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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].

Will Brennan, you will always be my bestfriend, pledge brother, and brother for life. Our pledge class still always talks about you every day remembering all of the great memories you blessed us with. I love you brother, rest easy. We will all see eachother again.

Posted 08/11/2018
Colin Ellington

When you lose your parents you’re an orphan. When you lose your spouse you are widowed. When you lose your child you are…? There’s no word for that. I love you and miss you every single day, Brian 💜

Posted 08/11/2018
Colleen

I lost a husband to heroin overdose someone that I loved very much someone that I can honestly say was the first person that I could say I actually was in love with this drug took his life, took him away from his beautiful children that loved him so much and his grandchildren ,this is an awful drug!!.. so to my husband even though I wasn’t with you sad we broke up before you left this earth know
I love you and I always did love you .. I’m sorry that this drug took away our marriage and took away your life maybe now you can rest in peace and not fight that urge that killed u …I love you….I will miss u..

Posted 10/11/2018
Cheryl

My beautiful son Matthew was found dead on August 27,2016 Drugs did not define him at all. He was a beautiful son with a future that would of been bright. He was the kind of young man that gave with his whole heart and never asked for much in return. He would come to me late at night and say Momma I cant do it all. I would tell him every time to stop worrying about what others said and thought about him. He had nothing to prove. He needed help and the ones who were supposed to protect him didn’t they fed his habit and had the mentality its better behind closed doors and yet if just one person close to him would of said something he’d be here today .I love him and miss him every single moment and it kills me he lay dead alone for over 12 -14 hours and I couldn’t hold him or see him . This disease didn’t just take his life it took mine forever and all the hate and things afterwards just made his death harder to bear. Rest in peace my beautiful Matty I love you Love Mamma

Posted 28/08/2018

lINDA rIVERA

Angelo Melvin, Husband, Father, Son, Brother. Sweet Soul left us after a relapse battle in September 1, 2017. 48 years old . We miss you.

Posted 29/08/2018

Chelly

Adam Joshua, 1977 – 2015, my little brother, heroin overdose. He had a great voice, he was a big teddy bear, he loved to eat and cook, he loved the Grateful Dead, he was a sweet uncle, and a pain in the ass, and i loved him.

Posted 01/09/2018

Nicki Lerczak

Scottie,
My brother. You were such a beautiful man with a bright smile and squinty eyes. Your big bear hugs brought me so much security and warmth during the times we held each other. I wish I could have a million more of those hugs and be able to hear your laugh or see your smile instead of listening to videos and looking through pictures.
Your death haunts me daily. The grief and thoughts of what could have been done and said. What more could we have done. I have never seen someone fight addiction as hard as you did and you did it all for your family. I wish you would’ve stayed away from this town; part of me thinks you would still be here if you did.
It has been less than a year since you left us but it feels like a lifetime. I ache. Tonight I fell to the ground, wondering if you felt all the pain when you left this world. Were you scared? Were you at peace? Did you think about all of us who loved you?
I am so proud of what you overcame when you were here and what mark you left in this world. Your daughter misses you. She is getting so big and looks more and more like you every day. I love you, Scott. I miss you like hell.

Posted 24/09/2018

Kaylee

Matthew,
My heart still hurts every day since you went to heaven my sweet son. I love and miss you so much!
All my love,
Muszzi MaMa

Posted 09/10/2018

Dawn

Kevin. 11/9/1994 – 9/24/2018. Baby Brother we loved you very much. You needed us and we didn’t see it. Cocaine and alcohol took you that morning. You had soo much to live for still.

Posted 20/10/2018

Marlen

Being in Recovery & when I was in my active addiction, unfortunately one of the harsh realities is losing people you’ve grown close to to overdose. I lost a very special person in 2017. An amazingly caring, funny, kind person. I was able to attend his 1 yr celebration of life get together that his family held (I drove from CA to Miss.) After that trip I made the decision to retire from my profession of 34 yrs (hairstylist) & devote my energy towards working in the Recovery field. My friend is greatly missed each & every day but I know he is at peace & watching over his friends & loved ones. Count ’em up Jeremy!!

Posted 22/10/2018

Michele Kay Bagwell

I miss you a lot dad. It has been almost 4 years since you passed and each day gets easier knowing you’re watching over me and protecting me. Thank you for that. I love you very much best friend. Goodnight 💤

Posted 23/10/2018

Lexi

Honoring my son, Trevor, who turned 25 on August 30th, and died of a drug overdose on October 9th. He had just completed 40 days of inpatient rehab, and was 2 weeks clean after that. The end was a result of many years of battling drug addiction and mental health issues. He was bright and a musical genius. Gone too soon. We know we will see him again , he knew The Lord. That is our hope of eternal life, it is just hard knowing we will never see him this side of eternity.

Posted 24/10/2018

Heather

Tiffany Gallagher we love and miss you like crazy your grandmother charlotte will be broken hearted to the end of time your 5 sisters and father are trying to go on in this life with out you here qe miss you

Posted 30/10/2018

Colleen fehrle

Anthony, you will be with us forever. Miss you like crazy bud. Always love you. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you. I am so sorry that it happened so soon. Rest In Peace.
June 18, 1996 – June 8, 2017.

Posted 31/10/2018

Johnny

Malcolm James McCormick aka MAC MILLER
Rest in Peace – September 7, 2018
Thank you for your music and your carefree spirit!
Many of us have never met you, but we all deeply appreciated your creativity.
You will forever be loved and you’re always with us through your music.
Fly high!

Posted 02/11/2018

Lex

One week ago I lost my beautiful son to a heroin overdose. He was a smart, kind, and loving young man. He fought a long hard battle against this disease and I’m so proud of him for his effort. My life will never be same. I miss him so.

Posted 03/11/2018

Bobbi

TO MY SON KYLE. 4/24/93 – 4/18/17. IT HAS ONLY BEEN A YR AND A HALF BUT IT SEEMS LIKE A LIFETIME SINCE YOU WERE HERE. I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND THE THOUGHT THAT YOU DIED ALONE BREAKS MY HEART. CORONER SAYS YOU DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE DYING BUT DO THEY REALLY KNOW. YOU GAVE IT A GOOD FIGHT BUT THE ADDICTION WAS JUST TO STRONG. I MISS YOU EVERY DAY AND THE IDEA OF NOT SEEING YOU WHEN I WALK IN THE DOOR EVER AGAIN JUST BREAKS MY HEART. I KNOW I WILL SEE YOU IN HEAVEN ONE DAY BUT I WANT YOU HERE WITH ME. PARENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO DIE FIRST. LOVE YOU AND A DAY DOES NOT GO BY THAT YOU ARE NOT IN MY THOUGHTS. MOM

Posted 04/11/2018

MARY

To my oldest son,, that left me in flesh but never in heart and soul. Born Jan. 23rd 1983. Lost him on Aug.1st 2017. Our favorite quote always was “Always your Mother, forever your friend”. Love you with all my heart Dan. Love Mom

Posted 07/11/2018

Lynda

to my ex husband not really sure what to say other than you will be missed by your children and my self I will always love you.. you will be remembered always in every Lake and in every Hawk that I see . I will always hate that drug that destroyed our marriage rest in peace baby..

Posted 07/11/2018

Cheryl

Brother, I miss you so much, I miss your love, your hugs, your voice, your protection I miss everything about you. I don’t know how to continue life without you. I’ve lost control of my life. I know I must continue, and I try, but then I remember you’re really gone, and I lose it. I feel Empty. Numb. Shocked. Crazy. Angry. Paralyzed. I look at your pictures and it confirms that I will never physically see or touch you again and I just can’t take it. Since you passed I hate Wednesdays, because we found you on a Wednesday. Wednesdays are the hardest for me, It’s hard to get out of bed. I relive each moment leading up to finding out you had passed. I remember getting that call that you might be dead in your apartment. I remember driving to your apartment. I remember the cop’s blocking us from entering your apartment while they broke your door down. I remember our sisters faces as the cops broke down the door. I remember the cop walking out of your apartment and saying something into his radio and our older sister just crying and screaming and asking the cop “tell me if my brother is dead” the cop told us “I’m sorry but yes your brother passed” I remember our little sister’s cry as soon as we heard those words come out of his mouth. I was in complete shock. I went crazy. We all did. I remember mommy’s cries when she arrived at your apartment. I never imagined seeing you in a body bag let alone hugging you in one. I can’t believe you’re really gone. I knew I was going to lose you but not like this, not over an overdose, I mean how bro, and why… Why the fuck would you take that shit. Were you that lonely…Were you in that much pain….I’m sorry I didn’t help you IM SORRY FORGIVE ME. I wasn’t there when you needed me most and you died all alone in your apartment. I’m sorry I was too busy in my fucking career, a career that now doesn’t mean shit because you’re not here. I don’t care about becoming an attorney anymore. What for.. You’re not here anymore. I can’t make you proud anymore brother. I’m sorry I didn’t pay closer attention to you. I should’ve. You reached out to me; you wanted to go to church with me but we never got to go together. I should of followed up more. I should of persisted more. I remember you once said you didn’t want to die alone and that’s how you died. Oh that hurts me so much. I’m sorry brother. It breaks my heart. How I wish you could of called me or I should of called you that night. I should of but I was so busy with my fucking life, I hate myself. I wasn’t there for you. I’m left with so many unanswered questions, what were your final thoughts, did you think of us, were you scared, did you suffer, are you with god, can you see me, are you at peace now, will I get to see you again, did you know how mush I truly loved you. What kills me is that you must of felt so lonely brother. Although, you’ll never read this, just know that we loved you and always will. I listen to the oldie songs we used to hear together and it takes me right back to when we use to sit in my car and listen to them together and talk for hours of everything and anything. Brother I’m sorry your ending had to be like this. Just know that I always loved you. How I wish your life would have been different. I wish you would have enjoyed your life more, I know our childhood was filled with hardships and so was your adult life. I know you were trying very hard to find your way and be the best you could be, and you were but for some reason God chose to take you. I know you’re not suffering anymore in this cruel world. I just wish you knew how much you were truly loved. Brother I will never understand your unexpected passing; I just know that I was not prepared to lose you. I miss you every day. You’re in my mind every day in everything I do. I don’t know how to continue life without you brother; life just doesn’t make sense without you. My life will never be the same without you. You literally took a piece of me with you. Thank you for leaving us a piece of you, it makes us feel a bit better when I see our nieces and nephews because I see you in them and I kiss and hug them and I can feel you. I promise to love and protect them as you would brother. I will forever be their advocate and will make sure they are loved. I LOVE YOU BIG BROTHER, LOVE YOUR LITTLE SISTER. (Love you bro, love you sis).

Posted 02/11/2018

Carolina

My precious daughter Marci, I am so sorry I wasn’t with you when you were dying. I have so many questions about your death that I’ll never get answered. Your death was devastating. One of the sorrows that hurt me most is that you were around people that didn’t love you. I wish I could have been there to hold you and tell you how beautiful you are and how much I love you. You should have never moved into that evil town and I believe you would still be here. I miss you so very much. My heart is so broken We all love and miss you deeply. Love, your Mom

Posted 16/10/2018
Phyllis

Matthew Ray,
My heart still hurts every day since you went to heaven my sweet son. I love and miss you so much!
All my love,
Muszzi MaMa

Posted 09/10/2018
Dawn

Brenda & kaylee, my sisters and best friends, I miss you both more than words could describe and will be counting down the days until I can see you again. I love you both so much.

Posted 09/10/2018
Lindsey Giamanco

My precious son Kurtis (William Rock) gone too soon at 27 yrs old on Mar.25/2018. It still seems like yesterday; you were doing so well and we had such good times together and positive future to look forward to. You were caring, kind, loving and so helpful to me, our family, children and animals. You were desperately reaching out to the church and God for help when you relapsed so I’m baffled why God took you home at this time instead of saving you as he had in the past. While you know how much I love you and that you were the best thing that ever happened in my life, I also miss all yr help, advice, knowledge about health and Christianity, and just talking to you about everything that is going on in the world, sports of course and other things. I miss you so much and feel like I will never recover from losing you to the accidental fentynal poisoning, I feel like you are still speaking to me through old cards or letters when you told me not to get discouraged and to hold onto my faith in God as that is all we really have. You were so right as I now realize you were about many things you said, as I am alone now except for God.

Posted 05/10/2018
Marlene Rock

I lost my 24 year old son to an accidental overdose of heroin on June 28th 2018.
There were never any sign that he was using heroin, this may have been a fatal mistake!

Posted 05/10/2018
Jody

My beautiful son, Scott Bradley Curtis was murdered by someone who gave him fentanyl on 9/10/18. He was a handsome, funny, loving son and father. Forever 26

Posted 04/10/2018
Susan

JGL,
​Life can be so great…and so terrifying. I miss you and I love you with my entire soul, but I’m glad you’re in a safe place. You didn’t deserve to live in any more pain.

LIFE is so painful; I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because I miss you so much. I want to go to therapy, but what can they do? I’ll never be satisfied until I know I’ll definitely see you again one day. We can spend ETERNITY together; there are no words to describe the happiness I would experience if that was true…that must be what Heaven is! Can it be true? Can we really spend FOREVER with the people we love? In a place that’s safe? With no fear? No pain? No addiction? Just pure unconditional love, with your beautiful soul. God, I hope so.

I hope you’re there when it’s my time.
I love you.

Posted 03/10/2018
Lex

Martiana Kay Gonzales 03/16/93-06/09/18. My baby oh how I miss you I still cannot accept it I try however I cannot fool myself. I love you and will always speak your name love mom

Posted 03/10/2018
Susan

Scottie,
My brother. You were such a beautiful man with a bright smile and squinty eyes. Your big bear hugs brought me so much security and warmth during the times we held each other. I wish I could have a million more of those hugs and be able to hear your laugh or see your smile instead of listening to videos and looking through pictures.
Your death haunts me daily. The grief and thoughts of what could have been done and said. What more could we have done. I have never seen someone fight addiction as hard as you did and you did it all for your family. I wish you would’ve stayed away from this town; part of me thinks you would still be here if you did.
It has been less than a year since you left us but it feels like a lifetime. I ache. Tonight I fell to the ground, wondering if you felt all the pain when you left this world. Were you scared? Were you at peace? Did you think about all of us who loved you?
I am so proud of what you overcame when you were here and what mark you left in this world. Your daughter misses you. She is getting so big and looks more and more like you every day. I love you, Scott. I miss you like hell.

Posted 24/09/2018
Kaylee

It is with a shattered heart
I pay tribute to Ben
A very funny, cheeky, huge hearted, sweet, wise partner, son, brother, cousin, grandson, friend and best friend

I love you so much
One week on and it feels like forever
Rest In Peace

Posted 22/09/2018
Niki

Rest in Paradise Aunt Kelly. You gine but never forgetten. I’ll take care of your son. We’re like brothers. I love him to death. Im glad your in a better place, this world was too hard for you. Now the creator is taking care of you.

Posted 21/09/2018
Kelly W

Zechariah,

I still can’t believe you’re gone. Nearly a year free from your addiction to heroin but it took you back and just like that, you left this world. I fell in love with a strong, intelligent, kind, gen of a man whose success in sobriety became motivation for so many others. I choose to honor that version of you, despite your years of struggle with addiction, and the horror stories from that time that you shared with me. I still only knew you without that drug controlling your mind and body and I am grateful because I believe that was the real you.

Please know how much you were truly loved Zech, so many friends and family came together, despite conflicts and disagreements, and they did so in love and celebrated your life.

I wish I could go back to that night you chose to use again for the first time in nearly a year and stop you. Tell you it’s not worth it- that you still have so much life and love ahead of you and that you were strong enough to face the pain you sought to numb. Maybe that still wouldnt have been enough to stop the demons from you past from screaming so loud you had to shut them up the best way you knew how, but I would do anything to have held you and given you “soft touches” and told you how much you meant to me and how much I love you, even if it was for one last time.

Please know your children saw the best in you, and will continue to do so. Your son drives your car now, I’m sure you’re always above him protecting him. Your daughter is creating through her sadness and we’ve spent a lot of special moments together. I will continue to stay connected to them and the rest of the amazing souls you connected with in your life. You will always live on in love.

I miss you every second of everyday. I sleep on your pillow and smell your shirt everyday. I re-read our texts constantly & laugh at the hilarious selfies you sent me. I miss your voice and your kisses and your intensity and presence. You were my love, now you’re my angel. Never stop shining. Shine over those who are struggling. Shine so bright it blinds the ones who are about to shoot up the same darkness that took your life. Shine on Zech. Until we meet again…

You will forever be in my heart.

Love you always and forever,
Your Girl,
Cassi

Posted 16/09/2018
Cassandra

Cameron Latvala, 12/8/92-1/30/18, you were taken from us much too soon. You were such a sweet, sensitive young man. Ironically, if you had been with me when you overdosed, I would have had naloxone with which to save you. I’ve brought back a couple of people since I took the short training course, but the loss of someone so young with so much to live for has been a catalyst for me to persuade everyone who uses or knows someone who uses heroin or other opioids to have naloxone on hand. Nobody should die in vain when it is so easy to obtain and administer.
RIP my friend, I am a better person for having known you

Posted 13/09/2018
Lara

To my big sister, I can’t believe you’re gone. I will never forget the day I found out I got a phone call from the police to come and pick up the kids. I locked the doors to my job and drove as fast as my car goes. The cops didn’t tell me anything at all except that I needed to get to my moms house immediately Praying to God you were alright. And maybe you’d quit this time I just knew you had overdone it this time. I just thought you’d be alright. I was praying so hard my eyes full of tears. I pulled up to the apartment to see a slew of police cars, an ambulance and a fire truck.
When I didn’t see you in the ambulance I started to wonder where you were as I walked up the stairs the EMS the cops and the firefighters were just looking at me and a friend grabbed my hand and said I’m going to need you to breathe and my mom walks out and says she’s gone. And I just lost it, the cops wouldn’t let me in the apartment until I calmed down because of the children so my moms neighbor my friend let me come into her house and I fell to the floor. I sat there for about 20 mins just thinking about everything and anything. My mind became numb I smoked a cigarette and walked back up those stairs and went into the apartment by that time the priest was there. Nothing in the world can prepare you for such a tragic accident. When the priest told her son he starting praying and asking God to please don’t let her be gone. I broke down again. All along trying to stay strong for the kids. It started to become overwhelming. I can’t believe you’re gone and mom and your little girl and your little boy and your brother we’re still here. But you’re not. I miss you more and more everyday. I hope you and daddy are having a good time in heaven. I love you to infinity and beyond.
7-28-93/8-25-18.
You may not be here physically but you will always be here in those children and in my blood. I love you sissy. 😓😓

Posted 13/09/2018
Danielle

Daniel…I hope you now see how deeply you are loved. We are missing that laugh, the silliness…the comfort of feeling safe when you are near. Part of me died with you that day..a huge part. I am so lost without you. Like you said we were each other’s salvation. Guide me. Protect the kids….but most importantly be happy, at peace. We are not mad..we know all you ever wanted was our family to be ok. Thank you for loving me unconditionally. I’m so sorry I couldn’t be as wise as you. You were right…incomparable….genius…beautiful but most of all my best friend.
Visit me. Guide me and protect our babies. Your the one I want to see when it’s my time to transition…please be there. I love you always..in this life and the next.
Maddier
Daniel Joseph Rola
12/30/78 – 5/6/18

Posted 12/09/2018
Madeleine

To my big sister, Ashley Marie Fasano: what I would say if I could talk to you just one more time… I am so sorry, I am sorry I couldn’t save you. I am sorry I was so useless. I wish I could have done more for you. I am sorry you could never see how many people loved you. I am sorry for not showing it in the beginning when it first started… when you told me the last time we talked is when you needed to be loved the most. I’m sorry I failed you. It has been almost 6 months and I cry for you every single day. I just want to tell you sorry. But I can’t because you are gone. I want to tell you I love you just one more time. I want to kiss you one more time. I want to hug you one more time but I can’t, and it hurts because I never will. I am so alone and no one understands. I was told last month its been 5 months I need to move on. I can’ t. And I don’t want to. Even my own husband told me today ” yea it sucks but you just hold it in you need to move on already.” The times when I am at my lowest and feel the most alone I wonder if that’s how you felt. It brings me understanding because if it wasn’t for my kids I could be you. Everyone judges addicts but it can happen to anyone, so I acknowledge it could be me. I have to be honest with you, you have always been honest with me….it has crossed my mind. I once asked you why…why you do it. How does it make you feel. You said you are always sad you miss your kids they will never forgive you … That the pain is such an immense feeling so overwhelming that you just get to the point that you are willing to do anything to get that relief. It numbs it. When you use the needle you literally lay back and feel that pain slipping away, as you go numb. But then that needle, that yes brings a type of relief to you, also takes a hold on you. Once it has that hold on you it is so strong so tight its suffocating. It takes hold of your mind and body. Its like you sold your soul to the devil because now it’s not just numbing your pain you felt in your heart …but now your body depends on it. No you said your body NEEDS it and it punishes you if you don’t feed it with the needle. Then you went on to tell me the physical repercussions when you don’t have the drug. You told me to never even try it, not even ONCE. Because that’s all it takes. Its not worth it because it numbs the pain only for a little while….but it doesn’t heal it. So for you, I can never go down that road. But it is so hard…. I won’t lie. Man dealing with this pain just as I am right now especially when no one gets me. Just Like no one understood you, is THE hardest thing I have ever had to go through in my entire life. My mother abandoned me and the rest of her children when I was 6. I would so much rather go through that pain a million times over then have this darkness.. This pain, this sadness, emptiness, that I have carried with me everyday since March 27 2018. I carry the darkness and walk in this darkness alone and its scary. Its fucking scary. March 27th….. I say that day out loud everyday for some reason. I don’ t really know why. But I try my damn hardest to stay strong because you are my big sister and you told me to. I will never try it because you told me not to. Not because I am stronger than you because I am not. Its because I promised you. Especially for my kids it brings me such pain to even imagine inflicting this type of pain on them. I could never do that to them. I would gladly walk in darkness and hide this pain than ever hurt them in that way. I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy. Never mind my babies. I never want them to ever have to feel this pain. But Ashley its hard. I miss you. I really thought I could save you. I am a failure . .I have failed you and for that I will never forgive myself. You are the most beautiful person I have ever seen. I always said that even when you were alive. I was always in such awe of your beauty. I wish that beauty was still on this earth. But i will hold it in my heart. Every single day for the rest of my life…until I am no longer on this earth. I will never move on. Why should I be granted such a privilege when you are not here to do the same. I do not deserve that. Especially when I feel in my heart there’s something I could have done more. Done better. I thank God every day you had my nieces man, they make my heart start beating again times I feel it slowing down…. If ever a mother loved her kids it was you. We are not perfect none of us are. I will never allow anyone to think otherwise of you. Out of all of us you endured the most. I don’t care who agrees. It wasn’t your fault for what happened to you. But you always had so much love in your heart. For a person that always said she did not feel loved, to me is such an admirable quality you had. You were always kissing everyone and pinching our cheeks and saying we are so cute. Your children will know of your love. That is my promise to you. I love you. It hurts knowing you will never read any of these words….but its something I also cannot change. No matter how much I cry. – Jessica

Posted 11/09/2018
Jessica

Jessica,

We got your autopsy report Friday, we read it today as a family. I’m in Japan now, I wish I was home with everyone. The Medical Examiner said you overdosed on cocaine and fentanyl. Did you know what you were taking? Did you suffer? Is there more to the story? Did you really die on our brother’s birthday? Or was it the night before? We don’t have any answers. I miss you. I think about you every single day. I wish I could have been a better sister, I wish I could have helped you. I wish I would have understood addiction, I always thought you were choosing that lifestyle. I thought you chose to do drugs, and maybe you did to start with, but then you couldn’t stop. I was so mad at you for so long. You would never listen to me, there were 4 seperate times I tried to talk to you. Sometimes you took your head and said I know, other times you made faces and said you didn’t do drugs. Why wouldn’t you be honest with us and let us help you? I know you wanted help, I read your planner. I’m so mad at you for that. You could still be here. Now we have to tell your daughter what happened, she’s been asking all summer. I hate drugs, I promise you I will always be honest with her and teach her about addicition. I won’t let you die in vain Jess, I promise. I will spend the rest of my life trying to fix this broken system and helping other people that continue to struggle with the disease that killed you. I’m so sorry I judged you, I will actively try to never judge another soul ever again. You taught me that. I love you forever and I hope that you send me signs and I see you in my dreams until we meet again.

Love you forever and always (with your crisscross heart),
Kait

Posted 10/09/2018
Mitchell

In remembrance of my only two (2) children, Robert (Robbie) Allen Sirois (8-22-87 thru 05-21-16) and Christopher (Chris) Elliott Sirois) 04-07-91 thru 11-25-17. I loved them both so very much and miss them every day. Heroin is the drug that took their lives, and they left this world far to early. They no longer suffer with the battle of this disease, but my heart aches for them EVERY day. I love you Robbie and Chris to the moon and back. May you rest in peace.

