother, I never pictured losing you, I always fought you and thought you had it under control. I remember being so angry when you expressed your love for needles. I didn't know, I'm mad at you, but you were on that trip that had only a few stops and they are never good ones. I know I am not alone in losing you, that was apparent at your funeral, but man it hurts a lot. Its been almost three weeks and been about five since I last saw you. I know I'll never see you again on earth, I sure hope you have found you heaven. When I see you again, I hope we can figure it out better next time. I love you so much and can't begin to understand how much I'll miss you... I already do so much
Younger Bro
To my beloved son Aleksandr 1966-2012 God healed my son from drinking and drugs abuse,he was a very successful paramedic,but he had ingured his back and shoulder,and after 6 years of sobriety he overdosed on percoset. Dear God have mercy on all of us who are going through the vally of death.With Gods love to all of you dear brothers and sisters.Mila
Mila Cohen
To my baby brother Andrew 2.24.89 - 10.16.12. I wish I could have saved you. You died alone of a meth overdose and I feel like it was my role to protect you. I failed. As a society we failed you. I am lost without you.
Frances
To my beloved son, who was bipolar, and over-medicated to help him "cope".....His name was Brad and he died October 30, 2012. I was to go over that night and we were going to dye each other's hair for Halloween. He had phoned me that morning and told me how great and good he felt, and he wanted to get together that evening. I got a migrane and didn't go over to his home. I never got to talk with him again and tell him how much I loved him. Brad, your dad and brother and I loved you so much. We know you struggled but we sure loved you. We miss you and will see you soon. You are with us forever. Much love. Mom.
Anonymous
Kelli: We loved you so much and cannot fathom that you are no longer with us. You were such a sweet, sweet person. I hate that you fell into the web of addiction. I hope your mom and dad and brother will learn to live again, but I know there is a hole in their hearts and I wonder if it will ever heal. Please know that you were loved so much and always will be.
Aunt Linda
Jeremy, You were like my child even though you were my nephew. We lost you much too soon at the young age of 27. If your death means helping just one person overcome their addiction, at least your death would not be in vain. The only comfort I have is knowing you are in Heaven and have won the long fight of your addiction. I will always remember the good times. Love you forever, your aunt Jennie
Jennie
Liv baby, I miss you so much. You were so insightful for a 19-year-old. You would always be willing to listen if I was having troubles. I'm sorry that I couldn't help you with your struggles more. I think about you every day. Your 20th Birthday is coming up. I hope you're at peace now, and that all your hardships have left you. I love you so much. 2/2/93-3/4/12
Juli
For all of you who have lost your husbands, fathers, sons, daughters and grandchildren, My heart hurts for you all. My grandson who is turning 15, his parents are always yelling and screaming and he is tired of it all and he took some of his medication for depression the other night, he has cried out to a friend, what does a person do to help. I am at a loss and need some good advice. The family needs help quick and there are about a years wait for help...not good....i am fearful for my grandson and family....
Froni
Sophia, I miss you so much. Why didn't I realize when you were alive that heroin takes over your mind. I thought I could make you realize that it is best to stop by being cold and hard. Please forgive me -- I should be dead instead of you. I put all my eggs in one basket: you! Instead of living my life as a man, I lived it through you. You were my crowning achievement -- how wrong I was to put so much pressure on you when I should have looked for ways to be a good role model as a father. I also could have laughed off the little annoying thing in life that every teenager goes through - but no, I chose to be hurt. I lost you in Salonica when you were shooting up alone. I thought you would get better if I left you alone -- 20 is such a young age I now realize! I will always love you -- this pain does not get better even after 4 years -- it comes like a wave of sadness. If only someone had shaken me when I was 20 and said life has it ups and downs and do the best you can but don't take everything so serious -- just try to be the best you can! Daddy
Your Father
To My Beloved Brother Glenn. 2/85 - 11/12. Passed away from a methadone overdose. My heart is never going to forget the life I had before you went to heaven. The light you left behind will always shine through me. The babies miss you. Your nephew speaks of you often and says he talks to you in heaven. The pain is really hard some days and I feel alone often. The words, I miss you, are not enough. I long to hear your voice. To have my friend back. My bubba. Loving you from afar, until we meet again in the Lord's house.
Kristina Moore
R.I.P. Patrick H. Coyle 9/15/66-1/18/2008 Gone but never forgotten! We love & miss you everyday
amanda turczynowskyj
Ben I miss you. I wanted to save you and am sick you are gone. I want to see you. I hope you can see I'm not ok without you. I need to know where you are, that you are ok, that I can see you again. Please, please my brother send me a sign. 7.19.1996 to 5.4.2012. Jerry Benjamin Carroll you are loved and charished every day. I'll always fight for you.
big sis
In memory of my best friend, Ian Glosup, 05/1992-12/2012. The evil drug heroin took away your precious life. I love you so much, and you're alive in my heart forever. RIP
Marissa M
To Robby, To my cousin who died at such a young age, you are greatly missed. I often think of all the great times we had when we were kids. We love you Robby, you will never be forgotten..
Adena
Szymon,my beautiful son passed away on 12/08/2012 he was only 27. We are grateful for the last few months that you have given us. The talks, the trip, the dinners. We love you so very much . Pain that we are experiencing right now is greater that we could've ever imagined. Your passing have been such a shock as we all thought you were doing great. We had no idea that you relapsed. We miss you so much. It still doesn't seem real that you are gone. Love Mum
Iwona
In honor of Brandon, who was a beloved Son and Brother: Addiction came into our family's life when he was 15 years old, and caused terrible pain. It stayed for 10 years and when it finally left 08/2010 it took our most prized possession, our son and brother. Through out, our love was boundless and steadfast. Save a place for us in heaven, we will be there soon. We love you!
Leanne
Quentin was only a junior in high school. I didn't even know him very well, just seen him around school. It was New Years Eve and he overdosed and died today because of it. No one thinks it'll happen to them and they'll be lucky, but it can literally happen to ANYONE who takes too much of too many different things. Be safe.
Haley
To my young son Zak, he was only just 21 when he died of a heroin overdose September 23, 2012. He was my everything. He fell hard into drugs off and on for the last 2 and a half years. He was clean for months and suddenly overdosed, when he slipped up and relapsed. He died less than a week after going back to the drug. I miss you so much Zak. You will always be my shining star. Your sister and brother miss you very much and talk about you like you are still here with us. Zak loved his sister and brother, despite his own personal struggles. He was never one to miss one of their holiday shows or concerts. We are an "I Love You" family and I'm glad we all had that relationship with him. His personality didn't change when he struggled. He was still sweet and loving, and I'll miss him for ever.
Lisa, your Mom
I am thinking about my mother, Patricia, who died unexpectedly from an overdose in 2008. By 2010, I had found a way to feel ok again, but now I am right back in the deepest pit of depression and feel so alone. Despite that I have my wife, daughter, father, and cousin around me every day, and siblings in my life, I feel like these feelings are consuming me and no one can help me. The overdose is a devastating occurrence that leaves little resolution and much more questions unanswered. I need you, Mom, to keep looking out for me, I am so lost.
Matthew
For my brother-in-law, Brandon. Died December 28, 2012. Our hearts are broken. So many questions left unanswered. Two children left behind at 28 years old. I've never seen our family in so much pain. Your death was unexpected, even though your drug use was controlling your life. I guess it never really seems real until someone you love dies. I always hoped you would pull out of it, or get sober in jail. I can't believe you're gone. We never made amends. I never told you I forgive you even if you aren't sorry. Or that I love you. Or how much you meant to your brother. Now it's too late. I hope you will rest in peace, and that time will make this easier to bare. <3
Sarah
In loving memory of my friend Eric Aul, (07/26/85-12/18/12) who tried so valiantly to conquer his demons. R.I.P. You will live forever in my heart and although your death causes me immense pain, my fond memories of you bring me great joy. See you at the crossroads!
Steven
My son Chris died of an overdose on 12/18/12. He struggled with addiction for many of his 35 years. He had cheated death many times before but this time death took him. His pain has stopped. Good-bye Chris.
dad – Kip
Allen Michael Nix died of a drug overdose on 12/19/2012 He was my brother, and my best friend. Addiction is a horrible, disease, that will inevitably either end you in jail, or in the ground.
Bailey
Shanon I think about you all the time. You were only 19. Just a child this dam dis-ease took you 7 years ago. I will always rember you because I know you are watching over me in heaven.
Anne
Dearest Monique, It's been quite a few years since you left us, but i think of you often, and i miss you heaps. Love alway's, Greg xxx
Greg
two days ago i was seconds away from dying from an overdose, a heroine overdose. At only seventeen, it was my first time experiencing the drug. that one experience almost cost me my life. i am so thankful i am alive today i get a second chance at living. i know most people don't get this chance. I am so sorry for everyones losses and i know i have learned from this. i would hate for anyone else to go though this horrible feeling. Keep up the awareness.
Ariel Lorenzen
This world was not meant for you, you were destined for the heavens...may peace be with you always. Love eternally, Heather
Heather
Dear Ismael, I am so hurt that you had to leave us so suddenly and in the manner in which you left this world. I just wish you would have called on me or anybody else for help. Learning that you accidentally overdosed on Heroin, Cocaine and Meth was devastating to your children and to myself. I know that you knew God and believed in him but somehow this terrible drug addiction coupled with alcohol was too much for you to bear. All I know that the sting of Death will someday be eliminated when we see you again. No matter what, you were an excellent Dad to the kids and they will always have you in their hearts.
Rosalinda Gonzalez
You were loved with my whole heart from the day you were born and even more today a month after your overdose. 10-11-12 my life changed forever the day you left this life... Beyond our parents you were the first person I loved.. Your big blue eyes and deep beautiful dimples made me smile every time I saw you... I'm so sorry I couldn't save you and wish everyday I realized in how much trouble and pain you were in... I will never forget you and will think of you everyday.. I have been watching our childhood flash before my eyes everyday I would give anything for one more kiss, hug, laugh, conversation or even slap in the head. My heart breaks you will not be hear to see your nephew grow. I will make sure he knows you.. I hope you are free and at peace.. I love you so much and apologize for failing you.. I can't wait for the day I see you again.. I love you forever Michael James Love your sister
Your big sister Christine
To: Andrew (6/15/91-10/11/12) My dear son, I think about you every minute of everyday. How could an evil drug take hold of such a wonderful son? I am so lucky to have had you for 21 years. I love you Andrew, my precious son...
Mom, Sharon Gidcumb
This is to all my friends in the program who have overdosed or died as a result of this disease. I just want to say that miracles do happen too. My husband has overdosed and been pronounced dead 5 times and for some reason god wanted him here still, maybe to meet me. He celebrated two years clean on the 11th of June 2013. He is now a pre-medical student on his way to becoming a doctor!
Olivia
To my beautiful son Shane. Heroin took you from us 8/4/12 at 27 years old. You tried so hard to beat this, you helped so many people along the way but lost your own battle. I understand how hard you tried. I saw your pain and wished with all my heart I could have made things different for you. You had the most beautiful smile and gave the biggest hugs. We are doing our best to honor your memory. Your Charlie Bear is helping others today. Gone my sweet boy but never, ever forgotten! I love you with all my heart. Standing tall for you Shane. Muah!
Maria
In loving memory of my son, Jeremy Wayne Bliss. May 30, 1976 - May 2, 2004, I think of you every day. The pain of losing you never goes away. Your daughter Mariah is lost without you. We'll never forget you or let your memory fade. We love you always. Mom, daughter, brothers, Jason, Joshua, Jacob
mom
My Dearest Son, Life is so different without you here. So much hurt daily without you here, most of all your children. Losing you to a drug your doctor put you on is so hard for me to accept. I wish I could just see you face to face. Time is no healer to losing a child. It does not become easier, just different. And when you lose your child to a drug, it makes the heart sadden not just because of the child you lost but to all the parents who say goodbye to their child because of drugs. It seems the numbers are rising. It's Heartbreaking. I miss you so much son . Love to Heaven Mom Daris Shields 11-28-1980 - 11-03-2010 forever young
Leanna Green your mom
This is in tribute and memory of my son Patrick David Holley 2-14-1981 to 2-13-2010. My handsome, funny, loving compassionate and sensitive son was taken from us the day before his 29th birthday. Patrick would light up a room when he walked into it. He was a smart ass with a great sense of humor who was the only one who could make me laugh at myself. He was my life, the love of my life. He had a very giving and compassionate heart. He literally gave people his last dime and even his meal. He judged no one and accepted them for who they were. So sad that people hear he passed from a drug overdose and immediately attach that stigma to it. They never bother to find out what a kind, loving person he was to all who knew and loved him. I love you Patrick and this is for you my Sonshine. Always loved, always missed and forever in our hearts!
Lynne Holley
My Dear Son Cody - I give this day in honor of you in Hopes and Prayers that I have accomplished what I set out to do when you gave your life to heroin. I declared that exact moment that I would not let another mother cry and try to do my best to let others know that you were a good son. You had so much pain I could not take away. You suffered in silence and that is the day I said I would not suffer the same way or let another. I didn't know your addiction, your enemy but in your honor I am stomping the ground and walking all over this enemy and the miles to make a difference. This is very uncomfortable at times and I have even lost some friendships because some people just don't or will not try to understand why I cant get over losing you. I was not aware and didn't know any of what I know now about heroin until you died. This haunts me constantly. But I am told to move on and get over that part. You tried to explain and I thought prayers were enough. Forgive me. I know now they go hand in hand with recovery. You did not die in vain - you brought awareness to me and now to our family and to the community in which every day I live and must go on. I have this page that some days I don't want to open because this fight has no end - so many stories and I am not alone. My heart aches every day for you but everyday I get on this page to try and help just one person, one mother, father, brother or sister, cousin, aunt , uncle, friend.....if it takes my last breath it is what is now and will be forever as I try to bring this so no more tears can fall. In Tribute to Cody McCaulley- 4-28-84 to 7-1-12
Deborah Bockstahler
We lost our beautiful son Matthew Kenneth Peckham on Sept.4, 2012. He was a shining star in our lives and will forever be missed. He only struggled for a very short time with the demon heroin and for years he helped others overcome addiction. Our lives will never be the same without this special soul, my only son. 27 yrs was not long enough for this mom's broken heart. I love you Matthew, forever and always.
Mary Peckham, Matthews Mom
I want to start by saying how sorry I am for all of your losses. I lost one of the greatest loves of my life, my first born, our wonderful son Gabriel. At six twenty in the morning on Friday February 22, 2013 I found my beloved son. That morning will haunt me forever. I wanted to go with him, protect him, make sure he would be safe. And at that moment my heart shattered. I will never be the same without him. I have such a void and I miss him all the time; so much that it takes my breath away. A day does not go by that I don’t look out the front window thinking I see you coming up the street. I am angry and saddened at the same time that I won’t get to have my tomorrows with you. I will never get to hear your funny stories or get to know your wife and children because there won’t be any - just silence. I hear you telling me: 'Mom I got this but you didn’t' and now I am left here to try and put the pieces together and make sense of what makes no sense and seems so unfair to me. Heroin is a horrible demon to fight and I wish with all my heart and soul you could have won the battle. I love you and will miss you forever. Please pray and watch over your brother Love always Mom
Tina Franco
Merritt, It's been a little over a month since you died and it still seems like a bad dream. Sofia and I miss you more than words could ever say. I know the way you died is in no way a reflection of who you were and who you could have been. You turned 31 not quite 3 weeks before you died and that's so sad because 31 years was not even time for you. The almost 6 years we spent together and the almost 3 years you had with our beautiful daughter was just not enough. Our little girl misses you so incredibly much and it's just not fair that she has to grow up without you. I know you didn't mean to leave us and yet that doesn't help ease the pain. My prayer and hope now is that you are finally at peace, that the demons tormenting you and leading you to self-medicate are all gone and you are finally free, happy, and at peace. I'll always love you and I'll make sure our beautiful girl knows just how much her daddy loved her. Rest in peace Merritt. I know we will see you again one day.
Serena
Monique Bicknell. Passed away 31st August, 1999. Miss you Monique. I think of you often. Love alway's, Greg. xxx
Greg
Cassidy Brianna Rachelle Seward 11/30/93 - 8/28/12 Forever young and beautiful. We love and miss our sunshine.
Misty Corbett
My father passed due to an accidental od of prescription medications October 16 2011 just 5 days before his 47th birthday. He became addicted after a very bad break causing reconstruction of his heel and top of his foot. Stay aware it can happen to anyone. I love you Daddy! May you forever rest in peace! In loving memory of Scott Moore
shana Moore
Gabriel Alexander 5/12/94- 4/7/2013 Gabriel - you were taken from this world too soon! You were the most amazing son and friend. You loved people no matter what their circumstance, you taught me to love that way too. I will be forever grateful to God that he blessed me with 18 years with you. You will be forever in my heart, I love you more than anything. Rest in Paradise with Jesus my beautiful loving son. Mom
Angela
My sweet brother... You have been gone for 3 weeks... My grief is still raw and gripping... While we will never know for certain if your death was an accidental or intentional overdose, I will forever wonder about your last moments. I pray that you are now no longer suffering from your demons, and your soul is at rest with God. You are loved and cherished. You always have been and always will be. I love you so much. Love, Your big sister In honor of Bobby McKnight- September 13, 1984 - May 4, 2013
Christin
In loving memory of my husband Daniel William Martell 2/11/83 - 12/6/12 Forever 29 Dan loss his battle to heroin. Not a moment goes by that I don't think of you, I carry you in my heart. You never got to meet you son Daniel Jr. because you left too soon but know that you are watching over us. Miss you like crazy my love! To me your addiction did not define you and never will.
cassi
Ammon Boswell 12/21/1965 - 5/12/2013 Rest in Heaven daddy, I love you! I can't wait to see you again!! Always daddy's little girl!
Tiffany
To my Brother Daniel - "Digga" Today as I sit here and write this, you have been gone for 1 year, 5 months, and 9 days of which not 1 single day has gone by that you haven't been in my thoughts. I loved and still love you with my full heart. You were a special brother to me, we shared our ups and downs but you loved me anyway, you taught me so many things about life, all from your own "good" and "bad" experiences. We laughed, yelled, played, fought and all the things brothers and sisters do! We had our own connection, one that nobody can or ever will replace. I miss you so much, I just want to hear my phone ring and see it flashing your name. I wish heaven had a phone that I could call you on just to hear your voice. I wish I could have just one more day with you and I would do everything I could to take away the demon heroin from you. You are my guiding light, I know you've got my back just as you did when you were here - I LOVE YOU DIGGA FOREVER XXXXXXXX
Your Loving Sister Always
My son, 24yrs was not long with me. All I have is your smile. I pray I will see you again soon. My heart is too heavy without you, I am so tired. Jesus if you can save one person from what I am going through it would make me happy again. Love you John Wayne Everett JR.
JOHN WAYNE EVERETT
Ched "Cheddy Bear" Hudgins 9/26/1976-4/9/2013 My brother ched passes away a month ago from a heroin overdose. He was a beautiful soul with incredible pain. I love you so much Ched and I will never be the same. I will never forget.
Ally
Today you are no longer. You f**king left and now we all get to deal with it. You f**king bitch!!! I am so confused about what to do and how to feel. You were my very first sister, my very first friend in this world, and now you are f**king cold and dead in some weird dark room somewhere. Everything about me wants to hate everything about you. What's f**king waste you became. A funny girl with old dreams, a generous heart and two baby girls. Two girls who get to miss a corpse forever. So much missed wonder, missed kindness and missed warmth. All that was good turned bad.
Sara
R.I.P to all my friends who have passed on from heroin overdose. They all bravely fought their addiction but it took their lives in the end. Gone but not forgotten, in our hearts forever. Heaven has gained many angels....Many too young....God took you to prove, He only takes the best xoxoxo
Lysette
I love you B. You're always in my heart.
holly cox
RIP Arthur Collins 3/31/1950 -1/29/2013 ROCK STAR May our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ hold you in His arms close to His Heart and that you endure in the joy that only exists through His sweet comfort. Nearly 3 months have passed but the pain of losing you, Dad, is still agonizing. I'm so sorry. I didn't know how bad it was but I should of known. I'm so sorry. I hope I don't disappoint you more than I already have. I miss you so much. You were my friend. I miss my friend. The boys are fine, being well taken care of. I Love You. Your daughter
Jess
In loving Memory of William Seaborn Rhoden 03/15/1986- 09/29/2006 We talk of you often. We think of you always. we can't wait to be with you in heaven some day. Shane, Samantha, and Boys
Rhodens
I lost my brother on February 5, 2013 to a heroin and other opiate overdose. He was 45 days sober and doing so well. He was getting his life back together. I think that's why it caught me off guard. I wasn't prepared for it now. He went to a Superbowl party and never came home. I miss you every day Jesse. I'll never get over your loss. I'll never be the same. You can't be replaced. My biggest fear is that people will forget you, but not me. Never. They say the flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long. That is true. I hope I make you proud. Love your baby sister. Xoxo
Alex
You have been gone one year three months today yet I think I will stop counting because whether it be a month or two or a year or more it hurts more, not less as time passes. I love you and miss you. I will never see you again. Love you and miss you and I will see you again Amber very soon. Till then rest easy baby girl. Shine bright like the diamond that you always were. https://www.facebook.com/MyChildAmberHasWings18
JESSICA BERNINZON
My beloved Christopher. How I miss you. I found you August 3, 2011. My last words to you is that I love you. I so wish I would not have seen what I have seen. My baby, gone. You were alone. Always know I love you more than love itself. You were and are my little Soul Mate. My soul will always be missing here, because it needs you. My Son Christopher died 08/02/2011. Alcohol OD. His blood alcohol level was .314. I am praying he felt no pain, just fell asleep. He was an alcoholic at the tender age of 19. Died at 22. Christopher Joseph Engen. Born 12/24/1988. Died 08/02/2011. I died too. God help us all.
Sally Rickerson
This tribute goes out to my dear baby sister Megan July 31st 1986 till March 14th 2013. We never knew your struggle was that bad, we never had a chance to help you. We found out a week before your death that you were battling with the demon HEROIN. We watched you suffer for four days on life support after an accidental overdose. We hoped and prayed. Every movement gave me hope, hope you would open your eyes and argue with me, hope you would hug me back when I hugged your lifeless body but, my hope was shattered. You taught me so much and you were so brave. You never let us know you needed us so. You gave and you gave and never complained. I miss you, I needed you, we needed you, we love you. I will forever fight in your name to raise awareness, to support and love without shame. You know fly with the Angels, sit at a table with Daddy and you now have no pain, no addiction and no shame. Though I wish you came back to us on that cold March day, I can make it here knowing you are waiting for us in Heaven. Forever missed and I will love you for a lifetime ...'Ofa Atu sleep well in the arms of the Angels. Love your sister, Kel.
Kelli
To: My sister, Susan Wetzel who died of an accident overdose of prescription drugs on June 20 2011. I know you tried to fight the battle of using opiates and lost. You were only 46 years old. You were a kind and loving person. I miss you deeply and my heart continues to feel pain. I think of you daily. I know you are at peace and living your eternal life. We will meet up again someday. I will always love you Sue.
Your sister, Karen Wetzel
I am writing this tribute to honor my dad he passed away 10-19-2012 due to an accidental methadone overdose. He was an amazing man and he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He was a great husband, father of four and grandfather to my two girls. They loved him so much and so did we. He just let his addiction take over and was finally coming off before he passed. The day he did go he went out early in the morning and got some meds. He took the high dose he thought his body was used to and it wasn't anymore, his body had adjusted to a smaller dose and he did realize it. Well my mom went in the room to check on him like she always did but this time was different. She tried to wake him up and he wouldn't wake up. My brother happened to be home and walked in their room just as she was trying to flip him over, but she couldn't. So my brother did and my mom tried to do CPR but it was too late, he was already gone. We are all having a very hard time right now. I love him so much and just wish I could hug him one more time.
