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January 11, 2012, a day that will live with me forever. The day I lost my firstborn Son to an methamphetamine overdose. I love & miss that beautiful smile John. ~MOM
Norwalk, California, USA
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!
My beautiful boy Buddy , oh how we miss you here so much . You left us so empty the tears never stop. We will never understand why or how your illness took you down so quickly right after returning from treatment. We will remember the wonderful memories. Your infectious smile laughter , jokes and your love for everyone around you . You were such a beautiful person and friend . You heart was to big for this world such a teddy bear . When God called you home your sufferings were no longer. I thank God for the 25 years we had with you . We love you Buddy and miss you . A candle remains lit here for you .The light you were in our lives , Until we are together again. Mom , Dad and family .
Mike was a loving father to our son. Sadly addiction is more powerful than the love of a child. Watching my child go through the loss of his dad was heartbreaking. Overdose took this dad from his son. Gone but never ever forgotten.
Son almost a year since you left us. Monique and I were asking each other if we have mourned you? We really don't know if we have or ever will....... We miss you dearly and wonder daily why things happen. i will leave it to the man up stairs to guide us and give us the strength we need to go on. We love you Miguel Angel Lozoya 1993-2015
LAREDO, TX USA
I lost my grandson Chad to a heroin overdose 12/3/15
In memory of my son, Louis Michael DeBacco (36), a light in the darkness, who was taken home on 4-26-2017. Rest my son. Grief and sorrow make a person weak and strong at the same time.
I love you,
Erin (Mom) and Lauren (Sister)
I lost my youngest son to an accidental overdose. He ingested meth. It's been almost 4 months and I'm not sure I'll ever be ok.
I still expect to,
See you buying cigarettes,
At the corner store.
J.M. RIP <3
My dearest Friend Brittani,
Its been a month and I can't believe it still. Not sure I will ever completely accept this. I wish I could hold you or talk with you one more time so I can tell u how very important you are to me and how happy having you in my life has made me.
B you will be forever missed and never forgotten.
I can't wait to see your face again.
I love you.
Sarah (your forever friend)
Thinking of you always
My son Jonathon Wayne Miller overdosed 4-28-2016 he left be hind his addicted partner of 14 years and their 2 children
By holding this event, it is hoped that can remind again of the dangers of overdose that can occur in drug users.
Lost my nephew 2 years ago yesterday. He was a beautiful soul and was loved by so many. Still so heartbroken that he lost his way in life and because of that we lost him?. RIP Mikey
The love of my life, my best friend, my daughters father I miss you so much. You fought such a hard and long battle with this disease and I hate that it won just 4 short months ago which really feels like just yesterday. You were such a hard worker, so loving and would help anyone in need, but most of all you were an amazing father, You was my high school sweetheart and even though the last 11 years we had some rough days I soundly have wanted to have them with anyone else. I miss you so much and I promise to always keep your memories alive. We love you Kenny!! Forever 34 <3
Courtney Anne Ream
Loved and cherished eternally.
Joshua S, you were a such a sweet guy with great aspirations of becoming a lawyer. I will always remember you for having such a sweet demeanor and caring personality. God be with you.
In memory of my mom . I love you forever and always , no matter what !
Melissa Marie Hamilton could light up a room with her smile!! She is missed! 4/14/81-4/29/15
I love and miss you everyday I'm so sorry that happened to you Matt. r.I.p
My beautiful talented daughter Jillian Nicole (5/6/93 to 5/10/09) you died before the epidemic was at full strength and before we could realise what we were looking at. I'm so sorry I failed you but I just didn't know. You left your mom, brothers,sisters,friends and community bereft. With my new eyes and new knowledge perhaps I can help someone else. You're safe in heaven and died before you knew the hell this drug brings.
To all those I lost n loved to an overdose ilu all an miss yall beyond any words can say nor any actions can display William Patterson Deserie Clark Nicole Foley
Im a mother of a child who pass away just a year ago of overdose he was 30 years old miss him so much it hurt
DJ Arau 1/15/75-7/29/09 - Its been 5 years 5 months since you left us here on earth. Oh, how you struggled to be free of drug addiction! When you were diagnosed with chronic end stage kidney disease and went on dialysis that was another fight as well as your addiction. Those of us who knew and loved you miss you so much!