Posted 08/09/2018
Elaine Hawkins

My beautiful brother, if I had of known the severity of your addiction I would have been there more as a friend, an advocate, & a support. You were an amazing person, with a light that shone wherever you went. If I have learnt one thing from losing you, it would be to ask more questions and spread more awareness. I will never forget our memories, you were more than how you died, you were a person with a spirit, a heart, a brain, and full of happiness and life experience. You will never be forgotten, and I will always be there for you until I see you again… x

Posted 07/09/2018
Heather R

My dearest son, Devin, I miss you and think of you every single day. You spent so much of your short time on this planet battling this disease, my only regret is that it had such prominence in your life. I wish we spent more fun times together kayaking, on the SUP boards, playing, instead of visiting you in rehab. I’m grateful for the times we did have. I miss your smile, your laugh, your “love you Mom” whenever we hung up the phone. I know you’re peaceful now, relaxing in the wind, at the beach, with the trees. I love you forever Devin.

Mom

RIP Devin Christopher Bellak 6/7/1989 – 11/26/2017

Posted 07/09/2018
Jill

murph, cory, stew, holden, batman, grant, grim to name a few
and unfortunately theres so many more to remember
I miss you all so much life is so hard without you all and I still talk to you all the time

Posted 05/09/2018
beckie freeman

Thanks for educating others about the importance of drug overdose. Keep up the great work!
Best,
Margalie Deshommes

Posted 04/09/2018
Margalie Deshommes

My beautiful big sister Jill, I hope you now know that it’s the good times I remember. Love always, your little Yoda

Posted 04/09/2018
Jodi

In loving memory of Greg Singer ~ Sunrise: September 20, 1962 – Sunset: January 15, 2018. I didn’t fall in love with you. I walked into love with you, with my eyes wide open, choosing to take every step along the way. I do believe in fate and destiny, but I also believe we are only fated to do the things we’d choose to do anyway. And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you. I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with you, but then I realized you spent the rest of your life with me. Thank you for an amazing journey…see you on the other side.

Beth
Love you madly♥️Miss you more

Posted 04/09/2018
BabyCakes

Remembering Vicki who passed away in July 2018.

Posted 04/09/2018
Elizabeth & Darren

In memory of my brother Reuben Bellomy

Posted 04/09/2018
Carol

My 22year old only child my son Noah Sept the 4th will be gone 3,long painfully years due to an over dose if what was susppose to be heroin but was fentanyl he died in a moral room in Irondale in sept 2015 the guy with him let him Kay there 8 hours before calling for help.and he called me first before ambulance or law enforcement.i was told by him the guy that my son Noah was dead .there was no investigation or anything done about the death of my only child .I have not missed a day of not crying and missing my son .nothing was ever done to the guy with my son.he is talking the streets still R. I. P. My son until I see you again .I live and miss you like crazy

Posted 03/09/2018
Sandy

I’m writing this to honor my late husband, who passed away from a heroin overdose, two years ago on September 3rd. His name was Johnie Hawkins, and he was amazing. He was such a loving, kind, funny, intelligent and just all around good person, and I miss him every single day. Johnie struggled with drug addiction and depression for years, before I met him in 2006, and throughout the duration of our relationship/marriage. He wanted so badly to be free from the addiction, and he got help a few times. He was clean off and on for years, and he really did try. I did the best I could to be supportive and there for him, but it just got to be too much and I basically checked out. I just couldn’t handle the awful things the disease brought out of him…the lying, stealing, manipulation, etc. He was still so sweet and amazing to me and our children, yet at the same time the other horrible things were going on. It was truly like he was two different people. I know he hated himself for that, and I know he wanted better for us all. We loved him so much and always will. He should be here now.

Posted 03/09/2018
Meagan

Rest easy Savonne, no more addiction to run your life. We miss you more than anything and we love you dearly!

Posted 01/09/2018
Tanika, Milahn and Briana

My son Christopher died last year to a overdose of heroin I miss him terribly

Posted 01/09/2018
Christopher

To my niece Toni. You are free now. I love you very much

Posted 03/09/2018
Maria

R.D.K. : Sunrise 7-6-1990 – Sunset 8-10-2010 ~ One Love ~

Posted 01/09/2018
TK

James Vincent Loomis
It’s been a long time coming… seems you finally found a way to fly free. RIP

Posted 01/09/2018
Gretchen

3*1*18
My beautiful sister Shawna Ragozine, I love and miss u everyday! I hope u are now happy, healthy, and free! Until we meet again I love u beyond words!

Posted 01/09/2018
Amanda cravens

RIP to my precious son Kirk Joseph Lowery Jr 8/2/17. You will be forever missed by me. It gets harder every day without you

Posted 02/09/2018
Joyce

My nephew overdosed this year 2018, at age 42 he had two little girls. They found a pocket full of fennel in his shirt pocket. This was one of the saddest days of my life.

Posted 02/09/2018
Marcella

Phillip Christopher Rice we will never forget you! I will spend my last breathe trying to prevent others from experiencing what we have experienced from losing you. I still can’t believe you are gone

Posted 31/08/2018
Wendy Quinley

In memory of my brother Alan Wenzel, died of an accidental overdose of Heroin on October 10th, 2016 at 38 years of age. He struggled with opiate addiction for years. His mind and body became a slave to opiates. The pain his body and mind went through during each withdrawl was incredible. I am an RN and I couldn’t save him in time. He was brave and stoic. You are missed.

Posted 01/09/2018
Natalie WENZEL

R.I.P. Derrick. Wish I could’ve saved you like you saved me. You’re never forgotten.

Posted 01/09/2018
Nikolas

My beautiful Meggie, I think of her a thousand times a day. Even in my happiest times there is a layer of sorrow in the background, remembering the awful day that forever changed my life. I will carry this broken heart forever.

Posted 31/08/2018
Colleen Hammond

Cody, my big bro I miss you everyday

Posted 01/09/2018
Kaylee

My forever 23yr old son Robert Lee Burns 12/17/2010 I had no clue he was using until l the day I got that dread ed phone call.

Posted 31/08/2018
Kathy Burns

Remembering two amazing men I worked with in Brighton that are sadly no longer with us due to drug / alcohol addiction. They spent their lives giving back to others with addiction problems but sadly didn’t win their own battles.

XXX

Posted 31/08/2018
Georgia

For the love of my life and the man my daughter looked up to as her hero, Vaughn Senn, who we lost on 7/22/1998 to a drug overdose. It has been 20 years since you left us my love. Some days it feels like yesterday we were drinking coffee, laughing, making plans for our little family, and living a beautiful life together. And other days it feels like a life time ago and my heart and soul ache and hurt like no other pain I have ever felt. But sometimes I get lucky…time allows me a precious gift. Time graciously stands still and you are here with me. It lasts no more than a second and then you are gone again. Ah but for that second…it is just us and everything is right and ok and beautiful. I feel the overwhelming warmth and security of your embrace and with it, peace, serenity and so much love. I miss you with all my heart and soul my love…I always will, no matter what. It makes me incredibly sad that our time together was cut so short. I know you didn’t want or mean to leave us so soon. I so wish I would’ve sang for you more. To this day, I still wonder what could have been…I don’t think that question will ever leave me. However, I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything in the world. The gift you gave us can never be replaced. You gave us you and all the wonderful things that came with being you. I thank the heavens everyday that the gods and goddesses brought us together. And I thank you, for loving us and being the most wonderful partner and father we could ever ask for. I love you and miss you Vaughn…always. Stay with me…let’s just breathe.

Posted 31/08/2018
Camey

As a case manager, I am bound by HIPPA to protect your privacy, and I will. I also will never forget you. Your life, and death has impacted me in numerous ways. Thank you for your gratitude and heart. RIP seven letters, seven letters.

Posted 01/09/2018
Sarah

Bobby, You are missed so much! As the years go by, I see our sweet and innocent son in you! He is amazing! I am blessed. A piece of me is with you, you left us way too soon. I hope you are @ peace. You will always be in my heart and on my mind. I will make sure Aiden knows about you! He was not fortunate enough to meet his daddy! Love you!

Posted 01/09/2018
Stephanie

Tyler Simeroth, my loving kind and gentle mannered nephew, lost to us too soon.
We think of you and miss you everyday and we always will. All our love always and forever…
your family.

Posted 01/09/2018
Janis

I lost My daughter Tera Rose on Aug 27th 2016. She was 27. Born jan. 5th 1989

Posted 01/09/2018
Penni Hollins

Forever and always Mace, forever and always

Posted 01/09/2018
Meg

To all friends and family that didn’t make it- Please give me the strength I need to keep doing the next right thing and take one day at a time. I love and miss you so much!! 27 months and counting.. Gods will not mine be done!! 💕

Posted 01/09/2018
Courtney

Almost a year and a half ago, my dad, Arthur Elswic, passed away from a heroin overdose. I was 14. Lets work together, so people my age, younger, and older, are no longer affected by overdose. Save Lives.

Posted 31/08/2018
Megan

Bo and Allie, you both will be in my heart forever. I lost my son, Bo, 11/7/2017 and then we lost his wife Allie on 11/9/17 due to heroin/fentanyl overdoses. You are both now free of this demon and know you two are in a new journey. Til we meet again, I love you to the moon and back!!! Love mom

Posted 31/08/2018
Beverly Schissler

To Kevin-
I love you then, now, forever and always. Thank you for guiding me.
Kevin Charles Maas
1975-2007

Posted 31/08/2018
Justine Maas

My beautiful son, Jeremy Nathan Alterio died on April 7,2016 from a heroin/fentanyl overdose. He was 30 yrs old and about to start a new life as Jennifer. A couple of months before he died, picture of himself dressed as “Jenny” & posted it on his facebook page for all 435+ to see. I was so proud. His friends were so positive. He almost had it all.

Posted 31/08/2018
Veronica

Bryan Nicholas Schaffer, 2/4/1989-12/5/2017
In a few months we will be without you for a full year. We will never get over losing you, but are forever grateful for the years we had you. Your smile will always be remembered as one that just made someones day better, and then if they were lucky enough to get a Bryan hug,which you were quite generous with, then they were even better for that. No matter what you were going through, you tried to bring something good to those around you. We will do whatever it takes to help those still fighting and recovering from this horrible disease of addiction. I’m sorry doesn’t cover the pain felt in the depths of my soul that I couldn’t help you. Your brothers and sisters miss you terribly, Abby misses you.We miss you, we love you and we will never forget you and the imprint you made on us and your little corner of the world. Until we meet again in God’s kingdom, Mom.

Posted 31/08/2018
Peggy Schaffer

For Brian Patrick Wuerdeman:

Gorgeous blue eyes, long curly eyelashes, a hug that penetrated right to the heart…
These are just 3 of the too many to name things that I miss about you, Brian…
I know your spirit is with me and I’m grateful, but I long for the day when we can be together in complete understanding…
I miss you my beautiful, funny, little Irishman…🍀
I love you with all of my heart, son….
Mom ❤

Posted 30/08/2018
Mary Wuerdeman

For Drew who died suddenly Wednesday August 22, 2018 from an overdose. Like anyone else plagued by the ebb and flow of addiction each day, even hour, could be vastly different. He yearned to be free of the ties that bound him and achieved 3 clean days before he relapsed and tragically succumbed to this terrible disease. To some that may not seem like a victory but to him it was. I know what it is like to be on the addiction roller coaster; 3 days is awesome! Congratulations Drew!! For the most part all friends and family watching a person they care for trapped by addiction can do is offer help. It can’t be forced. It has to be something they do for themselves not those around them because unfortunately you can’t stop someone else from getting in their own way. Relationships can fray, even break. On that note this is also for Tony who never gave up on Drew. Tony’s steadfast friendship and loyalty proved that fact. They became brothers. The two of them sitting on the step outside goofing off will forever be in my memory. Drew had this wonderful silly way of dancing that was almost contagious. Drew is also missed by Cheeba, the cat. Cheeba considered Drew one of the humans in his pack and feels the loss. He will be forever missed by those who were lucky to have known him.

Posted 31/08/2018
Khrystie

This message is one of hope and love, in memory of some amazingly beautiful people who lost their lives in the battle of drug addiction. I really can’t think of the right words to convey the love i have and the deep sense of loss I feel. To anyone out there who is lost and using drugs, there is hope, there is a way to freedom, God will here your cries, don’t give up on yourself. To those dear friends and family of mine who are now in heaven, your memory will forever live on in my soul and I will honor your memory by remaining in recovery from drug abuse, today I know there is hope. R.I.P. Mark Anthony Claus, James Daniel Wehner, Adam Midyett, Shawn Sisco, and Thomas Terry.

Posted 31/08/2018
Kelli Jean Claus

Remembering my beautiful son, Michael Lombardo today and always! Praying no other family endures our life long heartache.

Posted 30/08/2018
Fran

To my beautiful baby girl, Bonne`, FOREVER 18. Mommy misses you more each day. I miss your smile, your laughter, your voice, your hugs.
Those pills took you away from me, but I know I will see you again one day. Rest in peace my baby.

Posted 31/08/2018
Sharon Britz

Steve
Your TC brothers love and miss your ability to make them all laugh! Your kind heart and amazing soul will forever live in their hearts.

Posted 31/08/2018
Amy M

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.

Posted 31/08/2018
Lori

For E. I love you.

Posted 31/08/2018
Darcie

In memory of my sweet son, Caleb. He lost his battle with opiod addiction on May 20, 2017. We love you and we miss you everyday!

Posted 31/08/2018
Teresa

You were gone too soon I will love you Always and Forever ❤❤❤❤ Our baby boy talks to you everyday, we see butterflies, hummingbirds, and dragonflies, and that lets us know you are with us everyday❤❤❤❤ We love and miss you daddy more than words could ever say💔💔💔💔 R.I.P. Travis Clark Sr 9-25-71 to 9-12-17

Posted 31/08/2018
Tanya Clark

Shane M. Richardson 💜
3/20/89-09/29/10

Posted 31/08/2018
Mom

Our Beautiful daughter Carley.
It has been 3yrs since we lost you to that terrible disease. Addiction.
Our hearts are broken. We know you tried to beat this nightmare. & wish that you could have got more help.
Was at overdose awareness memorial today. So glad they are trying to get better resources for people suffering from addictions.
Love you and miss you every day, my darling Lucinda. 🦄💖

Posted 31/08/2018
Mom

Remembering Ashby who fought the beast so valiantly. We all must be vigilant in our support of those challenged by addiction.
www.reporternewspapers.net/2018/03/02/life-death-families-turn-obituaries-protests-stigma-addiction/

Posted 31/08/2018
Larry Lord

2 years ago I lost my best friend my other half my baby brother when I see baby brother I mean only a year in a few months apart. I’ll never forget receiving that phone call or the way it felt or how it still feels two years later. Although I can say from being sober now and not then life has been roll emotional and rough. It also has been the best that it’s ever been I’ve been sober 2 years myself and will continue to raise awareness and support those who are still battling. I’ve lost so many friends so many individuals that I would consider family and family itself. No matter what the addiction. Help is there if you want it bad enough. Holding space for all those suffering at the hands of addiction. Holding space for all those who are suffering not from the addiction itself but from being helpless in saving your family or friend that’s suffering. May God bless the broken road. Earth angels are real and without them I would not have survived ❤️

Posted 31/08/2018
Misty Barlow

In memory of a beautiful soul! Taken from this life far too early.

Posted 31/08/2018
Sasha

It has been just four and a half months since my firstborn child, my only daughter, Jade, lost her battle with addiction, leaving two children without a mother, three brothers without a sister, and more broken hearts than can ever be counted.

She was beautiful. Intelligent. Creative. Hilarious. Outspoken. Genuine. Caring. She loved to read, to learn, and she was a gifted writer/poet. She was (and is) loved. And she will be forever missed. Her death has left a void that can never be filled, and no one who knew her will ever be the same.

Every moment of every day, I miss my daughter. The struggle to carry on is IMMENSE and indescribable.

She wanted to be better. She wanted to beat her addiction. She wanted to have a normal life, be successful, contribute something meaningful to the world, and most importantly, she wanted to be a good mother to her children.

As she wrote in her journal just a few short weeks before she died, Jade was determined to turn her life around, to focus on her kids and her future, ignore the people who expected or even wanted her to fail, and “PROVE THEM WRONG”.

These things are no longer possible for Jade, with the one exception of contributing something meaningful to the world. She achieved that simply by being who she was, and in every way that I possibly can, I intend to make sure that she continues to achieve it, even in death.

She will never be forgotten. She will always be missed.

Jade Ariana Richardson – death by overdose
07/07/1991 – 04/18/2018

Posted 31/08/2018
Stephanie Richardson Davies

July 19, 2018 was the date that changed my life forever. My beloved 34 year old daughter, Charlsy Elizabeth, died of a heroin overdose at 7:35am that day leaving behind a beautiful little girl who turned 5 the following week. My daughter had everything to live for, but heroin stole it from her. We miss her more than words can say………….

Posted 30/08/2018
Cathy Rosselot

To my dearest sister Lindsay you are missed so much everyday. Gone way to soon from us by something you let take control of you. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you and that night. It has changed our families lives forever. Your daughter misses you so much. She is growing into her own personality & when I look at her I see you. I tell her stories of us when we were younger and keep your memory alive. Wish you were here to do that yourself. Hope you and dad are together. Love you xoxo

Posted 31/08/2018
Allison

I want to recognize this day, to remember what I went through as an addict. I ruined my life on several occasions. I lost everything and got it back then lost it again. Its a viscous cycle. Ive hurt myself physically and emotionally and people around me, lost jobs, friends, stole, went to jail, all the above. For my sisters, Both of them, one who overdosed & lost her kids & the other who spent years in prison. To ALL my family for what we did to them & to the countless amount of friends I’ve lost and continue to lose to overdoses. We have to remember…. We have to act!

Posted 31/08/2018
Lorin

Matt Katona……. you are missed every day. You were so smart, it is a tragedy that addiction took you too soon.

Posted 31/08/2018
Jennifer

I hope that you’re finally free of all your earthly troubles… You’ll live in my heart forever and ever! I miss you terribly!! You had your whole life ahead of you…. only the good die young 😓😢😥

Posted 31/08/2018
Sherry

Joshua Michael Weis you are missed every day of my life. I know your in the arms of Jesus and I look so forward to the day I see you again. I love you son

Posted 30/08/2018
Kathy Pierce

I lost my sweet boy Andrew to an overdose on January 29 th 2012. I miss and love him everyday. The pain never goes away

Posted 31/08/2018
Chris

My brother, Jared, never did find the path to sobriety. Now he is dead. My brother died on April 11, 2018 from a heroin overdose. No matter how hard he tried or how bad he wanted it, he never got well. I’m angry that he left us, and angrier at myself for not saying I love you one last time. He will never be forgotten. I love you, brother.

Posted 31/08/2018
Lily M

Gone but not forgotten. You did not die in vain Bobby! Special things coming up to keep your memory alive and help others! Love you son and miss you everyday. Dad

Posted 31/08/2018
Rob Merritt

I lost my beautiful sister, Tina,to an opiate overdose. She was so special to me and many others. Her eyes sparkled her smile was wide and inviting. She accepted people for what they were but could not accept herself. I’ll love her forever and miss her every moment of my life. She was my sister, my confidante, my best friend, my everything.

The world lost a beautiful soul the day you left us, my sweet sister, Tina

Posted 30/08/2018
Sue

To the friends I have lost;
I wish I’d known what to do, I wish I’d reached out to you, I wish I hadn’t had to say goodbye.
We felt invincible, like we were never going to be answerable to the choices we made.
You were all beautiful, shameless, inspirational and I know none of you wanted to leave.
I wish you were here to advocate with me and fight by my side like you used to. I wish you were here to shout ‘to hell with the world’ because in spite of being addicts you were some of the most beautiful humans I’d ever met and nobody saw you for who you were.
I know you would all have cried for me when I overdosed this week and I know you would’ve wept with joy when someone saved my life. I wish I’d been able to save yours. I promise I’ll get better for you, so I can help people who are struggling like you were, like I am right now. I miss you all so much, I love you. I will never forget about you.

Posted 30/08/2018
Diana

To my childhood best friend, my baby sister. I know why you’ve chosen this path, the pain you have endured and the persistent nightmares of the past that cloud your mind. But drugs are just a bandaide, they won’t fix things long term. They may give you temporary peace but I’m scared that they will also take you from us and we will never feel peace again. So I’m writing this in hope that you will come home before its too late, before I find myself writing on this site posting a tribute about your death. Although I can’t fight your battles for you, I can promise you that you will never have to face them alone again. So please, “don’t let go, keep hold” and remember “If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill. Guiding like a lighthouse, its a place where you’ll be safe to feel at grace and if you’ve lost your way – I will leave the light on.” Love you forever + always. -DJ.

-Tom Walker- Leave a Light On-

The second someone mentioned you were all alone
I could feel the trouble coursing through your veins
Now I know, it’s got a hold
Just a phone called left unanswered, had me sparking up
These cigarettes won’t stop me wondering where you are
Don’t let go, keep a hold

If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
Guiding like a lighthouse to a place where you’ll be
Safe to feel at grace ’cause we’ve all made mistakes
If you’ve lost your way

I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on

Tell me what’s been happening, what’s been on your mind
Lately you’ve been searching for a darker place
To hide, that’s alright
But if you carry on abusing, you’ll be robbed from us
I refuse to lose another friend to drugs
Just come home, don’t let go
If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
Guiding like a lighthouse to a place where you’ll be
Safe to feel at grace ’cause we’ve all made mistakes
If you’ve lost your way

I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on

If you look into the distance, there’s a house upon the hill
Guiding like a lighthouse, it’s a place where you’ll be
Safe to feel at grace and if you’ve lost your way
If you’ve lost your way (I will leave the light on)
And I know you don’t know oh, but I need you to be brave
Hiding from the truth ain’t gonna make this all okay
I’ll see your pain if you don’t feel our grace
And you’ve lost your way
I will leave the light on
I will leave the light on
‘Cause I will leave the light on

Posted 30/08/2018
DJ

For my son Alec who passed away July 8, 2018 of an overdose. My heart is broken in half. I can’t stop thinking of you and how you suffered trying to fight this battle. If only I could have done more. You will never ever be forgotten. I pray that we will be reunited, that belief is the only thing that keeps me going. I love you son , I hope you are finally at peace

Posted 30/08/2018
Kathy

In Loving Memory of Jolene DuPaul.

Posted 30/08/2018
Lisa

On April 20, 2018 my life was forever changed. My youngest son, Jared Alan Clauson had passed away early that morning. He was only 23. He was my baby, my funny boy who could always make me laugh. He was his older brother Ryan’s best friend, fishing partner and hunting buddy. His brother who did everything he could to save him is now lost without him. His mother who needed him just as much as he needed me can’t even begin to pick up the pieces of her life. He grew up in a small town and had a very close group of friends that shared a bond that could only be admired. He was a trusted and loyal friend. He was an incredible and very talented athlete. He had a dry sense of humor that could make anyone laugh. He had a sweet sensitive side that not everyone got to see. Many only saw the tough exterior, the bad boy he pretended to be while deep inside he was hiding the hurt, insecurities and depression that ultimately lead to his addiction and death. He loved to read and would do so for hours sending me list of books that he would like to read. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing and took pride in tying his own flies and shared that with his brother. He had great respect for the outdoors and the wildlife that resided within. Those are the things I want my son to be remembered for. He suffered from the desease of addiction but he never lost his heart. He will be forever loved and missed. ❤️ JAC

Posted 30/08/2018
Kim

Will always keep you near our hearts, and we will always love you Tavito! <3

Posted 30/08/2018
Lory

Norma “ita” Cortes was a life taken too soon!!!! We love you Ita!!!!

Posted 29/08/2018
Jen

Today marks 4 years since Max’s death.

Posted 30/08/2018
Annie

My beautiful boy Marlow. Taken February 18 2018. Our lives will never be the same. Your smile and the way you said “Hey Mama” will never be forgotten. You have left a huge gaping hole in our lives.

Posted 30/08/2018
Perri

This message goes out to Alexander, my late husband and best friend. On the 1st of August 2016, you left our infant son and me completely alone: opiates had taken control of your life. When you died on this day at the age of 35, I could hardly breathe for over a year. In time I learned to mourn you with love and appreciation for the moments I was allowed to have with you. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel you. You are always in my thoughts and I know you feel me too. Your son is growing up to be a handsome little toddler, and I talk to him often about you. When he is old enough I will share all the brilliant memories we had together, and speak of you in the highest regard. It pains me greatly that you will not be able to physically be here to raise our son together, but I find solace in the fact you are here spiritually. Alex, I love you. Please don’t forget that ever, how much you are loved. It breaks my heart that I couldn’t have sought treatment for you sooner, but I was not forceful enough, to press to you how deeply you needed help. You’re beautiful, and I miss you every day, thank you for sharing what part of your life I was allowed to enjoy with you.

Posted 30/08/2018
Meghan C

I lost my son JOSHUA LEE HOOPER 7/1/18

Posted 30/08/2018
melissa

To my beautiful cousin Jessie, miss you and today I light a candle and say a prayer that you continue your journey and
prayers for also your family. You were loved and our continued love is sent to you and your family. What a kind man.