Jessica Fischer
KENNY MILLER. Died October 1, 2012 Husband of my heart, we didn't have the ceremony but my husband you were. I can't seem to get past you being gone, I love you so much. You were my best friend , partner, the best and most caring lover I've ever known, and such an awesome unconditionally loving father. I could never have imagined this to be the end for you. God I still can't function, I miss you every moment it seems. Please look down on us all and give me the strength to stand up again and be a great mom. The babies need us and I need to find the strength to let go of the guilt and be mom and dad to them. God babe they miss you so deeply. Little Nicholas is becoming you. He fixes everything when they come (which is often babe). Rilee wants you to fix the toilet when you wake up and Delaney and Miranda write poems to you constantly. Never fear I hold them all near and I'll find a way to make them avoid our mistakes. I just wanted to see you one last time but your sis said no, she wouldn't let me. She blames me and it is so sad. Our heartbroken family has so much good to share about you, about the best years of your life. I will always always love you and fill our children's hearts with your memory babe. It's not fair - God! Life's never fair. Love Sloane
your wife Sloane
My Tribute is 3 (yes 3 people ) in my life who we lost to HEROIN OVERDOSES. Starting with my baby brother on 12/22/2010. Troy was 37 years old, and the proud papa to a 14 year old daughter, my godchild. My pain remains today just as it did the day we lost Troy. I can honestly say that this pain is the worst I have ever felt. So I lost my brother and best friend, Peyton's beloved "Papa" in 2010. Next came my sister-in-law Amanda (even though she and Troy were never married) on January 20 this year. My niece, who is 16, now has just lost her mother 3 years after her father. Five days after Amanda was finally laid to rest, we found her 32 year old brother Brian in his home, another victim of that monster HEROIN. It seems so unreal! Now my niece has lost both her parents, and her loving " Uncle Ugly" as she called him, in a matter of 3 years. She often feels like she must have done something to deserve this. My poor little niece is so strong!!! I am a nurse and understand that addiction is a serious disease, and also seeing my brother struggle most of his adult life with his demons. I promise you there is not one person who is an addict, who just woke up one morning and said: "Gee I'm bored, hey maybe I'll become an addict. What should I choose as my drug of choice?". It angers and saddens me at the same time what some people believe an addict to be. The general consensus among these people is either "Well you knew this would happen" and in a sick way they believe that the person was just someone who chose to do drugs and should have expected this would happen. I was so glad to run across this site and to see that that there are people who understand and want to spread awareness! THANKS!!!!
Shelley Ansardi
My dear husband Ryan, you were taken from us too soon. June 29, 2012 was the day me and the kids found you. I had no idea you relapsed on heroin. It pains and breaks me to this day to think that you're gone, we were only married a year, our son was only 6 months old. We miss you terribly. I am glad you don't have to suffer and battle with addiction anymore, but that still doesn't bring you back. I never imagined being a widow with two kids at the age of 23. I love you Ryan. I will always love you.
Kristyn
In memory of Kane Lewis who passed away from an accidental overdose 31/8/2011 aged 23 in South Wales,uk. Kane was a kind, loving lad who everyone loved. He was diagnosed as having ADHD as a child along with other mental health issues. We believe if he had the help he needed at that time he would not have drifted into drug abuse. Just before his death, Kane was starting to get his life back on track but after a bad weekend he turned once more to heroin. This time he overdosed and his body was found 3 days later by his mum and aunt. We loved Kane and we know he loved us all especially his sister Demi. He was not a bad person, just one who was very vulnerable and unfortunate. There were those who took advantage of him and led him into life as an addict. We are very proud of him despite the life he led because one thing never changes - he never forgot his core values. Kane would help anyone, give anyone his last penny and it seems so unfair for him to have to die all alone like that. We miss him terribly and our lives will never be the same again. All we have now are our memories and we cherish them with all our hearts.
Mam and nana
I lost my wonderful 37 year old Son Carl to an accidental drug overdose on 1/30/13. I miss you and love so much my son. The pain of losing you is more than I can bear. Your pain and suffering are over now my sweet son. I only hope you are at peace now. I Love you my son forever and you are always in my mind and heart. xoxoxo
Debbie
Today, on the 19th of February 2013, we are burying my older brother and I just don't know how to find the strength to do this. The pain in my dad's eyes, his children's eyes. I want to take that all away. I want my brother back, I feel so small right now, spinning out of control in a huge world. My brother had a hard life, so many turmoils, disappointments and so much pain. He suffered from mental illness and the ups and downs with that were incredible. Because of his rollercoaster moods and irrational behaviour his relationships where strained and complicated. I'm struggling with my grief because I feel relieved. I feel relieved he is no longer suffering., no longer alone and struggling with his condition and life in general. Regardless of that he was still my brother, my blood, and I miss him so much more than I ever thought possible. I wish I could change the ending, I wish he didn't feel overdosing on prescription medicines were his only option. I wish he knew we needed him and I wish he would tell me somehow just how to find the words today to say goodbye. My heart is breaking. My condolences to all of you other people experiencing loss of a loved one. My prayers are with you all.
Stacey
In loving memory of Ryan Thomas Vowell (9/27/1988 - 2/12/2013) Your struggle with heroin is finally over, but now those of us who are left are struggling with the loss of you. It's still so new, the pain is crushing. I keep seeing your smile, and hearing the silly things that used to come out of your mouth. You were the life of the party and I can't believe you're truly gone :( Your dad sits on the couch and stares into space, your mom is bitter and angry, your brothers are so very sad, and your son will never know you. I hate heroin and what it does to people, it is a demon that lies and says nothing else matters but it, and by the time you find out the truth, it doesn't matter because then you're in too much pain to stop. I pray young people read these heart-breaking stories of so many fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, friends, etc. that are dying because of drugs, it's not worth it. Life is too beautiful and short, please don't try it! And if you're already in it, I'm praying you beat it before it beats you and leaves a tremendous hole in the hearts of everyone that loves you!
Jackie Vowell
Two much loved sisters died from drug and alcohol addictions. Lost my first sister in 1999. There used to be five of us; four sisters, one brother. Well now only two are left. I lost my other sister in September 2011. I was the oldest. My heart is so pained with their deaths, one aged 41, the other 52. Also the four children between them were left for us to look after. On bad days you see them in the children. It keeps you surviving. The drugs and alcohol steal them from us and we watch this happen and can't do anything to help no matter what we try. So we live on with good memories of our loved ones and hope that other families with this loss will live on. And maybe we will have peace, knowing that knock at the door or dreaded phone call will not come again. My thoughts are with all the familiess that have to cope with their losses. To xxx my love to my lovely sisters
marie martin
This is in memory of my nephew. He would have been 42 this month. Happy birthday Gary, in the end I hope you knew how much comfort and joy you gave others during your life. The addiction took you from us, but we remember the good. No matter how old or tall you grew I could always see the joy of an innocent little boy in your eyes. Heroin took that joy from you and made your eyes so sad and dark. It broke our hearts to see you become an old man before your time. We never gave up on you and never thought we would be better off without you. Your family and Jesus were right there the whole time. We know you tried. Sisa loves you...until we meet again may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Lisa
To my #1, Ralph ...my son. You are loved and missed every day. The day of your birth, March 5, 1988. was the happiest day of my life. And the day you left this world, was my worst; May 27, 2012. My son, heaven gained a super excited angel. Till we meet again. Your Mom forever. I love you !!!!! oxox
Marisel, Ralph’s mom
Peter, two years on and our hearts long for you every day. Heroin was the evil that took you from us. It hurts to know help may have saved you but was not given...things need to change. At 31 your life was over. You now would have a niece, you would have adored her. Some days I look into her blue eyes and believe I still can see a glimmer of you, the real you. We miss you so, the jokes, teasing mum about her hair, your love. I still remember the way you held my hand xo. To bury your son, grandson, brother at 31....it changed us all forever. Life is so short as it is but to lose you so young will never make sense. Our hearts are broken, faith challenged and our belief in human kindness has been truly rattled by your passing. What we can hold dear are the memories....your smile on christmas day, your bad singing, your beautiful blue eyes, your smile. Peter knowing what we know now about addiction, we would do things so differently. But the sad reality is you don't get your time over to right your wrongs. We saw your face that fateful day....your eyes so blue, finally at peace. We take comfort in knowing you are now at rest and will never need those evil drugs again. Love you always and forever xox
Mum, Nan, Megan, Kathryn
Robin Scott MacDonald - 10.2.70-18.11.97 - Forever young Always remembering our kind and thoughtful son, Robin, who died tragically from an accidental heroin overdose and to us will be forever 27. love Mum & Dad xx
Mum & Dad
This tribute is for my loving friend David who will always have a special place and memory in my heart. David had a long term use of cannabis which he thought was helping him deal with his depression but it resulted in his horrific suicide which affected the lives of all his loving family and so many friends. As the anniversary of his passing away is now just over a year, we remember his struggle with his addiction and he enormous joy he brought to so many in his life. Rest in peace.
Anon
To my dearest brother, you lost your battle to the devil 6 years ago today. You are missed more than words could ever describe but your memories give me the strength i need to proceed. In my heart is where I will keep you until we meet again. RIP Your little sister
Your little sister
To: Brian In loving memory of my precious son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction on 4/15/2005. His struggle with heroin was so difficult. I know how badly he wanted to be free of that dreadful disease but was not successful in overcoming it. He was tortured by that ugly thing. I remember how sweet he was when he was sober and how desperate he became when he was sick from withdrawal. I miss and love him so much but I truly believe that the Lord saved him from his suffering when he took him home. I pray that he has found peace and tranquility where he is. Much as I miss my son, I am happy that his suffering has come to an end. Brian, I will be so happy when it's my turn to return home and I am with you again. I love you with all my heart. I would give anything to hug you just one more time. Just to see you smile one more time. I hate heroin. All our beautiful children taken before their time. Always in my heart Bri. Love Mom
Maureen Sullivan
"To Love is to receive a glimpse of Heaven." Remembering you Ry; our son, brother, nephew, grandson, cousin and friend. We will continue to BELIEVE, have faith and LOVE ALWAYS.....Yesterday, Today and tomorrow we love you to the moon and back.... and we miss you more than the words in Webster allow. "ONE LOVE" Ryan.....Always in our hearts.
Mom
In memory of my beloved son - Dustan Yarman, who died 02/12/13 from an overdose of diphenhydramine and huffing computer duster. Dustan, you left us too soon. We loved you so much, and did everything we could to save you. But your addiction was stronger. The Lord saw how unhappy you were and called you home to be in peace. I am so sorry that you were by yourself that day. Everyone who loves you has a tremendous emptiness in our hearts. We will see each other again. Until then - Shine on You crazy Diamond. I love you and miss you so much. Mom
Susan Yarman Barnett
First, I am so saddened by the amount of beautiful souls that have been lost to this disease. I have watched so many lose this fight. I'm a mother of 3 boys who struggle with this... and April 11, 2013 I lost my youngest son Jordan to this. He was only 20 years old, and that phone call haunts me forever. I've been in recovery myself for years and would of thought my boys would see the hope in recovery and how it's possible if they want it! I will do anything to educate the youth or parents. And today I see just how powerful this addiction is, because my other boys still struggle even after losing their brother. My son Jordan was such a gift, like so many are. He loved people and always had a way to make people feel better but struggled with himself. He had a way to shine and bring out the best in others. I could go on and on about him, I just know my life will never be the same and I will forever miss him, his smile, and his presences here.Jean from Boston
Jean from Boston
My tribute is for Keith Talley. I can't believe August 20 will be one year. All that was left was the message you sent me that night because you couldn't beat me at Songpop. I still can't take you off my request list! I love you, kid. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I know you wanted to be better, I know you wanted to change. I couldn't even come up to look at you one last time because I want your smile, your laugh, your mischievous eyes in my memory. Watching them drive away with you broke my heart. I hope to see you again someday and I hope you know how much you are loved and missed❤ Kelly
Kelly
Sean - It has been what seems like forever since you left us, but your smiling face will forever be embedded in our hearts. Peace and love always...Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad
To my precious son, Ryan. I love you and miss you so much. Thank you for giving me 24 of the best years in my life. I will be with you again. Love forever, Mom
tina koch
To my beautiful son, Salvatore Marchese. I thank you and God for giving me the honor of being your Mom. You truly are a beautiful soul and had a heart of gold. You touched so many lives and your memory will forever live on. I love you my son and you will be "Forever In My Heart"
Mom (Patty DiRenzo
It has been just over a month...June 22 is a day I will never forget. We talked on the phone and ended with I love yous. Never in a million years could I have imagined that would be the last time I would ever hear your voice. You chose heroin that night....why? You told me you were happy and not doing drugs. Every time I wanted to believe you. That is because I love you and wanted happiness for you. Now there is no happiness...just lots and lots of tears. I know you struggled with addiction... I just never thought I would lose you. I hate drugs. I love you Garnett and I miss you every minute of every day. You are forever in my heart.
Jill Hepworth
Susan I know you tried to get sober and clean but I know in my heart that you could not beat your addiction down. May you rest in peace and know we will love and miss you forever! Thanks for being my friend for 18 yrs! I feel like there are times I can't breath cause you can't answer! It will be hard to let go, hard not having you around in my presence. God Bless!
Stephanie Steffan
Our little brother Justin Lee Smith. Gone but never forgotten. 11 May 1990 - 15 May 2013
Keri Schneider
Travis, you were a smart, caring friend and you will be missed dearly. I'll always remember the good times we had blazing for the first time or spending time at the river. I pray for your family and your brother during this tough time.
SC
My dear friend Lea, You died last December 24th, 10 minutes before midnight. I said God came and got himself an early Christmas present. You touching so many lives before you left us. Only 29 years old and you fought so hard all the way. I was so proud to be your sponsor, I loved you and you loved me. We were friends but you were my teacher too. Thank-you for your lessons dear friend. I carry them with me throughout my day and I will never forget you because you had an enormous impact on my life. Love Mary(Mear)
Mary
Darling Danny, dearest friend, lover to all things in nature, the most true and pure of souls. We will always hold you high and dear in our heart, never letting you go xxx
Gina
I would like to pay respect to and express sorrow for all who have died as a result of a futile "war on drugs" which in reality is a war on people. So many deaths would not have occurred if we had leaders who had the courage to take drugs out of the hands of organised crime and treat problematic drug use as the health issue that it really is. Until this happens the number of sad tributes will only grow longer.
Geoff Ward
John J & Richard K - Always remembered. Lynda B
Lynda
In memory of my only son, Mark Jeremy Susong, who died at the age of 21 from a heroin overdose on 2/10/12. He will be remembered by us for much more than the way he died. We miss him every minute of every day.
Jill Susong
Justin, When I heard you had died I was sad. When I learned it was heroin that took you away I was mad. Why? Could I have done more? While I was just the mom of your best friend, I have so many memories of you two as friends. Best friends since first grade. Through thick and thin, you two were always there for each other. I know he worried about you and was happy when you would get clean. Now you are gone, a life cut short, before it had barely begun. My heart is heavy with the pain of those who loved you and have lost you. Rest in peace, watch over us from above, you are now free, fly free. Justin Marshall Cranmer 2/25/92-6/4/13.
Sarah
R.I.P mother - Solange Waleska Aguila Romero 1960 - 1987.. I only wish my boys had a nan to be able to remember, a calm loving motherly voice that I imagine you had or even just to have a actual memory of you. You were so young, scared and trapped in a evil world. You made too many poor choices, which I only really understand now after making similar choices as a adult.But I changed for my children and am stronger for it now. Unfortunately it led you to be taken from me when I was only 2 - 1/2. I do understand and I do finally forgive you. Love always and forever, your daughter and two grandsons xox
Jess Mcc
My Dearest JIllian, My thoughts cannot replace the person that you were. We are all sinners, but you belong in the pantheon of the most saintly sinners. You will forever be remembered. I will see on the other side... GLH
Garrett
Juice,Greg November 4, 2008 shall be firmly rooted in me until my dying days. I have carried that day with me ever since. Your efforts saved a life that day, and gave me strength in the face of indifference and hostility to overdose prevention initiatives. Thank you both for taking a chance, and saving not just one life, but many more to come. Gratitude.
michael
always support for all people..
all
To my much missed sister Nancy, I love and miss you so much. You will always be in my heart and thoughts forever. Love, Cindy
Cindy Dewey
Dear Jeff, I miss you so much. I think of you every day. I wish I didn't have to post a message like this, I wish I could tell you in person and hug you tight. I would bring you back to Belgium with me if I could, maybe you would have had a better life there. Your little girl is so beautiful, she still misses you and thinks of you every day. You'll always be my big bro and I love you so much. I'm so sorry you're not here.
Heather
My darling Jaclyn, It's been almost 2 months. Juliana and I miss you every day. She's always saying "I want Mama". All I can say is I want Mama, too. Sometimes it seems like you're not even gone. I will have a fraction of a split second when I will think that I have to tell you something. Other times it seems like you've been gone forever. Katie misses you more than I can imagine. She watches Jules when I need a sitter. I know that you are still here. I see when things are moved, and I hear you when I'm about to do something that you disagree with. And the other night when you kissed Jules on the head at bedtime, my heart just broke. She was so emphatic about it "Mama just gave me a kiss ... on the head. Thank you Mama." Just wanted to tell you that we love you and miss you. Stay around for as long as you can, but when you have to move on, feel free to go. We'll get through. Love, Mom
Jane
My beloved brother JT, who passed into heaven Dec 5th 2012 10:55pm. No longer suffering from his exhausting 14 year journey through addiction. I miss and think about you every day. I know you're always with me, until we reunite in heaven. Every day that passes without you here, just gets harder and harder. I love you JT!
Jaclyn Munk, your sister
My dear son, Dustin. You are missed by so many. Every morning is difficult. Once I awake my broken heart takes time for the blood to run through it as I make it through the day finding joy in other ways. Being your mom was everything. I am sorry life was difficult. I am sorry for your pain. I wish I could have done more for you. I wish you peace in heaven. Dustin Scott Christian (Fentanyl patch overdose) March 28, 1994 - March 7, 2012 "Thanks For The Laughter" ~ Love Mom
Julie Scott-Christian
To all those who walked the hard miles but did not make it. You're never forgotten...
Kerry
In sweet, loving memory of Renier Lifeguard Larry Schoeman, passed on of a drug overdose on January 27th 2013. The battle was just too big son - you fought it with your whole heart. You will always be in our hearts.
Riaan and Sharon Schoeman
To my darling heart Dan, my beautiful man. It's just so unfair. On Wed 10 April 2013 you left us. It's been 3 months. It's unbelievable that you're not here and that you won't walk through the front door, ever again. No kiss as you fly out the door to work, no more big breakfasts with avocado, no more comforting Ruby when she's upset in the dark hours. Babe, your big secret is out. How could it remained a secret? How long did you think you could live your double life without it backfiring? It can never be fixed now. We have no chance to talk about all the things you never told me, about the secrets, the lies, your pain, your true inner battles and struggles. Now there's no chance for you to tell me the way you wanted me to hear it; to answer all those questions that scream and ache inside me. It's taken you away from us. You are my dearest love, my heart is in your hand, for all time, I am so simply devastated. Our Little Turtle is 20 months old now and she has to grow up without you. You two together, all three of us together, are my happiest moments. A moment I need to stretch out, to fill up all the days and nights that span my empty sadness at your loss; for the future that you won't be in. I wish so badly that you could have, or would have, used your voice to reach out. My love, this could have been avoided. Happily-ever-after could have been yours! I wish we could turn the clocks back. Death won't part our love and you will always remain wonderful and amazing to me.
Cara Louise Bramich
To my Beautiful Son Shawn. We will always celebrate your beautiful life, love and laugh. On Sept 30, 2012 heroin took you away from us at only 22 years old. You tried so hard and your many, many devoted friends tried so hard to help you. You were only home and out of rehab for 3 days when your brother Nicky found you unresponsive on the kitchen floor on the day before his 24th birthday. Shawn, you are so loved and missed. You will always be the most loveable, loyal, wittiest, funny and charming kid. You have so many loving friends and family who miss you. We miss calling you our "Ferris Buehler" , a nickname we gave you because like the character in the movie you were so charming and loved by everyone. You were voted as having "the best laugh" in the yearbook because your laugh was so amazing and contagious and lit up a whole room. Now we will never hear that laugh again because of an Oxycontin prescription which turned into an addiction which turned into a heroin addiction. Shawn you were and always will be everyone's love, everyone's best friend, everyone's soulmate. I am so thankful that I was chosen to be your mom for 22 years. You are and always will be my baby faced ninja turtle. I love you Shawn. My heart breaks every second of every day to think that you will not be here to be a little brother to Nicky and a big brother to Jessica but God must think you're really someone special to take you into His kingdom to be happy forever. God only takes the good ones. Shawnie, you were always loyal to everyone and true to your own spirit. You will be in our hearts forever. My baby you will always be. Soar my ninja turtle. Soar. And we will never forget.... Still I Rise. Love, mommy
Mommy
In honor of my beautiful, sweet and sensitive son, Mitchell. My son passed away from an overdose at the young age of 22. My life is forever altered but I am trying to find ways to go on, not without him, but with him in my heart and as my inspiration forever. My dear boy, Dad, Jared, Sam and Jack all miss you but find it too hard to talk about it. I will never stop talking about you, never stop sharing about you. In my heart I believe life was never going to get any easier for you. I am sorry my dear. We need to do a better job with our youth, addictive illness, and mental illness. You tried my boy, you tried to hang in there but it was not meant to be. I miss you every single moment of every day. It has now been three years, as of 6/11/13. It seems like yesterday. Forever loving you, my son, Mitchy.
Margie
To: Ryan We lost you last June 29, 2012 from an unintentional heroin overdose. Kristyn has not been the same since. She misses her husband so badly. Kayden misses his daddy; he looks just like you, Ryan, and has your sweet, gentle disposition. He's 20 months old now. Mya misses her stepdad. She's 5 now. I miss my sweet son in law. You are loved dearly by so many people.
Lynn, Kristyn, Mya, and Kayden
I just lost my baby brother, the other half of my soul, this week. He was 33 and an amazing father and husband. My brother had a terrible car accident which left him in so much pain. It started with the pain meds and ended with heroin. I hate the word heroin as it conjures up an image of wayward souls, of the weak. My brother was anything but weak. He fought demons as only a warrior could do and he did it in silence for many years. Oscar completed an intensive inpatient program and was home in time for Fathers Day. He found his way back to The Lord and I find comfort in that. I believe he was called home now before he lost his way again. I don't know what misery his passing saved him from. I only know that my brother was the sum of all things complicated, beautiful and sometimes dark. He was the other half of my soul which is in Heaven now. I will never get over this and perhaps I shouldn't because I will never forget either. Sweet dreams my precious one. Love forever, your big sister.
Angela
This is to my dearest son Larry. On May 24th 2013 I got a call saying my son tried to take his life by a drug overdose. He is in a coma now with severe brain damage. He is 28 years old, has a wonderful family and a little girl who is 5. We are hoping for a miracle. That's all we have to hold on to.
Dena J.
Dear Momma,I am still in shock. Although I knew you struggled with an addiction to prescription medications, I never thought this would happen to us. You had been doing so well and staying sober the last 6 months, I thought maybe you had beat this, and that I finally had my mom back. Little did I know when I found you had relapsed on May 4th, that on the morning of May 5th 2013, dad would wake up and find you already gone.I thought we would wake up and try to convince you to go to rehab to prevent any more relapses. But we didn't have the chance. It's not fair you would never let us get you extra help, and that I am now left without a mother at 26 years old. And my daughter without her Gma she loved so much at 7 years old. You will now never see me get married, have more children, see Alaina cheerleading (who was the apple of your eye) or be there to grow old with Dad. We're all heartbroken and nothing will ever make us feel better. But we will learn to live with it. But if anything can come from this, it's going to be that I vouche to help anyone I can going through this addiction, to get help, the right way. Even if I can try to help one less person to go through this hell and loss, I will do my best to do so. Always in my heart momma. Love you
A Lost Daughter
Dear Mommy, The last time we talked (7/13/2012) I was going to take you to lunch on my day off (the next day) (7/14/2012) You said ok..I said I loved you! You said I love you back and I didn't need to come over you were going to bed early. WOW!!! If I only known that would be our last conversation I would have said more or just came over..(GUT FEELING) My life turned upside down as you ended your life that day/eve. Sure you left a note. Not good enufffff!!! Mom! You look every bottle of pills you had to make sure it was a done deal. Now I'm left all alone in life and that's a done deal. I'm scared, sad, alone and miss you so much it hurts! Everyday I look at your picture next to my bed and wonder: If only I'd come over would you be gone!!! Mom I love you!!! But I'm mad and all alone..why why why? I miss you every second of the day. Love your daughter Tracy P.S. Tell dad I love and miss him so very much as he died one month and a day before you. Both parents gone in a month. My love is all you said. God is all you said. We will have to talk when I get to the golden gates. Love you !!!See you in my dreams..Alway hugging you in my arms and heart.