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
I'd like to dedicate a few words to my insanely loud and hilarious older brother, Donovan Long. Donovan has just celebrated his 40th birthday a couple weeks before he was found laying on the floor and unresponsive in his home. My husband and I had finally taken a trip to the beach with our then 1 and 2 year old to Destin when Donovan died. And I hadn’t spoken to my brother since we left for the trip either. To be honest, Donovan and I loved and cared for each other so much like normal siblings do, but at times, it was a true “love-hate” relationship between us. I didn’t always agree with the choices he made but knew nobody’s perfect. I certainly had no right to judge him the way I did at times. I think I just always felt like if I stood up to him and spoke the truth, I wouldn’t be enabling him. I just wanted him to know I didn’t agree with his lifestyle choices that were ultimately not entirely his fault I might add. Trying to show the tough love that’s so hard but necessary sometimes. You see, Donovan worked on an oil rig and got hurt when he was in his early 20's. Had his 1st back surgery, then a 2nd 4 years after the first one. Then by the time he was about 35, he had his final 3rd back surgery to correct and replace what went wrong with the first 2. So his back was never right as you can imagine. But the amount of prescription pain killers they prescribed him was beyond ridiculous. He used to take 3xday 30mg roxys, and 10mg percocets for break through pain as needed up to 3Xday. That’s a lot of damn pills for one dude regardless of his size. Nonetheless, he always got them filled bc he knew he would go into withdrawals without them. And that’s the worst thing to feel when your dependent on opioids. Donovan also use them as trade/backup money if he needed to.. He had traded his prescriptions the month before he died to pay rent and deposit for his new place. So Donovan’s tolerance was very low when he picked up his prescriptions just the day before his accident.
And I’ll never forget getting woke up on our 2nd to last day on vacation in beautiful Destin...My husband asking me sternly to wake up and call my mom or dad, and other brother bc they’d all been calling for nearly 2 hours now. And it was only 6:30am at the time. . Then my MIL walked in and said she too had missed calls from all of them. I knew right then in my heart exactly what they were about to say. My heart jumped straight to my throat when the phone started ringing as I called my mom back. As soon as she picked up the phone I heard this intense moan and painful swallow she made when she started to talk but couldn’t. But I already knew what she was about to say. I knew in my heart and it made me snap inside. I was so mad at Donovan. I went outside and yelled at the top of my lungs every foul mouth word I could think of. Threw some beach chairs and was flat out pissed. I wanted Donovan here in front of me so I could tell him this was bullshit and he had no right to die. How dare him? My amazing trip had soon turned to one I never wanted to remember. And now every time I think about the beach.. I think about how “sad mad” I got when I had to hurry home early from vacation bc the funeral home was waiting on me to see Donovan one last time before he was cremated. I was mad at Donovan bc I was mad at myself. I had so much regret and thoughts of whether or not I was too hard on him the last time we spoke? And I felt horrible that I wasn’t there with him to help him. Or revive him. And he died by accident all alone. My brother knew drugs and was built like a tank. But it doesn’t matter if your tolerance is low. This is why so many that relapse accidentally die. They try to pick up where they left off.
Donovan was born on July 13th and died July 30th just a couple weeks after his 40th birthday. He loved his family so much and especially his two boys. They have both graduated high school and are becoming fine young men. Donovan I hope you watch over us everyday the way I think of you. I’m sorry for all the hurtful things I ever said to you. I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’ll never forget all the funny memories we shared and contagious laugh you always had. Even during the hardest of rains, you seemed to shine. Always finding the good in everything and everyone. Your very missed and loved. I’ll see you again someday but until then, stay cool big brother!