Posted 30/08/2018

This is for my beloved sister, Kimberly (Sissy). I love you and miss you so much every day. I can’t wait to hear your voice and give you a big hug in Heaven. I’m so sad that you have left us too soon, the world isn’t the same without you. I LOVE YOU. Love, your little sister ❤️

Posted 29/08/2018
Natalie Anderson

Overdose is preventable and the message how to prevent overdose needs to be pass on to our near and dear ones.

Posted 29/08/2018
sadananda

I lost my best friend & love of my life to an accidental drug overdose. I miss him every single day. RIP sweetheart, I hope to see you again someday.

Posted 29/08/2018
Amy

Kelly S., Damon O., and Jesse J. – Y’all are missed and not forgotten. I want to write forever… and I think I could, about you, but only to a certain point… and I’d then have to imagine all the rest. I’d write and write and write and keep you alive as long as I could… of course dying in old age of natural causes… or maybe something more exciting, but less heartbreaking. it wouldn’t be hard to come up with some amazing but totally believable stories about you…

Anyway… I miss you and and you work your way into my life often… there are dumb reminders of you on a regular basis. I need/want them to both honor you and to not make that worst/final mistake/decision. -Craig

Posted 29/08/2018
Craig

Joseph Andelora
02/06/90-12/23/12
Dance with the Angels my beautiful boy!
Missing you forever and always💔

Posted 29/08/2018
Donna Andelora

In Memory of my brother Grant Lee Wells. I miss him so very much. I didnt know a person could hurt this much until we lost you. I search every day for things to bring his memory into my life. Forever 40! Our lives will never be the same. I wish you could feel how much your missed and if you only knew how much your mean to us this nightmare may not of happened. I love you bro! Until we meet again 🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️

Posted 29/08/2018
Melissa

My sweet boy, Johnny, passed in January 2015. Since then I have kept a journal of reflections. This is one I wrote a month after he passed.

They never met anyone
Quite like Johnny Squire
And they were convinced
They never would.
No one could dance like Johnny
Sing like Johnny
Laugh like Johnny
Love like Johnny

I miss you. I love you. Always, Forever. Mama

Posted 29/08/2018
Linda C squire

To my dad, who i lost when i was 9, almost sixteen in roughly a month. I wish i could say it gets easier, but it doesn’t. i just want my dad back.i wish you could see me now. i love you daddy <3 <3
11/22/79-1/13/12

Posted 29/08/2018
Isabelle

Miss you so much Christopher jolly love mum and Lisa always in our thoughts xx

Posted 29/08/2018
Lisa ross

To my sister Val, I still can’t believe you’re gone. It’s been 8 months and 20 days…and it’s not getting much easier. I may cry less but I’m still learning what life looks like without you here. We love you and miss you so much.

Posted 29/08/2018
Angie M

NICHOLAS VOEDISCH
12/23/87 – 6/29/17

My dear, sweet nephew. You will forever be in my heart and are thought of everyday. Our family has lost so many over the past few years, but yours hurt the most – you were taken from us way too soon. Please watch over your mom, she’s my only sibling and I worry about her everyday. She is so sad – it breaks my heart and I love her dearly. I love and miss you Nicky Doodles!

Posted 28/08/2018
Lorene Tisdale

We lost our dear son, Drew, on August 15, 2016 due to an accidental overdose at age 35. No day goes by without thinking how his face lit up as he smiled when he saw us. Drew was a loving young man and very caring of others..he just didn’t know how much others cared for him. I can see him playing his guitars every time I hear a song on the radio. I will love my dear Drew always and forever.

Posted 28/08/2018
Janice

This tribute is dedicated to Allen Lee Little and Michael Christopher Finan. They meant the world to me and life will never be the same. I am sober today fighting for the battle they lost. Recovery is possible just reach out. Lets take a moment of silence for all the lives lost to addiction.

Posted 28/08/2018
Kelly

On IOAD 2018 I will be remembering my husband. I wish he was here to see his baby girl growing and making strides in life as he passed away when she was only 1 week old. Although Jacob was only in my life for a short glimpse he will forever have an impact on it – he left me the best gift of life possible before he lost his battle. Trystan will always have her Angel Daddy in her heart. Love you. Miss you. This much. Mean it.

Posted 29/08/2018
Jentry M

Adam, our lives will never be the same without you. 9/15/96 – 1/17/2018 Rest in Peace my son, I will miss you forever.

Posted 29/08/2018
Veronica

My beautiful big brother, how i miss you so. I will fight everyday for you and continue to share your story in hopes to help others. I miss you every second of everyday and i will never be the same! We miss you J.A.C

Posted 29/08/2018
Daniella Pappalardo

Brian T you left us too soon. We will forever hold you in our hearts and minds. Your laughter plays over in our thoughts. We love you always and forever.
Because of you I won’t give up. I’ll keep fighting.

Posted 29/08/2018
Allison A

In loving memory of my sweet beautiful son Steven John Esposito 8/7/85-4/20/12 Always & Forever in my Heart xoxo Live & miss you so much xoxo

Posted 29/08/2018
Dae Esposito

RIP PARADISE COWBOY a veteran that overdosed and left us too soon.

Washington, DC

Posted 28/08/2018
Queen Karen Garrison

To my brother Joe, I miss you every single day and wish you were here more than anything. I am so glad you do not have to fight with this monster anymore…I hope you’re finally at peace and are watching over us. I miss your laugh and our inside jokes…I can’t believe I won’t see you again. You were not only my brother but one of my best friends. Always in my heart and my thoughts!!

Love and miss you,
Ashlee

Joseph Ryan O’Connor 9/20/89-5/18/18

Posted 28/08/2018
Ashlee

Nikolay Ulendeev, 30.03.1991-15.07.2015. Forever loved and dearly missed.

Posted 28/08/2018
Sophia

Rest in Peace to my brother, Donald Williams. You are missed and we love you forever.

Posted 28/08/2018
Jennifer

Caesar 01/01/18. Heroin took Caesar from his daughter who was born 10 days before he died. She will only know him as daddy from pictures. He tried so hard to get clean from his addiction, but the monster got to him. We miss you,

Posted 28/08/2018
Sheila

I would like to honor my daughter; Tashara Burnside. Tashara passed away December 17, 2016 at the very young age of 25. Another young life lost too soon. End the stigma. End the silence. Your family misses you Tashara!

Posted 28/08/2018
Natasha T

My beautiful Simone-another year without you and time doesn’t heal it’s just taught me how to adjust without you by my side. I know you’re with me in the things I’m doing-I just wish with all my heart we were doing them together as we’d rock at it!! Please guide me when I feel like I’m loosing grip. I will never, ever forget you and love and cherish the time that we had-always. To my amazing best friend-love you to the moon and back-Lisa xxxxoooooxxxxx

Posted 28/08/2018
Lisa Doyle

WE LOST A GRANDDAUGHTER IN JANUARY TO HEROIN ADDICTION SHE WAS 26 LEFT BEHIND A BEAUTIFUL 6 YRS OLD DAUGHTER WHO LOVED HER VERY MUCH THANKFULLY WE ARE RAISING HER DAUGHTER A CONSTANT REMINDER OF WHAT ADDICTION CAN TAKE AWAY FROM FAMILYS

Posted 27/08/2018
MARTY

To my son Ryan Vincent….missing you so very much…more as the days pass….prayers for you…..we love you so much…Mom

Posted 25/08/2018

Diane Subercaseaux

In memory of Matthew Evan Goldstein, the best older brother, son and friend anyone could have asked for. Forever missed but never forgotten. I will never stop fighting for those affected by the disease of addiction in your honor. The world is not as bright without your sweet smile, the impact you made on those around you will forever live on. Life will never be the same without you, our forever Valentine.

Posted 25/08/2018

Jourdan Goldstein

My tribute to my Andy Boy 5/17/88 – 5/18/16. Accidental heroin overdose. I sure do miss your awesome hugs & your sense of humor. I will see you again. I love you so MUCH! Mom

Posted 25/08/2018

Cindy

Barry Baker forever29
07/30/1987 – 05/10/2017
#NotInVain
Never Forgotten
Love you baby 😇

Posted 25/08/2018

LAURA – 8-18-79 – 1-30-16 – my lovely Laura – can a Mom die of a broken heart?

Posted 25/08/2018

June Piotrowski

Raymond Vreeland…Forever deep in my broken heart. I miss you so, so much. Curse drugs!!! Curse alcohol!! Love Mommy

Posted 25/08/2018

JAMIE

Dearest Jamie,
I miss you more than words can say. Your smile,your sense of humor and your huge personality. I wish things had been different, I wish I had known how to help you more. Your passing has left a huge hole in my life and in my heart. I wanted so much more for you in life. I hope you know how much you were loved. No mother should ever have to bear witness to their child’s life ending. I love you so much and these 2 years have been so hard without you.
Oh God, how I wish things had been different.
Your forever loving mother,
💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙

Posted 26/08/2018

Teresa

In my sister’s memory. May her children never forget her love and smile

Posted 26/08/2018

Maria

In Memory of my dear son John, 2/10/93-9/17/17. You are my sweet Angel now. I will ALWAYS admire your strength as you fought so hard everyday to beat the horrific disease of addiction. You always made me proud. I so wish I could have done something to keep you here!! I love & miss you so deeply!! I know you are at peace with God now. Love you my baby boy.

Posted 27/08/2018

Diane

In loving memory of our son, Hunter Blair, who died on Dec 4, 2016, of a heroin overdose. Hunter may your light shine on and may you be driving your truck through the mountains of heaven.

Posted 27/08/2018

Ingrid

My Son. Broadrick “Brodie” Loera Jr.
07/02/1990 – 07-05-2016.
Heroin/Xanax Overdose
We Feel You Everyday! I will make a difference.

Posted 27/08/2018

Rosie A.

Pierce – not a day goes by where I don’t miss you. I hate that the disease won. We all love you and know that you’re watching over us.

Posted 27/08/2018

Michael

In memory of our son, brother and friend…Neil Balmer Nov 13, 1984 – July 1, 2016. Always loved and held deeply in our hearts.

Posted 27/08/2018

Kym Porter

In memory of our beautiful David a great husband, father, son, brother and friend. David had a heart of gold we love and miss you so much. You left to soon but you left us many beautiful memories we yearn for the day to see you again. March 19, 1981 – June 5, 2018.

Posted 27/08/2018

Marina

My dear son Guillaume struggled all his young life because, as a hemphiliac he was infectec with HIV at the age of 3 He had health issues all his life.
He died, not of HIV or hemophilia this year on January 3rd, but from a cocaine overdose. He was in a prisoned body and finally had enough. I am so sorry for his death, I adored him. Thank you Guillaume for the good times you gave to me and you were a brave soul. I love you so much,

Posted 24/08/2018
Claire Cayen

My first born son Tommy Brennick unfortunately died from an accidental overdose September 1, 2016 leaving behind two beautiful children then 3 and 4. His incredible gift of kindness, strength and purity lives on in his children. Please keep all those suffering, those who lost their battle and anyone in need of help close. Let them know they matter, offer help, show them respect by becoming educated on addiction and ways to help. Tommy, my son, forever in our hearts, I’ll always love you and move heaven and earth for your children

Posted 24/08/2018
Stephanie Brennick

Remembering my best friend Vlad who died from an overdose last August. I love you and miss you xx

Posted 24/08/2018
Gayle

In memory to all those love ones who have loss their lives to an Over dose! May the disease of addiction be treated as a Chronic Brain disease and more solutions to this epidemic be made thru-out the US and thru-out the world!

Posted 24/08/2018
Micky Jimenez

Kieran April 1, 1991 – May 22, 2017. Life is just not the same without you. You are forever loved and missed every single day. Always in my heart 💜💜

Posted 24/08/2018
Caroline

This tribute is for Gene Storley, Jr., age 47, who died due to an overdose on Dec 31st, 2016. He was my Sunshine, best friend, soulmate, and love of my life. I miss him so very, very much. His early death could have been prevented. RIP Sunshine.

Posted 24/08/2018
L. G.

I lost my best friend May 1st 2018..this one is for you Lil Matt(Mathew Dostick) I miss you everyday and wish you were here. You were always a brother to me and I love you man…I’ll never forget you and how you were just a blast to be around and made any sistuation fun. I miss you so much. Watch over me man so I never go back down that road. Coming up on five years clean.

Posted 23/08/2018
Michael Miller

We lost our beautiful, wonderful daughter of a Heroin overdose July 13, 2018. The pain is raw and unbearable. People say , Well she’s out of pain. she’s not suffering anymore, she’s at peace. I guess that’s true but why did it have to happen to begin with..why her? She tried and tried so many times but couldn’t stay sober. Her brain was altered. She had no choice. We will forever love her and miss her dearly. My sweet child.

Posted 23/08/2018
Jeanie and Genaro

I know you pushed hard, but it took hold of you. Rest easy brother.

CTS 11/2/78 – 7/11/16 Miami, FL

Posted 23/08/2018
Eric

Our Dear Ryan, You are always my first thought in the morning when I wake and you are my last thought at night before I close my eyes to sleep and hundreds of times in between. This was not how your story was suppose to end my sweet son. There are still days my Heart can’t believe you’re gone. We love and miss you so very very much everyday. Life will never ever be the same without you. We try to stay strong because we know that’s what you would want but there are days Ryan we just can’t be strong. Every day we live our silent struggle and pray for strength and that you will be waiting there for us the day God calls us home. We love and miss you so much.

Posted 23/08/2018
Kevin and Cindy Russell

The worst day of our family’s life, June 8, 2018. The day we found out our son Ryan lost his battle with addiction. The visit you hope and pray you never receive.
It still does not even seem real. No child was ever more loved. Until we meet again……….

Posted 23/08/2018
Betty

To my dad, a best friend, and a past lover,
I miss you.
I love you.

Posted 22/08/2018
Taylor Townsend

Ryan C Ritter
3-2-83 – 2-25-16
Forever loved and so very missed
RIP Ryan

Posted 22/08/2018
Leslie Ritter

My sister best friend debbie cronn died from an overdose on memorial day 2014 she was everything to me and I’m still suffering I’m struggling with same issues depression and I’m fighting as we speak along with having AIDS and nobody since my boyfriend died in 2015 from cancer just got back to Washington I. April homeless and and so sick but this is home! I miss her!

Posted 22/08/2018
Tami Scott (cronn)

I remember falling in love with you when I was 16 years old . The year of 1986. You were my first love and I yours. I still can feel the butterflies when I go back to those days. It was you and I against the world. As long as we had each other we were happy. We shared our thoughts, hopes and dreams and looked forward to the day we could become married and one day hold a part of you and I as one in our arms. Three years later our beautiful daughter Rose was born. Our dream became a reality and we became a family. I was the happiest young lady alive. Rose just lit up everything inside of us. She was our world. My wild and free days were over and I gave up the partying to become the best mother I could be to her. But ,it wasn’t so easy for you. You had trouble stopping and our nightmare began. It wasn’t that you didn’t love us or care. You were being controlled by something more powerful than ourselves. It was hard watching you struggle and sink deeper with every attempt. This monster got so big it devoured our whole family. I escaped with our daughter but you didn’t get out a live. One June 16th 2018 it killed you and we were all traumatized. Our daughter is devastated. The pain you suffered is still falling down our faces. It’s still hard to breathe. Any hope for your recovery is now gone. I open the cage of my heart and release the butterflies to heaven.

Posted 22/08/2018
Denise Lawton

The day you left us we all changed forever…you were the life of our family and the glue that held us together. None of us will ever be the same. To say we miss you is the biggest understatement. I love you so much and cant wait for one of your hugs…..mom.

Posted 21/08/2018
Sharon

This tribute is for my best friend Kaylee Jaksland & My sister Brenda Giamanco. You both are missed dearly and I love you both. You may be gone, but never forgotten. ~Forever young, forever loved, forever in our hearts <3 Please continue to watch over us , & your children.

Posted 22/08/2018
lindsey giamanco

our family was shattered on September23,2017 when we lost our son,brother,father and friend. not a day goes by we dont think about you or talk about you. we know how hard you tried but the addition took over. we all pray your at peace as we come up on your angelversary . I hope more knowledge on addiction and the effects have on a family and the addict too become more and more know. I know you didn’t want to leave us especially your baby girl who loves you in heaven now. keep watch over her and us. we love you so and our hearts will never be whole. I love you Mikey xoxoxo love Ma, Dad, Stephanie, Luke ,Andraya and of course Kassia.

Posted 22/08/2018
ronni

Danielle Marie Jerrels, I miss you so very much. I think of you every single day. Scotty and I still try and bring awareness by leaving your chip and Overdose Awareness badges. Your death was not in vain. Several people have told me they are clean and sober because of you. I will honor your life until we are together again. Love, Mommy

Posted 22/08/2018
Kay Heims

Love you and miss you Liz.. You never had a chance.. Carfentanyl poisoning .. aug10/86-June 8/2017.

Posted 21/08/2018
Cathy Reaume

My husband and I lost our son Joe on August 20th 2017 to an overdose. He was a month shy of his 33rd birthday . He also left behind a sister and brother along with 2 son’s , family and many good friends whom all love and miss him deeply.
Addiction is not something people wish to have , it is painful for everyone involved.
People whose lives have not been touched by addiction and are quick to judge know nothing about what it’s like for anyone involved. My son hated what He was going through and Lord knows he tried , he relapsed about 12 times in 4 years. It was bitter hell on earth and now he’s gone.. Our lives are forever changed and all I can say for those of you who make comments to people that are going through this, have compassion, if you don’t understand it, don’t judge it . Just as a human being, have the compassion. That’s all we ask as his survivors.. We love you Joe..

Posted 22/08/2018
Josie

To the beautiful courageous and loving people we have lost this past year. Each of you touched my heart in some way and made my life and the lives of others better. Peace.

Posted 22/08/2018
Fiona Jeyachandran

Missing my son, Brian who was only 27 years old when he died 4 years ago. Like so many others, he will be remembered as a great kid who was loved by so many. Missing you every day.

Posted 21/08/2018
deb

In honor of my beautiful daughter Melanie 3/16/90-11/18/16. The day you were born changed our life forever and now that you are gone, we will never be the same. Like daddy says “my whole world gone”

Posted 21/08/2018
Sharon

Matt,
Always remembered, Forever Loved,
Never Forgotten 💖

Posted 21/08/2018
Denise

To the very embodiment of punk rock-we all miss you Nasty Nate! Flames so intense can’t last forever, but their energy never dies. Big brutal love from your pal, thanks for the music, keep on rockin in the afterlife. 7/18/87-1/23/14.

Posted 21/08/2018
Rae

Kevin Lee Debety passed away in February 2016 from an overdose. He had fought addiction for many years until it finally took his life. He was funny, kind, enthusiastic, and loving. He was very good at sports growing up and could have been anything he wanted to be. He was my son’s father. My son was only 4 when he passed. I write this tribute for Kevin’s memory, for my son, and to make other peopLe aware of how real overdose is. Kevin was the first person close to me to overdose but would not be the last. We miss you Kevin and think of you often. I hope you are looking down on us and protecting our son. Fly high with the angels! #overdoseawareness

Posted 20/08/2018
Kendra

In memory of my son “Scoot” 6/2/80-7/13/18 . I will love you forever!

Posted 21/08/2018
Wanda

I would like to post a tribute to my son, Colin Ryan Clifton. His addiction was caused by an orthopedic injury. He was in a head-on collision at work. He was not at fault but fired from his job. His insurance was canceled. He had surgery months later. His MD gave him Opiates and he quickly became addicted. My son didn’t drink and was against drugs. He was a very good young man. How could this happen? He had never even gotten a speeding ticket. He ended up on Heroin. He died from a mixture of methadone and Clonazepam. The doctor gave him the Clonazepam. This should not have happened. This happens to GOOD people. Colin was 28 years old. R.I.P. Colin 12/10/84 to 09/04/13

Posted 20/08/2018
Kathy Brown Clifton

I would like to pay tribute to my sister Kim R whom we lost almost 11 Years ago and then my best friend Jac in November of 2017. Both absolutely beautiful and amazing souls that didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the full life they deserve.

Posted 20/08/2018
Nicole R

I want my son remembered. He was born on may26,1988. He lost his battle to life on April 2,2018. He was 29 years old. He left 2 children. He fought his demons for so many years of his short life. He is the last person I see when I close my eyes, and the first person in the morning I see. I miss you so much Aaron Wilson

Posted 20/08/2018
Pamela frye

To my baby brother, Nick, who died of a Fentanyl overdose September 6th, 2017! I miss you every single day. I struggle, wishing there was more we could have done to help you beat this demon called “addiction”. You were more than an addict!! You were a kind, funny, intelligent, loving man! You were 9 days from being clean one year. You had your sweet baby girl, I don’t understand why you used again that day, right in front of her. Mom will never forget finding your lifeless body in the floor, too late for Narcan, with your little angel begging you to wake up! I don’t understand, but I forgive you…again. I love you so much and I promise to share your story in hopes of helping just one person! I know you finally have peace in the presence of Jesus. I loved being your big sister! I miss your laugh, I miss rubbing your back, but mostly I miss being your sister! I love you!
RIP 6-5-79 – 9-6-17…38 years old!

Posted 18/08/2018
Amy

Taylor,

It’s been 9 years since you left us. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about you. You were one of the most incredible human beings I’ve ever met. I’ve been clean for over a year. I’m working with a non profit that is fighting this epidemic. And I’ve had you as my motivation and guardian angel the entire way. Thank you for showing me signs constantly. I love you and miss you. I hope you’re proud of me.

<3
Posted 18/08/2018
Vanessa

My brother James R. Smith died January 13, 2017 from a heroine overdose at the age of 37. My brother was one of the kindest people in the world with a heart of gold. He tried so hard to beat his addiction but he couldn’t in the end it got the best of him. He struggled with addiction since he was 14 years old. I can’t imagine how he felt to fight this demon for so long. He really suffered in his short life. I hope that he is happier now and no longer in pain. I miss him every minute of every day.

Posted 19/08/2018
Barbara smith

I have lost toooo many people to overdose, this is a tribute to all of them, a my closest was Frankie and most recently Jennie and a young man, Iggy, who it took his life way too soon! My friends and family may be gone from our lives physically, but they are never forgotten….sending my love always to their families and friends. Also sending all my love out to everyone who suffers from the disease and their family and friends.

Posted 17/08/2018
Shasta

Poopa~
All the drugs in the world STILL could not steal your light and heart. But then it stole your life. 6 months and still as raw as day 1. Not a day goes by that you are not on my mind. I cannot wait until I see you again. I love you forever.

Nicholas S Brown
12/15/81~01/29/18

Posted 19/08/2018
Kristina Milo

In Loving Memory of my beautiful son, Jimmy Davidson, lost to an overdose on 10/09/15 – one week before his 28th birthday. Was a family guy who made all of us smile every time we saw him. Full of hugs and the best advise. He was a working man who loved his 8 yr old child more than anything. Crushing for him to have left us so early, my house will never be the same without our boy Jimmy. Never give up on your addict! Love them no matter what. Some day your family could get lucky and they will come clean or, much worse, someday they may pass and you will wish you did not push them away. Please, you do not need to enable but please end the stigma and love and stand for your addict!

Posted 19/08/2018
Nikki

Dear sister you are missed every day . May God keep you close and let you shine as the angle you were. I’m grateful for the time we shared. We all were bless by you . Until we meet again we love you.

Posted 20/08/2018
Jessica Katherine Wiltshire

A candle will burn for our Michael until we meet again.
Grandma Jen

Posted 20/08/2018
Jennifer

Don’t let the death of our children be in vain. Ericforever28. Always in my heart❤❤❤

Posted 20/08/2018
Pam

I lost my son, Henry on August 26th, 2017. It will be a year in 10 days. Fentanyl was found in his system. I am empty inside. I love and miss him, sometimes it hurts so bad I can’t breathe. Your brother and sister and miss you dearly, we always talk to you everyday. I know you were with God now and you are at peace, you are safe. Without my faith, I don’t know what I would do.

Posted 17/08/2018
Michelle Chuy

This is a tribute to a friend, a son, an uncle, a grandson, a nephew. Brian we love you so much and miss you every day. For anyone who reads this and knows of someone struggling with addiction, please love them. Help them get the treatment they need, but no matter how many times they stumble on the path to wellness, please love them. Tell them and show them how much you love them. This matters so much. Tell them they matter, and give them the strength to know that they dont walk alone. Addiction is unforgiving, but with love, we can help others overcome this, and we can do it together.

Posted 17/08/2018
Allison A

Daryl,
Not a day goes by I do not think about you and the smart, funny, caring, person you were. Your mission in life was to be the best father you could be to your princess and you wanted to take everything you had learned and experienced in life and help others to overcome their battles. That night I will never forget and unfortunately, I cannot get another one. 25 years on earth was just not enough time. You were loved by many and are dearly missed as a son, brother, uncle, father, and friend. I miss you so much and I love you just as much!! 08/08/1991 – 08/14/2016
Love, Alicia

Posted 17/08/2018
Alicia

Matthew, one day short of being clean for 15 months this time, you decided to roll the dice one more time. That turned out to be the last time. If only we knew what went through your mind that day, we might have been able to help. I miss you each and every day. You’re still the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about before I go to bed. Love you forever, son. It shouldn’t have turned out this way

Posted 17/08/2018
Barbara F

My mother (Patricia Ann Barber) passed away in 2011 from an overdose of codeine. She was a long time addict and sought help many times but wasnt successful in staying sober. My sister and I miss her.