Tracy
My beautiful son Brett this should never have happened your strength will never be forgotten..I miss you more than words can say.. I love you so very much Mum Xx
Mum
My Heart-28081999
Nobby
To Cory Monteith, It has been 47days since you left us. you fought so hard to overcome your addiction, but lost the battle at the end. I really can't believe that you're gone now. you left us way too soon. I don't know if you can hear or see me but I'm always praying and thinking of you my angel and I promise you to keep doing than till it's my turn to leave this wonderfull wonderfull world. Thank you so much for all the things you've done for this world. for us, your fans. for your family and friends. for Lea. I wish I couuld see your hansome smile for the last time. My heart just breaks while writing this. You've been such an inspiration and idol for a lot of people (including me) I feel so awful for them. I just can't imagine what they're going through. I miss you so! Our beautiful bright star in the sky. Our beautiful angel in heaven. Still can't believe that you have passed away.May the good Lord look after you and love you. I look forward to the day we are reunited. Cory,you've been taken by angels and they only choose the best people to take Still, it hasn't registered that you're not going to be here anymore.. Rest In Peace. I will always be thinking of you.. you'll be forever in my heart. I love you. Love Rim.
Rim Grimaldi
This tribute is to my beautiful daughter Brie'Anna, the most loving, caring, genuine young women. Brie, as we called her passed away from a heroin overdose at the age of 20 on January 8, 2013. Part of me died that day with her and life as I knew it changed forever. My life without my daughter is so empty and lonely and I grieve for her so bad I wonder if the pain whatever ease. Brie left behing an older sister and brother, a youner sister and two parents we loved her very much. She fought for about 5 yrs and fought hard to overcome her addiction. The friends she was with the night of her overdose could of saved her life by simply dialing 911, but they were so scared of getting in trouble so they dropped her off at the ER and left. She was DOA but the doctors were able to revive her. She was placed on life support and ultimately passed 3 days later. Brie, mommy and daddy love you very much. I look forward to meeting you in heaven when its my turn to join you. Until then please know we think about you every minute of every day your beautiful smile shines through the floor of heaven and we miss & love you more than words can say. I know you are with us always. I love you!!! <3
Michele (mommy) Bowersox
To ALL that lost the battle after fighting a good fight. Your struggle is over , as u find Peace in a better place. Fly high & stay close to the families left behind to mend their broken hearts.
EMT
To: Cory For inspiring millions of people. For staying positive despite all the hardships. For being an amazing boyfriend to an equally amazing woman. For showing that your life was a lot more than an addiction and that you can reach the heights despite your illness, for being a hero. We still love you frankenteen. Keep on drumming.
mary
In memory of the brightest star, kindest heart, strongest spirit I have ever known...my beautiful baby boy...RJ Boudreau Jr <3 9/18/1990-11/5/2012 I love you and miss you so much...life is so empty without you. Love, Mom
Robin Boudreau
Ryan, Always on my mind Forever in my heart Love and Miss You!!
Gram
Remembering: Foo, Jordan, Simon, Tammy, Brent, Ryan Love you always and will never forget any of you. I am inspired to continue to work in Harm Reduction to educate others on the risks of overdose. Miss you my friends, so much. Rest easy.
Jenny
To my son that we just recently lost on July 2,2013 to a drug overdose, Ryan. We love and miss you more than words will ever be able to express. You left us with empty souls and broken hearts. May God give us the strength to take our loss and help others in your name. Love you always and forever, Mom and Dad <3
Ryan’s Mom
To: Cory Monteith Hi Cory. Maybe I don't have the right to write you a letter but I just wanted to thank you for having been and still being so inspiring. I won't remember you for the way you left, but for the ways you saved every single one of us. As Finn you taught us that everyone has a second chance and we'll never thank you enough. You'll always be in my heart. Goodbye Hero. With love, Valeria.
Valeria
My Dear Son Matthew: Our love for you endures and the memory of you will never fade. You live in our hearts now, but soon will live forever on paradise earth. John 5:28, 29. My hope is to see you there and we will talk, laugh, and hug again.
Mom
To my son Shawn, 28, who died of a heroin overdose on 18 Jan 2013, he was handsome, smart, funny, would do anything for anyone but could not kick his addiction. My heart is broken, there is not a minute in the day you're not with me. I miss and love you so much.
Sonja Kampmeier
To: Chris, Katie, and Kyle Three amazing lives lost.. Three stories never finished. Who would you be today? Kyle - what would our children look like? I will never forget you three. Gone but never forgotten! - Danielle
Danielle
My darling David You were the light of my life in an uncertain time. You showed me that the world could be truly beautiful if you just took the time to look. I hope you are still making beautiful discoveries. I miss you every day.
Jo
For Michelle English: I wrote this almost a year after she passed. It took me even longer to actually share it with anyone, even those that knew her and her circumstances. Beloved Friend June 2, 2011 at 9:14am I'd been running my facebook support page for months. It had grown to the point where it needed multiple admins and to be checked multiple times a day instead of the once every few days back in the beginning. We had hundreds of members instead of the handful I expected. I guess I didn't realize how many people there were like me, that couldn't get to a face to face support group, or needed more when they were home. I first noticed Michelle because her posts were a little hard to understand. She was using her phone to access the page, and her typos and missing words were always a part of the posts. She was very down, there were no okay posts, only down ones. She would say she couldn't take it, she would say it hurt too much. After a few weeks I was talking to her in inbox messages as well as on the page. We had added each other as friends. I read a note of hers that was titled "Read only if you are strong." She never wanted to bring others down or put things on them that they couldn't handle. She told me to make sure that I was doing good before reading it. It was a description of what she'd gone through recently. Her son has Dravet's Syndrome - a child seizure disease. She was constantly overtired because he would have fits through the night as well as the day, and during the day there was no rest because her daughter was awake. She suffered multiple types of abuse by her ex husband, some worse than I want to remember reading, even after the divorce. She only had one really close friend who would visit when she could, when she wasn't working to help take care of Michelle's son. Other than that, she was pretty much on her own. Even her family was not helping much regardless of her son's health and her mental health. She made a post one night when I was overtired. As I said before, sometimes her posts were hard to understand. It had something to do with finishing a handful, and I didn't know what she meant. I am not even sure how I responded but she said it was good I didn't understand her, and she deleted the comment. I realized she was meaning to finish an overdose, that she'd just been starting. I sent her messages in her inbox asking her not to, and begging her to call a crisis line, giving her the phone numbers (she was in the UK so I had to look them up, but I did as quickly as possible). I was pleading to a non-responsive screen. The next day she apologized and she thanked me. She told me she flushed the rest of those pills. About a week later, we got a message that she overdosed and was in hospital. She messaged us again when she was out; she left as soon as they took out the IV needles. She hated hospitals. A week later I was messaging her again. I'd seen on her friends wall that she was "going to visit her friend for the last time." I saw on her wall that her friend would be there soon. I asked her why this would be the last time. She messaged me back saying that she'd tell me the next day maybe. I assured her that I was doing good that Saturday morning, and that my boyfriend would be with me all day and all day the next day, so if I might need support, this was the best time to tell me. She told me she was dealing with the consequences. I asked what that meant, and she said her liver was failing. The two overdose attempts weren't the first. The damage she'd done to her liver was irreversible and because of the reason for the damage, there was no chance of a transplant. After a couple days, I finally got the courage to ask her friend how long she had, because through the conversation, Michelle gave no real indication. A couple weeks maybe. My heart sank. This woman suffered through so much between her ex husband, her mental state, her children's health and she had tried to end it all. Each time she'd lived she would ask God why, but say he must have a reason. If she thought one of her friends was depressed that day, she would inbox another friend with problems instead of posting where everyone could see. Even when she told me she was dying, her main concern was whether or not I was going to be okay with finding out. As the days passed, she would post things on the wall of the support group. One stuck out in my mind the most. "I wish I could turn back the clock but can't." Michelle English, mother of two, beloved friend, passed away on Good Friday less than one week after she told me she would pass. I'm not a Christian, but she was, so that is how I remember the day. The date was April 22, 2011. Many people have attempted suicide. Myself included. Sometimes people plan it, sometimes it is done spontaneously. This is a woman who attempted, survived, and then had almost two weeks to come to terms with the fact that she WAS indeed dying. There was no passing out and not waking up, no immediate death. She had to come to terms with what dying really meant. Her response to it? "I wish I could turn back the clock." She is missed. She is loved. It took dying to make her want to live and by then it was too late. I hope anyone who reads this looks for what there is to live for, even if it's just a single person they love, and holds onto it with all their strength until they feel that life is worth living again. We can't turn back the clock. ~Melissa Ledger
Melissa Sin Ledger
To my soulmate Talin. Together we overcame addiction and stopped risking our lives on unsafe meds and doses. Unfortunatly the damage was already done to your body, which led you to have liver failure, taking away the effectiveness of your meds and cut your life short. So I made the decision to find the best Dr/specialist to work together to find the right combination of meds. Some of them are still a bit risky and my doses are still on the high side but thanks to you watching over me I have faith you'll get me through. I try and take it one day at a time to keep me on track, but who knows where this track will take me. But with you as my guardian angel, together we'll make it through this. I can't wait to be with you again. I'll always love you forever. John: I hate that I lost you to an overdose of drugs and alcohol but as time goes on the anger lessens. I miss you very much and being my first love I'll love you forever and ever. xoxo
Kortnee
To Lori, an amazing women who gave so much love and left us too soon. Thank you for being the best other mom I could have. I never got a chance to tell you how much you impacted my life - from what I eat to how I speak. I still can't believe that you're not here, but I think of you all the time. You are missed so very much and I love you beyond words. I hope that you are now at peace. Love, Jazzy (your other daughter)
Jazzy
To Helen Maree Stagoll, Such a sad loss and waste of such a beautiful ,amazing young girl. Passed 2nd May 2010 of methadone overdose aged 16. Loved always and missed every single day. You had a damn tough life girly, wish you could have stuck around for it to get better. Love Kathryn
Kathryn
In loving memory of my Mommy.... You were taken from me on 1/26/12 and it still feels like yesterday. I miss you with every breath I take. You fought your battles and tried to out run your demons but your cross was too heavy to bear. For too long you struggled with depression and narcotic abuse was a new way of "dealing" with that depression. There will always be a hole in my heart. I can't believe you're gone. I miss and love you so very much!
Jessica
I would like to post a tribute to a friend named Steve Taylor. He overdosed this weekend, but he was brought back to life. Tomorrow, the doctors will pull all life support and allow him to pass. I would also like to post a tribute to John Erdek, my very dear friend. Your son is amazing, he looks so much like you it's hard to even look at Sam without almost crying. He's wonderful and you'd be so proud. We miss you. For anyone struggling, don't give up. I have lost too many people to drug overdose. I know you can make it through - I am living proof you can have your life back. Just don't quit, because life truly is precious.
Michelle
For my son, my life, my everything. Thank you for an amazing 20 years...your life has touched so many and you are thought of and talked about every day. You are forever the best thing I have ever done... Max 'The King' Cota 8/8/91-9/7/11
Laurie Cota
It's only been 3 weeks since you left us and we struggle with the questions and emptiness. We love and miss you to the moon and back baby. You are forever 22. We promise to never forget you. Your legacy lives on in your beautiful daughter. Please surround us with your love and be happy until we meet again. Love, Momma, Doug, Amber, Dylan and Madison, Nana and Papa and Layla Xoxoxo
Jordan
To: Gavin. From: Dave It has not even been one year since the evil Heroin finally took you from us,it was a long road for us both. Now that your gone i can't help but feel ever so guilty over your death,all those years ago when we did not know any better as young kids we started using Heroin together but the thing that always sticks in my mind is the fact that i injected you on your first time because you were so scared of needle's,(that didn't last long) I wasn't a seasoned pro but i managed it,you were off your face and loving every moment of the rush you got,ever since that day there was no turning back for you ( i was already in its grip ) and for you it was also the start of a long nightmare. We both got wasted over the years and loved it but it eventually catches up with everyone. It was my dad who was told by a friend and rang me here in London to tell me you had died of an overdose,my world was shattered,my best friend from childhood was gone,the friend i had hoped would get clean because i myself had got clean many years before,settled down and even got married,something i never thought would ever happen to me and i wanted you to experience everything i had,i wanted you to get clean so much ut it was never to be my brother. I know live with the guilt of getting you strung out and maybe i deserve it,but we did love it at the time and never predicted what we was getting ourselves into. If i could change it my brother i would do it in a heartbeat. I struggle everyday to stay clean but you are helping me,i can feel your presence close by me all the time,especially when times are hard,THANK YOU. I love and miss you each and every day and cant wait to meet you again,keep me a space in heaven as i know you are there. I'm so sorry. I know you are at peace now and you don't have to worry about where your next few quid is coming from,all that nonsense is over for you. Rest in peace my friend,my health is not the best from all the abuse my body received over the years so my life will definitely be shortened by the abuse so keep an eye out for me,it will not be too long before i join you. Rest in peace.
London
To Sumnner Ann Kesty - you are always in our hearts. We will never let you be defined by your addiction, you were the center of our universe and continue to guide us in love and in spirit. You were an artist, an athlete, and most of all a good friend. We remember the good times, the laughs and the fun. We miss you beyond words but know that we will all be reunited one day. Until that day sweet girl, stay close and continue to make your presence known! Big hugs and love Summie.
Mom, Dad And Logan
For my Darling husband Phil who died on 10th June 2013 from an overdose, after battling severe depression for all of his 35 years of life. I hope I made you happy for the 2 years we had together but I wish we had had longer. I hope you are finally at peace and resting and waiting for me. Till then....always and forever more. Your Soph xxxx
Sophie
To all of you my friends who have gone too soon, too young, too fast... You made me laugh, smile and cry. You will never be forgotten. My relentless fight against stigmatizing and false information is partially for you and because of you. Thank you for glimpsing through my life and forgive my past rage and anger wrongly directed to you... Love and Light from your Sofia
Sofia Lopes
Dennis, Dave, Jamie, Maggie, Vincent,Clifford, Stevie B and so many more whose names I cannot remember....beautiful, misunderstood and let down. From the days before Naloxone was available to people who use drugs, sadly not available enough as yet in many areas
Claire
Eric Brian. It's been one week and one day since we lost you. I don't know if I will ever stop missing you. You were always my favorite brother.
Katie
To: Matthew Hines 13-08-81 ~ 05-04-2005 My beautiful son Matty passed away on April 5th 2005, aged 23 from a heroin overdose. Today he would have celebrated his 32nd birthday. There is not a day goes by that I don't miss him, or that my eyes don't swell with tears sometimes of happy memories, sometimes of what I could have done to help him. When I see an addict now, my heart breaks, I know that there is a mum, dad, sibling, that may one day get that knock on the door.........RIP my beautiful son.....Forever Young xxxxx
Helen Hines
Darrick, Dear: I was always amazed that even after you left our house you had an uncanny way of always knowing when we had company and when there was food on the table! :) You, the only man among your "aunties". We delighted in your dancing eyes, your inquisitive mind, and your light-up-a-room smile. You are missed every day.
Linda Scherrer
My precious son Justin, Life will never be the same without you. My heart is broken. I love you so. Watch over us and help your brother Charlie. Your smile could light up this earth. I miss you so........ Till we meet again.... I love you MOM
Linda
such a heartbreaking touchy subject. To my mum Vicky, died 16/7/92 always thinking of you. your 2nd grandchild is due to b born in 2 weeks. you would of been so proud! love always Alisha x x x
alisha finn
My Darling grandson Darrick: You tried to fight your demons but alcohol and drugs were not the answer. The two years you lived with us were the most important years of my life. Important because of the lessons I needed to learn. I loved you so much. There is a memorial in our back yard for you and the flag is in it. After you died, you made your presence known by what happened with the flag. I made a video for Youtube called "Overdosed-Should have called 911." It was just released. Maybe we can help save one more life. Linda and I are having a Civil Union. I so wanted you there. I talk to you every day. I love you, Bubbi
Bobbi Furer
On 6/15/2013 my 20-year-old son Trevor died of a heroin overdose at home 2 days before he was set to go into rehab. My heart is broken. Every day I miss you and think of you. You are no longer struggling. Rest in peace Trev. Love you Mom.
C Worden
To Simon, our wonderful, caring and loving son, who became an "Accidental Addict" to pharmaceuticals following a tragic car accident. We know you fought so hard to stay with us. We treasure the 34 years we shared with you. Be at peace now knowing you will always be loved and remembered. Your Loving Family
Margaret Millington
To my brother Andrew (passed 10/5/2012) you are in my thoughts daily never to be forgotten. May the pain & suffering we have endured some how touch & save the lives of others suffering from addiction. We know you're finally at peace in a much better place. xoxo
Adrienne
To: Kelby Ward (12-5-2013 6-5-2015) Babe your son and I will never forget you. We love you so much life just isn't the same without you. I wish there was something - anything I could have done to help you but your cross was heavy and now you're free of the demons that have been chasing you!
amanda
To our wonderful son Andrew who passed away on 8/11/12. You are the sunshine that never stops. Until we meet again....
Mom & Dad
To all those who I have passed by along that road we all know too well. Many lost, some still dying too long before their time! I dream of still hearing your voice, seeing you smile touching souls. I carry with me the mark you left on the World..........RIP! I pray for the day when no more will be lost! Together as we creep towards working as one this day shall come! XXXXX Love to all who have been touched by the damage done!
lou2u
Billy Vienneau 6/23/12 Forever in my Heart and on my mind. I love you and miss you all the days of my life. Love, mom
Lauren vienneau
To: Jake In loving memory of my precious and only child, Jake. The light and love of my life. You brought so much joy and happiness to my world. Twenty four years wasn't enough time with you. Your absence has left a void that will never be filled. I miss you with every breath I take. You fought so hard, for so long. But you left me with the legacy of your strength and courage. It's what helps me to go on now.... I love you, my precious Son.
Mom
To my beautiful girl Zoe, we love you, we miss you, we think about you every day. Your story is making a real difference, lives are being touched, lives are being saved. I just wish more than anything in the world, that I could have you back with me. Loving you so much, Forever Mom.
Robin Kellner
In loving memory to Dennis P Fitzgerald
Joan Fitzgerald
In memory of my son, Jeffrey Aaron Stein (7/1/92 - 7/24/2012). I love you my angel. You're never forgotten. Nothing Gold Can Stay ~Robert Frost Natures first green is gold Her hardest hue to hold Her early leafs a flower Then leaf subsides to leaf So Eden sank to grief Dawn goes down to day Nothing gold can stay
Jennifer Ogonowsky
Dearest Josh ~ my heart aches when I think about the pain you must have been in through your active addiction. I pray that your heart has healed and your joy has been renewed. I miss you every day. I love you.
Adrienne
My immediate younger brother passed away December 13, 2001 of a Oxycontin-synthetic heroin OD. That stuff overtakes a person preying on their vulnerabilities. The fight is to get Oxycontin and other psychotropic killers who really only serve to destroy people done away with. It's a difficult battle fought on a daily basis, but one worth fighting for. TBI, PTSD, bipolar disorder- these are very complex neurological situations with intricate family dynamics associated with them. A part of my life is dedicated to advancing traumatic brain injury reintegration for the sake of my brothers, my family, and many others like us.
Andrew Tirado
For you, Sara-bean, There are NO COINCIDENCES! National overdose day being recognized on THE DAY you passed (one year later)!!!?! Will never forget you ... you continue to inspire me to work harder with the newcomer who thinks they can use just once more. Love and miss you, Frank K
Frank K
I miss you every day my sweet brother. I know you are watching over me and all of your friends and family, but it doesn't stop the pain in my heart.
Amanda
To: Becky You will be deeply missed by so many who loved being with you. It is difficult to know you could not find the peace you deserved in your life. This world was a better place for all who knew you and we will remember the blessing you were to each of us in your own very special way. Rest in peace.
Karen
To my son David, 12/21/93 - 12/4/11 Words cannot express how much you are missed!!! You brought so much joy and light into our lives. My Christmas baby, nothing is right without you here. I will cry everyday until Jesus takes me home and I see your face. Miss your Hugs!!!! My sweet, humble, smart, beautiful son ❤. Love You Forever, Mom
Liz Wiggins
This tribute is to my mother, my best friend. Not a day goes by where you aren't on my mind. I love you so much and I miss you dearly.
Tiffany
Always in my heart... burned down deep into my soul. Not a day goes by that I don't remember your laugh, your heart, your being, your essence... You live on in our children and grandchildren and I will forever be grateful for our time together. </3 you, Me Richard J Newbury II ~ 1966-2006 ~ fought a long battle with bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance abuse. It's not common knowledge but statistically the percentage of deaths that occur from this horrific combination disease is higher then those that die from cancer. Adequate medical treatment and research into prevention of death and eradication of this disease is lacking and needs to be stepped up and made a priority so we can stop senseless deaths.
Melissa Newbury
To: Adam & Linda, Linda you had a smile that could light up the room,I miss that smile on my darkest days. Adam, I'm sorry, for so many things, but mostly for allowing the young innocent boy you were to come into our circle and get pulled down as far as you did. xx & a few words on my own overdose & the state of Australia's pharmacuetical abuse. http://tonimarierawk.com/?p=850
Toni-Marie Rawk
Think about you everyday dad. Going to play a song for you tonight. X
Raging bull Lewis
To my baby brother, I miss you all the time, 21 years was too short of a time. I love you Christopher
Danielle
Remembering a young man today, who gave the world his trust and the most beautiful smiles, despite living such a troubled life. Thank you for touching so many lives. I wish it hadn't all been over too soon. I hope that you are safe and happy now. You are missed.
Amy
To Whitney Dayle Carmack---7/8/89-2/15/13....My only child.....You will forever be in my heart. xamanu
Mum
samantha sad it had to end like this.too younto go and im glad i could give you some good times.be free....saen
saen
For Tom P, the best angry young punk I ever knew. It's been a long time, but you are missed and remembered. I miss your intelligent arguments, the pride that you had in being who you were, and still wonder what might have been.
andrew
For Cory, Your beautiful heart lives on each and every day. Your inspiration is the light that guides us to the winds of change and your helpful spirit will continue to live on and make a difference. We love and miss you.
Ashley D
To my many friends and the dozens of people that have touched my life over the years that have died an much too early death
Craig Marsden
To Tyler: Too young, you lost your battle with this horrible disease in July. So many are affected and will miss you terribly. We hope you find peace and that your family heals. For Geoffrey we are hoping he finds the courage to recover and find happiness.
Louise k.