June 20 2014 was the day my heart shattered into a thousand jagged pieces. I lost my best friend, my love, my Daniel. There will forever be a Daniel-sized hole in my heart. I am grateful for the time I did get to spend with you my darling, wonderful friend. I carry with me your smile, your laugh, the voice you used any time you talked to cats, the way you tilted your head before you said something uncertain, running into you randomly at work and smiling from ear to ear when I did, your beard, your hats, that stupid top drawer in your bathroom that broke every time I tried to get my toothbrush, the smell of your face wash, how OCD you were about your coffee pot and your protein powders, the sound you made the first time I took you to eat Indian food, the way you said "buttercream icing", watching you feed buttercream icing to my cat - I still blame you for his obesity, by the way... I miss you. I miss your heart. I miss your face. I miss your everything. I hate that you were in so much pain that heroin was your escape. I love you for loving me and for letting me love you. All the days I will live the rest of my life without you are worth the short amount of days I got to live with you. Love with you. Love you. My friend. xx
Every day I wake up and remember that you're gone, but I won't let this heartache consume me. You taught me that family will always be there to catch me when I fall, and you were right. Your memory is alive in our hearts and we will carry you with us everywhere we go. Michael, I will miss your smile, your sincerity, and your kindness today and every day until we are together again in heaven. Love, Mo
This is a tribute to Bryan my exboyfriend who had three kids and died last year from drug overdose. He told me that marijuana was the gateway drug to all the other drugs he did later. I want to warn everyone of fentanyl. It’s being added on purpose to drugs by Mexican drug lords on purpose to murder and purge the American population . George Soros is involved. This is not an accident. Please don’t support marijuana being legalized as it leads to other drugs. Fight drugs and drug abuse and save people’s lives and this great country. Thank you
In loving memory always~ 9/23/94 ~Aaron Cooper Starrs ~12/17/15. We all miss and love you so very much.
Jamie, I remember you from side by side 12 step meetings. You are a beautiful woman, and will always be remembered. I am glad I met you, if even one time. I am hanging out with your Mom in Coral Springs and we all try to help each other, while remembering you and our children we have lost. Hoping you have made all the connections. Paula
Joshua Luke McNeill
1988 - 2016
We just finished putting purple lights on our "Joshua tree" and have a purple spotlight for our house.
Doris S McNeill
Miss u so much, Merriett was just getting her life together. At 16 her and her mom were in a head on collision with a D.D Merriett was thrown through the vehicle and her Mother suffered fatal injuries , after a week they made the DEVESTATING decision to take her off life support as she was declared "Brain-Dead" Merrietts life was NEVER the same. She tried Numerous times to get clean but ultimately passing away due to accidental overdose! She was my Partner, and Best Friend and is Terribly missed
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.
July 5, 2014 - the day our lives changed forever. We lost our son Danny, to an accidental heroin overdose. We miss you everyday and love you forever. ❤️
Derek Edward's Douglass Beck July 08 1975 - Deep September 23 1994 My beautiful boy, how I miss you. All the hopes and dreams I had for us have all but died. They died the moment your heart stopped beating. I I often wonder if getting you clean was a mistake. Maybe you would have been happier with a needle in your arm. I wasn't there when you came into this world, but I was there when you left. I guess that counts for something. I hope you have found the peace you couldn't find here. I miss you, I I will miss you every day until the day I die.
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
I was 18 years old and my best friend I grew up with was having a party that I was suppose to attend to and for whatever reason that night I did not go. I was just over his house 2 days before when he was talking about the event and was inviting everyone, I remember being excited even though this had been many of them I been to and growing up we where always together. My sister came to me at my boyfriends house late and she took me outside and told me that tommy had overdosed and was gone. I asked her more than once what do you mean gone!? Where did he go and she said he died Carrie. I was devastated I just held onto my sister and cried what seemed like forever. Later I found out that he had taken some pills, narcotics, that he found at his home and his heart just couldn't keep up with the dosage and he overdosed. I still go and see his grave from time to time and have dreams about him sometimes. he will always be close to my heart and never forgotten.
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.
In loving memory of Brian Glynn who passed away on September 3, 2015 of a heroin overdose. Brian is loved and missed every day.
On July the 6, 2016 Our mother lost her battle to drug addiction, our mother had been fighting her addiction for 31 years.