Posted 17/08/2018
Trish Deeley

I lost my first born Martiana Kay Gonzales 03/16/93-06/09/18 to a heroin/fentanyl overdose and would like to publish a tribute in her honor please

Posted 16/08/2018
Susan Curtis

In Memory of Sierra Kathleen Prater
Apr 10, 1989 – Mar 16, 2018
Age : 29
Death by heroin cut with fentanyl
Sierra was a beautiful soul both inside and out.. she could light up a room merely by walking into it.
She would look at you with those sapphire blue eyes of hers and flash that 1000 kilowatt smile and melt any heart she set her sites on.
She had a personality to match her looks and was beloved by most everyone who came in contact with her.
A love of the Lord..family and sports occupied the majority of her life from a very early age.
She never failed to help anyone in need or render comfort to those who were suffering at every opportunity.
Full of sparkle.. full of promise.. Sierra Kathleen Prater made her way from a small rural community into the world full of endless hopes and boundless dreams.
Nothing was gonna hold her back from making all of those childhood dreams she held for so long come true.
All of her life boys had been drawn to her like honey bees to a flower.
First they noticed her for her obvious beauty before becoming even more enthralled by her natural charm and genuinely sweet spirit.
Soon she found herself in love and had a child of her own.. Paxton.. who was followed several years later by another son T.J.
Her original dreams were being replaced by new ones.
In spite of all of the dreams that Sierra held deep in her heart for herself and her children there was something else lurking inside her as well..
Something causing her lots of pain and despair which she found herself answering to more often than she cared to admit..even to herself.
A nemesis.
An adversary she found herself battling with more and more.. struggling to defeat.. and at times even able to subdue for awhile.
Addiction.
Addiction came calling and told Sierra her dreams could wait.
It told her that she was young and deserved to “have fun” and that there would be time to fix all of the issues and problems that it brought along with it later.
Just have some “fun” now and worry about the mess later.
Addiction is insidious that way.
It’s a liar and it lied to her while it was busy stealing her sparkle.
Stealing her dreams.
Stealing her time.
It told her that the people she found herself surrounded by were her “friends”.
It whispered lies in her ear and pulled her back to it whenever she tried to brake away.
Like I said..
Addiction is insidious that way.
Sierra was a fighter though and she fought hard for her dreams.
The struggle was very difficult.
She talked to Jesus about it often and He was always there for her.. (He still is to this very day).
One night not very long ago.. her adversary started to whisper in her ear again.
It told her that she needed to get out and have some “fun” with her “friends”.
“It’ll be alright.. come on..” it said to her.
Her Mother begged her not to go.
She pleaded and cried.. begging Sierra to stay home with the family.
Addiction raised its voice louder..until it drowned out the voice of her Mother completely.
What began as a whisper was now a command..
“COME ON NOW!!”
The pull of her nemesis refused to be ignored.
She went.
Things happened quickly after that.
Soon she was under the old bridge with those “friends” if hers.
The “fun” was not fun anymore.
She was struggling.
Her friends were laughing at her.. at her fight to keep breathing.. to live.
Sierra fought harder.
She began to “make gurgling noises” as her nemesis stole her last breath from her.
Meanwhile those “friends” of hers kept on laughing at her.. deciding to throw a blanket over her body and leave her in their truck so they could go steal things and have some more “fun”.
No big deal right??..
The adversary was so pleased.
The nemesis considered the entire evening a tremendous success.
It had won after all.
The darkness was so deep it seemed fathomless.. dense and thick.
Light found her..illuminating everything.
It was so intense..bright and warm.
Sierra didn’t hurt anymore.
The laughter faded from her ears.
Those “friends” melted away into obscurity.
She felt the light growing even brighter..filling everything around her until nothing remained other than light.
“Don’t be afraid Sierra.”
The words reverberated throughout her very core.
A voice full of compassion.. the most beautiful voice she had ever heard.
“Welcome home” the voice continued..
“Here.. you lost these along the way.”
Jesus wrapped Sierra tenderly in his arms and returned to her all the dreams which the nemesis had taken away.
She felt the love of Christ wash over her.
Sierra smiled the biggest smile ever.
She sparkles bright now.
Brighter than the brightest star the night sky holds.
There.. in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ King of Kings..Lord of Lords.
Amen
Rest in Peace Sierra Kathleen Prater.
Daughter.. Niece.. Sister.. Cousin.. Mother.. Friend..
Beloved child of God.

Posted 15/08/2018
Adelaide

To my son, Joseph Alexander Hockett II
4/5/1988 – 9/2/2017

A beautiful soul. Taken by addiction at 29 years of age. Your life had only begun. I will love you and speak your name as long as I live. Always in my heart and forever on my mind.

Posted 16/08/2018
Jennifer alba

Olivia Michelle – The light of my life. My Sunshine. My only child. Taken away from me due to an overdose containing carfentanyl on Aug. 1st 2017. The world is not near as bright without you my baby. I miss you so much it hurts. Not a day goes by I don’t think of you. I always have and always will love you with all my heart!

Posted 16/08/2018
Annette Jackson

I lost my husband of 25 yrs on September 19, 2017 due to an opioid related overdose. He had hurt his back at work the previous year and had been doctoring for it. The first time he was prescribed a Fentanyl patch was August 25th, 2017, but the doctor had him on diazepam and oxycodone too. Then the week prior to his passing the doctor had doubled his Fenanyl dosage. I miss you every day, you were taken from this earth way too soon.

Posted 15/08/2018
Laura

My biological mother tragically lost her life to an overdose recently. Unfortunately, I never got the chance to meet her. I am choosing to fight the opioid epidemic in honor of my beautiful mother. I will be forever broken that I never got the honor to meet her due to such a terrible illness.
I love you mom.

Posted 15/08/2018
Irene

Chris… I miss you every day and I’m sure I always will. I just wanted to post something because I have a lot of pain in my heart since fentynol has taken you away. I love you brother. You’re the best man I ever knew.

Posted 14/08/2018
Emily

I watched you struggle with sadness for 17 yrs. I prayed everyday you would see just how special you were and you could see what the rest of us saw in you. A heart bigger than yourself. A smile that lit up a room with those dimples and your funny laugh. You had so much to give and to receive. July 3rd 2018 my life ended when you left us. Our hearts were broken when your golden heart stopped beating. Our lives are shattered. We miss you so much, Jessie and I. We were supposed to be the Three Musketeers after Dad passed. I would give anything to tell you how much I love you..just one more time.
Love from your Mommy

Posted 14/08/2018
Nancy Bellina

My son, Danny Jancuski, 28 years old and too young to die. You will be gone from us 2 years on August 16, 2018. My heart hurts the same today as it did that horrible day I got the call. You were a loving, kind, funny, caring angel here on earth and touched many lives. You are missed dearly. It is hard to go on without you in this world. I will fight every day in your memory to save another soul that still has a chance to beat addiction. I will cherish you and the memories we made. I will give your daughter, Gracie and your son, Jesse the love they will miss from you. I am sad they will not have their daddy with them as they grow up but they will know you through us. I love and miss you son. I can not wait to see you again.

Mom

Posted 14/08/2018
Tracey Phillips

Evelyn “Wese” Vargas, you will not be forgotten.

Posted 13/08/2018
Karlotta

I commemorator my daughter, who died, an opiate addict, her life, she felt, unlivable due to depression, anxiety, despair, and the use of opiates and alcohol. On this day tomorrow August 12, 2010, she jumped off a very high bridge into a large river. Someone saw her and so she was retrieved from the river within a few hours. She was one of the worlds admired, charming, souls, someone whom everyone looked up to, even when she was walking into an AA meeting. Obviously, she had to have a problem, walking into an AA meeting, but she kept up her act, like she had it all together, and people were convinced. It was unfortunate that she convinced herself over and over that she had it all together, because she could not bow down and receive the help she needed, whatever it was. When she finally decided to go to a rehab, she left for home the next day “because they treated me like a drug addict.” She stopped going to AA because the people were not of her class – even though she loved it and them when she was going. She took refuge in sex and love addiction fantasies, chasing one man after another until she had a whole string of them. When she found one that she thought was HER savior, he saw her vulnerability and immaturity, and broke off the relationship. She could not understand. She said HE was afraid of intimacy. But she was so trapped by that addiction that she said she was giving up hope – she had found The One, and he didn’t want her. Oh, the romantic fantasies, how misleading they are! The lies we tell ourselves about “I can do this, it will be okay, I am strong.” Until one day, they feel so weak, they take too much, just wanting that escape-feeling to be sure to be strong this time, or they kill themselves, by their own hand or by that overdose they know is going to do them in. She told a friend she confided in while using that she hated lying to me, her mother. I would say “I don’t think that sounds like the truth” and she would list the elements of her story, as if a detective going over the elements of a case, and say, “so why don’t you believe me? It hurts me so much when you don’t believe me.” All while she was lying to me, cutting off the emotional support that was there for her.

Much as I didn’t like to admit it, she was my favorite child, because she helped me feel good. She looked me in the eyes the day she was born. I think she was a young soul, full of that glow of heaven, feeling she could do everything, nothing could stop her. But putting herself into a emotionally unwell family, she could not survive the lack of support which her unhappy parents presented to her. How hard it is not to blame myself—but did I not do the best *I* could?? And she was such a lovely mother, I never saw a mother love a daughter more.

And she left behind that young daughter, just entering into rebellious, bratty teen-hood. I say it was not her fault to her, and it wasn’t, it wasn’t anyone else’s fault, but it sure didn’t help that she was mean and rude, the way teens these days are, when her mom was in withdrawal. Yes, she was waiting for her Suboxone doctor to return from vacation. But she had missed her first appointment with him, yes, deliberately missed it. She was so, so miserable, in withdrawal, and me back at work after I had been out sick for 3 weeks and couldn’t be there for her. I bleed for her as I remember the pain she was in. This is what happens with opiate use and opiate withdrawal. And the drinking did not help.

When she comes back to the earth (I believe in reincarnation) I hope she brings with her what she’s learned from this, and I hope she retains all the compassion and understanding she had for others. She was studying to be a counselor—what a good one she would have made. If she only could have hung on “until the miracle happens,”

I love you and miss you, my dear daughter.

Posted 12/08/2018
Judith

My brother, Matthew Patrick Dostick, passed away from an overdose containing fentanyl May 1st, 2018. He was just 30 years old. He Had a lot of life to live. He admitted he had a problem, and I only wish he would had the strength and followed through on the help that he wanted to seek. We were all here for him if ever needed. His addition ultimately won. And we miss him. Trying to keep his memory alive as much as I can! May he Rest In Peace.

Posted 11/08/2018
Sherrie

This is for my beautiful, kind niece Kesley. You died only 2 days ago from an overdose after leaving rehab. You were only 22 years old. Such a great loss to all that knew and loved you. Your 2 year old son will have to grow up not knowing what a great mom that he had. Our hearts are broken. Heaven has received a beautiful angel. You will always be in our thoughts and hearts. I love you my sweet girl.

Posted 11/08/2018
Stacey

To Craig, though we may not ever understand, we do know our lives were made better because you were in them.

Posted 12/08/2018
Nat

In honour of my big brother Jon Raggam lost to an accidental overdose of prescription medication. I miss him every minute of everyday

Posted 12/08/2018
Jasmin Raggam

I would like to pay tribute to all the lives we’ve lost to overdose including my dearly missed grandsons father we lost to overdose/fentynal in Dec 2017. My 2nd daughter I pray multiple times daily her Naxlone Kit is on hand as shes sliding at rock bottom of her…no more room to play in her addiction. I myself am in Recovery. Seeing so many lives being lost. May their Souls rest in peace. Blessings to us all. Another 24.

Posted 12/08/2018
Leah Olson

Ryan- It’s hard to believe you are really gone. Your bright blue eyes and beautiful smile are pieces of you I miss so much. The love and compassion we shared is irreplaceable and is locked in my heart forever. You had such a great personality, you lit up the rooms of every place you went and left ever lasting footprints in the hearts of each person you ever met. Life is never going to be the same without you. I will continue to be your voice, our voice, and fight for the answers, and fight for change so another family doesnt have to go through the devastation our family has. We miss you each and every day more then words could ever say!! Love you always and forever..

Posted 13/08/2018
Anne M Emerson

This is Zachary.
When you look at Zachary what do you see?
Do you see the dark secret he’s hiding, the pain he’s in?
Can you see his goals, all the plans he has for the future?
Can you tell he loves to cook, dance, play ice hockey and music?

Zachary was 24 years old when he lost his life to an accidental overdose. His mother and step dad found him, his sister arriving home shortly after to find her mom holding her lifeless brother. His sister had to call their dad to tell him… do you think this is what Zachary would have wanted?
Zachary was 3 days out of detox and 2 days away from leaving NJ to go to a long term treatment program. Zachary wanted to live, he wanted to fulfill all his goals and plans. Zachary did not want to disappoint his family, his friends, his co workers… he wanted to make everyone proud.
Zachary struggled with substance use disorder, he struggled alone. Ashamed of what he was going through and not wanting to disappoint the ones who loved him most. He kept a dark secret for so long… SUD does not discriminate, this can happen to anyone. It does not matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have or how smart you are.
On January 28, 2014, Zachary’s family lost a piece of their past, present and future in one short moment in time. Don’t let this happen to you, find help today. Erase the stigma and help educate others!

Posted 11/08/2018
Debbie Len

I will miss you forever, Brodie. Too young to die. I wish I could have saved you. I’m sorry.

Posted 13/08/2018
Dr. Jen

My daughter Kristin was a heroin addict. She overdosed on what she thought was heroin it turned out was fentanyl on 9-7-18. I found her lifeless on the bathroom floor with the curling iron chord wrapped around her arm. She’d only been home a week and a half she was 27. She left behind a daughter and a family who loved her very much. Do not judge. Educate yourself. Love them. No matter what.

Posted 13/08/2018
Becky

To RJ, a son & brother lost 1/12/17. Miss you and love you more every day.
Sue Ellen & Brett Valley Forge, Pa US

Posted 10/08/2018
Sue Ellen

In LOVING memory of my brother taken far too soon… ROBIN FRANCIS ALI ….. I miss you so very very much
https://forevermissed.com/robin-francis-ali

Posted 10/08/2018
Kristie Townsend

I’d like to honor and remember Elizabeth Joyce Reiman, my best friend from kindergarten, who died in June, 2010. I miss you so much, my dear friend and always, always in my heart and I think of you daily with much love and hugs. You were always an inspiration with your musical talents and all the things you taught me growing up. I love you, Liz.

Posted 10/08/2018
Laura

james i miss you

Posted 10/08/2018
jess

My only son. Christopher M Upham
7/27/1980 — 8/22/2017
We love you and miss you so much. R.I.P S

Posted 09/08/2018
Tina M Upham

In memory of Tuna, my big brother. I love and miss you. #ihateheroine

Posted 09/08/2018
BB

SPENCER was a loving father, good soul always helping others and will always be missed!!! Some where along the way found himself needing help but shame and stigma kept him from asking for help when he needed it most.. I know your by my side daily but I miss you so much fly high and continue to lead me to those in need Love you Buddy!!!!

Posted 09/08/2018
Dean

Craig Shea we love you always our babies and I miss you so much it hurts everyday ! I hope your resting easy up there my forever love . I love you Big Big Much

Posted 09/08/2018
Ashlee

My dear friend Gwenezs4u

Posted 09/08/2018
Lorrie

Remembering my beautiful son Roger Wong who died from a Fentanyl overdose June 13th 2017.
There are no words to describe the loss. He is forever in our hearts.
In his honour I’m planning a “Flags of Hope” event here on Toronto to bring awareness to the opioid crisis.

Posted 08/08/2018
Irene

In memory of my mom . I love you forever and always , no matter what !

Posted 08/08/2018
Kristen

Tara,
My beautiful beautiful daughter, not a day goes by that I dont see your face. this hurts so much! Lily and Delaney are lost without you & so am I .This feels like a bad dream that I cant wake up from. my only hope is that you are not hurting anymore!
Love mom

Posted 09/08/2018
Karen Caton-Taylor

William TYLER Grant 6/15/89 – 7/4/15. Not a day goes by that our hearts aren’t broken. Your beautiful smile and mischievous nature are missed beyond words. Some decisions have life long consequences. I always told you that. I wish you could have heard me. I will love you till the day I die son. I hope you have found happiness on the otherside.

Love x infinity,

Mom

Posted 08/08/2018
Mechelle Hickman

My angel Stephani Nicole Courcy, 10/27/16 💔 mommy & daddy miss you so much rest easy princess till we met again😢

Posted 08/08/2018
Tricia courcy

Joseph Allen Kelley 4-25-81 7-28-10 even after 8 years I think about you all the time. I see you in our two children everyday they miss you so much. Jeremy walks and talks just like you. My heart breaks for them and I’m sorry I made it through this addiction and you didn’t. I’m clean now and a good mom to our kids we love and miss you so much everyday

Posted 09/08/2018
Carrie

My cousin Michael Jay Pawelek Jr , 6/2/86-6/23/17.
Was a father, brother, son, friend, cousin. Grandson, nephew. Missed every day by our family. Nothing is the same without you, but you will forever love on through us.
@buffalotoughchains.com was made in your memory, I hope youd like it and be proud. We donate 50%to kids escaping drugs.

I love you forever.
#mouseforever

Posted 09/08/2018
Autumn ormerod

Our time was cut short, and the demons won in the end. I pray everyday, that you’ve finally found the peace you we’re searching for your whole life. I love you jesse. Galaxy x universe. Meet me in my dreams. I’ll see you when I reach the other side of the stars baby.

Posted 08/08/2018
Sara

My dear darling granddaughter, I will never stop loving you. I feel like I should have done more, but you were committed to this path. I sat with you in the hospital trying to help you find the will to live. I wanted you to grow old, to have children, to live a long life. You were in denial honey, I even had an intervention in the hospital for you, but you checked yourself out, did heroin and died alone in an alley that night. My heart is so torn apart… I wish you could have come to live with me, but my partner wouldn’t allow a heroin addict in our home. I am so so terribly sorry I couldn’t save you, I feel responsible, you were a sweet innocent darling girl… I had a dream you were cold and I am having a hard time dealing with your death. I hope you find peace sweetheart, until we meet again, you are my angel… Love, love you, my darling sweetheart – Nana

Posted 09/08/2018
Nana

“Unable are the Loved to die, for Love is Immortality.”

We Love and Miss You Everday, Michael Scrimale

Posted 08/08/2018
Shawna

In memory of Elizabeth, “Lil’ Liz” Wallace…
January 2, 1985-March 12, 2013
She lost the battle to heroin.
END OVERDOSE NOW!

Posted 08/08/2018
Louann Wallace

It’s still so hard here without you my only son . You had so much to give , your contagious smile and humongous heart , and how you helped others will never be forgotten. Forever with me Samuel ❤️

Posted 08/08/2018
Susie

In Memory of
Thomas Wayne Kamisky
April 25, 1962
August 31, 2017

Posted 08/08/2018
Julianne

3/18/96 – 7/1/18
Mariah Danielle , My youngest and only daughter. I am so sorry you had to suffer from this horrible addiction. I just knew you were going to make it after you had to have open heart surgery. our family will never be the same without you. You were a wonderful aunt to your niece Raelynn. I tell her all the time that you don’t hurt no more and that you are in the sky with the angels. We love and miss you so very much! Everywhere I look something reminds me of you. I miss your beautiful smile the smell of your hair ,your calls, your text you walking through the door. You were only 22. You will be forever in our hearts We love you, Mom, Dad your brothers Dean,Brandon,Nathan and your niece Raelynn.

Posted 08/08/2018
Carnell

To My Beloved Benjamin Joseph Dominguez: 08-09-96 to 11-28-15
You were only 19 years old when you suddenly died of overdose! I never would have allowed your death to enter my mind as a parent that loved you so dearly. I missed the signs!!! I missed that you were clearly lying to me about what you were using. I ignored the fact that money was missing from my purse. When I asked you…”Of course not Mom, how can you even think that I’m stealing from you?” You told me you were smoking spice. Not that I was okay with that at all, but that wasn’t the real truth was it Benjamin? It was far worse than that. Right under my nose. And I am a Registered Nurse! You were so manipulative Benjamin. I believed most anything you told me. I didn’t teach you to lie. Honesty was the ONLY policy in our household! I didn’t even recognize who you’d become so quickly. You were always out the door and leaving in your car. I couldn’t catch you. I couldn’t talk to you. You were hiding from the reality that was yours. You had become a drug addict and were ashamed to talk to me about it. The week you died all you did say to me, “Your son is a drug addict!” I just looked at you with disgust and walked away. I am so sorry Benjamin. I didn’t know how else to help you. I’d sent you to two different out-of-state rehab centers, I’d begged for you to talk with me about how you were coping. All I could think of was how to get you distracted from drugs (spice). I got you into a great college (that you were kicked out of), found you multiple jobs to keep your mind and body occupied with, sent you to counseling…I did NOT know what you were truly dealing with. It was the HEROIN MONSTER! It had you by the throat and I did not see it!!! I never found a syringe, never saw puncture marks or bruises on your skin. I’d only found remnants of you smoking something from an aluminum can or half of a pen (used like a straw for snorting something I guess). I thought that heroin was only in big cities, back in dark alleyways. And, only injected. I didn’t know that you could be using heroin by smoking it, snorting it or by injecting it. I am SO SORRY I missed this Benjamin!
You are so profoundly missed by everyone! You were an incredible person! Most certainly the most unique person I have ever known. And not just because you were my son. Others have said the same. You had a wonderful, angelic soul. You loved to help others that were not so fortunate. Yet you lacked confidence in yourself. You worried so much about what others’ thought of you. Most especially peers and the like. You were different. You were incredibly articulate, smart and very handsome with a magnetic personality. Your smile was the absolute best as your eyes would twinkle along with it. You are the hardest person to live without! I’d say…”I love you”, you say…”I love you more”…”I’d say…”I love you most”…and you would say…”That’s not possible.” RIP my sweet boy.
Love,
Mom

Posted 07/08/2018
Wendy P

Russell Scott Newsome, 8/12/99 – 3/6/2018. My youngest boy, lost at 18 years old to fenanayl. Father of 2, daughter and a son born 2 months after his passing. You were a loving father, son, brother and friend. The tragic loss has devastated many and the grief is overwhelming. I love you my son and I am so sorry that I couldn’t help prevent this. Mr President…please step up the pace in the war on drugs because we are all still loosing.

Posted 07/08/2018
Debora

To my daughter Amber……you left us too soon. Armani, Brenda and I miss you so much and wish with all our hearts…..you were here. WE LOVE YOU HONEY.

Posted 07/08/2018
Glenn C

Another year has passed since you left, dad. I am still heartbroken but I try to hide it…people around me can never seem to understand the way your passing has affected me , they never ask anything. I feel lonely and I am still looking for answers. I think about you every day.

Posted 06/08/2018
Suzi

To my youngest son Jon. A large part of me went with you that night. I miss our talks, our time singing in the car, your silliness that made me laugh. You, a father. Your daughter misses you terribly but knows you are no longer in pain. Your son is angry for the loss of a father, he looked forward to all the times you and him would have. They both have a part of you that I see in them. I know they will grow to be just as loving and caring as you. Say hello to grandma and your sister. Save a place for me my sweet boy, until we are together again. My heart cries but I will do my best to keep your love and memory alive for your children.

I love you
Mom

Posted 04/08/2018
Terri

To our son, brother and uncle, passing Sept 13th 2016. You left us way to early. We miss and think about you everyday Ryan . You were sent to heaven because the Lord needed an angel. Love you so much ❤️😘

Posted 04/08/2018
Cindy H

My older brother Tony. I just wish I was around at the time to surround you with real love! I’m so shocked to know the kind of people you were around. Life is not a joke overdose is not a joke and we all need to look at others lives as if it was yours. If someone od’s around u please learn what to do lives can be saved! Tony I know you were not educated on drugs and the Dangerous effects they can bring. I know it’s to late now, but I can’t believe that you were left alone! you’re at peace now and don’t worry your memories will never be forgotten.. Love you bro.

Posted 03/08/2018
Carl

Philip C Hiltz 2017
Miss you everyday, my heart hurts so much still. You fought so hard, so many times, and now, you are my angel, I will forever love you!

Posted 03/08/2018
Andrea

My beautiful boy John, only child, passed on June 2, 2018, of an accidental overdose. He was in his second year at college and would say “mom, I think I will go on to get my doctorate.” John loved school and his teachers loved him. You are always with me now, in my heart, my son forever. Love, Mom

Posted 02/08/2018
Heather

I am posting in memory of my son, Kyle Michael, who lost his fight with addiction on June 28, 2017 when he overdosed on heroin. Kyle was an artist, musician, poet and a good friend to many with a huge heart that struggled to make peace with his addiction. He left a huge void in my heart when he passed and I find comfort knowing his energy is still with me and guides me through the tough days until we can meet again. I hope to be able to bring awareness to others that this disease touches all walks of life and is worthy of research and funds to end the tragedies that families are hit with every day and addiction does not just happen to others.