My brave Max, we miss you more than words can express. Your gooness inspires me to be the best that I can be. Your kindness mattered and continues to matter. You made a huge difference in this world. We love you and you will never be forgotten. You will always stay safe in my heart. Mom
Karen Malandruccolo
To my beautiful son, George David Maras: My Georgie passed away on December 13, 2007,but not a day goes by when he is not in my thoughts, and my heart,from the moment I wake up until I go to sleep at night. My life will never be the same without him, but I believe he is with me all the time. I will love you forever, until we meet again. Mom
Marilyn Maras
To my beautiful son, Shawn Sperling. Forever 22. We will always celebrate your beautiful life, your never ending love and your amazing, contagious laugh. That laugh that was voted "the best laugh" in the yearbook will never be heard again. Heroin took you from us 11 months today. Your many friends and family miss you and celebrate you every day. This terrible addiction didnt define who you were. You were everyone's best friend. Everyone's soul mate. What started an an OxyContin prescription quickly became a heroin addiction. Three days out of rehab and you were gone. Shawnie, my Ninja turtle, I am so thankful that I got to be your mom for 22 years. Keep sending me butterflies. I will love you forever. My baby you will always be. Soar my Shawnie. Soar. Until we meet again. Forever in our hearts. I love you. Xoxoxox
Mommy
for my nephew Jack an amazing young man.He fought hard with his heroin addiction and lost the battle on Feb.17th 2011.i miss you .you will never be forgotten. Love Uncle Peter
peter kaupp
To my brother, best friend, hero, lifesaver, confidant, comrade, my favorite in all the world... I love you. I think of you every morning, every day, and every night. I walk these streets that are crowded and yet so empty without you here. Our neighborhood is full of people, places, and things that remind me of you and the beautiful person you are. I am proud of the recovery you had and know how many lives you changed in your sobriety. I struggle to let go of the accident that woke the wild beast that you went to every length to fight, day in and day out for four amazing years. You will always be the most special person to me. With all my love, Your sister Beck
Beck
Our dear Colin - we miss you so very much. My son died 10/11/11 of a heroin overdose, still is so unreal and too hard to hold this truth. I ache to have more time, to be able to take away his struggle and pain. The drugs took away my son before he left. We had our beautiful times together - but all too fleeting. His sisters adored him and he was the sweetest big brother who loved them so so much. They too struggled with his choices - but stayed his constant - always loving him. Colin was so much more than his drug use - he was so smart, and gentle and curious about the universe. a unique beautiful being. We love you Colin forever, Mom, Lynne and Kelly
Anne, Lynne and Kelly
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International Overdose Awareness Day – Harm Reduction Coalition
Amber I can't believe it's been months without you it feels like forever. We miss you so much and I know you are looking down on your family. I think of you every day and wish you were here but I know you are happier now. Miss you and love you xoxo
Ashley
My niece & Godchild Nicole D. Zippel (1/23/80-11/29/06) It is almost 7 years that you left us to go too a better place were you have no more pain or suffering. Your family & friends Love You & Miss You everyday! Your son Phoenix is growing up to be a fine young man. He is a loving & caring 7 year old boy. He is so much like you in every way. He is our life line that keeps us going. Love & Miss You Always, Aunt Anna
Anna Anzalone
To :Jody Johns 4/19/69-2/25/11 We think about you every day and we know that you are watching over us keeping us safe. Some of us die to keep some of us alive. Kristen,Shea and Soso bugga
Kristen Bnt
To my son, Aaron......baby we miss you and love you so much please watch over your brothers and let them know you are there with them as they go thru their days. Always Mommy
Tracy Lawrence Felton
Debra, You lived a short life but you did leave us with great memories which helps get us through each day a little easier! You are deeply missed and loved! Until we meet again....................
Your sister
3 years ago my ex husband and father of my 3 sons overdosed on really a Molotov cocktail of everything. We divorced solely because I did not want That to happen right in front of us. August 31 is our youngest sons birthday. He will be 11. I can't explain how is final overdose has effected all of us. Shaken us to the core. There is and always will be an empty spot where his smile used to be. It wasn't his first overdose, just the last. How does the cycle end? I wish I knew. But my daily prayer is that someone somewhere will stop and think about those left behind.
Jennifer
This is a tribute to my beautiful niece Lauren, my handsome nephews Joseph & Stephen. You are forever in our hearts. You are all sober now and no longer fighting the demon of addiction. I love & miss you so much.
Aunt Chris
After 17 months of sobriety it took only 15 days for addiction to take my great friend from this world. We miss you Chris. God does not take people he receives them, you would be amazed at how your passing has helped so many people. You are missed but never forgotten.
Joe Wegner
My beautiful friend Simone another year has passed and i still miss you as much today as the day we lost you. I treasure the wonderful memories we shared but at the same time my heart breaks not having you here. Only those who have lost someone through overdose understand the pain thats felt by those left behind. When things get wobbly for me please stand by my side and give me the stregnth you gave me when you were here. I love you and miss you-lisa xxxx
lisa doyle
to my beautiful daughter alycia maria turke and handsome son richard john turke u two were with me for more then half my life i feel my world ended first w alycia then one yr later richard how i miss u two xoxo mommy
cynthia turke
To Dylan: I lost my 15 year old son Dylan Turcotte June 23, 2013 of a heroin overdose. Was completely unexpected and very heartbreaking to think that he would even venture into that realm, but as others know it is happening much too often. God help us to get a handle on this somehow. Dylan I know you are in Gods arms in complete peace. I love and miss you every day and cherish the short 15 years we had with you. I know you are in good company up there and can't wait to see you soon! Love mom....
jewel turcotte
To my sister, who died at the young age of 23 from an accidental heroin overdose. It was the 'just one more' that killed you. People need to understand that this is real and it is happening to countless people all over the world. Don't waste your life. Create something beautiful instead.
Lorin
To Anthony Aldo Simeone the love of my life taken too soon. Forever and always mi amor. We will meet again soon. R.I.P.
Brittany
To Mike: My husband, my best friend, my love you left me way to soon just a little over a month ago now. I will never understand why or how it even came to this. My heart is forever yours! I will use the strength, love and happiness you gave me for 6 short years to guide our boys. I know you are free now so fly high and wait patiently for me! I love you!
Michelle
Jeffrey James Corbett,7/9/91-9/18/13 He was my best friend, more loyal and caring than anybody I've ever met. He was more than a friend to me, he knew it as did I. He was my brother. It breaks me to know we'll never text each other about random stuff, or watch Dexter together. I will never forget the night you texted me wanting to hang out, unaware this night would change me forever. Damn as soon as I saw you I knew you were doped up, but not to the point of OD, was I WRONG. Man those last couple hours of you being conscious I'll cherish FOREVER. Thinking of all those last times is unbearable! I've been thinking a lot of 'what-ifs'and watch them unwind differently to where you come out alive. That night, I left you in my room to grab us some grub to sober you up, unaware that when I returned you'd no longer be breathing.
Trevor
My dearest and closest friend Joy you have now been gone just over 2 months. My heart will remain broken for my lifetime and every minute of every day you are in my thoughts. I always promised I would always be there for you no matter what and I have failed to protect you from what happened, for which I am eternally sorry. My best friend you will always be and you will never be forgotten even for a second. I miss you so much my dearest Joy and I hope you are in heaven being the angel as you were here on earth. You meant everything to me, and that will never change. Rest In Peace Joy Miclat. 08/06/1979 - 15/07/2013 I will love you always and forever. xx
Simon
In tribute of my beautiful, kind and most special loving niece. Her name is Melissa Kosmin. She was fun and full of life and giggles. She had a hard time on earth with depression, anxiety and nervousness. She only wanted to be happy, be normal, find a true love, get married and have children. She was very smart and had many talents speaking mutiple lanquages and was first in her graduating classes in high school and college. She was smart about many things and spoke very well on many subjects. She just had not found her way in life yet. We were all sure she eventually would. It was just taking longer for her. She however cut her life short last night on Sept 19th 2013. She was only in her early 30s. She had overdosed before but was always caught in time by her mother (my sister). My sister's heart was torn out many times. I warned my niece that I would not forgive her if she took her life because she would kill my sister. My sister has been sleep ever since she found Melissa and my fear is that when she wakes up tomorrow thinking it was all a bad dream. We lost our mother who lived to be 93 just months ago. My mother loved Melissa with all her heart just like we all did/do. We hope and pray that Melissa is with her grandmother in peace now. Our hearts are broken for a life not lived. She helped more people then she will ever know. As I heard tonight from another grieving family. A broken tree can bear fruit and Melissa did that. I will miss her beautiful face , her smile, he giggles. How sad we are to night for us and all parents who lose children to overdose. God bless everyone life is hard here on earth. Melissa's aunt Patricia
patricia slutzky
"Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears...but laugh and talk of me, as though I were beside you. I loved you so.....'Twas Heaven here with you" Shawnie... I thought we'd have more time. It will be a whole year on Sept. 30 that we lost you to a heroin overdose. Now we're left without you, missing you every second of every day my ninja turtle. Your struggle wasn't your identity. And it doesn't define the beautiful 22 years you gave to the world. That beautiful heart that loved so fiercely and was loved so fiercely in return. That smile that lit up the world and that laugh....that famous contagious laugh that made everyone laugh too. I always thought that I gave you life Shawn, but you gave me life and love and laughter. I am so blessed I got the chance to be your mom for 22 years. My Shawnie, we will always celebrate your beautiful life, love and laugh. Nicky and Jess and all of your many friends honor you and celebrate you every day by making your gravesite a rock star memorial. I love the never-ending tributes that are left there for you and the way your many friends just drop by to hang out there with you day and night. It's an amazing tribute. I love how you're the only one in the cemetery who doesn't have grass. You have confetti. Who wouldn't want confetti instead of grass? It just shows how much we all love you and how we are always celebrating you. Tupac is probably saying that more "Still I Rise" tattoos are being done for you instead of him. Lol. Shawnie Brawny. Forever 22. Shine on! What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly. You are my butterfly. Till we meet again. I will always love you with every piece of my broken heart. Still I rise. Xoxoxox Mommy
Mommy
Keely Rae Stansill passed away Aug 17,2010 . Daughter, mother, sister, friend to many. I love and miss you so very much !
Mom
To all, My thoughts are with you, Nikki.
Nikki Schliker
To Arron, We lost a great mate way too young xx Jay
Jay Gammage
To A.J Muss u mate. I think of the good times we had.
Delwyn
To Sharon, a good mate, always helped a friend.
Tony R
Noelle Abeson A beautiful young woman with so much potential. Gone too soon.
Vanda Hamilton
My Dearest Christopher: I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and pictures in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part. God has you in His arms, I have you in my heart. Please God watch over Christopher - 8/15/85 - 8/11/13
Michelle – Christopher’s Forever Mom
In memory of my cousin who passed away on June 3, 2013 from a heroin overdose. You are severely missed by those who loved you. My children learned a very hard, sad lesson on the day that you died. We know you are in a better place now.
Anne-Britton
Tribute to my brother who passed away july 2013, at age 22. he had been struggling with addictions for about 7 years and finally lost his battle to heroin. drugs took over his life and completely changed who he was. before the drugs, he was a silly, kind, protective, caring older brother. that is how i will always remember him, because that was truly who he was. i just miss seeing his beautiful smile and hearing his contagious laugh. i miss sharing funny youtube videos with him. i miss being able to hear his voice and being able to text him. i miss being able to hug him.
mel
My Dear Sweet Baby Brother, Nate On August 11, 2013, you left this earth and me behind. How do I even begin to express the pain that I feel without you here? The only hope I hold onto is that you are at peace. The day you died, a part of me died with you. I watched you overcome your addictions. You were strong healthy, full of life. What happened Nate? Why didn't you call me? You know I would have been there. You were clean for months. I was so proud of you. But more importantly, you were proud of yourself. Who could ever think 25 years was long enough for you to be here? It is unimaginable you are gone. I will tell your story and I will make it my life's mission to try to save others in your name. I am forever thankful that I was given the privilege of spending 25 years with you, as your sister. Fly high my sweet angel. Let your heart be free from pain and suffering. Watch over us. Come to me in my dreams. I love you with every piece of my broken heart. Your big sissa, Ker
Keri
To my buddy Leigh, you left way too soon sweetie! I think of you every day and wish you were here. I will never forget you bud. I love and miss you so much. Until we meet again keep soaring on the wings of an eagle
Jim
Daddy, I can't believe you're gone. I know how hard you fought your addiction your entire life. I am so proud of you for your 24 years alcohol free. The last 7 months that we got to spend together when you were clean were the best months of my life. I'm so glad you got to dance with me at my wedding. I will never know why you relapsed and will always wonder if there was anything I could have done. I will pray every day that you know how much I love you. Please always be with me.
Biggest Goob
Dear Cory, It's been nearly 2 months since you gone. It is extremely hard time for your family, for your friends, for us - fans and of course for Lea - your love. We love you and we miss you. We are keep holding on because you left here so many good things, lots and lots of light, bright thoughs (which we feel all the time) and we believe that now, you are Guardian Angel and you are watching over us, especially Lea, cause she needs you even if she is that incredibly strong, so be near her and be proud of her cause she is amazing and we all are proud of her and of you, your fight. You always be in my mind as hero, as extremely kind person, as person who I look up to, no matter what. I wish someday I will see your handsome smile, which I know right now just like your beautiful heart and incredible talent :) Your illness can't destroy my memory of you as just great, great person. I will miss you Frankenteen...forever. Take care, with love Alexa
Aleksandra Kloc
To Tracie (passed 8/31/13) I miss you so much. Your death is hitting me really hard. It was such a shock. I hope you're at peace. Love Naomi
Naomi
To my sister Cassie. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. We will not forget you, we will never let your daughter forget you, and we will always keep you in our hearts. http://www.northshorefuneral.com/2013/cassandra-l-lutz/
Nichole
Dear sweet Cristine Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and feel your absence. You were the best thing that ever happened to me and I will have you in my heart forever. I miss you sweet baby.
Daddy
This is a tribute to my daughter Kathleen, who died of an accidental overdose at the age of 22. Kathleen, I hope you've met your grandmother and uncle up in heaven, and that the burdens of this earthly life are gone. I think of you hundreds of times a day. I keep my chin up, while tears make their way down my cheeks. You will be remembered forever, and always loved. Dad
Brian McC
This is the first time I have known about International Overdose Awareness day, which oddly falls on my birthday August 31. I would like to pay tribute to my beloved brother Andrew who we lost in September 2009. It will be 4 years at the end of this Sept, and I wish I had known back then what I know now, or had forced myself to find more sources for awareness and support. I wish for others that you search for true understanding of what addiction is about so that you can be a tolerant, strong, and loving support person for your loved one who struggles with it. Love you always "Roo"!
Melissa
To: Kat McCarthy. 11/12/1990-8/13/2013 Fly free Kat, I'll see you on the other side.
Maureen
To: Jeffrey Russ and Olivia Rotondo Rest in peace. May your memories live on and help prevent future tragedies. Condolences to your families and friends.
Alec Foster
To The Father Of My Son And The Love Of My Life Jacob Osborne. Only 25 And That Evil Took His Life. We Miss You beaBer! You're In My Heart Forever And Always And I Love You Dearly!
Gabrielle anastasia
To my son Cory, It's been over a year without you. We think of you every single day. This horrible disease took you from us. You had so much to give. You have a huge heart. You were the number one baseball hitter in all of NYC and you were on your way, but at the same time, this terrible disease reached in and grabbed you. We live with regret every day. Only God knows the great things you could have done. We will only remember the beautiful person you were and the amazing things you achieved. Maybe up there, you will be able to accomplish incredible things. I can't wait to see you again. We love you forever Love Always, Your family Frankie, Ann and casey P.S. Jellybean and Lucy look for you every day
Ann
My brother David - your boys remind me of you every day. You kicked heroin only to lose your battle with alcohol and prescription drugs. I wish people would understand that legal drugs are as dangerous as the illegal ones. It's been 5 years but it feels like just yesterday when I got that phone call. Mom- I think of you constantly and I wish you could have fought harder against the pills. I know you never dealt with David's passing. David Jude Stahl 8/4/79 - 8/2/2008 Diane Marie Stahl 11/24/54 - 9/20/2009
Kristen
It has been a mere few months since you left us on May 21,2013 yet everyday I feel the pain as though it just happened. Alyssa was a beautiful 20 yr old who we were blessed to have as a daughter and sister. Her smile was big, her laugh and her heart bigger. She has left a huge hole in our family that of course will never be filled. She fought her disease for 3 long years but in the end it took her life. As a family we will continue to advocate and educate.... your death will not be in vain. We know you are in a safe place with no pain, no suffering and look forward to being reunited with you someday. Love and miss you so much Lys xoxoxx <3 Mom, Dad and Jamison
Mom, Dad and Jamo
My angel and only daughter, 33, passed away on 5-5-13 from cardiac arrest, and I know that was from an overdose of drugs as she was highly addicted. She battled with sobriety for so long and her mind and soul were being taken by it. I write to her every day and I am so appreciative there is a National Drug Addiction Awareness Day, and I came across it on the Internet. Let my dearest daughter rest in peace and let her demons be taken by the angels Love Mom
Claudia Byrd
August 5, 2013 heaven got my little brother age 26 after a heroin overdose. My life will forever be changed, a part of me died that day too. I cant believe you are gone, it pains me too much to write this. I will always miss you
Missy
To my dear brother Ed, from the day you went home to be with Jesus, I knew the demons you fought were gone. I'm so grateful that you are my brother and that you now are at peace <3
Sam
To my big brother, Cory. You had so much potential, but this disease just got the better of you. I'm sorry for the fights we had. The years were rough for us all. You made it through that coma with only a 30% chance of survival. When you walked out of that hospital in March of 2007, we thought we had you back for good. Sadly, things only got worse. I can only hope you forgive me for all I had done. I forgive you wholeheartedly. I miss you..the loneliness is taking over terribly. I am doing my best to take care of mommy and daddy. It's not easy, but your strength is in me to help me through. I love you and miss you dearly. I hope you are free of pain now. We all love you more than you know. Love Always, Mommy, Daddy & casey
Casey
To my son Brian who died 12/21/12 Autopsy said alcoholism. I am sorry I had not seen nor talked to you for several years due to you choosing to be homeless. I never got to say goodbye. RIP my son
Marlene
Miss you buddy, always one of my heros. Love Chop and family. MVC
Chopper
Jeff, I'll never forget the day you were taken away from us. You had more of an affect on my life than either of us could have ever realized during our short friendship here on earth. You were truly one of the kindest persons I have ever have met and am so grateful for the short sweet time we had together. You are the reason I am sober today, whether I realize it or not. Despite your passing at such an early age, your death will not go on vain. You will never be forgotten brother. I love you man.
Fish
To our nephew Derek: Your mom said it best at your service just a few days ago: Derek loved us, we loved Derek, and he knew it. Everyone is still reeling, too fresh and surreal. RIP.
Aunt Laurie
Thinking of Allyson !!! #recovery #xa #aa
Mike
Ashley, I think of you everyday! You are greatly missed by your family, especially your baby girl! Love you always!
Callie
Remembering Shannon today. We lost her earlier this year. She will not be forgotten.
Melanie
This is a tribute to my beautiful daught Daria...I miss you everyday. She died on 9/17/09 after 27 hrs. on life support. She was clean for 4 mos. I miss so much but I miss your crazy dancing and your tender heart. You had the softest skin ever and I miss touching your hand. I love you forever. Mom
lorraine kinne
My brother died today. It's the worst day of my life. I hurt so badly but keep telling myself that he no longer hurts. I miss you already Rob.
Amber
My beautiful Lindi-loo (Lyndal), I miss you so much. Your energy and love of the shiney twinkles in this world. You are my inspiration, my love, my forever. I just want you to come back, even if 'only' while I sleep. XXX
Micha
To: Nicholas Stump Hauser Nick passed away from a heroin overdose March 17, 2011. He was blessed with a big heart, a great smile, and he hugged everyone who would let him. We all miss him so much. At the end I could count him as one of my best friends. It wasn't always that way of course. Remember Nick, you better be first in line to greet me in Heaven.
MOM
In memory of the fine actor and good guy that Phillip Seymour Hoffman was. To everyone in his family, and to those with whom he was friends, my deep sympathy at your loss. It is a loss shared on a greater scale by many of his fans. May he rest in peace and may God hold him close.
Richard P.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman. February 2, 2014. RIP
Heather
My granddaughter Crystal lost her battle to heroin addiction on 24 January 2014 at age 29. She had addictions to heroin and alcohol from age 16. She had been through many rehabs (15 I think), but in the end they were a failure. In fact, she had just returned from her latest rehab when she died. Her parents and I loved her very much, but we could not help her. The addiction had taken over her life. She was a very caring person and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Vern
To Jeff I myself as a pain pill addict have lost you, one of my nearest and dearest friends on January 9th. I didn't know how bad you actually were or I would have been at your house every day telling you how much I truly love you and told you to go back to meeting by my side. Jeff became addicted to crack again and was already hooked on pain pills. The combo killed him and I am so devastated. My own addiction has taken its selfish toll and I hadn't spoken to Jeff in the 2 weeks before his demise. Guilt and shame are killing me internally. Like I maybe could have prevented this or something. People keep telling me otherwise; that he wouldn't have listened. Jeff was the big brother from another mother that I wanted to strangle at times. I'm being facetious of course, but no matter what our differences he was there for me and vice versa. We both endured the same mental illness and understood each other's pain. There was more to Jeff than his addictions. He was a grandfather, a father, a husband and my best friend. I resented him for introducing to me pain pills at a vulnerable time in my life, but now it is up to me to quit. Jeff expressed his sorrow and he is forgiven. I want you back my friend though I know you're gone. You'll never be forgotten. Your real friends want to help me through this most difficult time. We miss you and your tender side. I miss coming to you for advice and your male perspective on my relationship issues. I'm so lost and I know you truly loved me for me. I saw you through the end my friend. Going to your funeral was the hardest thing I ever had to do....the last goodbye. GOD HELP ME. There's a huge hole in my heart though I know you found the peace you couldn't find on this earth. I love and miss you Jeff. Your friends Will keep your legacy alive. Goodbye.
Anonymous
My best friend of 16 years lost her life on 28 January 2014. I feel regret. I wish I could have done something to help her and now her son will never see his mom again. I miss her. Life will never be the same R.I.P. ANDRIA
Antonette
In 2010 my brother Adam passed away on Christmas eve. We all found out on Christmas Day after he did not call anyone like he always did at 7am every year! We had been dealing with his addiction for 2 years before he passed. The doctors of Florida will give you anything you want!! Pill-mill capital of the world. As his brother at 24 I had to do everything because the rest of the family lives in upstate NY. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my whole life. I put it all on me I told myself: "Be tough and keep it together" and I did and I had to anyway. What I'm trying to say is never give up on someone, never lose hope like I did because down the road you will think: "What if!?" and that's something you never want to think ever! I find my self speechless every time I look at your picture as I grow older I realize just how young you were when you left us and it kills me to even think I will ever be older than you. As I write this I'm crying like a baby! I'm telling this to the world so everyone knows just how much you meant to me and many others. You where a good man Adam and I will never let people forget you!! That is a promise! love you so much and I think about you every day day of my life! rest in peace brother
Noah gardner
We lost you 2 May 2011. I was only 13 when you passed. People acted like I couldn't understand, when I understood every event that took place. I miss you more than my words describe. I know you are in a better place. We know none of this was on purpose. You are such a caring young man (23) it's sad you went the way you did. You were in rehab and doing so well. You seemed so much happier. But we could all see the pain you were hiding. We love you Alex. These words don't even compare to how much we love and miss you. You are a wonderful angel and I am truly blessed to call you my brother no matter what people think. Though there is still grief you have done many amazing things with a halo above your head. I hope I make you proud. I love you brother your name will never be forgotten.
Mariea
TO MATT AND CARLY, RIP, KEEP EACH OTHER COMPANY, AND LOOK OUT FOR ALL OF US! LOVE YOU!