Our mother's name is Cindy Irwin she was an intelligent, happy, outgoing and loving woman but sadly at just 44 years old she passed away. Our mother always taught us that there is Hope Over Dope and that we can all make a difference in any addicts life, she got clean a few times off and on throughout her struggle. Our mother leaves Behind a daughter, two sons, 3 granddaughters and 2 grandson's who all love her dearly and who will fight for Hope Over Dope until our final days. Our mother lost her husband 21 years ago on June 30,1995 so we find comfort and condolence in know she is finally reunited with her one true love.
Remember there is always Hope Over Dope help is just a phone call away.
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
I have lost several friends but the closest to my heart was my sister Michele's death in Jan. Of 2015 to Heroin. I encourage everyone to seek help, confide in a loved one and let someone help you. There is a light, there is a way out, recovery is possible. <3
My heart goes out to all the families and friends who have lost loved ones through this terrible epidemic. This is NOT getting any better. My daughter isn't even a statistic yet because the official figures for 2019 have not been released. My precious Taytay overdosed April 12th, after 9 years in and out of rehab centers and help groups. I thought love and support could save my daughter and boy was I wrong. She overdosed at my house and died in my arms. This was my worst nightmare and a memory that l have to live with everyday for the rest of my life. No matter what anyone has tried to tell me, as a father, I failed my daughter. This epidemic is not getting any better and it needs everyone's support, especially the States, insurance companies and the media. There are good people trying to help this cause but there are more that are more taking advantage of it. Everyday should be National overdose day. The pain is real and does not go away.
Lindsay Michelle Findlay
May 14th 1990- December 7th 2018
Remembering my beautiful daughter Michele Kearney (Jnr). Loved and missed every single day. Forever 16yrs. "Whenever you see a sunflower think of me" Young Michele's own words. Love you forever sweet girl, fly high with the angels. Love Mum, Lauren, Melissa and Mason xxx 🌻🌻🌻xxx
Glasgow, Scotland. UK
The world lost one of the most gentle of souls on 12/25/15. Caleb Smythia was my firstborn, my first love and my best friend. Addiction came into his life at 16 and even though he had it beat, it reared its ugly head again at 19. He was well aware of the control it had on his body, but didn't get help in time. He was take by the fake Percocet that were truly Fentanyl. In his memory and through his love that still resides in my heart, I will fight the epidemic for the rest of my days.
This is for one of the most magical person I have met, S.E.P. Thank you for opening up many eyes and being the awesome dude you were. You may be gone, but definitely never forgotten.
I lost my son to heroin two weeks ago. He overdosed after a near 3 year battle, and after working so very hard to earn 11 months of sobriety. I am crushed beyond words. He was 29 years old and a joy to be with. A week or two before his death I spent the day with him. I called him afterward to tell him that I loved hanging out with him...that out of all the people I knew, I enjoyed his company most. He was funny, intelligent, intense and charming. My world spun when I learned he was using heroin, and I spent every moment of every day in fear. I watched him try and try again, but the drug had it's claws in him. He helped others in his 12-step program. He saved other lives, but he couldn't save his own. Hundreds of people came to his funeral and spoke of his character and his heart and his big personality. I am in a state of shock and numbness right now. I know time will heal some of this hurt. Nothing will bring my son back, but I will work hard to help save others and bring awareness to the problem. Strength and love to all who suffer.
It has been so long since I've seen your face or heard that loud, funny, obnixous laugh..There's days I miss you so bad that all I can do is sit in silenced anger. In the early mornings, i catch myself looking at the little flashing light text notification..Hoping it's you saying april fools [I miss that] and that you miss me too. This disease is CUNNING..BAFFLING..POWERFUL.. INSIDIOUS.. AND FATAL. If any of you reading this are actively using or have a loved one active in ANY addiction..there is a EASIER..SOFTER WAY. Try and get the help you NEED now..before its too late. I love and miss you Kaitlyn Rose, your truly missed. I promise to live out your legacy; I am determined to carry the message to the addict still suffering (using or NOT).. <3
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