Posted 02/08/2018
Joanne D

Chris Shreve I will always remember what you always told me about what it is I need to do in order to make it to heaven. I hope that because of that you were forgiven, and I forgive you. I love you and hope we meet again…

Posted 02/08/2018
Tracy

Nice initiative to know about overdose

Posted 01/08/2018
Sandeep K

June 9, 1998 – August 4, 2016
Tristan Lee T. was 18 years old when she lost her battle with addiction to a heroin overdose. Tristan was a beautiful, smart, compassionate person. Tristan was a hard worker at her local job and she died purchased meals at her work for the homeless – even in the darkness of her active addiction. Tristan was a young girl that lived life where she could say “I can’t believe I did that instead of I wish I had tried that”. Tristan was an amazing friend and dancer. Tristan was a smart girl who should have graduated from the early college with her high school diploma and associates degree. On August 4th, 2016, Tristan’s family lost their daughter, sister, and granddaughter. This day will never be forgotten or erased from their memory. Please, if you or a loved one is struggling, get help today! Speak up, Speak out, education is the only way to end the stigma. Remember it could save a life!!

Posted 01/08/2018
Stephanie L.

My heart was broken – my amazing beautiful son Robert “Bud” F. Ragalie. who turned 30 on June 10th, passed away June 15th, 2018. He was a casualty of the opioid epidemic. His life was more than that – he had a huge warm heart, an amazing smile, he was a talented athlete, a body builder, and was top of his class in vocational school. If you knew him, you know he loved baseball, a good Italian meal, and was a lover of diverse music styles. Bud loved his family and God very much and in his short, troubled life, he touched our hearts and made a difference in surprising ways. The journey was not easy for him or us, but we are better people because of it. The struggle is over for my son, and for that, I am grateful. It is a great comfort to know he is in the loving arms of our Savior. May he Rest in Peace.

As a mother, I cannot watch another family suffer this tragedy. I know Bud would want his family to do something about this crisis that is destroying so many lives. Bud is one of many whom have lost their battle with overdose. His story needs to be heard. With your support, we will shine a light on the opioid and overdose epidemic and prevent others from falling victim.

Posted 01/08/2018
Jean (Mom)

In memory of my Son Kevin Day who passed away May 8, 2018, a life cut short from a Fentanyl Overdose. Til we meet again….Always Loved and Missed.

Posted 31/07/2018
Ann-Marie

Love and miss you Nick P

Posted 30/07/2018
Deb S

I lost my cousin to a drug overdose about three years ago and it hasn’t been a easy ride. Daryl, my heart is forever broken without you in this world. I miss you so much. You continue to rest.
March 3-March 20,2015

Posted 29/07/2018
Michael

My nephew James L. lost his battle with addiction, on November 11, 2017. He used fentanyl laced heroin and died. He was my buddy and we all miss him very much. He fought a good fight and our hearts are forever broken. He enjoyed fishing, sports and of course the Philadelphia Eagles. He also was attached to Mickey Mouse. We all hope the pain is gone and his spirit is free. Our lives will forever be different without him.

Posted 29/07/2018
Joanie

To the love of my life. You were always special to me and I loved you very very much. You will always be in my heart forever. May you be looking down from up there. You are not in pain anymore.

Posted 28/07/2018
Dolores

Erin e I miss you all-day everyday rip my daughter 04-27-91-09-30-2017 I Love you

Posted 28/07/2018
Janine

RIP:
Randy B- 4/20/86-6/24/17
Julie B- 1/26/90-7/21/17
Marie H- 4/12/92-12/19/17

Rest in paradise my friends…your battle is over.

Posted 27/07/2018

Susie

8/11/92 – 2/2/18 K.E.F
It has only been a few months, but it feels like an eternity since I last saw you. Even so, I still hear your infectious laugh and see your smiling face everywhere I go. Addiction took you from this earth, but it will never take you from my heart. I love you, sweet son.

Posted 27/07/2018

Audrey

My beautiful girl died of a mixed drug overdose on July 2, 2018, 22 days before her 28th birthday. I have so many feelings of guilt and regret. We tried tough love, and it didn’t work. Instead, my beautiful, funny & smart girl died feeling isolated, sad and ashamed. I hope she knows how much we all loved her. My husband and I are raising her 4 year old son, who we have had custody of for 2 years. I hope my first born, my only daughter, my sweet Amber Nicole is finally at peace.

Posted 27/07/2018

Amy

I lost my first born son, SGT. MacMillan, James A. on August 15, 2017. The day my world forever changed. The awareness of how serious these drugs have became is not making a difference on how many chose to take them. I speak out to young people as much as i can hoping i can save at least one from trying it.

Posted 27/07/2018

sharon l robinson

Human value is first priority in all around the universe. So, Government should give right to live, equality and liberty without any discrimination and stigmatization. Universal access to care, treatment and support should be available/provided to all human beings regardless of differentiation.

Posted 25/07/2018
Ajitshwor

My daughter, Bethany Ann H, lost her battle with addiction 06/09/2018. She was 26 years, 3 months and 28 days old.

Posted 25/07/2018
Tonya M

TJ Carter 12/26/79 – 6/22/18 son, father, true love, friend. May you flourish and find peace in the heavens that you never found here on earth. May you no longer struggle with your pain, and gather forgiveness for your faults as well as those of others. May the demons and illness you fought here on earth now leave your soul to rest. The best of who you are lives on in our son and please know that he will always be given all of the love and opportunity you deserved in your time here. Not a day will go by where you won’t be with us. Rest in peace with a happy heart. xo Nicole & Bryson

Posted 24/07/2018
Nicole

To my sister Mary and brother Dominic ! August 23rd 2017 & September 3rd 2017 ! 10 days apart; same drug. I miss you both more then words can describe and your both loved by soo many. Constantly thinking about you both<3

Love your Sisssy !

Posted 23/07/2018
Karmen U

Tony,

You should be here. Heroin robbed of your life. You had everything in front of you. You had so many special gifts. You were not only intelligent but blessed to be able to work with your hands. You received all the good looks. It breaks my heart that we didn’t get to say goodbye. I would do anything to hear your laugh again. Your smile was contagious and will never be forgotten. I love you forever and always! I’ll always be your number one fan! Xoxo!

Sincerely,
Danielle

Posted 23/07/2018
Danielle L

I love you Dad. You are gone way too soon. Im heart broken. I love you more than words

Posted 22/07/2018
Christina

Dawson- my beautiful sensitive loved son- its been over 4 years and I miss you more today than I did yesterday but not as much as tomorrow-I have been working, learning, and studying addiction and find my greatest joy in treatment and recovery- Not one more, not one more, not one more-

love you BIG MUCH D!!!
Love-
Mommy

Posted 21/07/2018
Laurie P

To Shawn ~ My Best Friend

2-28-17 – the day our lives were forever changed.
We miss you so much, Shawn. Ethan, Nya, your mom…our hearts are still broken. Our world, shattered. You were always there when I needed you. No matter what. You had a heart of gold. I miss your laugh, I miss your smile. I miss you! I pray you are at peace. I love you, Shawn

Kari

Posted 21/07/2018
Kari D

Adam, I have never forgot u and never will.
Love to my uncle. Xx

Posted 22/07/2018
Amy

My wife overdosed just 4 months before I was released from federal prison after serving 11 years. During my incarceration she constantly told me that she was clean and waiting for my release. I felt as if my heart was ripped from my chest. Well I continue to stay clean and support those people who have a desire to stop using.

Posted 20/07/2018
Greg

Brantley T. K

You will be gone from this earth 1 whole year on August 21st, 2018. I miss your face on a daily basis and the only consolation for me is that your soul is no longer suffering. I know you are flying high with the angels and watch over all of us who loved you. I love you and will forever miss you.

Love you,

Laura

Posted 20/07/2018
Laura H.

Dad, Alan.
I never got to know you really. You were in jail most of the years you and Mum were married, and then bang out of the blue, just as I was getting ready to start meeting you again when I was 16, you went over, and died. It was a shock. An awful shock which I know I share with many others. I didn’t even know you were dead until 3 months later because of the shame your parents felt.
The injustice of drug laws of which you were a victim has inspired me all my adult life, to change them so that more don’t die and others suffer completely needlessly.

Posted 20/07/2018
Peter P

To my son Seth: I miss you every day. I never believed I would loose a child, but it happened anyway. Your sister, dad, niece and I talk about you all the time, and you will always be a part of our lives even while you live in heaven. We support and pray for those who struggle with addiction like you did and hope that the support of others throughout the United States and elsewhere will make a difference in ending this terrible epidemic. In loving memory: Seth Andrew C 2/13/1992 – 1/31/2015.

Posted 20/07/2018
Lisa C

Caila my beautiful daughter. It is coming up 2 years on August 19th just 4 days after your birthday. Forever 27. I miss you every second of every hour of every day. You are missed by your sons. I will continue to raise awareness of this epidemic and will not let your illness define who you were. A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an aunt. I love you and miss you my sweet baby girl. Mom

Posted 20/07/2018
Kristin N

I’d like to Remember Nicholas DeMaria. Nick you are no longer fighting this battle of addiction and are at peace. I know how hard this battle was for you. You are missed dearly everyday. God gained another angel when you were taken from this world. You will forever remain in my heart. I will love you forever. This epidemic needs to end. Too many people are losing their lives way to soon. Lets stand together . Lets stand strong and end the stigma and pray for an end to this epidemic.

Lyndhurst
Posted 20/07/2018
Nicole S

To my son Ryan Vincent S….September 24, it will be 3 years that we lost you….we think of you daily…we talk to you all the time and I think that you are sometimes very near to me….I miss you my son…so much….but I know that one day I will see you again….I pray that our Lord has been merciful with you and that you are in the utmost peace and tranquility…..your brothers miss you and love you and we talk about you often…never forgotten…always loved with cherished memories….Mom

Posted 20/07/2018
DANUTA DIANE S

To my dearest Rafi. I miss you more everyday. Not a day goes by that I don’t think if you. Sometimes tears, sometimes a giggle. October 20th 2017 is still all a blur, may always be, but I’m moving forward babe. One day at a time. One step at a time some days. But, I promise to live every day with you in my heart. Remember..I will find you… Lol. See you when I get there. Love you, your Cindy loo…

Posted 20/07/2018
Kelli H

Dear B,
Thank you for everything you taught me. I think of you a lot. You were a true fighter and never quit quitting. When I feel like giving up or saying “forget it” about something, I usually remember you and remind myself I can’t just quit, because you never did. Your determination impressed me from the beginning and I always liked seeing you, no matter what the circumstances were. I wish you’d made it back to your family. I know you are missed by many.

Posted 20/07/2018
Therese

The sun, it still shines; the wind, it still blows; everything looks just the same; but Eddie when I search for you, all I can do, is quietly whisper your name. Forever 38, forever loved, forever my son, forever a hole in my heart just your size. Until 11 June you always left people smiling, feeling the better for having been with you; your laugh – contagious. The hurt inside you hidden until your accidental overdose on prescription meds and alcohol. Both legal, both deadly. You didn’t have to die, but you couldn’t learn how to live. Now those left behind carry that hurt for you. So much potential left with you.

Posted 19/07/2018
Susan

To my son Jonathan-
August 27th will make three years since you left us. Everyday I think about you and how I wish you were still here. Your son Caydon will be 9 yrs old son and what a smart little boy he is. You would have been so proud of him. You are always loved, missed and remembered
For all the great things you brought to my life, especially for the wonderful gift of my Grandson Caydon. So until we meet again, I know you are flying high and free as a Free Byrd can with our Jeremy. Love and Miss you both with all my heart and Soul.
Love- Mom

Posted 19/07/2018
Kema

My dear, sweet, gentle Shawn B-Z. It has been over 2 years since you left this world. I hope that you have found the peace you were longing for! I miss you so very much!!! it is supposed to get easier, but it seems to get harder everyday!! Do you know how much you were loved? Friends, family…we all miss you so!!!! I love you my Angel!!! I miss you more than words can say!!!!! I hope you found your “Flying Lion” and watch over all of us who LOVE and MISS you!!!!!!!! Love you with all my heart and soul!!!!!!!
Mom 143 xoxo

Posted 19/07/2018
Barb C

My sweet son Josh, My heart breaks everyday without you. I’m so sorry I felt you could just stop using . I have learned since your death that it was much more powerful than you could conquer on your own. I know you didn’t want to die and wasn’t aware that horrible day on June 23 would be your last. I also know that you were not aware it was fentenyl. When you left most of my heart went with you. I promise to raise your son, my grandson to know how much you dearly loved him. He misses you so much. Watch over us my angel . I’ll get through this because I know we’ll all be together again for eternity. Keep the signs coming we need them . Josh’s momma

Posted 19/07/2018
Cindy M

My first born child died on 1/4/17. He had such a great 2016 that I stopped waiting for the call. His daughter turned 1 yr old 6 days after he died. He was so smart, interesting, funny and talented. He had a big heart and a big winning personality. He touched so many lives and many of his friends in recovery credit him to being a part of their success. I miss him even in my subconscious. 25 years wasn’t enough but it’s all he was meant to live. He left quite a mark on every person he knew and loved. Can’t wait to see him on the other side when my time has come.

Posted 19/07/2018
Christine C

Holden, my twin brother and my best friend.
He was found overdosed from hydromorphone September 25, 2018- our Mother’s birthday.
There are no words to explain the grief and horror I feel from losing my person.
I love you and I miss you, forever and always.
We all do.
Fly in peace brother, until we hug again.

Posted 13/07/2018
Farrell

Always in my heart and thought. You rest in peace. Thank god for have given me the vlessing to have meet you. Love you tons my big browski phil.

Posted 16/07/2018
Annette Stephanie G.

Destiny Marie C.
1978 to 2014 Destiny died with her husband Joe from a fentanyl overdose within hours of their 12th wedding anniversary. Significantly missed by mom and their two children. The children called me (grandmother/mom) and said they could not wake up mommy and daddy. Remember drugs kill and leave behind tremendous sadness and PTSD.

Posted 13/07/2018
Cheryll C

Jill- Almost 2 years and two months without you. You are always in my heart. You are missed by so many. XOXOXOX

Posted 13/07/2018
Naomi

Dear Jason,
I miss you everyday! I still can’t believe your gone.

Posted 13/07/2018
Lynn T

My dearest, Ryan. In a few months it will be 3 years since you’ve been gone from this world and moved on to everlasting peace. I feel comfort in knowing you are finally free. It still doesn’t help me from crying often and thinking of you every day, but it does help in some way. I just miss the hell out of you! I love you always, and thank you for my dragonflies and butterflies that first summer 💜

Posted 12/07/2018
Melissa

Dear Sweet Julie, you are missed and loved everyday. Its been 8 long years since you left us too soon, only 28 years old, beautiful, smart, and so much fun to be with. You will never be forgotten! Every time I go swimming, I miss my partner. We always had so much fun racing. You will be loved forever. One day we will meet again.

Love Mom and Dad and Melanie.

Posted 12/07/2018
Nancy H

I deeply honour and respect to the mourn souls who die to overdose. We need a strong awareness campagn throughout the world about overdose management and freely available of nalaxone.

Posted 12/07/2018
Ajitshwor

Erica Lane although we had grown apart you we’re a life long friend w a HUGE heart and an amazing soft loving spirit ! Your babies miss u terribly and I can’t imagine what your mom goes thru daily ! I miss and I can not believe you’re gone ! It doesn’t seem real but I know you’re at peace now and heaven got one of its angels back and heaven is a better place now that you are there !! Fly high my amazing free spirited sweet girl !!! Until I see u again !!!!! I love u always !!!

Posted 08/07/2018
Nicole

.My friend Les died 15 years ago but after an accidental overdose of pain meds. He suffered terrible migraines for many years but fought bravely . Worked with his Dr doing any new treatments they developed and taking regular medication as prescribed. Then one day he learned his dad had a terminal illness. He was already in a lot of pain that day but this news added to that.. To deal with the pain he kept taking his meds, not realizing how much he was taking. Later that day he was found unconscious in his bedroom and shortly thereafter he died. The worst thing was that the police said it was suicide but I know it wasn’t. Because it was deemed suicide, his family didn’t get his insurance. So sad. And his dad actually lived about ten years more. Les was a wonderful man. He raised animals and was devoted to his parents. He meant to alot to me and many others.

Posted 08/07/2018
Liz

My mom evelyn left this earth due to a heroin overdose when i was 12 years old she was a very strong person with a great sense of humor i diddnt really understand what she was going through as i was just a child but i learned later as i dealt with my own addiction i miss her everyday I LOVE YOU MOM

Posted 06/07/2018

Jennifer T.

Christopher W. S.9/10/87-12/22/17 my lil’ bro, my biggest supporter. Until we meet again, forever in my heart, Always on my mind. I pray you are at peace. I’ll love you forever💙😇💔

Posted 05/07/2018
Kerryann

I hope your dancing In the sky hunter! I miss you so much my sweet angel❤

Posted 05/07/2018
Chandler W.

Today I has a special event remember my brother related to drugs Overdose.

Posted 02/07/2018
Andika

My son Stephen, 34 years old son died of a fentanyl overdose. He left 3 young sons. He was all about helping people and would be happy to know that his sister, Joy and I now volunteer for NCHRC. He may be gone but his spirit is alive and well.

Posted 02/07/2018
Lynn Thornton

2-14-68 -6-20-18. JRB So unreal. A sweet kind man stolen from his daughters, his family and friends. A terrible shame. We love you.

Posted 01/07/2018
Kristyn

Today and always I remember my son Cody who was 30 yrs old when he died from an overdose after suffering 15 years with his addiction. I will not let his death be in vain. I have started a nonprofit organization offering support, education, and resources to all those affected by addiction as this is a devastating family disease that affects everyone who loves someone who is suffering from the disease. We are “Families Fighting Addiction”,

Posted 01/07/2018
Tracy Burtis

Our family lost Gregory Robert L. to an accidental overdose on December 4, 2017, six months before his 21st birthday.
He is missed every second of every day and I post this tribute in his memory. We love you and miss you Greg! Forever in our hearts
and never forgotten.

Posted 30/06/2018
kim

Jacob B., 29
I hope that you’re comfortable in the quiet lasting grace. I love you forever.

Posted 30/06/2018
Carolina R.

I want to remember my son today abd always he died at 23 yrs old of a accidental overdose it was a tragedy almost 4 yrs later the loss is still so overwhelming life doest get. Any better. His name is Tyler Ccott T. dec 26,1991-2014 R.I.P i love u tyler with all my heart. Why did u have to leave me? Im so sorry for hurting u because of my drug addiction. I had to be punished. I didnt mean to be selfish. U needed me tyler. I let u down . Im so sorryfor not protecting u im especially sorry fot being a screwup . Ur gone now and its to late to make upfor times lost i should have been stronger i should have showed u a better way im sorry my sweet baby i sure hope your up there with grandma and shes got her loving arms around u. Plze forgive me tyler i love u so much. Your mom. Michele. L.

Posted 29/06/2018
Michele L.

To Jason.

How many days am I supposed to wait to say anything? I can’t believe you did this. I’m upset at you. And I’m so sorry. For so much. And I know you were so sorry as well. We did our best and it wasn’t enough. And now, we don’t have a choice. Because you’re gone. Alex, Ella and Liam love you so so much. And as mad as I was, I always loved you. We went thru so much together. Grew together and grew apart. Lol! I am talking to you like you’re still here. Like a crazy woman. I am forever going to live with this gaping hole. You stole my heart. We broke one another’s heart but you forever will have it. To have some time back and been totally honest with myself. Would it have saved you? I will never know. I want your soul here with us. Watching over these children. Finish it out with us. Let us know you’re here some how. I know Jesus welcomed you, but tell Him to wait a few years. We still need you. I do know you’re not in agony anymore. You’re not struggling anymore. And you’re not tormented anymore. The war is over. And for that I am so so thankful. But I will never be whole until we are together again.

Posted 28/06/2018
Sarah L H

In loving memory of Gregory L 5/1/61-7/6/17 a wonderful father who lost his life to this disease not having the chance to know there was a better way of life! <3

Posted 28/06/2018
Amanda W

My big brother Christopher. We battled addiction together. I hate that my memories of you are tainted by use, but I’ll take what i can get. I talk about you all the time to Oran, he’s 6 now and if you heard his emotion and words when he talks about you, you would think that he knew you as long as i did. He sure looks like his uncle. I always tell him you would have been the best uncle possible. I know he knows its true too. He cries real tears of pain for someone that left this earth 9 months before he was born. It makes me so sad but so happy at the same time. You were truly one of a kind. Rest in peace C Gos… the best big brother to ever be. Christopher Damian G. 06/16/1984 – 03/27/2011 . It never gets easier. 7 years but it still feels like we just lost you. Love you bro. Cheers.

Posted 27/06/2018
Timothy

RIP Alex

Posted 26/06/2018
Michael

My brother Dayne died at the age of 23. Five days after he was released from the hospital and told to “figure it out” by the so called professionals who were supposed to help him. He had orginally been admitted because of a suicide attempt due to his addiction. He never received the help he desperately wanted and and should have gotten.

We, his family, loved him more then he could ever know. We truly hope he’s found the peace and happiness he was looking for.

Until we meet again..

1990 – 2013.

 

Posted 26/06/18
Aralee J

My mother was a amazing person and lost her life do to a long long battle with her addiction and it has impacted everyone i am a small person trying to make a difference if anyone needs help or to talk i have a help instagram itsyourchoice11 life is short please live it i promise it is worth it .get out there and make your mark

 

Posted 26/06/18
PHOEBE L

Life is too short at the best of times but especially for cousin Ray, a beautiful person who needed help but only got rejection.

Posted 22/06/2018
john

My niece, Tabi, lost her battle with addiction this year, 2018. A mother of 3, in her early 20’s gone too soon. I pray for the recovering addicts, the struggling addicts , the addicts who have lost their lives and families of all. This is a problem of epidemic proportions! I pray for all who may need it. ~ AMB

 

Posted 21/06/2018
Angela

My husband & friend, Curtis, taken too soon at the hand of addiction, I love & miss you.

 

Posted 21/06/2018
Angela

One day after graduating a 3 year drug rehabilitation program, my dear friend and soul sister Amanda died from an opiate overdose.

Amanda❤
Your infectious laugh and brilliant personality will never be forgotten. I will do my very best to convey your intense love to your sons and to your partner, he misses you so very much. While we don’t understand, we do “get it”. I pray you’re dancing in the sky, laughing with Jesus, and patiently waiting to see us all again. I love your heart and I miss your smile and laughter. You will never ever be forgotten. I love you forever.

Madi

To the Father of my child: I miss you……….
It’s been a little over two years since you left us. Your son who you never got to meet is a spitting image of you. It’s been a struggle to say the least without you in our lives. But I know God needed you more. I know that your addiction was the only downfall in your life and I am so sorry for that. I hope heaven is amazing, plenty of fishing to be had, and spending time with your cousin Rich who we also lost to the opioid addiction.
I love you, baby. I can’t wait to see that sweet face again and kiss you. Rest easy my love. Gone but never forgotten.
Lewis Arnold H II 1/24/2016 👼🏻

Jasmine G.

My daughter passed away in early 2017 from a drug overdose. It was the hardest thing ever to go through and my thoughts and prayers are with all those who are still struggling with addiction or have lost a loved one to addiction

 

Posted 21/06/2018
Valerie

In memory of my son Ralph, my heart is broken and missing a piece. You were amazing loving boy, I have missed you so much. You left this world too soon. This year on May 27,2018 made 6 years that you left this world. You would’ve been 30 years old. You lived life like it was your last day, the life of the party, your electric energy was contagious, everyone loved you. I know you tried, addiction is a terrible thing, God had a better plan for you. Till we meet again, oxox

Posted 19/06/2018
Marisel

Clayton,
Until we meet again, my friend,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Liam

My dearest Michaela, I don’t understand and never will. You were such a beautiful girl with a beautiful daughter and a son on the way. There was so much more waiting in the years to come, but that shall not happen. We will shed our tears and carry on…but you will never be forgotten.
May you Rest n Paradise.
(10/12/1989 – 06/08/2018)

Auntie

Matt was a vivacious 23 year old in February 2012 when he passed away from an overdose. A lover of life and deeply loved by his family and friends. He always brought a smile to your face. He had no use for material belongings. Everything he had he gave away as soon as it was given to him. In a way he knew the secret to life so much more than most of us. It isn’t about what we have…but what we do with what we have. He gave himself son freely to the world. Matt was raised in a small rural community and as the saying goes,” It takes a village to raise a child”, Matt’s village shunned him as his addiction turned on him. There wasn’t the recovery programs that there are now. There wasn’t the community support there is now. So much change has been accomplished since 2012. However we have a long long way to go to master the beast of addiction.
I’ve known his whole life Matt was gonna change the world, but this is not the way it was supposed to happen. I miss my son terribly. Not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t ache for his voice and smile.
The last time I was with Matt a few hours before he overdosed, he was twirling me in circles and I was laughing so hard as he swung me around. He kept telling me he loved me. How Blessed am I that these were his final words to me. I miss my boy. Please God keep him close. Please tell your loved ones everyday how much you love them.