NICOLE
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Merry Christmas Bro! I know there was a higher calling when God took you away Christmas morning some years ago. God needed another Angel when he called upon you brother, and that his plan is bigger than you or I. I feel truly blessed and honored to have known you and shared my time of being your brother for 32 years. I've never stopped being your brother. I'm still here and if tears could build a stairway and memories build a lane, I'd walk up to Heaven and bring you home again. The part of me that died that day and the void I feel every day I have learned and now know that's the part of me that you took with you forever! Until we meet again in heaven you will live in my heart! I miss and love you! Your lil bro, Eden.... R.I.P. Dome 12/25/04
Eden
Philip, at 32 you're gone. You missed so much; being a Dad, having a life of recovery. Who knows where we could have gone? I know you didn't mean to. Please rest in peace
Robyn and Brea’rose
My father passed away of a heroin overdose on September 24, 2013. He was only 46 years old. Not a day goes by when I don't think of you. I know we had a rocky relationship and had a falling out, but I still always loved you and still do. I know your at peace now and can finally rest which brings me comfort. Love always your son, Brian
Brian
To all the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, girlfriends and boyfriends who are spending this Christmas without the prescious person they lost due to drugs - may your loneliness be filled with only pleasant memories and may you be blessed with the knowledge that you will see your loved one again in a heaven safe from drugs and evilness. Renier Lifeguard Larry Schoeman - we miss you so much my boy. Riaan and Sharon Schoeman, South Africa.
Riaan and Sharon Schoeman
grover you will always be remembered 7/1978 - 6/2007
pam
My handsome nephew what an evil thing that consumed you and took you away from all who loved you. You had a hard battle. You fought hard.
David
My beautiful son...Brandon. You struggled from the age of 11 with a severe eating disorder..3 yrs in 3 different hospitals..we prayed that a miracle would happen and you would beat that demon. They had to drug you for months to keep you from ripping a feeding tube sewn into your intestines. I remember how scared we all were that you would rip that tube out too. Such a talented artistic smart sensitive young man, you were so sick. Then you jumped from that addiction to prescription drug abuse. We never stopped trying to encourage. I remember the day you cried in my arms saying "Mom I wish I knew what it was like to wake up in the morning with a smile on my face." I know the guilt you felt inside. You were forever saying "I'm sorry." All you wanted was to "feel" normal, to have a regular life like everyone else. You wanted that and we wanted your happiness more than anything in this world! I would have died for you my son. I would have traded places with you in a heartbeat if only to give you the happiness you longed for! We thought God was going to take you once before with the first illness you had but you were strong and survived. Then we lost you in the end to an accidental prescription drug overdose. When you were a little boy you used to say to me: "Mom I love you to infinity!" Ditto my son, you are safe now in god's land. I will see you again Brandon. Your sister says..."I bet he's playin baseball with God up there mom.!"
your loving mom
This goes out to all the parents who have lost their children/friends/husbands/wifes/etc and my dear six friends I have lost in the past three years, I wish there was a way of getting you back, some of you I was very close with, others just friends, it's all the same in the realm of death. I have been 16 months clean and am still struggling. These deaths are unrecoverable, especially if you're a parent. There will never be a pain even remotely close to the feeling of losing what you brought into this world. Hopes are smashed, dreams are crushed, hearts are shattered, and souls are taken all for what? A chemical compound. For as long as I live I will vow to never let another parent mourn their son's death, or another life be taken because of this awful disease. One night I felt myself slipping away into the darkness and unconsciousness that is death. It was a miracle to say the least and it is now my duty to educate and stop these horrible tragedies whenever it is possible. My heart goes out to all of you.
K
I lost my mother to a prescription drug overdose on August 31, 2013. My mother was trying very hard to stay clean from drugs after a 10-year addiction. To: My Beautiful Mom Sharon I am deeply hurt and feel a piece of me died with you. I pray that your soul is now free from addiction and you are now the person I once knew as a little girl. I look forward to seeing you again one day. I wish I could have held your hand and kissed you goodbye. You were too young only 53. We were supposed to watch my kids grow up together, go shopping and do all the fun stuff mothers and daughters do. I miss your laughter and your beautiful face. You will forever be in my heart, I love you always. Love, Your Daughter
Karen Marie
My partner of 27 was tragically taken by a drug overdose that went wrong. I miss you so much. I hope you're at peace with your dad now. I will never forget you and love you forever
Hannah
My beloved Reno...It's been almost one month since you left us. I knew of your struggles and prayed always for you. I tried and begged but you were your own person. Your pain was something I could never know, never know what was really in your heart or on your mind but I do know that you were hurting. You missed your 2 year old daughter and your struggles became worse. Grandma and Grandpa tried to no end to help you too but you wouldn't allow them to get close either. They miss you daily. They watched you as you had your good days and bad days. Your brother Gage and your baby brother Logan both miss you dearly. You were such a bright young man. Smarter than anyone I know. Your laugh, sense of humor, awkwardness, randomness, sarcasm and the way you would say you love me will be missed forever. Your beautiful smile shined like no other but your eyes could not lie. I know that you were a free spirit, you decided to ramble on and you were a simple man. Now my son, your wings are spread and you are flying above. I will always miss you and love you. My first born. My first love. My sunshine. My Reno. Soar on my son. Reno Durant 7-17-93 to 10-20-1013 GONE TO SOON
Mama
To: Terry Berube Shepard (LOVING MOTHER AND WIFE) Not a day goes by that I don't think about you all day, or regret things I never did while you were here. But I understand you knew you were my everything. None of our lives will ever be the same as the joy we had when you were here. I'm forever a different person now that god said it was your time. He knew how thoughtful and selfless you were and didn't want us to see you in pain and covering it by addiction. I'll always love you more than life itself! And I'll never forget the things you said that make me the crazy/smart woman I am today. Mom, you're always right by my side no matter what, you are and always will be my role model, and now my Angel. LOVE YOUR BABYGIRL BOWS XOXO
Teia Berube your loving Daughter
Dear Hannah, This is in honor of Hannah. She died Aug 14, 2013 of a drug overdose (Molly) at a rave. You will always be forever young (14). I don't get/understand your choice. We all miss you. Love Michele
Michele
My big brother and best friend I love more than words can say I miss you more with every passing day.. You left me on this world alone I just wish you would have stayed home.. Your death was unexpected and truly unjust But it will not be in vain and that you can trust.. Rest easy and stay by my side and visit in my dreams Ryan Shawn Ouelette Jan 13/1983-May 27/2012 Forever young
Rena ouelette
My little brother Justin Frasher aged 25 died yesterday of a heroin overdose. I still can't really believe it. I loved him so much and don't know how I can ever process this. I can't even use the past tense without crying. If there is a heaven and you are still out there I just want you to know that you are the most amazing person and I will love you forever until we meet again, either reincarnated or in heaven.
Samantha Cotton
My son died of a heroin overdose in June 2008. He has a son who does not know how he died and I don't know how to answer the questions he may soon ask. I don't want him to feel negative about him. Please advise how I can do so. He was the most wonderful father and I don't want to destroy his memories for him x
karen king
To my baby, my little girl, I love you dearly and always will. You're in my heart. The day you left still pains me, it always will. You're still my daughter and always will be. I keep you alive in daily things. I say, as you said, tolet, criss, the geither, dressing groon, the feathers are everything to me because you were a beautiful person inside and out. I'm proud you are my daughter, your brothers miss you, all your family on both sides. Your smile was special, you smiled with your heart. You went through so much in your short life but you were strong. Your little boy is beautiful and full of fun. I'll miss you forever. Till we meet again.
catherine wilkinson
To my father, who was found April 9th 1996. I was just a 15-year-old girl then and you were only 38. We looked for you for almost a month and then I was told that your body was pulled from a river - cause of death overdose. Seventeen years of missing my father and having four children who never got to meet you. Most of all the questions of how does a person overdose and end up in a river. What happened during your last moments. I remain a daughter without answers except one. The answer I give when asked to try them NO and I hope your death will inspire my children to do the same. You made movies, road trips, music, etc. so much fun. I wish I could've shot that monkey off your back but I was just a kid. Forever Your Daughter Forever Missing Her Dad
Shannon Thompson
To my beautiful baby girl Laree from New York, who was only 18 years old and passed peacefully on 3/16/13 from an accidental heroin overdose. You were and still are my life, my breath and my world. You tried so very hard to battle those demons baby and I am so proud of you for that, but they won. I miss so much, your laugh, your spunk, your love for your friends and always having a blast and I could go on and on, I just miss YOU constantly. You had more people who loved and adored you baby, I just wish you knew it then, but those demons messed up your mind. You are missed by them all. I know you are now helping others and I'm sure with all your energy you are one of god's best! I cannot wait to hug and kiss you again. When god's ready for me, I know you'll be waiting. Life is and never will be the same without you my baby girl. The best thing I ever did in my life was have you! For all of Eternity, Love MOM
Patty Farrell
Kyle Scott Bagwell, Age 26 of Goodlettsville, TN died Monday October 14, 2013. He has a son on the way in Jan of 2014. I would like to send thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at this time. The Bagwell family is predominantly from Springfield, TN. This large family may be known from their affiliation for many years to the Robertson County Times where Juanita Bagwell's Dad owned and operated the paper and she worked as well. This is Juanita and Vincent Bagwell's grandson, their son, Scott and DeAna Bagwell were the parents of Kyle, he has a sister named Kristin.
Jeanne
To My Wonderful Momma... You left this world on July 12, 2013 and just today I found out the cause of death was an accidental drug overdose of prescription meds. I already knew, I just had to hear it from the Medical Examiner. I just had to see it in writing. It doesn't make it easier, it makes it harder because I wonder about the "what ifs". I miss you so much and I wish you were still here with us. I wish I had of spoken up and challenged your addiction. I wish I had of intervened. I wish I could have changed the outcome. But I know in my heart that there was nothing I could have done. I know you died peacefully and I know that you loved us all and I know that you aren't hurting any more and you are happy and free from the pain of this world. I am so thankful for the last day we spent together, it was not planned, but it was wonderful and I believe God brought that moment together for us. I miss you momma, I love you and I will cherish you in my heart forever. Thank you for being the best mother anyone could ask for. I miss you and I will see you one day in Heaven. Until then, watch over me and the kids and rest your mind and your heart and your soul. I love you my dear sweet mother.
Your daughter, Serena
To: Abo Kandov Alichka, you left us on October 5, 2013 and we did not have a chance to say how much we loved you and wanted you to get better. Your life was a struggle and unfortunately, we were not strong enough to help you fight the monster. Your body was not "clean" but your soul and your heart were. The only consolation for all us is that you are at peace now.You are my only love and I hope to see you again. Alichka, we will always remember and love you for eternity.
Former wife Zulfia and daughters Marta and Polina
To Aaron, who loved his children beyond anything in the world, and who adore him to the end of the world. Who loved his music with a fiery passion and loved everyone around him. Never will he be forgotten for he loved us all as we love him
Rachel
Dearest Michael, You died almost 2 years ago now. There isn't a day I don't think of you and wonder what I could have done differently to help you. You were my only brother and I love you so. I realize now you were very sick, probably more than just drug abuse but needed help from mental illness. Please forgive all of us for not understanding your needs. I hope you are well and painfree, happy, playing the guitar and with mom! You deserve an eternity of happiness!! I love you Michael and miss you so much.
surbach
On June 22nd of this year, my world came crashing down. My 43 year old father had passed away in his sleep due to an accidental overdose. He was in a lot of a pain and was on tons of medicine. My father lost his leg at a very young age and had battled with the detrimental health effects up until he passed. Yesterday was his birthday and it didn't seem right to not be sharing a cherry cheesecake or cracking jokes about him getting older. My family and I released some balloons for him and as they were drifting off, my 7 year old nephew says, "I bet he can see them by now." In that moment, I truly knew that my father was at peace and no longer in pain. It's amazing the effects a child can have on you. Rest in peace, Dad. We love and miss you more and more every day.
A daughter
Ben 18/6/79-9/10/2000 13 years ago today I lost my soulmate. Every day I play out in my mind our life together growing up. I wish you had never got into what you did, things would have been so different for the both of us. Although I know you are always with me it's just not the same - I need u x Wait for me - love u - ditto!
Chelsea
I wanted to make a tribute to the 3 friends/family members I have lost in the last year and a half from overdose!!! YOU RIDE WITH THE DEVIL YOU DIE WITH THE DEVIL!!! I guess it's true!
Tara-Lee Fraser
We lost our Grace Ohrtman one week after her 17th birthday on August 13, 2013, to a heroin overdose. She spent the night at a friend's house and passed away in her sleep. She was beautiful, talented, and had big dreams. She played the guitar. Since the time she was 12 and in 7th grade she struggled with depression. I had no idea she had ever used heroin and was in total shock. I have no idea if it was her first time or her 100th time. She was our one and only child and we are left empty. Grace died and so did all of our dreams for her. Thank-you for listening. Julie Vanderzyl of Pella, Iowa.
Julie Vanderzyl
I learned just yesterday that my close friend of 13 years, Melissa Kosmin, passed away last week. She had been battling depression and anxiety for most of her life, and was on too many meds that weren't doing much to help. Over the years I saw her both at her best/highest and her worst/lowest. Countless times I talked her out of overdosing and taking her own life. I last talked with her on Sept 16th, she was the lowest I had ever heard her. She told me "I can't live this way anymore, I just want to end it". I asked her to meet me, to talk it over, but she never did. Three days later, on Sept 19th, she passed. She always said that her preferred method would be a pill overdose. She had an ample supply herself and had access to her mother's. She told me that her mother would be getting methadone in a couple of days for her pain, I suspected that she would target that. I don't know that she did, but I read in another post on this site that she overdosed. She was the most incredible, caring, gentle, kind, compassionate person I ever met. She was beautiful but couldn't see it. Her entire existence could be shattered by a few ill chosen words, such was her low self esteem, and try as I did to "toughen her up", to roll with the punches, she never grasped how to do it. She didn't ask for much, she wanted to be free of depression. She wanted a husband and family, to have her future husband propose to her with the snow falling, to honeymoon in the Caribbean. Things I could not offer her. But now she will never experience any of these. I told her it would happen, she just needed to get herself out there and people would find her. But her lack of self confidence prevented her from doing that. The pain of living finally got to be too much and she ended it. She always said to me that no-one would shed a tear if she was gone, I told her she was oh so wrong. And now that has been proven, I can't stop my own tears from falling as I am sure her family cannot too. I can't bring her any more flowers, all I can do is bring them to her grave. She broke my heart, I don't know if it will ever fully mend. Goodbye my Love.
Melissa’s Friend
To: Melissa Kosmin (Passed away 9/19/13) From: Your Friends and Colleagues at the National Adoption Center Melissa...you were part of our National Adoption Center group on FACEBOOK and it was apparent from time to time that you were struggling with depression. One of your last entries was just before your death when you said you were going back to graduate school to get your Master's in Social Work. Many of us were cheering when we heard that. Most of us had no idea how much of a struggle life was for you. I had a sister, Nancy, who committed suicide and as sad as we were as a family, we supported her decision to take her own life. With time, I hope your family will be able to accept your decision. Blessings on you and your family, Carolyn Johnson
Carolyn Johnson
I found out about this overdose organization literally today. It took me back to my accidental overdose of prescription pills over a year ago. The overdose caused me to have two seizures. As a result of the seizures, I aspirated so much vomit into my lungs. I had full blown pneumonia, and my immune system was completely destroyed. I was on life-support for 14 hours and put into a medically induced coma. I was not expected to live. However I did manage to pull through. When I came out of the coma, I could feel all the tubes going into my body. I was in so much pain. The one thing I remember was looking towards my mom crying that I love her and that I was so sorry for what I had done. After a week or two of being out of the hospital, I had to go back due to getting a blood clot in my arm. Looking at myself today, it has been a long, traumatic journey for me. After I began my recovery journey I was told that another 18-year-old in the exact same situation as I was in (overdose) had passed away. This girl was the same age as me, had the same overdose as me and died that night. That could have been me. I don't know what my family would have done. I have been clean for a year and eight months. I am beyond thankful for being given a second chance of living my life to the fullest. Learn from my experience and do not let drugs of any type get the best of you.
Caitlin
On April 6, 2014, shortly after midnight, I received the most horrific, heartbreaking call any parent can receive. The call came from the North Carolina homicide unit saying that we regret to inform you that your daughter, Bonnie, passed away at 9:45pm due to a suspected heroin overdose. We knew of Bonnie's struggles and tried to help her with her addiction when she was living with us in Maryland but Bonnie's desire to use again overrode her desire to get well and she left our home in June 2013 to live in North Carolina which had proven to be a disaster. In North Carolina Bonnie continued to use drugs and was soon arrested. She was supposed to be extradited back to Maryland for a probation violation as she shouldn't have left Maryland to begin with but instead she was released since the two states didn't coordinate the judicial process that was supposed to happen to facilitate the extradition. I am now left grieving, angry, and in a state of disbelief that this even happened. Dear God please help me to live with this and seek justice for my daughter's untimely death.
Mom
There are no words to explain the pain I live with every day since I lost you. My big sister, my confidant, my friend and the only person on this earth who really knows me. The crazy thing is for years we all worried we would lose you to your addiction but the years went by and you raised a beautiful family and although you never stopped taking drugs we stupidly thought you had it all under control. After all you were still alive at 51. I was called to the hospital and I sat holding your hand while you were in an induced coma and I refused to leave you alone cause I knew you would never leave me if I was in hospital. At 3.15am I told the doctors something was wrong and they told me not to worry and it was at that time you died holding my hand. It took three days on life support for the doctors to conclude without doubt you were brain dead and a year for us to be told the cause of death was a hypoxic brain injury, the underlying cause opioid toxicity. I thought I was quite well educated in drugs after a lifetime of your addiction but I never knew there was such a thing. You were on the methadone program 24 years and no one ever suggested you get off it. I questioned that for years. Your addiction meant you still gladly accepted any other drug on offer including alcohol and all the while your body was quietly dying. You were the kindest soul I ever met and I know you would never want me to cry. But the thing is Deb you are just so hard to live without and I wish drugs never got hold of your soul and I wish you were still here. Until we meet again big sister Luv Ya Darlin xxxx
:lil sis
Beautiful girl. I see you every morning when I awake. Brushing my hair, painting my nails, imagining we are engaging in your favorite trivial conversation of "What if......???" I said something that made your Dad smile last night. I didn't tell him that I saw your smile in his eyes. He's too heartbroken. I keep seeing you as a little girl, running around in your whatnots, clapping your hands together and saying, "let's wrestle!" I miss you D, and I'm mad. Mad that you couldn't stop sooner. Mad that you substituted heroin for alcohol. Mad that you were blind to your beauty, inside and out. Mad that we couldn't grow to be old ladies together.....painting each other's crackly aged toenails and laughing to nonsense until dawn. Mad that I couldn't save you.
Leah
Andreé Siempre en mi corazón.
María
I'm on to it all, I will never give up on the truth and seeking justice for you, I will search and I will find the people, the idiots who did this to you, and I will bring them to account. Yes I'm mad, mad angry!! My goal is justice, because there just isn't any! I hope I get sick, don't have to take my own life, but it isn't a life without you my heart and soul are broken, I know how you felt, but didn't mean to die. In the wrong company, or without any company, people in this life will kill you.
Michele
My beautiful daughter. It's been 37 days now since you were called home. I don't know how I've gotten through this far. This is the longest we've gone without speaking since you learned how to talk. I'm so sorry you left this world alone, I hope you didn't feel any fear. I'm not going to rest until I find out what happened to you, for real. I will continue to raise your babies as you would've. And they will always, always know how much you love them and that they are your world. As you are mine. If you didn't know that, I'm sorry!!!You have always been the light of my life. I not only love you, but I have always admired you. You're beautiful, funny, generous, smart, stubborn, independent, curious, adventerous, courageous, I could go on all day. You will always be a part of my everyday life. I hope too see you in my dreams, baby girl!!!!! Always and forever, Mommy
Michele Duncan (Mother)
Michael Joseph Jackson How can I start to say what pain he felt through his life? Everyone judged him; his color, his nose, his face, the mask? His pride, his dignity, his self respect, the world took them away from him. So this little darling grew up singing what he felt in his heart. God sent him here to speak the truth of the suffering of people and animals. Michael was a young man trying to understand his purpose as we all do. But Michael was special, he was different. A lonely child growing up falling in love with a house mouse to the man/child dancing and singing and dancing like the greatest stars who ever entered the industry at the age of 8. Michael Joseph Jackson. My legend, my Hero- The Love Of My Life! Baby I would have given you all the lovely children your heart desired! You are the True King of our Century and now we are going to fall hard down without you!
Melinda Marie
My niece Brittney died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs on April 10, 2014. She was 28 years old. She had kicked her heroin addiction but couldn't escape all the other "legal" forms available to her. After nearly a decade of struggle, her life came to an end alongside her 4 year old daughter. She lived life the best way she knew how and was the best mom she knew how to be.....but in the end, her body and mind needed to rest. Your family loved you Brittney; your smile, your strength and your belief that everyday was another opportunity. You will be missed.
Aunt Nanny
My love, my world, my best friend, my everything. My heart aches without you here. My world shattered when you slipped away so quietly. A piece of me died with you that morning. You are so loved and missed by everyone. I know you're at peace and happy now, your mind at rest. You changed me completely while here and in death showed me my way. You were supposed to be with me longer. Your kind heart, gentle nature and unconditional love lives on in my heart. I'll never forget any of the time we had. YOU ARE THE BEST! Until our souls reunite I'll always feel you by my side. We will do better in our next life. I love you Mr. D xoxoxo Dave Richard Dickman died 12/1/13 while asleep next to me. He battled addiction his entire adult life but lost the war at 35 yrs old to opiates. He left behind a 10-yr-old son, mother, father, brother, sisters and many friends. He was the most loving, giving, considerate, hardworking man I've ever known. Not only a loss to family and friends but to the community and our world. The love of my life. I am so lucky.
Tara
For my dear little sister Kitty, It will be three years tomorrow since I lost you. I still can't believe that you're gone. I remember holding you the day you were born. You grew into such a beautiful, thoughtful and loyal girl. Twenty-five years was not nearly long enough. I remember when we were both actively in our addiction. We both got clean, although your sobriety wouldn't last forever. This last time, though, I really thought you would make it. I was still afraid to be around you, trying to protect myself. It was selfish and when you died, we weren't on very good terms. I still see you sometimes, when I am out. I hear people who sound like you and I stop, full of hope for just a second. I missed the last couple of years of your life and I am so sorry. Now I feel so guilty that I am still here and you are gone. I should have done more to help you. It should have been me. I am so sorry and I love you more than I can say.
Theresa
Tracy Thacker (died 10/04/13 just 16 days before his 42nd birthday) My big brother died of an overdose of Opana after a long fight with prescription medication addiction. We told you that if you did not get control then you would not make it to age 40. I pushed you away, I dreaded seeing you coming because you would beg for money when I knew you were capable of supporting yourself. I treated you like you were nuisance on society. I regret it, I regret more than anything! I think of you every day and think of the things that I could have and should have done for you. I think about how I have failed you as a sister and now it is too late to take any of it back. I then think about how you always made sure to tell me that you loved me. I wish I could have spoken to you and hugged you one last time but I was not able to make it to the hospital before you passed. I am so sorry bubby. I love you, I miss you, and I will do my best to watch over your baby boys.
Beverly
Antonn 11/12/89 - 9/1/13 Antonn was the love of my life. He was such a beautiful person who won over a heart with his charm, smile, and personality. He struggled with drug addiction and passed away from a heroin overdose when I was 6 months pregnant with our son. He tried so hard to stay clean and was so excited for our baby to be born. Not a day goes by that I dont think of him. Thank you Antonn for helping me bring our beautiful amazing baby into this world and please watch over us. I miss and love you every day and you will always be my heart. Your Sammy.
sammy
To my son Alexander Ward Brossoit who died of a drug overdose at age 25 on 2/25/2014. He fought long and hard to beat his addictions. His actions and encouragement left a mark on the many who met him during his times in rehab. I will never forget the wonderful times we had together. Your great smile and sense of humor touched all who knew you. You are at peace, which helps me bear your loss. I will never forget you!!!!!!!!! Love Dad.
Ward Brossoit
Shawn Sperling 4/8/90-9/30/12. Happy 24th birthday my beautiful son with a beautiful heart and soul. I thought I gave you life Shawnie. But you gave me life, and love and laughter. We will always celebrate the beautiful 22 years you gave to the world. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world God calls a butterfly. And here on what would have been your 24th birthday, you will always be our butterfly. You know how loved you are by everyone. Your struggle was never your identity. You will always be our Ferris Buehler, so loved by everyone for your humor, wit and charm. You will always be our ninja turtle. That famous laugh that won the title of "best laugh" in the yearbook will never be heard again because of an accidental heroin overdose. Shawnie, your many friends celebrate you every day. The eternal confetti at your gravesite says it all. I don't think you will ever have grass growing there. Who wouldn't want confetti instead of grass? So happy 24th birthday my beautiful son. I will see you up there in the sky. I love you! Mommy "Grieve not nor speak of me with tears.....But laugh and talk of me as though I were beside you. I loved you so.....'Twas Heaven here with you". Xoxox
Mommy
To my friends Cameron and Jennifer, I'm so sorry I wasn't able to keep you here with me. I think about you both every damn day of my life. I am trying these days to be an advocate for harm reduction and treatment, and am using my talents as a writer to do just that. I know I can't help you, but maybe I can help another Cameron or another Jennifer out there, who needs it. I know you would have both been beacons of light in this world, if you had continued on your paths. Jennifer, I lost you first. The whole town blamed us, your friends. You should have seen the way they looked at us at your funeral... And Cameron, you were taken a year after Jennifer, while I was away at college. You kept the contact info for all of your friends in Arkansas in your Daytimer, which was also where you kept your dope. The cops took it when they came and got you, and kept it as evidence for months. I finally found out you died three months later. So, sorry I wasn't at your funeral, bro. I do not know if I'm with you today, but I know for sure you are with me. I will try to live my life in a way that would make you proud. 19 years after your deaths, I'm still shaking, fists clenched. I do not know when this grief will subside and make way for solace, but until that time comes, I will remember you the way you were at your best - young, beautiful, and beloved.
Julie
Charlie, I know now how hard it was for you. Its been 6 months since you have died. I am so proud of you for putting yourself through the pain of withdrawal, admittance, and distance so you can try and get over this awful disease. I love you with all my heart. I miss You so much. I love you big brother. Happy 25th birthday also.
Mary
I am a Woman of great strength. I am a Mother of an Angel. I lost my son, Aaron on December 17th, 2013 to a heroin overdose. Aaron - born August 31, 1986 - died December 17, 2013. When the detective told me what happened, I had a heart attack and had to undergo open heart surgery. I was NOT able to make the viewing for my son's services, but I was released from the hospital an hour before the funeral. I showed up at the church 10 minutes before the service began. The last time I spoke to my son was the day before in the middle of the afternoon. I got the call about his death that next morning around 9.30am. He was my ONLY child. I cry every day at some point. I still look for him standing in a field as I am driving down the highway. I long to hear his voice. I ache to have his arms around me. I wait to hear his voice. Even though his phone is disconnected and no longer in service, I cannot delete his contact information. Since his name is Aaron, he is the first one that shows up on my contact list on my mobile phone. I just want the picture there as a memory. I have deleted his Facebook page because I just could not bear all of the messages people would keeping posting. It has helped. It helps when the sun shines and I feel warmth. I love looking at sunsets and sunrises. It reminds me that there is a new day. I love cloud formations. Some are amazing and remind me there is a Heaven and that is where my son is. This pain is more than could ever be explained to another. I manage without any counselling or drugs. I live each day as it is given and keep on giving my heart to others. I love you my Son, My Angel. I will keep on loving you and missing you forever. Momma
Julie B
For Daniel Edward Skelly 17/04/1992 to 8/11/2013 R.I.P "On Melancholy Hill" Up on melancholy hill There's a plastic tree Are you here with me? Just looking out on the day of another dream Well, you can't get what you want But you can get me So let's set up and see, love 'Cause you are my medicine When you're close to me When you're close to me So call in the submarines 'round the world we'll go Does anybody know her? If we're looking out on the day of another dream If you can't get what you want Then you come with me Up on melancholy hill Sits a manatee Just looking out for the day When you're close to me When you're close to me When you're close to me Maza and Faza
Mum
This tribute is to my dad Leonard "Jr" 08.18.67 - 02.27.14 My dad struggled with his addiction/ sickness for a long time. I've seen him overdose multiple times and each time I thought: "Is this going to be the time he doesn't come to?" But I would pray for him to get one more chance, and he would pull through (as a result of throat cancer, which he beat, he had to do chemo and radiation and his body became very weak and could overdose easily). My mom and dad have been together close to 30 years but in November 2013, my mom had all she could take and we moved about 2 hours from Dallas, (where we are from) we would tell my dad if he didn' stop doing heroin he would eventually be found dead in his room since my mom and I weren't there to save him any more. He never really had a reply to that. Well I would go back to Dallas several times a month so my daughter and I could see him. He loved my baby probably more than me, and she was the same to him. They had a bond like no other, and he had been there since she was born and she will be 2 in May. Well, I went to see him February 18th and left the 20th to go home. I would always ask him to get help and he did want help, he really did, but didn't try hard enough. I got to the point that I didn't even care and would ignore the fact that he was high because no matter what he was still a great dad and papa. That's why I continued to visit him.. I loved him regardless! We talked on the phone every day, so when my mom, myself, and my brother hadn't heard from him by around 3pm February 27th, we were concerned. Since my brother lives in Dallas my mom told him to go check on my dad and he told her he hated when he would go to check up on him because he didn't want to find him dead. But he would go anyway. On that day my brother's, and all of our fears came true. He found my dad lying on his bed, lifeless. I don't even want to imagine how Craig felt seeing our dad actually dead. He called and told my mom and she lost it. It hit me when a paramedic confirmed he wasn't alive and hadn't been for quite a while. That is what bothers me most, the thought of him being in such a situation and needing help but he didn't get it and died alone. The crazy part is that my daughter woke up around 4am and got out of my bed and went and woke my mom up, and kept saying 'papa', usually she wakes me up if she gets up in the night, but it was different that time, and I thought it was strange even before we found out about my dad. I think she had a feeling, some kind of 'vibe' that something was wrong. I truly believe he left this evil world to go on to Heaven at 4 o'clock in the morning, 02/27/2014. I have my days where I am fine and don't cry, but more often than not I cry and cry just at the thought of him, and me not being able to call when I knew I always could. He was my number 1, and always will be. I do not want to get married, because he will not be there to give me away. That was his place, no one else's. I do not have any regrets or guilt from my dad's death. I did everything I could to help him but in the end it didn't work and really was his choice. I talked to him all the time, visited, and did whatever I needed to for him. Heroin in the worst thing to ever hit the streets. It isn't only an addiction it's a sickness. I didn't intend for this to be so long. Hopefully this will be help to someone who has gone through this, and to know it is okay to cry, it is okay to grieve. Look at pictures and listen to songs that remind you of them. I was blessed enough to have my dad in my life for 21 years, and for my daughter to know him for almost 2. I love you dad, not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. I'll see you at Heaven's doors one day.
Hayley
Kenny was my very first friend, and when I look back now the only true friend I ever had. His life was in shambles and I walked away from him. How dare me!? Who was I to walk away from the very best friend I ever had- maybe if I had included him in my pregnancy made him a bigger part of my sons life, maybe he would have wanted to live. Not a day will pass that I don't feel, in part , guilty for his death. Two days shy of his 27th birthday. I love you KB.
Bryna
My brother Derek. I miss you so bad brother. I deal with the guilt, anger, depression, pain, and sadness every day. I cannot believe you're gone and it is ruining me (My brother had cancer and 3 years PTSD and he beat cancer, but couldn't beat drug addiction.) He died on 23 November 2013. I am not the same person. I'm very sad. I miss you every day sooo much, I just want to tell you I love you and I'm sorry I wasn't there for you more. I know you're with god and he is holding your hand and carrying you in his arms. I will see you one day, but I will remember you forever. I love and miss you, I wish I would have told you how much I care about you more often. You are my best friend. I know you loved me and know I loved you. See you in heaven one day brother. God take care of my brother. He is a great soul and has a great heart.
Jason
To: Daddy It's been almost 15 years since you've been gone. I know I didn't know you but I miss you so much. I just recently found out that the real reason of your passing was because of an heroin overdose. What breaks my heart is you could've been helped, but they panicked and didn't know what to do, and just left you there. I wonder every day what it would be like to still have you here. I wish you could've been here to see your first grand daughter. Shes beautiful! I know you would've fallen in love with her. I miss you dad, so much. My heart aches every day. I love you with all my heart, I know you're watching over me ever yday. I'll see you again some day, until then I love you and miss you!
Your little girl
My Dear son, I am writing this letter to you and will address it to heaven. Lord for years I did all I could to help my Robert. God you gave me a wonderful son, but he had a lost soul. He left me with two wonderful grand-kids who will miss him. Robert your sister will miss the calls from you. What she would give for you to call asking to borrow $10. Just one more time to hear your voice. Oh how she loved you. As for me your mother my dear son I died with you. Now I am the lost soul, I am broken. God there has to be something I am to learn. I know God would not take one of my greatest gifts just to destroy me. God please give my boy all the joy he did not have in this awful world. My dear Robert your mother loves you so dearly, I will miss you. I never got to hold you in three years. You were coming home to me after three years. I will never have a guard stop me from holding you. I always had to put my hand on the glass window and you did the same, that was how we hugged each other. Now I am told again I have to look through a glass window again to see you. My son's birthday was 19 February 1978 and he died 19 February 2014. God took him back the date he gave him to me. I love you Robert. Your sister and I will miss you. Love, your mother and sis.
your mother
To my godson Connor Kelly who lost his battle with the demon on March 13, 2014. Words cannot express the empty way I feel today. The angels came and took you too soon. My love for you will always be there. I cherished the moments I had with you. Love your Fairy Godmother!
Gina
This isn't so much a tribute as a last attempt at hope....my father, Richard Stone, passed away in the early 1990s to a heroin overdose. I don't know much about him as he never knew about me, but would like to his mother and father to know he left a daughter behind. He was living in Eltham at the time with a friend who also died due to the same issue. This guy also left behind a daughter they I believe lived above a dry cleaner's in Eltham, Kent London and would have been born in the 1960s. I was born in 1987. please email zlquick@hotmail.com if anyone can help. My love and thoughts go out to those who have lost a loved one. xxxxx
Zoe
I miss you so much daddy. My dad Warren Skidmore passed away November 2, 2013 to a methamphetamine and heroin overdose. I didn't have any idea he was a drug addict. He held it together. I found him in the bathroom dead after breaking into his room because he didn't come out for an hour. I miss you and my heart aches every day.
Hannah Skidmore
I lost my first beautiful 37-year-young son Todd at 4 am 19 November 2012, fifteen months ago to oxy and alcohol, Xanax and opiate polypharmacy. I still feel dead inside I miss him so much. I know he would say: "Dad, I'm at peace and I'm sorry for the pain I caused so many that loved me. But don't focus on the 10-second mistake that ended my life. Remember, it was peaceful; I don't "know" that I'm gone--no pain, struggle panic or awareness. Please do what I would want---live happy, remember my life, not my death, and take care of Troy, my daughter Savannah, and mom." The pain of losing any child is heartbreaking. Substance abuse losses are triple hard. It's the largest cause of death men 20-40 ALL races and economic/social groups in the COUNTRY, taking more men that age than car wrecks, heart disease, accidents and the like COMBINED. Parents: it was THEIR choice, DON'T be consumed by guilt and anger; interventions and the like DON'T work unless they WANT TO QUIT. It's a DISEASE, not a crime, not a personality weakness or moral fault. Until our country and laws realize that, decriminilize it, built several hundred more clinics, and have enough substance abuse specialist physicians, the ghastly toll will continue. My Todd had an IQ of 200, was a highly paid medical pro, and was the most fun, optimistic young man you could know. But he self medicated his bipolar disorder saying: "Doctors don't know anything Dad". I once shouted out over his grave: "They couldnt' have done worse than this Todd". I forgive him cause he was kind and never would have hurt us like this purposely. Reach out to young adults abusing that garbage oxy and mixing it with booze; did you know two damn TYLENOL 500 mg and 7 or 8 BEERS can stop your heart in your sleep? Each makes the other TEN TIMES STRONGER. A heartbroken entertainer/dj in Burton Michigan....DJ Dan
Dan
February 12, 2014. The day I received a phone call that brought me to my knees, rocked my world; the day I became broken. My only child, my beautiful son, Eric, battled addiction until he lost his life to an accidental overdose 2 weeks ago - he was 26 years old. But as I read through these tributes, I realize that, sadly, I am not alone. I struggle to get through my days and nights. Well-intentioned friends and family tell me that remembering the good times will help me through, however, remembering the good times doesn't help me through, it makes me cry. I am on a new direction, a new path now. . . to advocate drug awareness, to start the conversation, to show everyone that the death of an addict is as worthy of grieving as the 'normal' or 'accepted' death of anyone else, that they can be and are, otherwise wonderful, kind, loving good people, albeit struggling with their demons. I will not be shamed by the manner of my son's death; I will not say he 'died in his sleep'...he died of an accidental drug overdose. He battled addiction. He locked himself in his room for days and suffered withdrawals in order to be rid of drugs. He asked to be arrested so that he could go to jail to withdraw from drugs. In and out of rehab for years, yet, he died alone in his room. When we will stop the madness that is the thief, the monster . . . called drugs . . . Forever loved, forever remembered, my beautiful sweet boy.
Kim Griner Heinz, Mom to Eric
My beautiful daughter Nicole passed away from this earth on 12/29/13 from an accidental drug overdose. Nicole was my heart! I will miss her forever until we can be together again in heaven! My heart goes out to others who are going through similar experiences! This pain is overwhelming at times but I am determined to live my life in a way that honors Nicole! I would love to somehow help others going through this kind of loss. Please feel free to contact me! George
George Keffer
My son Nicholas died of a heroin overdose on January 15, 2014, at the age of 18. I have had the run of all the emotions: guilt, fear, anger, despair. Nick is dead. Life goes on for others, but not us. I now realize that our country has failed us. There are billions of dollars spent on law enforcement, yet our children know where to score, but the cops are clueless. War on terrorism, yet the war on our children is ignored. As parents we run the scenario over and over in our heads, "What more could I have done?" I am angry that democrats and republicans can allow this evil drug and others to enter our country with impunity.
Dad
To my beautiful daughter Debbie who lost her battle with heroin addiction on January 22, 2014. It's only been 3 weeks but it seems an eternity since we lost you. Debbie had a huge heart and loved children and older people dearly. She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone but she couldn't win the battle of the heroin demons. While this addiction certainly starts as a choice, it rapidly becomes what appears to be an incurable disease. A huge hole now exists in my heart which will never be filled until we meet again and I know that we will. Please God please watch over my beautiful daughter. A tribute to my daughter Debbie from your Daddy Vic, your Mother Kathy and your Sister Karen!
Your Daddy
I post this tribute to Garrett H. who passed away this week from this disease. I Know he struggled, as I have had to kick this thing, but know in my heart he is with God as he gave his heart to God. I pray at this time for Julie H, and her family who are suffering and seeking to find comfort in this time. God I pray for all those tonite who are wrestling with this demon. God we honor Garrett's life, and know you turn all things to good, Victor B, recovered heroin addict Buffalo NY.
Victor Bagnato
To my loving uncle, You struggled for years with your demons but you are now with God. Thank you for teaching your family all of your valuable leasons. Thank your being there whenever we needed you. You will forever live in out hearts. You have tried so hard and long to win your battle. I love you and I miss you. Micheal S 4/3/82-2/12/14
Lucrecia S.
My beautiful baby sister thought she was invincible. She felt so much pain and tried to mask it with prescription antidepressants. She stopped doing the hard drugs and was just trying to live. She was looking for love her whole life. At 29 she slipped away. Accidentally she left us without realizing that she took too many pills for her body to handle. Her thin little body is lifeless. Your heart gave up on you. You didn't even mean to leave us, you just wanted the next day to be better. Your girlfriend just left you and I didn't know you were so sad before you left us. I just wish the outcome was different, but its not. I will have to accept it somehow. I will miss you and see you in heaven. I know you'll wait for me.
Your older sister
In loving memory of my big sister, Alice Mary Orr, died sadly and suddenly in 1984 from self poisoning, aged 30 years old. r i p . Love your sister May. Always grieving. God bless you and keep you. Big hugs - May..X Barrhead. Scotland. XXX. Also in loving memory of my wee brother, James Orr, died sadly and suddenly from acute alcohol intoxication on the 7th April 2011, five weeks after our mother died from peritonitis. Please pray for me and all our families. With a sore, painful and heavy heart. God bless you and keep you. Heavenly blessings, Mary Barrowman, Clydebank, Dunbartonshire. Scotland Please don't forget us in your prayers. Thank you. Xxxx
mary barrowman
I overdosed on March 4th 2013. I was only 14. I had overdosed on many pills over 40. I overdosed on my school bus on the way to school. In front of little kids and all my friends. I had no idea what was going on, I just became really dizzy and felt sick to my stomach. Then I fell. My eyes rolled back and everything turned black. Then I heard the ambulance guy say: "She's a cutter," from the scars on my arms. I got to the hospital and they had to pump my stomach. I passed out again. I was legally dead for 2 minutes. I had to stay in the ICU for a week or so because my liver wasn't doing well. They thought I was going to have to have a liver transplant and they knew I was going to be at the bottom of the list because no-one wants to give an addict a body part they will just abuse again. My doctor wanted me to go to rehab. He said it would be best, so I went. (The rehab) was hell. I went for a little over 3 months.
Ryleigh
Ryan, Wish we could have eased your pain and suffering. There will not be a day that goes by that we won't think of you. Praying you are "going easy" now and at peace...love you forever...
Lucinda
To my beloved Chris, sunshine, and other half, You inspire me on a daily basis to pursue recovery and sobriety. After months clean, you experienced a thought which you were defensless against which was to get high. God had decided that he needed you more than we do here on Earth and took you home. Your memory will live forever. We had so many plans, I planned on spending my life with you. Those plans and my heart were crushed on January 20, 2014 when I got the devastating news. You were a kind and loving spirit with an unique sense of humor. You will always be my sunshine...so blue eyes I hold you near, cause you're the only song I want to hear, a melody softly soaring through my atmosphere. Rip my angel. Meet you at the crossroads.
Sydney
I lost my twenty two year old son to a heroin overdose. Every day my world seems to be worse. There are no more words left in me to describe how it hurts. That rotten, killer drug
leslie
To: My Son, Bob Glatfelter My mind still cannot grasp the reality that you are actually gone. My heart aches and I miss you so very much each and every day, the pain is sometimes unbearable. I know you fought hard to overcome your addiction, but the demons were just much stronger. I miss you so much every day. I will not let you be forgotten and I will continue to fight for those still struggling with addiction. I love you my angel. Fly free. Love, Mom
Vickie Glatfelter
Tomorrow will be three years since we lost you Danny. I miss you every minute of every day. Dad, David, Cassie and Chrissie too. My beautiful boy. My heart, my soul, my angel. I was blessed to have you for 25 years. Continue to give me strength. I will need it. Forever in our hearts.
Dori Scofield
To Jeffrey Moore, passed on April 27, 2006 at the age of 28. Jeffrey, I love and miss you so much. There are no words to describe the void left in my heart when you left me. I have finally found some peace with the thought of you being in a safe, happy place. No more pain, no more self-hating and no more praying for a way to get clean. You are happy safe and drug free, for that I am thankful. You are never out of mind and always in my heart. My precious son I love you so very much, Mom.
Sharon Moore
Sean I will love and miss you always. You were a great printer and we miss your cooking and your laugh. We love you ♥ and I wish I had known that when you went to sleep you would never wake up again..Forgive me sweetheart..xoxo
Cathy Grywakski
Dad, my poor dad. I am so sorry you felt alone all your life. I know you made mistakes and unfortunately you lost your way. All my life, I hardly knew you, and now you're gone. I want you to know that I don't hate you or blame you yet I understand you now. The power of addiction took your body, but I believe god has your soul. I love you dad, please watch over me.
Richard Lomei
To Lauren On March 28 my best friend Lauren overdosed. She was rushed to the hospital and was there for three days while the doctors fought for her life. I was sitting there with her and her dad while he was sitting crying his eyes and heart out, begging for her life. I love Lauren like my own sister and I am grateful she is still here.
Maddie
My much loved and only daughter, Holly Leigh Copeland passed away on May 27th, 2014 from a heroin overdose. She was just 26 years old. She will be greatly missed by her parents. We pray that God will hold her in his arms and keep her safe. We love you always, Mom and Dad
Candace Camp
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Daniel Hieb
To my gorgeous boy, my man, my prince, my soulmate, my whole meaning of being on this earth !!!! Your beautiful heart showed me what love really means, I wish I could save you like you saved me! You fought your demons gracefully but then you gave in Friday June 13th, you're pain-free my angel, I'm taking your pain with me, so go on and throw a party, you've done your mission on this earth. Thank you, thank you for all the beautiful things we shared, I only knew you 2 years of our life but that was enough to know I have truly experienced what other people only dream off !!! I'll make you proud ... Till we meet again xxxxxxxxx
Olita
Calvin James Ancelet jr. 10/18/1967 - 4/26/2014
lisha
Dear Dad, No one knew. No one knew you were suffering, and that you were fighting this battle. No one knew how sad your blue eyes were. No one will ever know the pain you held inside. I'm more like you than you knew, I wish I could have told you. I dreamed about you last night. You were in heaven. I will meet you there some day but I'm not going out without a fight, I refuse to die the same way. I'm suffering for answers to everything you left behind, but I love you more than life itself. Death from fentanyl patch overdose 3/8/14 53yrs old
Deedee munson
Well spoken. It is astonishing how many Tributes mention that the person had stopped using. Rehab and periods of abstinence are well-known risk factors for overdose but are obviously two of the most dangerous. And we should never forget friends, family partners etc..because they will never forget what they've lost. Look after yourself.
oad
Since 1982, I must have been to at least 25 OD funerals nearly all of which followed a period of abstinence and usually involved alcohol. My friends died because they bought into the lies of prohibition. Addiction is a chronic disease, the symptoms of which CAN be easily and safely treated for less than 50 pence a day. Most of us grow out of it if we survive long enough. Annie from Watford didn't live long enough to find out, neither did "Harry" aka Paul F, Emma, Pete, Phil (the Pill), Tam, Mark et al. Let's not forget the partners, parents, friends and family of the above whose lives were distorted by their loss. Victims all of hypocrisy and the War on Drugs (users) Remember prohibition screws you up. Viva
RK
My nephew CJ, you left such a huge hole in our family when you died on May 6th, 2014. We all miss you terribly. We know you worked so hard to fight through this and gave your mom and dad and brother a chance to see their old CJ again for a few weeks. I know I had not seen you in a long while but you were always in my heart and always will be! May you be at peace. Watch over your mom and dad and give them strength! Love you!
Kathy
It's been a hard long road the past couple of years. That voice never leaves my head. I know you saved me, but sadly couldn't save yourself. I know you are happy, I hear that laugh every once and awhile. I just hope people can open their eyes sooner than later. This is a disease and I thank you Tyler, that I am two years sober today and alive. I miss every bit of you, but knowing you are still by my side puts my troubles at ease. I pray for the Harms family that one day they find peace in such a tragedy. I will treasure every memory I had with you. One day we will meet again, and until that day know I love you. ♥️
Luis
Dearest Little Sister, Tammie I judged you harshly. I blamed you. I did not understand. I did not know the power of addiction. I hate the years it took from us. I hate the pain it caused your kids. But, now...baby, now I get it. Now, I understand. Some day I will hold you and tell you I love you. Some day I will sing you to sleep again. Someday I will look in your beautiful green eyes and ask you to forgive me. Until that day, There will always be an empty place in my heart. I am so sorry. I love you.