Matt’s Mom

John Palmer “J.P.” -5/15/91 to 12/6/2012
J.P. lived a mere 21 yrs but touched the lives and hearts of so many. He was a kind and precious soul and was a fabulously talented musician, singer, & composer. Heroine took his like by accidental overdose on December 6th, 2012. He wasn’t addicted to heroine.. yet..he was socially using different drugs and let someone shoot him up with the wrong thing,.. with too much. It was devastating to me(his mother) and our entire family. We were all close to him. He was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and played music to the Lord in church. J.P. was young and “dabbling” in a world that began to overtake him, attack his mind and mental stability, and made him feel that he didn’t deserve the forgiveness Jesus died to give him. None of us deserve it either. But J.P’s enemy convinced him he would not live long, nor was he worthy to live. J.P. bought into the lies and stopped caring for his own life and started taking risks with it. J.P. is now at peace and is whole and well and over time this fact has given me peace and joy for him. He deserved to be happy. Although it has broken my heart, and still does at times, I know I will reunite with him one day and there will be no more goodbyes. I never though it would be “my kid”. The truth is, none of us are exempt. The pain of losing him overtakes me at times. But I think the pain he was living with inside of him when he was alive was probably worse, as he struggled with many emotional issues that stemmed from the absence of his father being a steady parent in his life. J.P. was beautiful, well spoken, highly intelligent and talented, a compassionate and true friend to all. He lives in our hearts and minds until we meet again. What a glorious reunion that will be! Live and Play on son. Your momma loves and adores you forever!

Meredith J.

To my loving son David, I miss you more everyday.

All my love,
Mom

Deborah

My son, forever 26, lost his life November 2015 while in treatment at a VA Medical Facility. He died of mixture of fentanyl and heroin. After high school he joined the Army where he completed courses of Human Intellegience, Airborne and conquered the challenges endured him and was honored to be an Army Ranger.. He was said to be a stout soldier. He was athletic, participating in baseball, basketball, football while in high school. He had a passion for the Green Bay Packers, and a die heart fan. He loved to laugh, make people laugh, was funny, energetic,compassionate, and had a smile that will be remembered by everyone. His dark journey started after a serious car accident upon returning from the Service. After years of treatments, from rehabs to outpatient clinics, the devil, took control over his life. At this point, he had high hopes that he would find recovery and 10 days after entering the facility, he overdosed. At this point he didn’t like himself. Such a great loss of life,he had so much life to live and so much good to give.He will be forever loved,missed and always in our hearts. To those that lost a loved, my heart breaks for us and those struggling with the addiction, may you be strong to seek recovery.

Robin S.

Two years ago we lost Chris to an overdose of what most likely was Fentanyl. He was my daughter Taylor’s boyfriend, they always talked about the life they were going to have together. She was using and is one year clean now. She still carries him in her heart and always will. He was a thoughtful, kind person that just took a wrong turn in life. He is deeply missed by us.

Lisa P.

My son Maxwell was an old kind soul in a child’s body. He had been a challenge since a baby. We knew when at 6 weeks old he held out for nursing for 8 hours. No bottle for this baby, not one filled with fresh warm breast milk, no, he would cry and wait for the real thing! He was handsome, beyond smart, athletic, a musician and stubborn. He was in honors classes since 5th grade while playing in the orchestra and on travel baseball teams and later his school team as well. Always at the top of his class academically while struggling socially.
In 9th grade the troubles began with drugs. While we were concerned, we were not overly as we both experimented with drugs in our teen years. What we didn’t know is that the drugs had changed considerably. Not only had they changed, but we didn’t understand the depths of addiction. We tried all that was offered to us, wilderness and therapeutic boarding school to follow. We were lucky to have the money to do what all the “specialists “ said to do. Ultimately this could not save him from himself. We did as much as we could for as long as we could, but again, we never really understood the depths of addiction. Never ever did I suspect that my son was injecting heroin. NEVER EVER. Once we knew he was “using” we still didn’t understand. I feel like such a failure not understanding him. I was so angry at him. Why would he “choose to do this”? Why wouldn’t he just stop?
We took him off to college like any other student. But he wasn’t. While he graduated sum cum lauded one year earlier than his classmates, he was a heroin addict. But we, as his parents, thought this was going to solve his problem. Take him to college, to room with his lifelong friend, and all would be ok. Well that lasted about two weeks. It’s a long story, but he was arrested in connection with a friends overdose. He spent three weeks in jail and was released on house arrest. Upon release I took him directly for a vivitrol injection. I thought my prayers had been answered. We had one month with him home, watching the World Series, celebrating birthdays and visits with friends. One of the last birthdays we celebrated was his, his 19th. That was on a Monday, on Wednesday we found him unresponsive in his bedroom. His dad and I performed CPR and gave narcan, he was taken to the hospital where he spent 6 days on life support. That week with him in ICU, his sister Caroline and I never left his side. I prayed, I begged, I bargained, I had prayer groups all over the country praying for him, I called his friends. I am a nurse, I know what’s going on, but this was my son. This could not be. I knew and accepted by Sunday what was to be. My son was gone, I was keeping his body barely alive , an intricate balance of drugs keeping his heart pumping. Tuesday we had only family coming to see him to say goodbyes. I had the hospital priest come to pray for him and to forgive his sins. This was a huge issue for him. He felt so horrible for using drugs and for the harms it caused him and others.
I knew the time had come, his delicate state could no longer be supported. My daughter and I left the room. With his father and the priest present, life support was removed. It was quick and painless. I like to think that his soul was long gone from his body. I like to think that he is finally at peace, free from the tortures of addiction.
Are any of us ever free from this horror? Whether you are someone in active addiction, in recovery, a family member with a loved one in active addiction or in recovery, or the dreaded, a person with a loved one lost to the disease, we all suffer. It’s awful, it sucks. We must stay strong together to demand changes in treatment and in stigma. I say my son Maxwell’s name proudly and I am NEVER embarrassed to tell his story. My son Maxwell was 19 and he died of a drug overdose. And, I am doing what I can to help others who are struggling.

Sarah C.

Sam M. 9/8/92- 6/20/16
“We will never forget #23 ❤”
Until we meet again, miss you!

Marie ML

I lost my 21 year old son Alex to an overdose of oxycodone and xanex on April 27,2107. Worst day of my life. We love you and miss everyday son💙 Forever 21

Bonnie M.

My sweet angel, 21year old Chase overdosed on heroine in November of 2015…my love, my life, my best friend I, not anyone who knew Chase will EVER be the same I never knew anything could hurt so badly I am broken I am empty I can’t wait to see his lovely face FLY HIGH MY SWEET DARLING YOU ARE SO GREATLY MISSED …all I want for you, my son is to be satisfied…all my love xoxo

Mischelle H.

To My Precious, Loving Son, Ryan: Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you and miss you terribly. It’s been 11 1/2 years since you went to be with Our Lord Jesus Christ. I HATE Heroin and what it has done to you and so many others. I know you are in blissful peace in Heaven, with your Aunt Dian right there with you. Knowing that I will be with you both one day is what keeps me going. I Love You SO Much, My Dear Son. Until we meet again, MOM <3

Tina

This goes out to my beautiful aunt Angela Kay.. the loss of your life has affected me in so many ways that not a day or minute or second goes by in my life that your not thought of. I miss you more and more everyday and love you to the moon and back. When I got the call that you was in the hospital because of your addiction to pills and alcohol my heart broke I was saddened and so lost just the very thought of losing you someone who with out a doubt for everyone who needed your regardless of what you was going through you was always there for everyone the doctors told us you was on the road to recovery and you would be home soon. Than I left to get my daughters diaper bag restocked and a shower the phone than rang and at that moment I couldn’t breath I felt like I was going to pass out and was scared to answer the phone so the phone stopped ringing and than another call back to back until I answered it and it was your mother and sister saying you want going to make it that I had to get back up to the hospital to say my good-byes… I broke down and couldn’t stop crying you was like my sister and was my best friend I didn’t but want to admit you was no longer going to be here for me. You was so beautiful , loving, caring, kind and honest you loved beyond all else and your addiction and your b demons got the best of you and b not one person could stop you I think if you would have truly know that would be your last time your would see your family I don’t think you would have taken that one last pill that ended your life and even tho you have been gone for 22 years now there isn’t a day I don’t Miss you and think of you. I will never forget you and I will never stop telling your story hopefully your story will leave another life. May you rest in paradise and may you be happy in the big throne with God and your shining and dancing with others you are no longer suffering from your demons which took you from those of us that loved you but and miss you so much. Until we meet again in our heavenly place God has made for us fly high in the sky. I love and you immensely to my beautiful aunt Angela Kay you will never be forgotten.

Theresa A.

On February 6, 2011, my beautiful son Levi lost his life as the result of an accidental overdose at the age of 30. An educated, funny, music loving father of two is deeply missed every minute of everyday. I honor his memory along with hundreds more every chance I have. I love you immensely my beautiful boy.

Hillary M.

Fernando i miss you!!!!!!!!!! its going on a month that you went to heaven and stopped suffering i think of you everyday

Gustavo

June 2nd 2018. You were alone and I’m so sorry. I love you dad.

Jennifer

In Rememberance of Johnny Joseph S.
08/21/1995-03/12/2018. We love & miss your sweet soul.

Chelsea L

My twin sister would have been writing this if l had not survived my drugs overdose best wishes to you all that have been through a loss of a loved one xxx

Sylvia

We lost Kelli Hicks in October last year and Danielle Severe just a couple months ago. Two good friends , taken too soon. Luv ya 4ever………Lo n Rich

Loretta and Richard

My son, Branden, died by overdose on July 16th, 2010. It was his 3rd overdose within 4 months. He was 23. His death broke so many hearts and had especially negative effects on those closest to him. He was, is, and always will be loved and deeply missed.

Tracy Lynn W.

Ashley Gail Sass, forever 28…Feb 7, 2015
My only daughter, my best friend, mother of my twin grandsons now 9 yrs old who miss her so very much it tears at my shattered heart daily, my unbearable grief threefold.. although I’m forced to hide my deep pain, it is always with me & always will be… I love & miss u so much my sweet babygirl 👼💛👬😢

Kimberly

Addiction has impacted my life in ways I never could imagine. My mother died of an overdose 20 years ago. I married an addict. And lost so many friends and family due to this disease.
RIP Mom and Kelly miss you. I will never stop fighting to end this horrible disease. You

Grace

My son Bobby loved and missed every minute of every day 💔

Jacqueline L.

My 27 year old son Clifford died February 16 2017 from Multiple Drug Intoxication. Clifford struggled with drugs for 10 years. I believe with all my heart that he wanted to get clean, he just couldn’t. Cliff played Little League Baseball, Boy Scouts, he loved Church , he was respectful thoughtful kind. drugs turned him into a ghost of his real self. I miss my son so much and my heart broke for him because I watched as he suffered and I could not help him. Prayers and compassion go to all family members and friends that have lost loved ones

My Son

Bernie…you were like a son to me. My 3 boys …like their brother. So many good, some crazy memories ..all of them you are young, vibrant, and full of life. AND also our dear Tom, also like son and brother to us. both young…would be both 28 years old. both boys taken from heroin overdoses. I cant bear to think of the voids your absensces have brought to us an$o many others who love you. Please i hope u both are at peace with god…no suffering. Only love boys…there is only love. Forever u will be missed and loved. tammy

Tammy

To my big brother, Rob. Not one of us knew of your addiction. I knew you had smoked pot in the past, but nothing like this. I feel like I never got a chance to save you, to get you help. You were taken from me so quickly. I didn’t know how to react or what to say. I just sat there unable to move. I will always remember your goofy smile and the sound of your laughter. My first year in college we’d work all day at O’Charley’s and head back to your place to listen to music and philosophize about life. You taught me that no matter how many times someone hits bottom, they can always get back up. But not this time. When our nephew found you lifeless on the garage floor, you never got back up. RIP 8-10-11

Lindsey K.

To our dearest Austen (8-1-97 to 4-27-18)

We all love and miss you so much! I never knew real pain before this. We did not get to spend enough time together. I’m so sorry you had to be a victim of this horrible disease. Our only comfort is knowing you are with God. Until we meet again.

All our love,
Mom and Dad (Angela and Paul)

Angela and Paul

To my beautiful daughter Jenna Marie A., age 28 when she overdosed suddenly and we lost her so quickly. Jenna has 3 sons now being raised by us the grandparents and one of the fathers. This has ripped so many hearts out. We love and miss you Jenna Angel and promise to raise the boys the best we can. I know you loved them but the addiction was so strong. I am sorry I didn’t understand it and was always mad at you. My lack of understanding has made me want to help others as no other parent has to bury their child. I miss you every minute of the day. I love you, Mom

Karen

Tracey
20 April 2016, you lost your battle to heroin. I did everything I could for the years I was keeping you alive. I simply couldn’t do it anymore, you were 44 yrs old, I babysat you constantly. Somedays I’m angry, pissed and sad. Your son calls me Mom. He has for years, but I told him never to do it in front of you because its disrespectful, regardless that you abandon him for the first 17 yrs of his life. I guess today I’m angry, can everyone tell
Butterfly

Bella

Richie, you were my husband as of 2001. You introduced me to heroin, which has given me many years of a horrible life, you and I, turned into a heroin addicted couple, which took precedence over our kids.
When I got clean, in 2006, we could no longer be a couple. I watched you drift away, into B.C., CAN. (the epicentre of opiates). You OD’d and died in 2011 in B.C.
I wish I had known how to get you clean when I got clean, but I didn’t. Your kids will hurt at your demise for the rest of your life, and a sad spot in my heart.

Rebecca

I was just a little kid when you had overdosed. Everyone told me that you just choked and they didn’t get to you in time. As I got older I started a conversation with my mom and stepdad. I couldn’t believe that you had been doing this for years. I used to blame myself for being a bad daughter, then my parents for keeping me from you. I understand why they had to do that. You were not the man I knew you were towards the end. But now I have these big milestones that you’re missing. I’m thinking of you every day.

Mackenzie F.

Satara Nicole S. 6-11-1987 to 2-4-2017

We met in the fall of 2006 at a Movie Theater in Hollywood, CA called the Arclight. And instantly there was a special bond that evolved over a 11 year period. I would always tell people and even today who ask in a voice of pure joy say “We Were Friends” who just loved and excepted each other. We gave each other a gift of love and friendship. Not one phone call or text message ended without us saying “I love you”. Satara’s gone but she wasn’t the kind of soul that disappears or dies out. She is with her favorite people and family everyday sending love to them. In my life, I have never known anyone more beautiful, more kind, and more loving than you. We will celebrate you and love you for all that you are. I want you to chase your dreams. I want want you to fly higher. I want you to enjoy all the adventures life throws at you. But when you are done dreaming, flying and achieving don’t forget there is someone waiting for you at the place where it all started. MY BEST FRIEND I LOVE YOU. I MISS YOU

Rob

In memory of my daughter Ava Michelle who died in a FL halfway house in West Palm Beach on May 11, 2018, may God and the angels wrap you in Love and Peace, Mommy loves you!

Deborah H.

I Miss him so much. Why

Mariann

Remembering my son Ryan W. forever 35.
24 – 4 – 1981 —- 16 – 6 – 2016
I miss you Ryan, and I love you so much.
mum xxxx

Natalie W.

On November 8th 2015, I received a phone call from my oldest son. He said three little words that rocked me to my foundation, “Mom, Johnny’s dead.” He had such a good heart. He loved babies since he was a child and animals. He was always there for others and for me. We were very close. He was my heart.
His niece was born 4 days after he died. He would have loved her.
He was so much more than his addiction. He was kind, loving, and sensitive. He had a big broken heart.
I desperately miss him.

Pamela J M.

My brother was one of the happiest guys you’d ever meet, he made everyone smile, even when he was being completely obnoxious, he could make me smile. Sadly underneath that big goofy smile was an addiction that took his life. He was an amazing father of 2 beautiful girls, a very much loved son to my parents, and a wonderful uncle. He was my best friend, the one person in my life who was always there thru everything from day one, no matter how much we fought, nothing could break that bond we had each others backs always…until addiction took him from me in the blink of an eye. He died at my parents home of an overdose of carfentanyl August 26 2016 no one knew how far his addiction had gone. He is so loved and so missed every single day.

Bobbi M.

RYAN: you were a GREAT BOY and I miss you every second. I hope you are at peace from the horrible disease of addiction. Mom and Morgan love you❤

Holly

Robin – our much loved son and brother who sadly died aged 27 on 18 November 1997 from an accidental heroin overdose – nearly 21 years ago but the pain of this still hurts today and always will. Still desperately missed by us all..
Loved you then
Love you still
Always have
Always will
Mum, Dad and Sean xx

Irene M.

My daughter, Elizabeth, lost her battle when she was 23 years old in 2016, one day after leaving another 28 day rehab program. Rest with the angels my sweet girl. We will always miss your beautiful voice and your quirky sense of humor. Love you to the moon and back. Always, Mommy xoxo

Cathy D.

My daughter lost her father. Kindest, gentlest man I ever knew. So intelligent and talented… not to mention handsome. We miss him terribly…

Corinne C.

My first born child, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, Lauren Nicole passed away Christmas Day 2013 from an accidental overdose of Fentanyl. She has no idea how powerful and dangerous this drug was or that she would possible pass away from taking it. She was so full of life and had been sober for 6 months prior to this day. She volunteered in rehabs and even spoke to groups about the dangers of Heroin. One fatal mistake cost her life. Thank you for having this day to tell the world this type of things happens much to often. Sincerely her mom, Tami

Tami P.

My son Jonathan died of a heroin overdose September 26,2015, after being in a coma for 20 days. He was coersed into trying drugs. I had no idea when I got the phone call that he had ever tried drugs. He refused to even take Advil.I miss my son terribably. I am in a group called The HEAT heroin education action team. We educate school kids and others on the evls and consequences of ever trying drugs. Using the stories of our sons and daughters and their deaths due to drugs.

Karen S

It’s been over 2 years since you past and I still can’t let go of the pain. I have come so far since you passed but I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that I’ll never hear your voice again.

HH

I love you Nate Dogg. My best friend, my heart my soul mate. Your forever in my heart. Give our baby boy hugs & kisses from mommy.

Meaghan

Rest peacefully my love…..gone to soon….but I know you’re resting in the palm of Gods hands…..until we meet again🙏💞❤🐾take care of my baby pugsly🌷🐾

LAURA V

This tribute is for my Katie B, she lost her life to an overdose on August 17, 2016 after being arrested and died in a jail cell alone. She leaves behind a beautiful son and a family who misses her everyday. We will not give up bringing Awareness to this epidemic and will not let her death be in vain

Angie

For my son Tayler , we lost him 10-28-15 to an over dose of fentnoyl and Xanax , the combination of the two are lethal . He was 21 yrs old he was very bright and carrying loved by many. But most of all me. I miss him everyday.

Lisa

I lost my son William, 29, to a heroin overdose April 7th 2016. I can never express how losing you has reshaped my life. The soul crushing weight of the absence of you in my world. I held you in my arms as you came into this world and as you left it. Part of me died and went with you. Our souls are forever linked and I will love you always.

Elizabeth M.

To my cuz I’m so sorry you’ve been taken so young and so unfairly my heart is shattered you’ll always be remembered Untell we meet again 😔❤

Tasha

Brian, my son I so hope you are okay. Your sickning addiction to heroin has taken you away from everyone who loves you. For years I tried oh so hard to help you and get you clean and you had finally given me some hope, but oh was I wrong. Just like the paper you wrote in a rehab class that I found in your room after you died at 26 years old, you wrote my mom was a very nice person but naive when it came to my addiction. Looking back I wish I hadn’t been so naive and maybe been harder on you!! But as a mom you just love your child the best way you can. I do hope you are calm and at peace not having to struggle every day. Everyone misses you terribly, I cry every day on the way to work and think of you more than you could possibly know. Love you so much!!! MomB8QK3

Lisa

My inimitable son….
The world feels a bit more empty without him, but he lives on in every part of the world he touched. He made a hat reading “too weird to live, too rare to die” and it is this contradiction that marks his life and passing: brighter than seems possible, it is also impossible for him to really be gone. The world lost a rare jewel on December 31, 2017, but he shines on. We love you Tyron, always gold.

Janice E.

To my little brother Brian and best friend. It has only been 8 month and I miss you so bad every day. There is not a day that goes by that your not on my mind. Finding you that day was the most horrific day of my life. That image has and will not ever leave my mind. You where such a special and very well liked young man. You will never be forgotten! Your family loves you so much!♥

Jennifer U.

Amber and Sara,
My dear friends. I love you both. Every day is filled memories of you. I want to forget, but I know neither of you would want that. I miss you. I’m not really scared to die anymore – because you both will be waiting for me. I love you. I’m sorry for all the times I was shitty to you. I wish so much I believed in ghosts and that you could talk to me. I would give anything to talk to you again.

Allison

To my little brother and best friend. It has only been 8 month and I miss you so bad every day. There is not a day that goes by that your not on my mind. Finding you that day was the most horrific day of my life. That image has and will not ever leave my mind. You where such a special and very well liked young man. You will never be forgotten! Your family loves you so much!♥

Jennifer U.

This post goes out to my one & only son, Dennis L. Sr. Someone once asked me a very important question once to which I couldn’t answer ATM, I think I was still in shock, the words couldn’t come out my mouth, I was speechless, I was lost without No words to describe the only Son I once knew. You wasn’t just an Addict, you was MY SON. You was kind, you was humble, you was honest, liked by many, loved by a lot, and hated by few. You made Us laugh, you made Us cry, well me anyways. You made Us smile. You was thoughtful, and always considerate of others and willing to give a helping hand, no questions asked. Always had Respect for others, but not yourself. You had Hopes and Dreams to make a difference in your life, now they will live on in your children. We think of you often and speak of you a lot. Happy Heavenly Birthday, forever 25 years young 💋💋

Until I can hold your hand again….

Love,
Mom

Tammy

Uncle Ed,
Every single moment of every single day I think of you. I hope you know I’m working extra hard for you. I love you forever and always.

Ava

To my son brian
I think about you everyday.not having you here has left a hole in my heart that will never heal till i see you again
You were my baby and you still my baby even though you are not here with me you gave me so happy i dont know if you knew how much u were loved iam so sorry this happend to you you had so much to live for i know this was a horrible accident you never thought this would happen to you i love you mommie

Stephanie G C.

Derek, our sweet son and brother. We miss you more than you could have ever known. Nothing will ever fill the hole you left in our hearts. We love you always. Love, Mom, Dad, Staci, Holli & Shane.

Staci L.

i miss my older brother every day. i really thought he was starting to get better. he was staying at my parents’ house, and he seemed to be doing fine. one day he went into the city, and he never came back. later we found out that he had overdosed under a bridge. i wish he could have gotten the help that he needed. i know that my brother had a lot of problems to run away from. i won’t say that he was a saint while he was on this earth, but i looked up to him. he taught me how to fish, how to drive a four wheeler, even how to tie my shoes. he was the kind of person that could brighten your day with one sentence. he had such a goofy smile too. a while ago, when i was young, maybe 10 or 11, he ended up in jail somehow. the visiting day was on my birthday. he made me a birthday card, and he hand-drew a butterfly on the inside. that butterfly will be my first tattoo. sometimes i think he cared more about other people than he did himself. i hope he does well in heaven.

Liz

I lost my father in 2001 and my only sister in 2017 to overdoses😢i love and miss them so much but i remember rev. 21:3,4 …. It truly feels like the 🌎 is standing still….i look forward to future promises….i thank Jehovah for endurance and 💪 to keep going.

Wannie

I thank God everyday for not taking you from your family. He has given you a second chance. The drugs nearly destroyed your brain but your will to live along with the Lord’s blessings prevailed. You still have a long hard road to recovery but I know you can do it.

I pray for those whose life was cut short and pray for their families.

Brenda

Sandra Kay G.

My mother committed suicide October 13th of 2010.
I did not have a normal relationship or upbringing with my mother. I went through periods, years even where I did not speak to her because I just did not want to deal with the chaos of her mental illness. When she took her life my son was 2 and we had not spoken in 5 months and the last conversation (May) was not pleasant…she had also moved out of state within days of the brief conversation.
The last time I saw her was in early April. The visit was brief and we were on okay terms but I felt awkward – annoyed with her during this time period due to some actions that she regularly exhibited….However, nothing of danger or fear.
I just wanted to give some background for someone who may stumble across this page as I did, so they have a sense of what happened. I know I am always curious … having a need to know, have background so that I can fully empathize with the loved ones grief.
My mother was saucey, she was intelligent, fiesty, loved to shop, loved to garage sale, loved scrap booking, reading, taking/getting pictures of her kids & grandkids. My mother would have manic ups and downs as well as cause unnecessary drama at times.
I tried being supportive but not enough. In retrospect and maturity as well as longevity of motherhood setting in – I see and understand more that the tough love and support I gave were not enough. I could have put in more time and effort to try and help her see outside of her box. Yet my selfishness to not want to be bothered with her, ignoring the overall situation had resulted in unanswered tales.
I realized we would most likely never have been best friends, but I did love my mother. I did enjoy the periods where we were on the same level, enjoyed our adventures to deep conversations, her wisdom and input on many a topic.
Now I realize even more that my son’s will never know their “Mimi” …my oldest really only has picture memories of her. They will never get to experience their own adventures with her. Never get to taste her scrumptious cooking. Never know her endless love for them. Never hear her stories. That makes me more sad than when I feel alone and know that the need to have your mother is no longer an option for me. We can ‘make our own families’ but there truly truly is nothing the same as your own blood. I wouldn’t have thought I would ever say that 7 years ago.
So treasure those you love. . . the ups and downs, smiles and screams, tantrums and binges. Keep your faith and resilience.
Remember you only really get one shot. While of course you have to put yourself first, just know that someday you may need a loved one to be your rock, your tough love, your support system and that we can never truly know what is going on in someone else’s mind. What secrets and demons they deal with that are never mentioned.
Everyday is a new day. So try to embrace those you love as well as yourself.
I love my mom & I miss her more now than 7 yrs ago.