Pam German
The moment we met, I knew my life was never going to be the same, but the ride was going to be worth it. Oh, what a ride, through thick and thin, we always made it...Until this last time, when a negligent doctor gave you morphine. Less than 2 weeks after that, you were accidentally dead. The pain is overwhelming and deep, the longing to see you once again unbearable. I think about you and miss you every second of my life, Linda. You are my baby girl, and I will always love you and you will always be in my heart and soul. Linda Lee Pearce -03/29/67 to 12/22/2013 A Great person no longer with us because of negligent drug prescription
Maria
To my oldest son...Austin; You were one of a kind. Big heart, beautiful soul, an honor to be your mother. You fought addiction harder than I have seen anyone else try. You also had bipolar, which was very difficult for you to face. But once again you took that on too and did your hardest to battle that problem as well. Thank you for being you and for loving your family and friends to the fullest. You are missed by us all. See you one day soon.... Love Mom
Mom….Ann Roberts
Malcolm Rye you were way too young we will always remember . May the pharmaceutical company hear the cry and hear the call.....welcome
Larry Williamson
Kelly, I know you probably don't consider us good friends or anything like that, but it's hard for me to think that I'd never be able to talk to you again. You're the third person that's left me with one less person I actually liked to talk to. I'm sorry, but you're a dick for leaving. I already miss you, but I hope you're better off and that you actually thought it through. Anyways, I send my love to you. Bye.
Someone That Cared
To Zachary Middleborn You fought the hardest I've ever seen and will always be proud of you for that. You were clean 7 months and didn't hide from it. You spoke out about how you wanted to help others. You were the sweetest, kindest, most loving 20-year-old I have ever met. But this deadly drug won and we lost a special young man who will never be forgotten. I know you are in a good and peaceful place now, but our selfishness wants you back. I've never been more inspired by someone half my age but I'm going to do whatever I can to to continue what you were trying to do, which is bring awareness to this killer drug! Rest in paradise Zachary!! You are loved by so many friends and family. Thank You for the time we all did get to spend with you. We will treasure it always. GOD BLESS.
Sandra Wood
Joseph Richard Smith, I love you and will never forget our beautiful summer in the sun. You're an amazing father friend and everything in between. You loved me with your whole heart and I will forever treasure every conversation and experience we had. I wear the starfish charm you gave me over my heart to remember my summer of love with the greatest man to enter my world. Watch over me and your beautiful girls. Rest in perfect bliss my beautiful Prince, see you in the heavens my sweet angel
Nichole Marie Nania
To the Lost Souls (Lisa and Dave) who have passed to the terrible drug heroin. I hope you have at last found peace. You died so young. I hope there are no more to add to the list. It seems all too common here and around the world.
Elizabeth
To my beautiful little sister Rebecca S. Meadows (32) of West Virginia. I will forever miss you and all of the great and happy times we shared until you left us, your two older sisters, Saprina and Crystal. You are a part of us that we miss so dearly. Living with your drug addiction was such torment to you and all of your family. God took you for a reason we will never understand. It is so hard living without you. We love you so much. You will always be with us because we three sisters were a whole together. I love you Becky. Always, always, always.
Saprina M. Meadows-Roark
To Travis Corraro you are missed by so many. I love you boo and miss you so much.
Alexis Darlene Smith
I will always be saddened by how much pain and torture you must have felt. I love you and I'm sorry things ended this way. I will never forget you Matthew Martin Fisher.
Jen W
Tom my dear sweet son, They are right everyone's life has changed and we will never be the same. I thank you for visiting me in the night. I thank you for all the dragonflies that follow me around since you passed. But I ask why? Why? We would have gone to hell and back for you, don't you know that? I ache when I recall the sad times in your life. I would have given anything for you not to have them. I would have died for you just to be happy. We will love you forever.
the mirror of your soul
We lost you today my handsome, funny cousin. I will miss you and wish that you had another chance at getting better, at growing old. I love you Andrew, Rest in peace and God bless you.
Laura
My sweet son. My heart still breaks a little more every day. I wish I could hear you call me Momma again. You fought the battle and at times I thought you were winning. Maybe it was just wishful thinking. The phone call telling me 'Trey's gone' was the call I always feared. I know you were 25 but you were and always will be my baby boy. Taken away by addiction too soon. Trey Pritchett entered this world 1-18-87 and left us all broken hearted 11-10-12
Teresa
My beautiful Brian, you are now free. Rest peaceful until we meet again. Your loving Karen 1147
kbenji
To: Andrew Gidcumb (6/15/1991-8/11/2012) Our dear son, brother, we miss you more than words can express. You still live in our hearts!
Mom, Dad, Tim, Jaclyn, Steve & Alex
To Jimmy John, You will forever live in Brittany's and my heart until we meet again. We love you more than words can ever say and will miss you more than anything. I wish you would have let me know you'd hit hard times again. I was, and would have always been there for you. In our hearts forever, we love you. You were the love of our lives!!! Jen & Britta
Jimmy John
To my dear brother, Joshua Charles Bennett, I wish you were still here with us. Our collective hearts are broken into thousands of pieces. Nothing will ever be the same. I wish you had chosen life. I wish you had believed in yourself. I wish you had surrounded yourself with happy and healthy people who truly loved you. I miss you.
your sis, Laura
My treasured gift, my beautiful boy, university graduate, winner of awards, a mentor to his friends, a lover of baseball and football with a gift of discovering indie music talent, came home to his father and me after several years living away. We soon discovered that our boy was in deep addiction to heroin. We made it our full time job to get him clean. Did we want it more than him? Counseling-detox-and 4 days before entering a 90-day treatment facility he died in our home of an overdose 11-9-13 at the age of 24. The 3-week wait to get our son help seemed like an eternity. I still wait for him to come home. Life as I knew it has ended...will I see you again my beautiful son? The only thing that keeps me going is YES I will.
Mom
On the day the news broke The leaves drifted down All twisted and brown And wasted with grief And the river it ran And the cliffs they stood still And in shock I lay down And I wept on the hill And the old man he came And he patted my head And in kindness he spoke I don't know what he said We miss you Dad. We will always miss you. You wonderful, stupid man. We are all free.
Andrew
Although you are gone my friend, my brother your children will always know you, this I promise. Your little 6-year-old boy is just like you and your baby girl, well, she's getting so beautiful. I will always keep your memory alive. I love you John Vince Mclean. Your birthday is coming up soon. you would have been 27. Wow I can't believe your beautiful life was taken so soon. I will forever miss you.
Jolean Mclean
12.13.89 - 11.28.113 Robbie, I miss you so much and will always remember all the fun times we had, the inside jokes, and just how we were supposed to grow old together. I know you're still with me and I strive to make you proud. You were my soulmate and no matter what anyone says we know the love we had for each other and that is eternal. Love you and miss you baby boy 6.19 forever.
your dee baby
Boo, I live in continual fear that you will die. If God, forbid you do, I too will die a slow, agonizing death. I happened upon this site and have read the devastating lives that have remained after the loss of their loved ones. Although today, a day before Mother's Day 2014, I have not lost you yet as they have, I have lost you in other ways. You are only 23 years old, so smart, so loving, so compassionate! I would hate for those attributes to be lost on this horrible drug. PLEASE get help and work towards having the life that those who love you know you're capable of! I love you to the moon and back. God is there for you, so reach out to him my son!
Mama Bear
Joey, I love and miss you and am sorry for all your pain!
Denise Reitterer
Christine Allen I love you mom, more than you will ever know. Carrie Allen
Carrie Alen, your daughter
Ryan: 13 Feb 1983 - 17 March 2014. Age 31 from Gretna, Louisiana (west bank of New Orleans)
Jenni
Dee wilson, Love you forever. I never told you how much you meant to me
Matt
In honour of the greatest gift I will ever receive, my treasured big brother Jamie. It’s been 75 days since you left my side and left a hole in my heart. I marvel every day at how the world still spins in colour when through my eyes everything looks so grey. We were robbed of your gentle soul, taken by an accidental drug overdose at just 30 years of age. Your battle with addiction never defined who you were, instead it saw you as a soldier in my eyes. Waking up with this fight every day wasn’t easy for you, but your courage, your resilience and your beautiful big heart made you my hero. I lived in fear of this for so many years and I so naively thought the fierce love our family shared protected us from this reality. Now I know that life is too short and the only thing guaranteed to us is the space in our mind and I intend to fill mine with beautiful memories of you. You’re free from your struggle but now begins mine. Light up the sky my love x
Your Sis
To: Mikey He lost his dad to an overdose last night 3/2/14. He was a good man, it's sad to see him go like this. R.I.P. Caveman
A
Please watch my video about my brother's addiction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyJSlIIr_II&list=UUiWP_Dw9CQiDyxjmk04hbcQ
Aaron
I am 16 and from Kentucky and still grieving my dad's death even though it was 12 years ago. I was 4 when he died. He died 4 days before my birthday. My mom would tell good stories about him and if I asked how he died she would say he was sick and died in his sleep. That was true but she didn't mention it was an accidental drug overdose until I was about 11. I was in communicare and on antidepressants before I even knew this. And when I did learn it was his OD, I didn't think much on it until I was about 13. At 13 I felt he chose drugs over me and started to feel worthless. I kept it pushed to the back of my mind but after a couple of years I cracked. At age 15 I was cutting, burning, hair-pulling (self harm), making suicide plans and suicide notes. I was hospitalized twice that year. I hated my dad. Here's how I view/viewed things; if your own parent doesn't love you who will? He chose drugs over me so he didn't love me? Then when I got suicidal I hated him for leaving me in this cruel world. I wished he had killed me first. I honestly still hate my dad and I self harm occasionally but I am no longer suicidal. But it is his fault I am this messed up. I love him because I have to, I hate him because I want to. In memory or Thomas Les Sharp (Tommy)
Kristen Sharp (your baby girl)
Dearest Patrick, March 17th, 2014 was the most horrible day of my life. He's passed my sister said. 23 years old and St. Patrick's Day. A warm and wonderful human being. Your life filled my life. My only brother, my beautiful brother. Dead from this spiritual sickness, manifested in the form of heroin and benzos. I have work to do still in this world, but I will find you again, I promise you that. I love you.
Shannon B.
My Mother lost her battle to a narcotics addiction on November 4, 2013 at age 36. She left behind my dad, myself and my two younger sisters. I am 18 and they are 16 and 14. I remember that day like it was yesterday, the hurt, the pain, the guilt. I feel like I could have prevented it or something. I feel like it's my fault in a way. It seems like the pain will never go away. She will never get to see her children graduate highschool, get married or have children. There will always be a huge void in my heart that will never go away. R.I.P Lori Ann Parker. Sail on across the sky.
Shawna Parker
To my angels, Mallory and Derek. Mallory died of a drug overdose on August 7, 2007 in my bed. She was my best friend, and more. Even after death she has been there to guide me on the road to sobriety. Derek was shot and killed as a result of this disease, and even though he didn't overdose, he was killed because of drugs and in my book that's just as bad, if not worse. They both continue to be there for me and guide me. I picked up a year medallion last night for the first time in years. It is just as much theirs as it is mine. I love you both and you will forever be in my heart. Until we meet again, it's see ya later, never goodbye.
Stephanie Maitner
Dear Jake, today's your 35th birthday. I'm missing you more than ever.I didn't realize how bad your pain and addiction was, for that I am truly sorry. I hate the fact that you died from a heroin overdose.July 6 is creeping up and it will be a year since you passed on. May you be out of pain and know how much we all love and miss you my son. Love always, the gang - Dad, Mom, James and Jacs
Linda Sorg
to my only child and my best friend,randi c. rowell who was found dead from an herion overdose in a ohio motel room july 18,2012. she went to visit a friend and was gone less than a month. she was a true blessing and so full of life. and trusted everyone. i am very greatful that she was given to me for 24 years,even still i wish it had been much longer. she was my world. we wear the same clothes, had same friends,worked at the same place,and she lived with me most of er life. now my life has changed and will never be the same. i know she is dancing in the sky and singing in the Angels choir.i miss her very much. she will never be forgotten and will remain in my heart forever. i love you babygirl to the moon and back.until we meet again i will hold every memory tight in my heart.love you the mostest. your mommy
cathy lavigne
Jim, I am loving and missing you tremendously over these five months. I understand, I forgive you for what happened and I understood your addiction (I never didn't). I just wish it could have been different. I will always love and miss you. I believe you are free and happy now, and with other family members. Fly on my sweet angel and watch over us with your magical self. We will meet again one day, and until then, know that you are immensely loved and missed.
Mom
Simone S - another year has passed and I still miss you just as much as ever. Lately you have been coming to me in my dreams - I'm not sure if you are supporting me through difficult times or it's just me wanting you so badly to be with me now. Regardless of how much time passes, I will never forget you and the special friendship we shared. My love and thoughts are with you always - Lisa xxxxx
Lisa
My husband's family awoke to their mom’s terrified screams when she found their dad dead on the kitchen floor. His cause of death was no secret. Remarkably, she raised 4 children while working and attending college. Cutting a long story short, I fear my husband’s alcohol and substance abuse will cause him to repeat history. He has told me he wants to feel what his father felt just before he passed. So I asked him why he would consider putting his own son and myself through such devastation. He claims he wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Yet his reckless ways seem to prove otherwise. We love and need my husband so much. The thought of losing him scares the crap out of me. As a recovering addict myself he’s made it very difficult to stay sober. I can honestly say that his loss opened my eyes and made me strong. I can’t even remember what I ever saw in that crap. It literally makes me sick! I dread the times when he sucks me back into that lifestyle again. Honestly, I feel I have no reason to use any more. I turned to drugs as a teen to numb the pain of depression. I was molested at a very young age and suffered loneliness after a failed marriage. Well, I’m finally happy with my life. We have a beautiful family and everything we could possibly want. So now when he turns to drugs it makes me think he’s not happy with his life. I feel like less of a person or that I’m just not enough for him. Is it too much to ask for a little normalcy? I never got to meet his father Robbie, who was only in his early 30s, but he is loved and missed by many. I also KNOW he would want better for his son.
Yonda Burns
Leemer, I feel you with me and I am constantly reminded of you. I’ll always remember how selfless and hilarious you were. I miss you and will keep your memory alive and strong. Thank you for teaching me so many things and for being a good friend.
Stacey
For my son Matthew Nematz, who died 5/19/13 of an overdose of fentanyl and alcohol. Matt was 27 when he died. I will always remember you with joy, your smile and your sense of humor. I miss you terribly and so do all your aunts, uncles, cousins and of course Grandpa. My life is completely different without you. There is a hole where you should be. And yet I know you are close, I’ve had so many signs of your presence. I am so grateful for that. I miss you sweetness. Love you too.
Mary Beth Nematz
I miss my brother. He was just perfect. All was falling in place like he planned; two years clean, four days off probation. Then my worst nightmare. My big bro is gone and I’m so badly hurting. I got this my bro always said I did. I will always be so proud of him. He already knew I will hold this down. God please give me the strength.
Johanna
Quincy, my beloved son, my only son, and my first born! I am so sorry that life ended suddenly for you on 6/3/14, at only 23 years young! You left behind mommy and 2 beautiful sons! They will probably never understand the addiction since I have placed them in Aunt Col and Uncle Tom’s home. A home where they are striving and doing awesome! We took your boys to the cemetery to visit you, so very heartbreaking for us! We miss and LOVE you with all our hearts! Hope heaven is good for you now! Love, Mommy!
Stephanie Kramer
There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you and wish you were still here with us. You are missed so terribly much. To think how many lives heroin has taken, and wonder why yours had to be one of them, breaks our hearts. You fought addiction each and every day for so long, yet we NEVER gave up or lost hope. Hopefully having your angel wings has removed all the pain and darkness you felt in your heart. Ryan, your brother, your very best friend, struggles daily without you here and it breaks my heart so much to see him live with daily sadness in his heart. Love you and miss you with all of our hearts, always and forever, rest in peace ERIC RUSSELL ANDERSON 2-23-82– 10-27-2013. Love you, Anne and Ryan (Eric’s brother)
Anne & Ryan
To Arlee Baros from Amelia. I never really had a opportunity to share my life with you, but only in spirit.
Amelia Murphy
To the Soristo family in memory of Adam Dobson.
The Walker Family
My darling son Adam. You were only 19. Hard to imagine you would now be 34 years old. I often wonder what you would look like if you were still alive. Forever in our hearts. Mum
Sandra Harris
To Mike Rodrigo, (Oakdale) my husband. I wish your tortured soul has finally found peace! Unfortunately, your drug addiction caused so much grief and pain to so many people. I hope you are finally at peace!
Amy
Andrew, my love…20 years was not enough. There will never be enough memories or pictures to staunch the pain I feel thinking about you dying alone from a heroin overdose. I know you didn’t mean to do it, I forgive you. After 8 months clean and sober I thought you might have it licked this time. I’m sorry, mostly for myself as I’ll never see you accomplish the dream you had of pitching for the Arizona State Baseball team. I’ll never hold your babies and see what a wonderful father you would have been. I’ll see you in Heaven soon Son. Love, Mama.
Your Mother, Robin
I’m so sorry Hana. You were so brilliant and I’m so, so sorry. I miss you so much. I always loved you and still love you so much. Always and forever in my heart xo
Your Loving Sister
In loving memory of Jesse James. Rest in paradise. You are loved.
K Michelle
I just found out that my best friend died yesterday. Heroin overdose. I just wish I could have told him I loved him one more time. I love you Joey. I hope you’re in a better place. You deserved so much more than this.
Annie
To my fianceé Kyle (4-21-88/2-15-11), my brother-in-law Chris (12-27-85/7-3-09), and my best friend Katie (1-7-88/2-5-10). Three beautiful lives lost way before their time! I think of you all every single day! My life will never be the same without y’all in it! Chris I miss your craziness. Katie I miss your beautiful smile, and Kyle I miss the love we had, your blue eyes, and your willingness to love me no matter what we went through! I’m so lost without you guys, but so blessed I made it out of our situation alive. There is hope. Through love, programs and NA I found myself again! If someone you love is suffering, never give up on them. Your love could save their life! I’m a testimony to that!
Danielle
This is a tribute to all those people who have needlessly died from overdose in the south London Borough of Lambeth. To all those who have suffered pain, loss and stigma because of the war on people who use drugs. To all those who have been vilified, judged, caged and tortured, we stand with you.
martin mc cusker
I lost my sister at age 55 on July 12 to heroin. She fought hard to overcome her addiction. She is now done and in the arms of love. I will miss her forever.
Anneli
To my dearly loved cousin Brice Smith born March 25 1991 passed away March 23 2014 from a drug overdose. He still had his whole life in front of him. He passed away only days before his 23rd birthday. Brice was such a bright smart person everyone would say he was part computer. Talking about him in past tense doesn’t get easier. It still doesn’t feel real. I miss him every day and cherish every memory I have. He will always be in my heart.
Jackie
Andrew John Patrick Betts Aged 27 yrs – Born March 23rd, 1987 Died July 1st, 2014 of an Accidental Overdose. So many questions but none of that matters my precious boy. Our son is gone. My heart is broken. The fog of grief envelops our family. It’s time to end the stupid, pointless ‘war on drugs’ and just defund the damn drug lords and put them on trial for crimes against humanity. Addicts need to be able to get treatment on demand and for those who can’t quit, by legalizing the clinical dispensation of pharmaceutical heroin, and other substitute medicines, clean needles and safe places to inject for those who need it thousands of lives can be saved. Just do the cost-benefit analysis. It should be a no-brainer – a job perfectly suited for the current crop of politicians and CEOs now running – I mean ruining – our country.
His father
Eddie Gutierrez, More than 20+ years have passed and you are thought of each and every day. It’s So Unfair! I wish you were here with us. I miss you and you’re NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN. Love, your little sister Rachel.
Rachel
13 years ago my mother overdosed and was found alone in her home. Her struggle was never acknowledged with love and her fears got the best of her. I will always miss her and wished I knew what I do now. I love you Mom.
Megan
Five weeks ago, my smart, strong, funny, sweet big brother died of an overdose. One of his last acts was saving my mom’s life, taking her to the emergency room because of an asthma attack. He was 30. The world is different forever now. Brother, not a day of my life will pass without me missing you. Thank you for always being there for me, and I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you when you most needed me. Love you always. A hui ho. Until we meet again.
Forrest’s sister
William Joseph Sullivan Jr. (Billy) (Widge) 3-8-1972 to 7-4-2014 We love you Billy. Rest in peace Brother. We miss not getting to know you as a young a adult. You are and will be thought of often and missed. Love always, Your brothers and sister
Jeff,Jerry and Amy
To my Mikey, my angel. It’s been almost 8 years since you overdosed. I am so broken and I miss you so much every day. At times I do not want to wake up in the morning, but I always do. You have left such a void in all of our lives. I don’t understand why you chose to go the route that almost killed me. I Love you forever and always, until I see you again. Mom
Randie Walton
To my son Nicolas David Holland There aren’t enough words to describe what a light in our lives Nicky was. He’d been a sensitive child with anxiety issues and as he grew he discovered that drugs could ease his pain if only for a little while. He struggled with bipolar disorder and was in a lot of pain emotionally as a result. Nick became a dad at the young age of 14 and had a beautiful little girl that he and his girlfriend named Dalilah. She is a beautiful reminder of him everyday. Nick was compassionate, loved animals and dreamed of becoming a vet one day. He was shy but around his close family he was hilarious and outgoing. I don’t want anyone to ever forget him. His dad, his 2 brothers, his daughter, his girlfriend, his grandparents and me will always hold him close to our hearts. Rest in peace my sweet boy.
Amy Holland
My dear sweet brother, I still can’t believe that you’re gone. I miss you every single day!
Tamer
For my brother Alan Patrick Cooray who died from an overdose 9th July 2013. A year has passed but not the pain. R.I.P we all miss you
Christina
6 July 2014. It has been one year today you have been gone. Jake, I miss you so much, your goofy grin and laugh. I will always be heartbroken that heroin got a hold of you. I will always remember the good times. Rest in peace son. Love. Always, Mom Submitted on 2014/07/09 at 6:28 am
Mom
My big brother Sam, not a second goes by without remembering your goofy-ass smile. So many ridiculous things have happened since you’ve died, and I have only wanted to share these experiences with you. I have our picture up at work. I have started spending time with a couple of your close friends. It makes me feel like you aren’t that far away. I know you aren’t. You could be a huge jerk (broke my scooter???) but it built my character, dammit. I love you and will miss you forever. Love, ALAINA Submitted on 2014/07/09 at 6:28 am
Alaina
Danny, I can’t believe you lost the war. We pulled for you so hard, we were so encouraging and uplifting and we turkey thought you’d beat the odds. It hurts no end that you’re gone and I won’t be hearing the door to your room open anymore, hear your stories about your crazy life you used to have, and your infectious laughter. I can’t believe you lost. Danny Cahill was found dead in a hotel room in California on July 5, 2014, OD from heroin. He’d lived in New Jersey and struggled with it there and was clean, so my husband (his cousin but more like his soulmate/brother) invited him to move out here to California to get a fresh start on life. We did all we could to help him. My hubby went above and beyond to help him, he counseled him, hung out with him, talked, inspired, encouraged him every single day. We showed him love when most people wouldn't, and saw a side to him that most people would never see. I am so blessed to have witnessed the back ‘n’ forth between Danny and Keith, they were comedians together, they completed each other. Inseparable as kids, and again as 30-year-olds, now torn apart forever because of this stupid drug! So angry, so sad. So unbelievable. We really thought he’d pull through. He was too intelligent, too funny, too cool to go out like this. I wish I’d told you that even after this last slip-up following two months sober how much you meant to me. My kids will never see their “Uncle Danny” again. I feel blessed to have heard your last words to my 7-year-old daughter that you love her so much and that she is your favorite person and how cool she is. Such a beautiful soul. We thought that by coming out to HB to start over that you could get away from it and make a new life but in reality you came out here to say good-bye. So so so sad and I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I am. I love you Danny. You’ll never be forgotten. 10/11/83-7/4/14
Amber
To: Louie, It is difficult to believe that you are gone. It was a tragic day that you passed away from us. We know you are at peace from all the pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of addiction. We miss your sense of humor, your Italian imitations and the kids and I speak about you often with love. You will always be in our hearts.
Debbie
Robin Scott MacDonald 10/2/70-18/11/97 Dearest Rob – so kind, so gentle and so individual. Taken by heroin, but never forgotten and always in our minds.
Mum & Dad
This is in memory of my son “Leo” who left us on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. He was my first born and my only son. We miss him every minute of every day. My daughter always called him her protector now she says he is still her protector, he just protects her different now. I am sad that his sons will not know what a wonderful, caring and amazing man their DAD is. Our life has changed so much since he has left. I always told him that he was the light of my life and my heart hurts so much every day. I know that that we will be together again someday, so until then I will continue on with a broken heart
Helen, Shauna and Evie
To my dearest friend Michael Anthony Maffetone 6.3.1982-2.11.2012 who passed away from a heroin overdose you are missed so much by many especially me every single day. Gosh it’s been so hard knowing I can’t talk to you and hear your voice or your laugh. I miss you more everyday but everyday is a day closer to seeing you. I love you forever!
Lita Lagutina
My Dearest Michael Anthony, I can not believe it’s been almost 7 months… since I’ve seen your beautiful Hazel eyes. since I’ve heard your voice joking around. since I’ve had you text me from the other room..making me laugh. since you were working with me, driving all over Long Island. since you played words with friends. since you took jynx and stax for your morning walk/run. LOL since you “talked” to Jynx and stax the way you do..and I never learned how..LOL you know they miss you like hell. since we had long talks and I am trying to take after your calm way of thinking. LOL 7 months of heartache. 7 months of pain. 7 months of crying at least 1 time a day. 7 months of barely holding on. 7 months of missing you like crazy. I’m so sorry that you still had felt pain to turn to your addiction…and wish you would have turned to us instead. Rest Peacefully my beautiful boy…you are free now..free from your addictions…free from your pains..free from your restrictions. Love you forever…and ever I know you are an angel watching over us and we will see you again.
Mom
Sic itur ad astra‎, Boy…you are stars. Daniel, 1969 – 1995.
Girlie
“To all my girlfriends who left this place too early!” Love, Waz xoxoxo
Waz
To Shaun, John, Mickey Boy and Richard, Hope you rest in peace Brothers. Love, Wildchild
Wildchild
To Ben, You are my old mate, always will be. Thinking of you daily. You’ll never be far. All my love and kisses forever.
Bella
Dear Miles, We only heard of your tragic passing two days ago and we are still in shock. Our hearts go out to your best friend, your partner and your children as well as the rest of the community which you belonged and played such a big part in. With time we might be able to put better words to give tribute to your life, but until then our good friend, rest in peace. All our love to your family in this time of sorrow.
Chris and Carley
“To all my girlfriends who left this place too early! Love Waz” “To Shaun, John, Mickey Boy and Richard, Hope you rest in peace Brothers. Love Wildchild” “To Ben, You are my old mate, always will be. Thinking of you daily, you’ll never be far. All my love and kisses forever, Bella” “To Sandy my sweet darling husband, the day you left was the worst day of my life. I wish we could still have fun together. Miss you my darling. Loving you forever, Bel” “My tribute to Phil Love, You were an angel in life, too good for this world. Then God made a decision, to bring you back to his hold. But us here on earth, will forever miss your smile, your kind and gentle ways, still no-one can match your style. I’ll think of you often, and how your eyes were so blue, To YOUR MEMORY I’ll live strong and brave…. ….just like you. Will never forget you mate, Simone” “Midnight, your’e still in my memories” “To Mickey/Shane, All the best in the after life, love always (Tomo) Stacy and Bell” “Dear Kimbo, Hope you get this! It’s not tragic dying doing something you love. R.I.P. love Dean” “To Donna Warner, How we miss you! To Robbie Sails, All our love. From Ross, Keith, Michel” “Heroin, The lost way of life, Heroin, Life comes last, fast, Heroin, So called unbiased friend, Heroin, means the end!!!” “Sharon, Love you and miss you. Always remember our mad times…” “Shane Ell, Miss you, love you, never forget you. I’ll make you proud big brother” “Miss you Paul. C U oneday. Jimi” “Remembering Nicole who was a good woman and will be sadly missed by friends, especially her sons that were left behind. My prayers are with them. Liz, Jason and Rasharni” “Hi Tess, Miss ya mate! Leanne” “Hey Tracey, still thinking of ya mate! Leanne” “To Dylan Clews, still thinking of you. From Ben Halistone” more to come…..
All Consumers of The Langton Centre
Dear Danny, I miss you so much! Coming up on month # 10 that you have been gone from this earth! You are so heartfully missed by your family and friends! Born 12-20-1975 ~ Died of a combination alcohol and drug overdose on 11-02-2011. So suddenly you left that morning not even knowing you we’re gone untill it was too late to come back. No one wanted to call for help because they thought that they would get in trouble! I am so sad that no one loved you enough that morning to get you the help that you needed. I love you sweet son of mine and you will never be forgotten, by me or your girls! Love
Mom
Jason, I miss you everyday. I wish I could turn back the clock and somehow prevent that day from ever happening. It still hurts. Love you forever xoxoxo
Tanya
Mike, Patrick, Deirdre, Malcolm, Cindy, too young, too soon, the good times remembered always
Simon
Sweet Child of Mine, Miss and love you every minute of every day my beautiful, talented, sweet, smart, handsome forever 21 year old son, Zack (8/25/89-5/1/11)! There are no words to express the loss… I love you Z,
Mom
In memory of Dylan K. Hadley, forever in our hearts and always on our minds. I love and miss more and more with each passing day. Love always,
Adrienne
In memory of my beautiful son, Kenneth Charles Grym whos passed away January 8, 2010 of a heroin overdose. Rest peacefully my prince… All my Love, All my life….
Kelly
My darling Zoe, There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you, miss you terribly, wish for one more hug, one more word, long to hear your laugh, want to feel you, need to hear your voice, need to see your smile. Life without you is not right. But we’re doing wonderful work, work that you would have done yourself but for one mistake, one night. I think you would be proud of all were doing, and Zoe, it’s all for you, in your memory, in your honor and filled with so much love, forever. We miss you so much. http://www.zoe-story.com
Robin Kellner and John Sicher
The days go by and our lives are never the same. We welcomed a new little boy into our lives just seven months after you left us….he speaks about you always….we keep you in our lives through our little grandson everyday. He and his soon to be little brother will never have the pleasure of sitting on your surf board with you as they learn how to ride the waves. Tim you rode all of the good waves with dad and we rode the rough waves together!!! In our hearts we will always know that you tried your best and struggled everyday with this horrible affliction that is called addiction!!! With you holding us up we have pledged to make a difference and make addiction no more. Tim I love and miss you everyday. Love Mom
Teri Kroll
To a dear friend Arron Lloyd Seals, 1989-2011, who lost his battle to a multiple drug overdose, including a fatal dose of Dilaudid. I know it was so hard for you after losing your father, your rock. We all watched in pain as you slowly fell apart right before our eyes. I regret every day not trying to help you more with your many addictions, but losing you helped us all learn that we must never again sit idly by and I promise that I never again will. And to Zach Beauregard, who we’re so lucky to still have with us today after three drug overdoses that he was saved from. Zach, heroin had you in its grip for a long time and I am so happy and proud that you are on the road to recovery. I can’t imagine how much you struggle each day not to go back down that long, dark road. Just know that you are so blessed to still be with us and know that we are so proud of you!
Chantelle
Jean-Marc June 2011 So many years later our paths crossed again. You were quite the character then and still were so many years later. I am happy to have met you again and the time we spent catching up. I tried to be there for you as a youth but it took me more time and experience to truly understand. I’m happy that we reunited and you shared your time and experiences with me. I truly miss you and our chats. RIP
D
Roofer Mike You are truly missed. Your smile, jokes and engaging conversations were something I always looked forward to. Peace be with you.
D
Daddy, I wish you could be with me this year, and be there in the audience when I walk across the stage to get my diploma.. I hope I make you proud every day. I know you didn’t mean for it to turn out this way, but you are in a better place now. I miss you more every day. Love always, Tiffany
Your Princess
Miss you so much words cannot say. My life will never be the same without you. I only pray I see you in Heaven my Beautiful Boy. Your Mom sisssy and brother miss you. Mommy
Susan Crane Button
My dear brother Jeff, I miss you so much, your little girl and mom and dad miss you terribly…there is a huge hole in our hearts because you are not here with us. I wish I would have been there for you but I was an idiot and thought you were invincible. Not a day goes by when I don’t think of you and where you are now and what I could have done to prevent it. I love you so much my big bro. Peace.
Heather
Nicky O, Reece S, Paul M , always remembered x
Allison
To all my many friends who have been lost to drug overdose, I think of you every day and you will always live on within our hearts
Tink
To all the people, way too many to mention, that lost their lives through addiction. Not a week goes by where I don’t think of at least one of you. Rest in peace my friends.
Neil C
In honor of my beautiful son, who has struggled with heroin addiction for the last year, in and out of rehab.. but is now in college. I’m so incredibly lucky, so grateful. There’s not a single day that goes by that I don’t think of this horrible crisis and all those young souls we’ve lost to heroin. I wish Chicago would respond to the crisis appropriately, with as much energy and determination as the drug dealers.
Ellie
In memory of my beautiful and loving son, John, who suffered an accidental heroin overdose on April 4, 2012. He lived on life support in the hospital for one month and passed away on May 4, 2012. I love and miss him more than words could ever express. John Patrick DiDonna 3/17/87 – 5/4/12
Stephanie DiDonna
Honoring my beautiful daughter Hannah Rachel O’Harra-Brown Hannah died of a horrible accident. A bad choice, lapse in judgment. She ingested a prescription narcotic, that did not belong to her, along with alcohol fell asleep and quit breathing. That is the truth, the end. How she died doesn’t change who she was. A beautiful soul. I choose to share pieces of our story with you because I realize people make up stories when they don’t know the truth. She was an incredible person, everything you could hope for in a child. She gave more love than I ever knew possible. She always put her family first and adored her grandpas. She was smart, a smart ass, funny, loving, courageous, dedicated, dependable, hard working, honest, a beautiful soul. I must have said a thousands times through out her life “Hannah you have the soul of an angel” She was not perfect, flawed like we all are but to us she was everything. I love and miss you every second of everyday Mom
Melissa O’Harra-Brown
To Pascal. I will always remember you. Love
Alexandra
My son, Chance died on August 30,2009 of a heroin overdose. There isn’t a day that goes by, I don’t think of him. I wish we could save all the young people from this tragic and senseless death. I know if he had the choice, he would still want to be here. I keep his memory alive by trying to help other addicts. Chance, you are my Light, my Joy, my Heart. Love, Mom
Gaynor Hofmann
To my incredibly courageous, loving, and wonderful nephew Greg Devon better known to me as Boo . . .without you, we are lost and without you life is incomplete. You will always be in my heart and I can’t wait for the day I see you again and you flash that beautiful smile at me and I see all the pain and suffering erased from your face. Knowing you are finally not struggling with the pain and torture of this devil drug helps and knowing you are in the most beautiful place helps and remembering that I will see you again gives me strength. You are and always will be my Boo! Love you so so much!
Aunt La
In memory and honor of my handsome and very special nephew Greg Devon. There isn’t a day that goes by without thinking of you….at times I cry and other times I smile and say one of the famous sayings you had :). We knew when you were young that you were a special person, and you held true to that. God needed you with him to work your special magic in heaven. You fought the good fight and I am so proud to be your Aunt Mo. Thank you for all the beautiful memories that will forever be in my heart. Until I see you on the other side…know that I will love you forever. XOXOXO
Aunt Mo
For Sonia Nicole or “Nikki” the best friend I ever had my whole life, some one I wanted to know until old age. Gifted artist, brilliant mind and loving spirit. May you fly free from all your worries and troubles now and forever. Ended her battle with Heroin 2 days after her 30th birthday on June 30th. May no one suffer as you have suffered, I miss you and wish I could have prevented everything.
Adrianne
To: Andrew (6/15/91-10/11/12) My dear son, I think about you every minute of everyday. How could an evil drug take hold of such a wonderful son? I am so lucky to have had you for 21 years. I love you Andrew, my precious son…
Mom, Sharon Gidcumb
You were loved with my whole heart from the day you were born and even more today a month after your overdose. 10-11-12 my life changed forever the day you left this life… Beyond our parents you were the first person I loved.. Your big blue eyes and deep beautiful dimples made me smile every time I saw you… I’m so sorry I couldn’t save you and wish everyday I realized in how much trouble and pain you were in… I will never forget you and will think of you everyday.. I have been watching our childhood flash before my eyes everyday I would give anything for one more kiss, hug, laugh, conversation or even slap in the head. My heart breaks you will not be hear to see your nephew grow. I will make sure he knows you.. I hope you are free and at peace.. I love you so much and apologize for failing you.. I can’t wait for the day I see you again.. I love you forever Michael James Love your sister
Your big sister Christine
Dear Ismael, I am so hurt that you had to leave us so suddenly and in the manner in which you left this world. I just wish you would have called on me or anybody else for help. Learning that you accidentally overdosed on Heroin, Cocaine and Meth was devastating to your children and to myself. I know that you knew God and believed in him but somehow this terrible drug addiction coupled with alcohol was too much for you to bear. All I know that the sting of Death will someday be eliminated when we see you again. No matter what, you were an excellent Dad to the kids and they will always have you in their hearts.
Rosalinda Gonzalez
This world was not meant for you, you were destined for the heavens…may peace be with you always. Love eternally, Heather
Heather
For my cousin Cody Peyton. Though we barely knew one another, we were close. Always there when I fell and needed help up. Putting a smile on everyone’s face. You should still be here with us. It is not fair, the one who caused the pain still breathes the breath that should be yours. Forever you are missed, but will never be completely gone. For you will live on within our hearts.
Anonymous
two days ago i was seconds away from dying from an overdose, a heroine overdose. At only seventeen, it was my first time experiencing the drug. that one experience almost cost me my life. i am so thankful i am alive today i get a second chance at living. i know most people don’t get this chance. I am so sorry for everyones losses and i know i have learned from this. i would hate for anyone else to go though this horrible feeling. Keep up the awareness.
Ariel Lorenzen
Dearest Monique, It’s been quite a few years since you left us, but i think of you often, and i miss you heaps. Love alway’s, Greg xxx
Greg
Shanon I think about you all the time. You were only 19. Just a child this dam dis-ease took you 7 years ago. I will always rember you because I know you are watching over me in heaven.
Anne
Allen Michael Nix died of a drug overdose on 12/19/2012 He was my brother, and my best friend. Addiction is a horrible, disease, that will inevitably either end you in jail, or in the ground.
Bailey
My son Chris died of an overdose on 12/18/12. He struggled with addiction for many of his 35 years. He had cheated death many times before but this time death took him. His pain has stopped. Good-bye Chris.
Dad – Kip
In loving memory of my friend Eric Aul, (07/26/85-12/18/12) who tried so valiantly to conquer his demons. R.I.P. You will live forever in my heart and although your death causes me immense pain, my fond memories of you bring me great joy. See you at the crossroads!
Steven
For my brother-in-law, Brandon. Died December 28, 2012. Our hearts are broken. So many questions left unanswered. Two children left behind at 28 years old. I’ve never seen our family in so much pain. Your death was unexpected, even though your drug use was controlling your life. I guess it never really seems real until someone you love dies. I always hoped you would pull out of it, or get sober in jail. I can’t believe you’re gone. We never made amends. I never told you I forgive you even if you aren’t sorry. Or that I love you. Or how much you meant to your brother. Now it’s too late. I hope you will rest in peace, and that time will make this easier to bare. <3
Sarah
I am thinking about my mother, Patricia, who died unexpectedly from an overdose in 2008. By 2010, I had found a way to feel ok again, but now I am right back in the deepest pit of depression and feel so alone. Despite that I have my wife, daughter, father, and cousin around me every day, and siblings in my life, I feel like these feelings are consuming me and no one can help me. The overdose is a devastating occurrence that leaves little resolution and much more questions unanswered. I need you, Mom, to keep looking out for me, I am so lost.
Matthew
To my young son Zak, he was only just 21 when he died of a heroin overdose September 23, 2012. He was my everything. He fell hard into drugs off and on for the last 2 and a half years. He was clean for months and suddenly overdosed, when he slipped up and relapsed. He died less than a week after going back to the drug. I miss you so much Zak. You will always be my shining star. Your sister and brother miss you very much and talk about you like you are still here with us. Zak loved his sister and brother, despite his own personal struggles. He was never one to miss one of their holiday shows or concerts. We are an “I Love You” family and I’m glad we all had that relationship with him. His personality didn’t change when he struggled. He was still sweet and loving, and I’ll miss him for ever.
Lisa, your Mom
Quentin was only a junior in high school. I didn’t even know him very well, just seen him around school. It was New Years Eve and he overdosed and died today because of it. No one thinks it’ll happen to them and they’ll be lucky, but it can literally happen to ANYONE who takes too much of too many different things. Be safe.
Haley
My sweet baby boy-born 12-1-86 died 12-9-12. Lost his battle to a heroin addiction. The addiction took him over and turned him into someone that no one recognized He was no longer the boy we loved and knew. He could no longer handle the addiction and took his own life with an intentional overdose. We all love and miss you Raymond. May God take you in His arms and comfort you after all if the pain and torment you suffered. We love you Raymond. Love your mom, step-dad, Maura, Nick Connor, Kaelynn, Amee and all your grandparents, aunts, uncles cousins. Rest in peace my sweet Angel.
Mom
To my son Neil, who passed away April 18 2012. You were 26. I wish I could have saved you. I wish I could have done anything to have you here still, why did you have to try heroin, you were so amazing and so loved I think about you every day. I have a new grandson, your nephew. When I hold him it is so bittersweet. It’s like holding you and the tears just stream down my face. No mother should ever go through a death of a child especially to that evil drug heroin. I was blessed to have you for 26 years and every memory is seared in my heart. I love you so much I will see you in heaven my dear son. One million kisses – and a million more.
Mom
Love you Christopher, you are embedded in my broken heart forever. My lingering feeling is I could have done more; but in the end, it was you and you alone battling this addiction. Peace be with you and your beautiful spirit.
Mom
To: Jimmy, my son, who passed away 8/12/12 from accidental overdose. If I only had listened to what you did not say and encouraged you to seek help. How I loved you dear son and how much we were alike. I want to know you more. I want more time. I want to see you become ALL that you had potential for. My heart is forever broken. I am honored to be your mom and I am blessed to have had the precious gift of you in my life for 28 years.
Mom
To my beloved son, who was bipolar, and over-medicated to help him “cope”…..His name was Brad and he died October 30, 2012. I was to go over that night and we were going to dye each other’s hair for Halloween. He had phoned me that morning and told me how great and good he felt, and he wanted to get together that evening. I got a migrane and didn’t go over to his home. I never got to talk with him again and tell him how much I loved him. Brad, your dad and brother and I loved you so much. We know you struggled but we sure loved you. We miss you and will see you soon. You are with us forever. Much love
Mom
In memory of my beautiful daughter who overdosed on sept. 23, 2013, Tabitha Gahn, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother of 2, avery 8 and jacob 12. she had her own dog grooming business. She died of toxicity from multi-drugs she received from a pill mill dr….check out nope task force pinellas co. i love and miss u tabi, love mom & jeremy the drugs she received created a lethal cocktail.
Mom
Dear Lucas, Not a day, and rarely a minute passes by that I do not think about you. You were an old soul, and dear friend to many, including myself. Your talent was astounding, your intelligence amazing. You had a beautiful mind, and were a quality person in this dreadfully sad life. You were devastated at your losses, yet were in recovery. You made peace with everyone, and examined your life. You were removed from the methadone program after being suddenly laid off from your job,losing your apartment, getting your heart broken, losing your baby and detoxed rapidly from a very high dose. It became clear to you that the clinic had no intention or incentive to “help you with rehab”, or detox you safely when you could no longer afford it either. You rose to the occasion of detoxing like a very brave man, and had hopes for your life. You were doing so well, it was a surprise that they say you died of an accidental combination drug overdose. You were a sensitive person, loving others deeply; and feeling pain unbearably. I am so grateful at the month we spent together last fall, and that you are in heaven with your only true father. 33 years seems too short. I am so sad I do not know if I can get through this. So very sad that you died alone (it appears) and that those around you were too chicken to get help when you needed it. I hope I can go on to live out your memory. You nieces and sisters miss you terribly. You had a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your step. I feel so lost sometimes. I loved every part of you, even though you struggled so much devastation. I am so sorry that it began to seem like the same old story, when you were trying to tell us how stressed out and depressed you were. I would give up everything material to be around you now, even though you wanted for me to keep my home, or move closer to you; which we were working on. Wish I would have gotten you back home from Colorado sooner. Did not think you would be coming home this way. Love you always and forever…Momma
Momma
Scott, I think of you every day. How could I not? Mental illness took over. I am so sorry for that and wish there was something anybody could have done for you. Yes, you were the smartest person in the room but you were also the funniest. It was a struggle that was not to be overcome. I hope you are at peace. You knew this to be your destiny. That’s sad. I hung out with you for a while at the cemetery today. Too many other young adults there for the same reason. 8/9/79-12/15/12.
Mom
To my beautiful daughter, Amy, who died on January 2, 2013 of an overdose. I am struggling every day just to stay alive because I do not want to live without you. I’m so sorry I couldn’t help you and that I was not with you when you died. I will never, ever get over it. I know I have to go on for your children, Bailey and Will, but I am hurting so much and I miss you every minute of every day. I wish I could make every young person out there understand the pain that comes with drug use, for them and for their families. I love you my baby girl, forever,
Mom
My son passed away 1/26/2013 at the age of 24. They say cardiac arrest from accidental overdose. I love and miss you so much. You were my first born and only son. I am so lost, heart broke and feel guilty because I was not there with you and I could not help you. I love u son
Mom
To: My wonderful son Andrew. You are so loved and missed every day. Heaven is now a beautiful place with my precious son Andrew there. I feel you with me every second of each day. Until our hearts meet again! XOXO
Mom
To my son Jonathan who passed away of a overdose on 11/6/2012. I miss you so much. I miss your laugh and silly jokes. You struggled most of your life with addiction and I wish I could have done more. I feel both angry and hurt at times. I am sorry you were all by yourself that day with no help. I miss you Beetle Bailey with all my heart.You will always be the twinkle in my heart..xxxooo
Mom
To Austin, my first born…… How the pain swallows my heart from day to day living without you. I know drugs were your friend and your enemy. You tried so very very hard to stop using. The evil drugs however won you over. Luckily, God won your soul. Please know that your life impacted so many people here, and you were so loved and so important to all of us. May you rest in comfort and peace. Love your family and friends.
Mom
We lost our beautiful son Matthew Kenneth Peckham on Sept.4, 2012. He was a shining star in our lives and will forever be missed. He only struggled for a very short time with the demon heroin and for years he helped others overcome addiction. Our lives will never be the same without this special soul, my only son. 27 yrs was not long enough for this mom’s broken heart. I love you Matthew, forever and always.
Mary Peckham, Matthews Mom
My Dearest Son, Life is so different without you here. So much hurt daily without you here, most of all your children. Losing you to a drug your doctor put you on is so hard for me to accept. I wish I could just see you face to face. Time is no healer to losing a child. It does not become easier, just different. And when you lose your child to a drug, it makes the heart sadden not just because of the child you lost but to all the parents who say goodbye to their child because of drugs. It seems the numbers are rising. It’s Heartbreaking. I miss you so much son . Love to Heaven Mom Daris Shields 11-28-1980 – 11-03-2010 forever young
Leanna Green your Mom
In loving memory of my son, Jeremy Wayne Bliss. May 30, 1976 – May 2, 2004, I think of you every day. The pain of losing you never goes away. Your daughter Mariah is lost without you. We’ll never forget you or let your memory fade. We love you always. Mom, daughter, brothers, Jason, Joshua, Jacob
Mom

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