Blessings to All.
Shara

Shara RoseAnna

Georgieee,
I miss you everyday.
I will always love you.

Kayla

My daughter Heather lost her battle to heroin on January 8 2018

rickie

To Damian, the most important person in my life. You deserved way more than 22 years.

Celeste

RIP To the lost soul I found in front of the 7-11 on 4/21/18 at 7pm

Doug

My ex brother in law, Michael died of an accidental overdose recently. He had battled drugs and alcohol for YEARS. He overdosed with two doses of the stuff that’s supposed to bring you back sitting next to him. His youngest brother found him, he tried to revive him and gave him a shot. EMS also gave him a shot. He was gone. The devastation to his sons and grandchildren and those of us who loved him is immense. Anyone who knows this road, knows how it is to love an addict and worry they’ll die or become a vegetable.
Michael, you were a great guy with many talents. Your infectious laugh and smile, the way you listened to your loved ones, how you said the funniest things (HOLY UNDERWEAR, for one) . I wish I could have taken away the pain you had, physically as well as mentally. You are missed, you were loved and always will be loved. I truly hope you finally found peace.

Theresa

RIP

Alischa

RIP

Alischa

Josh, We love & miss you each and every day! Your wings were ready but our hearts were not. Know you’ll never be forgotten. It’s such a sad thing. Way too many killed by the disease. We need to do all we can to save others from our pain 💔💔

Christina

I have been struggling with a heroin addiction for 6 years. I have 4 beautiful and intelligent children. I want to be clean and sober and not struggle with addiction everyday more than anything else I could ever have. Please pray for me to get better and have a better life for me my family my kids and everyone else around me. Thank you for your prayers and I pray that all of my friends whom I loved that have perished at a sad young age are with God in a better happy place now and that they would never have to shed a tear again. In Jesus’s name i pray, amen. With love Amy 04/24/2018 12:39pm

Amy

Son you have been my greatest teacher, even though those around you saw you as week and broken.
I miss you now and forever. I have a hole in my heart that you reside that will never be healed.
Life was a battle for you. I know you are at peace now and have a different point of view that I
as a human on this earth does not have. I will depend on you to give me the perspectives and
guidance from your higher view. You are loved!!!

Patricia

I am writing this tribute to my son, Lance who died from a Heroin Overdose on 4-18–2018. He was 35 years old, had a great job, a home, and was engaged to be married. He seemed so happy. No one knew he was using. He will be cremated and placed next to his brother Patrick, who died from a Heroin Overdose on 4-19-2015. 2 sons, 3 years apart. It is so heartbreaking and painful. They were wonderful young men loved very much by our whole family. To go through this loss twice is unbearable. I only find peace in believing his brother will help him find his way. My prayers are for everyone who has lost someone from addiction. I love you Lance and Pat. Mom

Sandra

Carl, I miss every second of every day! It doesn’t get easier. I would give my last breath to see you just one more time. Forever 22 my angle! 6-6-94 to 6-10-2016.

Lisa

Remembering all those who have died from addiction, never forgotten 16yrs have passed since my Son died still feels like yesterday.

Caroline

One December 23, 2015 our world changed forever…We now see the world through a veil of tears….you see, our son, our only child died from a Heroin overdose. Jason was 29 and just starting his life…he was an electrician for the Board of Education for 8 years– he love playing x-box, fishing, reading, listening to music, but most of all he loved us, his mom and dad and told us so daily….he asked for help over and over but was only granted snippets of hope as each in-patient stay was only 2 weeks…he came back clean, but not prepared, not ready to fight this demon on his own…the half-way homes he was sent to were useless….no accountability, no supervision needed for an addict in the battle of his life…financially we could not afford the best, we did everything we could, as co-dependent as any parents could be…changes need to be made for this epidemic to just slow down….when he passed, 125 per DAY were dying, now it is at 175 per DAY leaving destroyed families behind..please pray for our angles…end the stigma and know that these addicts are our children, our loved ones…battling a disease that is real and taking a generation from us…

Debbie F

To My Beloved Son, Jimmy Davidson, you will always be missed and held in high esteem for the loving caring person you were to all those who knew you. Your moto “too blessed to be stressed” I try to hold on to when times are hard when facing the reality that I lost you so early in life at 27yrs of age on 10/09/15. You always bragging about how strong your mom was has made me be that strong for you to live up to your words. I cant lie, its hard knowing that the world still turns without you, but one day we will meat again my son.

To The World, Love your addict with all your heart, try and help in anyway you can but mostly- do not give up on them no matter how tough it gets. If you do, someday you will regret that. Its not the person, its the drugs ruining things, but that person is still in there dying to get out and free from the sickness. Do not be ashamed and just love unconditionally. It may not save them (but it could!) but it will find them some peace and security in love and for you as well.

Nikki

A special tribute to my family members that have gone too soon! !!

Joseph “Joey” Erhardt, Frank Mazenkas, Jessica Clifford, Christopher Zawadzki, Brandon Race, & Joseph “JB” Bennett

We have lost so much already I just pray that this cycle is broken.
We will always remember and miss you !

Janet V

A special tribute to my family members that have gone too soon! !!

Joseph “Joey” Erhardt, Frank Mazenkas, Jessica Clifford, Christopher Zawadzki, Brandon Race, & Joseph “JB” Bennett

We have lost so much already I just pray that this cycle is broken.
We will always remember and miss you !

Janet V.

Myself and your grandkids will forever miss you Dad. I know you tried to fight this battle but it’s a battle that can’t be fought alone and even though it’s too late, I realize that now. I should have been there more for you but I wasn’t and for that I’m sorry. Your in a much better place now daddy. No kore pain, judgement, and no more dealing with the demons you fought daily. I love you and I will do my best to help as many as I can bc I know that is what you would want me to. Your story will be told and you will never be forgotten. Even though your gone, we still a team! Love, your daughter

Nichole PV

Dear William, It’s almost 3 years since I have not heard your contagious laughter, saw your beautiful blue eyes, heard your words of wisdom, and had one of your tight hugs. They say time is a great healer, I say my clock is broken! I remember like it was yesterday when You & Harry were born…The Twins!!! My God how excited we all were I watched you grow up so fast right in front of my eyes. You and Harry were Twins, yet such different people. I remember sitting in the yard with you 3 weeks before you passed away…if I knew you’d leave rehab and relapse…I would have never let go of You!! You were in rehab for 10 months and doing amazing! You were on the road to recovery, we all felt Hope!! You left rehab on 5/29/15 and I received the call early Sunday morning 5/31/15. You were gone so fast and You had so many Dreams!!! I still can’t believe you’re gone…I feel like it’s not real. My Heart will never be whole and there’s an emptiness in my Soul. You are Forever 23! You are my Angel! You are Missed! You are Loved! You are always in my Thoughts and forever in my Heart!! William F.H 10/25/91-5/31/15 #ENDTHESTIGMA #NOTONEMORE

Mary H

I lost my beautiful eldest son John to methamphetamine overdose in January 2012, the pain never goes away.

Judy Deranian

Dear Justin, I am so thankful that you lived! Even though you have short term memory loss, the Beast didn’t take you from us! You are my hero, a Veteran, an example of trying hard to overcome! I love you to the moon and back. I’m so thankful to God that you asked me to wake up for church at 10 am on that Sunday morning or I would not have checked on you. You are my miracle!!

Cathy

I loved you than ,I love you now ,you are always on my mind. My dear sweet Johnny, on Jan.10,2017 it was a year since you left us, I wished we could have gotten help for you. You are my heart.,21 years was not enough time for you to be hear on earth. Until we meet in heaven…Love Aunt Shell

Michele

Patrick your three year anniversary of your death is approaching on July 25th 2017 and many memories are flooding in my mind of my Patrick, sometimes you would disappear no calls no text messages and be so distant. sometimes you would be just my “Patrick” clean and my heart was alive with hope.

I want you back with us ! The world is not the same without you Son.
I would of rather You be here somewhat impaired and using and possibly a cure would be found for addiction then gone from this earth. I was always present in Patrick’s life when he was here on earth good and bad . I’m not saying I approved of what he was doing but I always treated him with compassion and respect.
It was important that he knew I was on his side. I miss you Pat my buddy boy.
My life is not the same. I miss the funny stuff you did and all our long talks about fishing, the Steelers and the Penguins. I miss everything all of it I would of given my life to save you but that was not to be.
My son my love of my life my hank the crank I miss you love you Mommy

Janell L M

Carl S. born 6-6-94 dies 6-10-94

Carl, no words will compare to the pain and suffering each moment without you. I have the best memories of your smile and laugh and the love you spread to all around you. I hope there is a better plan for you where you are, you deserve happiness and peace my son, I love you xoxoxoxoxox

Lisa S.

The lives you touched is astonishing! Missing you is all I know. Thank you for all of your memories in video and camera, as it keeps voice and laughter so vivid. I love you immensely and I miss you so very much!

Lisa S.

My Darling Paul
Its only been a little over a year and I miss you more to day then ever. I know our sister feels the same and we grieve together, trying to comfort each other. but the pain never goes away and the sadness still lingers and the loss s to much to bare. I keep your urn on my hutch and talk to you everyday, I kiss your urn in the morning, and long for you in the flesh to just speak back to me and say good morning sissy! I talk to you threw out the day and sing your favorite songs on the radio, i remember the good times and try to share the memories with anyone who will listen. I try to keep your spirit alive, keep you memory fresh, and honor your existence for the short time you was on this earth. I hate that you was going threw so much pain, you turned to a deadly drug to cope instead of me or our sister. I can never understand why you did not reach out to me, i would have done anything for you, Your gone and i can never have you back, nobody can.

Tanya C

My 21 yr old daughter, Skylar, died of a heroin overdose on 3/31/18. I didn’t find out until 4/4/18. She had been in latest rehab for almost 2 months & was getting ready to go into a sober living home. But for a small infraction, fighting w another patient, she was kicked out. How can they do that?! She had come sooo far! Did they expect that putting together young adult woman whom have the disease of addiction plus mental health issues wldnt fight, yell.. b Angry?? I miss her terribly. I lost my husband (her father) only 11 months b4 from cancer. She, as we all do, missed him so painfully. I feel a small amount of comfort that her daddy was there to bring her home. I love you Sweet Skylar May u now rest…in peace.

Jennifer

Dad, I miss you. I don’t tell our family that I post on here because I’d like this to be between us. Just me & you.
Sometimes I’d like to think that the universe will be here forever, that we will have multiple lives. That our lives only get better, happier and easier in some ways. But it doesn’t mean just give up on the one you have now. Life is meant to be hard, life is meant to not be easy. It’s life.
“Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be”
Just live life to the fullest and treasure it.

And as for you dad, I love you with all of my heart. I pray that you watch over me every day. I miss you lots! 💟

Lexi

For you my beautiful bray!!!!

Aunt tiff

To all that have battled and lost the fight, you are not forgotten. To those that are still fighting, do not ever give up, there is hope. To everyone that has, is or ever will be, your not alone. Please, save the hate and anger for another day. Give all your love and patience to them. This is a time when they need your strength to pull through. No matter the outcome, always tell them “I love you”. Tomorrow may never come, but we have today, save yesterday for memories and not fuel for fights. Love and Light to all. I miss you…

Texas

Stacey

Four years today…

-Forever 20-
An empty chair
A dark room
Clothes unworn
The phone unrung
Only the four walls know for sure, witness to his final breath and secrets revealed.
Words unsaid
No words
Another day without him, then years. How can someone just be gone?
Unfathomable
He was one of us
Retreating to that dark place, grasping for light
A crushing sadness like no other
Remembering a life no longer lived, frozen in time
Peter Pan comes to mind
Everything he has missed
Everything we miss about him
Memories fade, others come in waves
His name unspoken
The unspeakable tragedy
Love still lives; it has nowhere to go
Unreciprocated love
Twinkling blue eyes
That wry, crooked smile
Silently laughing at the absurdity of life
He didn’t believe in dotting his i’s
He loved us all, but didn’t say goodbye
He visits in dreams
Reborn as a hummingbird, iridescent wings flapping in eternity
Joy coexists with agony
Love never dies.
💗💗💗

California

Cate

I’m writing this on Easter so this’ll probably show up tomorrow or in a few days. But anyway Happy Easter Daddy! I love you so much and I miss you!! On December 28th it’ll be 4 years that you’ve been gone. It has been a really long time and it doesn’t feel like it’s possible. ..Fentanyl & Xanax.. But why? They stole my best friend from me for the last time…My heart is crushed into millions of pieces as though someone hit it with a hammer daily. The pain is something I could’ve NEVER imagined feeling.. I slowly became more suicidal and started cutting myself, it got bad so then I chose to stop after a while. But it all made me realize that I actually DO want to live and experience life. I started drinking daily because it made me forget that you were dead, that stopped too as well. Just know that I will forever have a pure undying, everlasting love for you. Say hi to Bammy & Grandpa for me ❤❤❤
-To whoever reads this & feels the same or is in the same situation, I’d like to say that you are strong for still being here! Keep on your fight & live!! I love you all, have a Happy Easter. God Bless Us All.

Waterbury

Lexi

My son, Chad , age 30 passed away on 3/17/18 from a fatal dose of herion/fentanyl .. He had battled addiction many years and had recently gotten clean with the help of an amazing Faith based Rehab in NC. He stayed clean for a while, until his wife, whom was out of the picture because she refused rehab, worked her way back in. It is a long sorted story so I won’t go into all of the details , will try to shorten it up. She was in and out of the house again, since he had gotten out of rehab. He was trying hard to get her to get clean so they could get their daughter back , she did go to rehab finally, because of an arrest.. When she got out, about 2 weeks before my son passed, she seemed ok. I let her back in the house.. Fast forward to 3/15.. I kicked her out of the house because of the hurt she kept causing my son, he only wanted to love her , she constantly cheated, kept doing drugs, and it caused arguments.. She refused to work, or lift a finger around the house… My son asked her for a cigarette and she refused him and that was my last straw.. He would have given her anything and gone without ..I had had it at that point, so had my son.. She left and all seemed fine.. I went out of town for the evening Fri.. Chad assured me he was done with her and that she would not return… While he was with a friend Friday night she called him and told him she had “200$ worth of good dope and wanted to get together and talk things out” He gave in…Fast forward to Saturday morning. My daughter awoke to go to the bathroom at 7am and heard her brother snoring, she returned to bed.. 10am rolls around and as my daughter is sitting in her room, hears the wife storm out of the house, she didn’t think there was an issue and thought her brother may have left as well because his room was now quiet. I came in at 11, and decided to shower. While I showered I heard a loud banging, thought it was someone knocking on my bedroom door.. It was my son’s friend and he was worried about Chad.. I then decided to go into my sons room, found the door locked, so my daughter and I broke in the door.. I found my son cold on the floor with a syringe in his hand.. The police don’t care, have not even questioned the wife, that left him to die, or the guy that was knocking on his window. I am devastated and don’t know what to do or where to turn. The wife was even caught having sex with someone in a shed on someone else’s property , there was a purse in the shed with drugs and paraphenalia , since there was no id in the purse, she was not charged, and let go, still not questioned in my son’s death, this was just 2 days after he passed.. How is it ok for her to leave him to die?? How is it ok for her to refuse to turn in her dope dealer ?? My heart hurts, literally aches with sadness for my son… I guess I just needed to share this, and there is so much more I could say but I know this is probably too long as it is… I just want help…. I want to put an end to these senseless deaths.. There have been about 15 ODs in the area over the past week and a half, not all resulting in death, when will it stop? We don’t even have a rehab in this county, they try to give the addicts suboxone or metahdone for treatment, only options around here, unless you have a lot of money to send them off to a private rehab somewhere else…. I would love to hear ideas of how to change this…. where to start…
Missing my amazing son daily…. RIP sweet Chad, I love you….

NMB, SC USA

Michelle

This message goes in loving memory to Cody A, I miss you ever single day and night my love . Life will never be the same without you here…I lost my husband, best friend, soulmate and this journey called life turned upside down because a heroin overdose that took away your life, dreams and future. We couldn’t find you on time, we couldn’t give you one more hug ,tell you how much your family loves you and needs you. I miss you so much. 27 years young and my heart breaks because your smile and beautiful person is not around anymore. I will never forget you my sunshine, always promise to cherish your print on this world and all the happiness you brought everyone’s life. I love you always and forever. Til we meet again mono. Laura.

Post falls/Idaho/United states

Laura

To dearest Stu, we all miss you so much. Life for our family will never be the same again without you in it. Love from mum, dad and your big brother and sister.

Gold Coast. Australia.

Robert James

In 2017 the city I live in was in mourning. Because of an overdose! There are people losing this fight left and right and it started with pills because florida was the state tray really started the pill mills. Unfortunately the was the government put a stop to it wasn’t the best way not to mention just way to late. Tre problem is that so many people have this problem you might not even know if it’s happening in your home or somee close to you. TILL IT’S TO LATE. This girl in my city was my first and only girlfriend all through high school. Never did she do drugs or drink. She used to Always be the responsible one for me. So when I started making sure choices i broke up with her so she wouldn’t be involved. It crushed us both. But she wss tat girl whip everybody loved and just smiled around her because of all her positive outlooks on life in general. Over 14 years later she’s gets ahold of me after all this time with a problem crying. She thought i was the only one who could help her. So i helped her fix the problems she was having. Days later she called again needing a place to stay and talking about if we stayed together. Now mind you I went grim being a dealer back then at 16 in my own place to owning a business with a new born and haven’t even seen a drug in years. I took her I couldn’t have her stay here. But told her i wild hide 300 bucks outside for her to get a safe room and food for the weekend. Come to find out it was her birthday that night and she was trying to get away from her boyfriend that was beating her. I had no idea she was being abused. I found out she overdosed that night with him. He wouldn’t call 911 and he was caught on camera at 711 at 1140 pm hitting her bad. And shew wss pronounced doa 1229am! Everyday now I wonder if only I had let her stay. Or was it the money I gave her that killed her. As tree guilt i have for mitt helping her escape her x. She had no signs of previous drug use or drug abuse according to the m.e. her family said. I can’t express how much pain drugs cause people and not just to themselves. Everyone around them. I will forever books that guilt in my heart. Please people if you truly love other people in your life, think about them before you get high! And dont think selling is cool either. I did fur a long time but realized in the end the ones who try to brag and be flashy are usually fake. People who are successful are proud people not loud people. They shine in other ways. Nice car and house and peaceful life. But if you deal, stop and think for just a sec. How many people might i kill or hurt today with this product I’m selling them. I love you Monica and am so sorry babe.

Cape coral florida USA

Joey

To My Son Anthony who i miss so much and i think about you everyday , every time i think of you a tear comes to my eyes but the great Memories will live on forever .

PEMBERTON

John C

My cousin passed away this past January (2018) of an overdose. He was a happy, energetic and loving man with a daughter who was almost 3 at the time of her Daddy’s death. It breaks my heart knowing that he could have been saved. At the time of his arrest he had swallowed a large quantity of cocaine in a baggy to avoid being caught. While being arrested he was yelling that he had swallowed something and needed to go to the hospital. The police ignored his cries for help and continued to process him into the local prison. When the boy was too ill to even attend his own bail hearing, his mom began to worry. She phoned the prison to ask about her son and request care for him. Her pleas went unanswered too. Sitting in a cell, he could not stop puking and convulsing. Inmates noticed how bad his ordeal was and began pleading with officers to get this young man help. The officers still ignored them. Then in early morning, as an officer tried to force him up, he collapsed. He dropped dead right at the officer’s feet. They (the officers at the prison) decided it was in their hands whether this boy lives or dies. They overlooked his need for medical attention and murdered him without having to lift a finger. He overdosed in prison because our own police officers, the ones who are supposed to protect their citizens, chose to let him die. They murdered a young boy who had so much left to live for and now, his daughter will never get to grow up knowing Daddy or how much she truly meant to her. Rest in Peace B, We love you forever <3

Ontario, Canada

Angel

Arthur LV V
May 18, 1991 to August 11, 2011

My nephew died of a heroin/Xanax overdose on his only brother’s 18th birthday. My younger sister, his mother, hasn’t recovered and it’s been 6 years. But then, neither have I. A dozen people got memorial tattoos for Artie, which is a testament to his impact on people’s lives. My greatest fear is letting him be forgotten. Maybe that’s why the further away from his death we get, the worse the grieving is. I don’t want to be 10 years away from the last time we saw him alive. No one has heard him laugh in so long, he hasn’t felt a hug in several years, so many facets of this devastating loss that you don’t consider at first. They slowly insinuate themselves into your mind when you least expect them and they never leave you alone again. RIP, my beautiful, funny nephew. I love you, Artie.

Port Angeles. WA

Michele M

Erik, who just turned 40 was the love of my life. He cooked for me, cleaned, decorated my walls with art and his art, made music for me on the computer and mp3 player. He had an addiction to heroin and had to go to rehab a number of times. I found him overdosed on fentanyl and flakka, on my guest bathroom toilet at 5:50 a.m. August 10th, 2015. I waited to call 911 and called a friend out of state who told me to call 911. I was in shock as his fingers were blue and I did not see his face as it was hanging down to the floor. I could not move him. I cry every day and night and it is 2 and half years since he died. I still have his music, autopsy report, birth certificate and medical cards and drivers license. I cannot afford to move from here. Erik, please rest in peace and I will see you in heaven I hope. Love mom xooxoxxoxoooxxo

Lake Worth/Florida/usa

Dolores

MY husband Brian had 4+ years clean from heroin. The run that culminated with a 5 year prison sentence in Mass DOC was like literally living a hell on earth. I wanted my husband back but more so, I wanted our 2 year old son to have his father in his life, to not become another statistic. My husband had such an amazing and beautiful heart but also a very tortured soul..no human could go there, but heroin could. He used one more time in Boston on October 30 2016 and I had to tell that little boy I fought so hard for that his father was gone. I had to take my child to his own father’s funeral and I stood at that funeral and spoke of the man I once knew ..how my biggest fear was forgetting things about him, how I wish he had found what he was looking for here with us..how I wished that he had seen in himself what all of us standing in that cemetery had seen in him..this is such a needless way to die and I’d bring them all back if I could , so that no one had to feel the daily anguish of heroin taking their everything away. Heather S

Westerly RI

Heather S

Quandell D. G 3/17/1982 – 9/2/2017
Ain’t Nothing Like a Son!
I sure miss you boy. Never ever thought I would be in this world and not hear you say, “Ma.” That takes my breath away, makes my heart miss a beat. Every day my heart breaks for you my dear Son. Why couldn’t you just listen to your Momma and come home?

North Carolina

Karen

“Quandell come home. I want you to come home.” He responded, “We’ll talk about it.” I hugged him hard and he embraced me back, but it seemed empty. I gave my son some money and he asked me where I was going. I told him I was going to see a play, and that night was the last time I saw my child standing. Ten days later he was laying in a Baptist Medical Center ICU fighting for his life. After 17 days on life support, he passed away, peacefully. Not in Winston-Salem. Not in some random room. Not on the streets. He did come back home, Greensboro that is to the beautiful Beacon House. there is not a day that my heart doesn’t break at the thought of you, what you could have been, how beautiful you were to me, how dear you are to me. It still takes my breath away when I remember what you went through, so unnecessarily. Never a moment goes by that I don’t feel you in my heart. The only peace I have is that you looked so handsome and beautifully peaceful lying there in the funeral home, like I could say, Quanee, and you would wake right up. I am so grateful to the Most High for the 17 days you were in the hospital and the 26 hours you were home in Greensboro, breathing, living, fighting with the help of the Father. And then, suddenly, without notice, you were free. You are free. And who the Son has set free is free indeed. I know one day, I will see you again for your are only asleep on the other side, parallel to the life I am walking out now in the flesh. Until that time Son, so long. I will see you in the morning and it will be glory, glory, hallejuah all around the throne of the Most High. I love you Quandell and I have always loved you. You had to go your path, it wasn’t what I choose for your but it wasn’t my choice to make. I never let go of you, and I still haven’t. Never will. I’ll see you in the morning Son. Good night my sweet boy. Sleep with the angels; I will see you in the morning.
Eternally,
Ma

North Carolina

Karen

Honoring Jake!!!! RIP 2/19/2018

United States

Charity

You are missed daily you dancing fool.!
Hoping the epidemic ends soon.
We’ve lost enough.

Bradenton

Annette

My beautiful handsome intelligent son, Robert R passed away on april 9, 2013 age 26 after spending 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital on life support and a induced coma. From a accidentally overdose. My heart is forever broken and I continue to be numb. He was the life of the party. The so called mayor of town. Everyone loved him. He was kind, compassion and loving. He is my son. I will forever keep his memore alive and forever help others that stuggle

ROCKAWAY

RUTHANN G

Matt S
This Post is not only to honor you but for your surviving wife and child. I see her struggle every single day mourning you and still fighting to be a good parent and person. Shes been a wonderful friend to me and I cant put into words how much I admire,respect, and love her. Although you are not able to be with your daughter, I hope and pray that you RIP knowing that she is with an amazing woman to look up to.
RIP Matt Spence
Your Wife and Child Love and Miss you every minute of everyday.
#Respect

Tampa,Fl United States

Jonathan

Remembering my darling son Kevin who died 2001 aged 28.
Kevin battled 14yrs with his addiction a troubled soul who was tormented and stigmatised by society because of it.
As parents watching your child die before your eyes is a trauma we will never recover from.
It saddens me to witness Drug Related deaths spiral in Scotland despite the roll out of Naloxone, those in power need to stop looking at their morals and change the way Drug Laws are governed.
I remember Kevin every day as my darling boy.

Aberdeen

Caroline B

My son Luis was using for a small period of time secretly. I worked overnight and we both slept all day. I didn’t see the signs nor did I really know them. It kills me that I didn’t get a chance to help him. He was very depressed and down on himself, this was normal for him. Everyone loved him. Teachers and parents bragged to me on how polite and well mannered he was. My son was taken from me by this horrible heroin drug almost 2 years ago at age 22 in my bathroom. Not a day goes by I don’t think of him.

Essex md usa

Lori

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

Judy D

My mother struggled most of her life with addiction. She struggled with anxiety,depression and a dependency on pain killers. This all made her ability to be a stable mom to my sister and I impossible. But she had a huge heart and was there for us as much as she could be towards the end of her life, if only we were able to get her proper help she may be here today. Her peace was found on March 11th 2011. I think of her always♡

London

TRISH D

In my heart every single day. I miss you so much my darling girl Holly. At peace now – no more pain and struggle. I just hope you really knew how much we love you.

Mum, Dad and darling Daisy. xxxxxx

Hervey Bay Queensland Australia

sally

Our son Kevin was such a great kid. Loved his parents, family and friends so much. We all loved him too. He was full of talent ! He loved life until he turned 13. He turned to opiates to help him with disappointments that he was starting to experience. Unfortunately, opiates turned to heroin. What a roller coaster ride we were on.
Kevin passed away from an O. D. on November 29, 2009. When I saw him for the first time after he passed, I couldn’t believe how Peaceful he looked. I know that demon tore him up. We miss him everyday …. I pray for all of these kids with SUD (substance use disorder) and their families as well. 3ENCF

Fenton MO

Kathi A

4yrs ago we lost a big piece of our heart’s and not a day goes by that your not in our thoughts. Rest easy my gentle giant, T-Roy. Your daughter is a coonstant reminder of better days gone by. Forever Young 💜💜💜

Marlboro

Sue

I still can’t believe you are really gone, how can this be happening. For many years Ryan battled with his substance use disorder. He was in an out of jail/prison, the last 4 months of his life were spent in jail, at times I felt he was better off in there as hard as it was not having him home. At least we knew he was safe and didnt have to worry about that dreaded phone call or knock on the door from the sheriff. Despite Ryan’s battle with drugs and the legal system, he was an amazing, smart, loving, caring man. He’d give you the shirt off his back to keep you warm, even if it meant he’d be cold. His personality was like no other, he lit up the rooms with his beautiful smile, everywhere he went people were drawn to him. He had no fear in life, ever since he was little, he was always seeking that next mischievous adrenaline filled task. He may have came across as a “tough guy” but at home he was soft, sensitive, loving and the perfect cuddle partner one could ever ask for. All of the trials and tribulations we went through together, as a couple, didn’t tear us apart like they were meant to, instead they made us stronger. The love we shared was like no other, we were fighting against many odds, addiction a huge one but our love never quit and never gave in. On 11/28/2017 Ryan was given heroin mixed with what I suspect to be fentanyl, and was hospitalized on life support until he passed away 12/3/2017 at 1:50 pm. Watching the man who I love with all my heart, take his last breath, with his hand held tightly in mine, was absolutely devastating, words will never be able to describe the devastation. His battle came to an end, a beautiful life taken far too soon. I love you with every piece of my heart, always & forever and your heart will beat with mine until we are together again.. Love you Ryan C.

Coon Rapids

Anne E

Rip chris..❤💛💙

Chester

Laur A V

Dad.. You died December 28th, 2014. It took me a while to be able to talk about you, even if I was talking to myself looking in a mirror as practice if anyone ever asked. If anyone ever asks about you I try to keep it short because it hurts. Pain is what it is.. The guilt, the love, the memories. …The memories… I’d wait for you every day at the door when I was younger while crying asking for my best friend. My daddy ❤. I’m 16 now & you weren’t alive to see me make it here. I go on each day with strength & happiness, with my faith in humanity/life. Overdoses CAN be prevented. But for that to happen, you have to catch addictions very early on. Get your loved ones help, listen to them, be there for them, last but not least LOVE them. Anyway dad, I love you very much & think about you every day ❤💯🙏🏻
Your best friend & daughter,
Lexi ❤

Waterbury

Lexi

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.

Ft. Lauderdale

J

Love you brother, think about you still every morning when I get up, and every night when I go to bed. I’ll never stop missing you, but I appreciate the solace you were able to grant me by making sure I knew how much you loved me, and you knew how much I did. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend. Not even one time in the 25 years we were friends did I ever have to question your loyalty. In a world so full of people consumed with themselves and form friendships based on their own personal gain, you always had my back no matter what even at times when that meant putting yourself in the hot water next to me. “Never treated me bad no matter who I was, you still came with that unconditional love”-Tupac See you on the other side brother love you.

trumbull CT USA

tom m

I lost my only brother Cody to a heroin overdose on March 1st, 2018 he was only 26. I spend each day wishing I could see his smile or hear his laugh just one more time. He faught his battle of addiction for years. I wish I could understand what you went through everyday so I could have helped you. He was such a kind loving person that wanted to help everyone he came into contact with. I wanted to help him but didn’t know how. I wanted to watch my brother play with my kids attend my wedding but I will never get to. I know that now he doesn’t have to fight the demon that took over his life for so many years he is finally free doing what he loves fishing and hunting everyday. I can’t wait to see your smile again. I love you Cody you will never be forgotten.

1991-2018
Always in our hearts 💕

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kaylee

When I met my boyfriend he’d been sober for a while. I knew not to get involved after watching my dad struggle before staying sober and didn’t wanna go through that again, but something about him caught my eye. He had this sense of humor I couldn’t ignore and a smile that made me melt, then his eyes, I seemed to fall in a trance everytime I looked into them. We fell in love very quickly, also finding out about an unexpected pregnancy. That’s when it started. Two months after we found out, just shy of 9 months of sobriety, he relapsed and overdosed. The first two overdoses he was lucky and was brought back, the second one I saw him laid out on the floor, blue in the face and drooling. I was 8 months pregnant when he passed, that third overdose got him. He was in the care of Lakeside when he overdosed, he was in what was SUPPOSED to be a safe olace for addicts, and he OVERDOSED. I don’t know who I’m angrier at, him or them. Our son was born 7 days later, exactly a week. It’s been almost a month and a half since I lost him and I’m still so broken. I can’t even open apps that I played in bed by him anymore. I can’t watch Netflix because it makes me think of him picking on me for the “girly” shows I would watch. The last five months of our relationship, September-February, were extremely difficult but he was worth all the stress and tears he caused me. I wouldn’t take back one second with him, but at the same time, I wish I had never mer him. He’s the second person I lost to their addiction, my best friend passed in 2015. I’m 21. I shouldn’t be goig through all of this so early, I shouldn’t know losing your love yet.

Bartlett

Sidney

Dearest Nicholas, cherished 24-year-old son, you’re with me in my heart and soul as the most loving, sensitive, sweet-natured son I could’ve ever wished for. I am forever grateful for the time you spent with me and your sister, they were the most important and most lovely years of our lives. I hope the part of me that has been missing since you died of a painful alcohol and drug addiction on January 23, 2018 is with you. I love you so much.

Red Oak, VA 23964

Mom

My number 1 son, my boy, my Ryan.
I love you son and I miss you.
Mum. xxxx

Ryan W. 24 April 1981 – 16 June 2016
No son was ever loved more.

Cambridge, England

Natalie W.

I will be active in overdose awareness day August 31st. I make this tribute in memory of my daughter Lora who passed from an overdose October 27 2017.

Cape Coral

Toni

Tiffani passed away August 30, 2017 in the early morning. She was 34 years old but everyone said she looked much younger. She was beautiful, tall and she dressed so much in style. Her bipolar illness started early on in her junior high years. She was gay and she tended to not address it until after she finished high school. Of course this played a big role in her not feeling that she was different. Our family embraced her, but of course she dealt with these issues with some drug use. We tried to get her to places to get help and finally she was able to live in good spirits for years without medication. She had lots of friends who looked out for her. She loved writing and acting in movies but later started to work at a company as it’s marketing manager. She started as a sales person and moved up. She was an important reason the company grew because of her leadership. But one day she called in sick and started having delusions, so bad that I had to get her help. But each time she had a bad time, she always got back up and always apologized. I loved her no matter what and I always told her I would never leave her and she knew that. The last incident she had which she was in that awful delusional state, she got involved with the law, this time it really set her back to being real depressed and losing hope that her friends would go away, some did, but some stood by her. She had not done drugs or alcohol for many years. This depression led her to try drugs again and within a month of the incident she lost her battle. Tiffani was a fighter to the end, she had a nephew and niece who she loved and I know that she would not want to lose them. We mourn her every day and miss her joy and laughter, her way of always trying so hard to be normal. If I could only have one more day. I would love that she be among all those beautiful souls who walked in her shoes. May God bless all the families. Love, Judith ❤6YBPK

Clarkston, MI

Judith

My son Joshua Luke B. was found on Valentine’s Day dead from an apparent overdosed of heroin. He had just graduated from drug court… Nothing seems real. Our heads know but our hearts are still in shock and denial. Our lives are forever changed. I keep thinking
Did you know son? Did you know how much we love you. I want to scream to the world to his friends that use. Turn around your on a DEAD END St.
Reality..all I have is pictures.. I keep hearing his voice in my head praying I don’t forget it. His laugh. His kindness to anyone everyone. I never knew this much pain… To bury you. Never to hug you.or talk to you again. I’d rather wake up and realize it’s all a dream. Because it’s worse waking up to this nightmare.
You will NEVER be forgotten. I will share your story …in hopes that even IF it saves even ONE. It won’t be in vain.
I don’t blame God. I thank him for blessing me with my baby boy for almost 33 years. Thank you Jesus for every precious memory… Joshua Luke B.
4-23 1985 till 2-14-2018 sorry I couldn’t say goodbye

Franklin, Louisiana

Beth B.

12-21-16 the day my beautiful loving son Jeremy passed there’s not a moment in the day I don’t think you you. Miss and love you always. Mom

Evansville IN USA

Jeremy

My darling Jessie, you left this world on 21/11/2017 Your Mummy, Daughter Ruby & Son Toby, Brother Josh & Nan & Grandpa miss & love you so much. I feel like life has stood still since that fateful day we lost you, life will never be the same. Love you beautiful girl. Mummy xxxxxx

Lowestoft Suffolk

Caitlin

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

Jacksonville,Florida

Carla

June 3, 1993 – Feb 25 2016

Maxwell T. you were an important part of my life, we got into a lot of fights but I did love you and will continue to do so for as long as I live. It’s a tragedy you left so soon at the young age of 22. I knew you had demons, I knew you were trying so hard to escape them… I wish I could have saw you one last time. I still dream about you often, i’m either surprised you’re still alive or you have turned into an angel and is advising me how to live my life. I think you’d be shocked to where I am now. I know I am. I wanted to save you. You were kind, smart, had so many dreams and interests. It makes me sad thinking about all the things you wanted to achieve, how I feel I failed you. It’s not my fault, I know. I couldn’t save you, no one couldn’t. This was your third overdose and your last. I am still having a hard time dealing with your loss. I hope to see you again.

love,

Katherine

Chicago, IL

Katherine

Lost my daughter, ASHLEY GAIL S., on Feb 7, 2015 to heroin overdose..28 yrs old, she left 5 yr old twin boys 👼💔

WW, RI

Kim

My daughter Catherine C. overdosed, was dumped in an alley and then he waited 12 hrs to call the Police! She may have lived if he had called 911 immediately! Unfortunately my daughter is just one of the many young adults
that this has happen to. We have to make a change! The following law is Not in affect in Texas!

911 Good Samaritan Fatal Overdose Prevention Law

Accidental overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, exceeding even motor vehicle accidents among people ages 25 to 64.

Many of these deaths are preventable if emergency medical assistance is summoned, but people using drugs or alcohol illegally often fear arrest if they call 911, even in cases where they need emergency medical assistance for a friend or family member at the scene of a suspected overdose.

The best way to encourage overdose witnesses to seek medical help is to exempt them from arrest and prosecution for minor drug and alcohol law violations, an approach often referred to as Good Samaritan 911.

The chance of surviving an overdose, like that of surviving a heart attack, depends greatly on how fast one receives medical assistance. Witnesses to heart attacks rarely think twice about calling 911, but witnesses to an overdose often hesitate to call for help or, in many cases, simply don’t make the call. In fact, research confirms the most common reason people cite for not calling 911 is fear of police involvement.

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted policies to provide limited immunity from arrest or prosecution for minor drug law violations for people who summon help at the scene of an overdose.

New Mexico was the first state to pass such a policy and has been joined in recent years by Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Good Samaritan laws do not protect people from arrest for other offenses, such as selling or trafficking drugs, or driving while drugged. These policies protect only the caller and overdose victim from arrest and/or prosecution for simple drug possession, possession of paraphernalia, and/or being under the influence.

Corsicana Tx 75110 Navarro Co

Rose C.

No one should have to experience the unbelievable pain of losing a child.
Tommy, you are loved and missed every minute of every day.
Rest easy my son.
Mom

West Orange NJ. Essex

Joanne W.

Dad,

The first thing that changed with you being gone, is that you weren’t there to tell me. You always told me the bad news, now I have become the most morbid of messengers. I had dreamt of this day so many times, waking up with a shattered heart and tears streaming down my face. Only to be quickly relieved by the darkness and the bed sheets. I’m still waiting for the relief, but its been almost 4 months now – something tells me its not coming.

The problem is, you put me on such a pedestal that I don’t know how to rebuilt it since it shattered into a infinite amount of pieces. Waking up without you in the world was like waking up suddenly to find that you have no head. I cant see, everything has gone black. I can’t hear anything anymore – music, voices, nothing. I can’t talk now, I just struggle for breathe. There’s something obvious missing and my orientation is off.

You were a very special kind of person. Half rainbow and half thunder and lightening. Half Jekyll and half Hyde. You were warm white sandy beaches and a dark, fearful well. A beacon of light and a boat, lost at sea. But that’s the thing about psychosis, it takes your very spirit and plays the most cruel game of tug of war. You thought you were indestructible sometimes and other times you would ask me to tuck you in at night like a child.

I’ve spent so long looking out for you, I’m lost without that role. What once caused me so much stress, I long for. I think of the times you were in recovery, glimpses of a “normal” childhood. But then one of the harsher parts of grief sets in, forcing me to relive the hard parts, pressing me with guilt. I can hear your voice, begging me not to ask you to leave. “Please Meagan” echoes in my head, just when I start to feel the lead blocks that seem to have replaced my bones start to lighten. It’s one of the hardest parts of loving an addict. So now, I try not to think of you at all. But then I woke up one day and realised your face was starting to fuzz in my head. I can no longer recall every last line on your face like I could 4 months ago. Or each mark of ink on your skin.

I don’t have many people. I know a lot of them, I love a lot of them, but I didn’t let anybody in to my life like I did with you. So now you’re not here, I feel alone. I didn’t know grief was a physical pain until I grieved over you. Sometimes it feels as though my torso is hollow. Sometimes I go to breathe, but my lungs aren’t there. Sometimes I try to talk, but all that comes out is an indistinguishable wail. My bones seem to ache. The kitchen has become my Everest now – almost impossible. I see you there. I see you in every damn room, on every street corner. The town I live in has become a macabre reminder of my former life.

You’re free now. You’re no longer trapped in agony, a prisoner to prescribed poison. But part of me wishes I had you back in those chains, because at least you’d be here with me. I understand that’s selfish. But so is leaving me in this world without you. This is my prison. And grief is now my chains.

You never did understand how much I loved you. How special you were. How many people adored you. It was impossible to be sad around you. But they say comedians are the most tortured people there are. The sad clown paradox. I tried to fix it for you, I really did. I know you knew that though. You would always say to me “its me and you against the world baby” or tell me how I had saved your life a million times. “I wouldn’t be here without you Meg”.

No more fighting now dad.

I love you more than there will ever be words for.

“Goodnight, God bless, sweet dreams, love you lots, see you in the morning”.

Meg x

Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

Meagan

Jackie Nadine S.
July 25th, 1983/ May 25th, 2016

My beautiful daughter, I’ll never let your memory die, and I’ll fight til my death to remind people that addiction is a disease…an equal opportunity destroyer of people from any walk of life, and to fight for better treatment centers for addicts, and to get our country to go after the drug distributors…..illegal and legal.

Monroe, WE. 98272

Donna F.

It hasn’t been a year yet but it is drawing close. The pain is just as strong today as it was the day I found my mother dead from a drug overdose. I ask myself all the time, how could I not have known.?im devastated that she isn’t here anymore, my best friend, my mom. Does it ever get easier or will I grieve for her forever? I had so many more things to tell her and do together but she had a fatal drug overdose of Carfentanil and u-47700. I never even knew such drugs existed until then. I know she loved me and my kids dearly but how could she take such a chance and make us suffer so much. I still think about my mom every day and how I miss her and love her. I forgive her for leaving us but I can’t decide for God. I hope some day I get to be with her again when it is my turn to move on from this life. I hope she is waiting for me.

Bucyrus, Ohio USA

Shana

In loving memory of my daughter Lora who passed n October 27 2017 from a heroin fentanyl overdose

Cape Coral

Toni

Today I buried my 27 year son who died from a heroin overdose laced with Fentanyl. I cannot begin to tell you the pain and anguish my boy suffered from the demon called Heroin that owned him, I can tell you that the 2 weeks before his death were horrible I knew my son was near his end, but I was powerless and nothing I could do or say was going to change it. Jesus is the way , the truth and the life, when friends and family tell me how strong I am, I tell them my strength comes from God. Teach your children to love , trust and fear the Lord, for he is the answer..i failed my son, you don’t have to fail yours. Rest in peace my son, till we meet again, for the demon named Heroin no longer has power over you ♥️

USA

LYNN

To my mom in heaven, I love you so much, you fought for so long but I’m glad you aren’t hurting anymore. I can’t wait until we meet again. Everything I do from now on is for you. You are my sunshine. All the hugs and all the kisses. Love you momma <3 Destiny

Hudson Falls, NY

Destiny S.

My sister died March 4, 2017. She had sever borderline personality disorder, she was so unhappy. She took a fentanyl patch from her friend and died. She could’ve been saved but nobody called for help. She died and my family has been ripped apart, nobody talks to each other now. I miss you Tasha, more than you’d ever know.

San Antonio

Hope

My beautiful Michelle (daughter) 17 years old. Was found dead of a heroin overdose in her bed, by her mom and I (her dad) on the morning of May 31, 2008.We have suffered the pain of The “worst loss” a human can feel. Ive known too many other victums since then. All too young to die. We will attend Aug 31, NYC

Suffolk County, New York

Nick

My beautiful Michelle (daughter) 17 years old. Was found dead of a heroin overdose in her bed, by her mom and I (her dad) on the morning of May 31, 2008.We have suffered the pain of The “worst loss” a human can feel. Ive known too many other victums since then. All too young to die. We will attend Aug 31, NYC

Suffolk County, New York

Nick

A tribute to my beautiful brother Shane. You were taken too early by a disease you couldn’t control. You aren’t in pain anymore.

Fort Myers

Gabrielle K.

To my son Donnie R C.lV. The day you left me is the day I died also. I will never see you get married, have kids, go to college, enjoy life with us. That demon beat you and I’m so sad I couldn’t save yo from it. We miss you so much. In honor of you we at trying to put meetings together and raise money to help other families like us and addicts.
Love and miss you tremendously. I miss your contagious smile and your perfect smile and your silly laugh.
Always in my heart.
7-16-97
5-15-17
FOREEVER 19
DCON4LIFE
LOVE MOMMY

Levittown pa

Jamie C.

My son’s father, Tyler, passed away November 22nd, 2017. He was an off and on drug user for years but I truly thought he was getting better. We separated when our child was 1 but I always loved him. I was in total shock to learn his cause of death was from Fentanyl. I know he wasn’t out looking for it so it was laced in the drugs he was taking. I’m still devastated. This drug epidemic needs to stop. Baby G and I will always love you, Tyler.

Cranberry township, Pennsylvania

Alexis

Dad you had the brightest personality, outstanding humor & the biggest heart in the world. I miss you dearly.. I will never forget you. I want to bring awareness to young adolescents that opioid addiction is no joke. Drugs aren’t the way to go, it takes lives just like it took my fathers.
I love you ❤🤘🏼 With love,
Your Daughter Lexi

USA

For Ray

10/09/95 – 01/09/18

Dear Alex,
I love you so much. I miss you every second of the day. You were the most gorgeous, intelligent, gentleman I have ever met, and will ever meet. U can never be replaced. I’m so sorry you had to leave so early. The beginning of our story. I’m left with memories and surround myself with the things that remind me of you. I promise to keep our love alive however long I am alive. I pray every night that I see you in my dreams for that is the only way I can see you. I thank god I got the opportunity to meet you and am waiting for the day I see you again. I will hold you in my heart until I can hold you in heaven. 😘😇

Toronto

Natasha & Alex 💚💙

This is for my Aunt, my best friend, who overdose from opiates on June 16, 2016. It was the most painful day of my life since she was my best friend. I wish I knew the signs, but now that I do, I am ready to help. I love you Aunt K.

Philadelphia

Alexandria

I lost my best friend on 2/2/2018 to an accidental Heroin Overdose. She had walked out of my life a bit of time before, and I am struggling with the should ofs and could ofs. Mandy was a huge part of my family lives, more like a sister, daughter, and second mother to my children. I know that she had to make the decision to stop and no matter how much I pleaded or punished it would have made no difference. This is not the first time we have dealt with addiction, thankfully the person found the way into the light. In Mandy’s memory I pray that the stigma and the tough stance on addiction change. Sometimes it the continued support and love that the addict receives that allows them to see the light at the end of the tunnel and know that there is a reason to live. It may not always be enough but we have to change the way we deal with addiction. She was a person, smart, funny, always quick witted. Someone to be remembered for the great things she did and the great person she was. Addiction didn’t always define her, and so it shouldn’t define her memory. She will always be in my heart and thoughts. Fly free with your wings.

Hopewell Virginia USA

Jody

I pay tribute to my step mother who lost her battle with addiction tonight, 02/06/18.

Jeromesville

Faith

Brent Lewis G. 8/1/88 – 10/4/17 God gave us 29 years with Brent and he left us with two beautiful grandchildren. His struggles with opiates won the battle. Fentanyl came straight from hell to visit Brent. Left behind are shattered hearts and endless questions. Words can’t express the pain and heartache. Brent, until we see you again, “we love you to the moon and back” you are finally healed, but it came at a great cost!

Columbus ohio

Brett G.

2/1/18 we lost a beautiful soul. He was just a kid really. Born in 1995, only being 22 and had gone through so much. Drugs had been in and out of his life since he was 15/16. He did his best to try to stay sober, but the addiction had been too powerful. He was so kind and loving. He could light up a room. Everyone gravitated towards him because he had the best sense of humor. His love for other people and animals would melt your heart. He had so much potential to be the best at whatever he put his mind to. He was so so smart. He left behind a beautiful girlfriend who is going to give birth soon to their son. I know he didn’t mean to do this. His body just couldn’t take it anymore. I am gonna miss him so much. I just know that he’s reunited with his grandmother now and that he isn’t struggling anymore. I love you Oliver. I wish I could have done more, sweet boy. I hope you have found peace.

United States

Andie

You were just 24. You were Intelligent, Ambitious, Loving Spirited, Gentle, Kind, Trusting, Peace making. You played the Sax, and could run like no one! You were fast and quick witted, you were a great swimmer,,you were talented and handsome and had puppy dog eyes.You knew how to make people laugh and feel good about them self. You were favored in the family. You will never ever be forgotten Andrew. Mom loves you and Jesus has you. See you on the other side. You are always missed and forever loved and thought of. Mom❤😓🎶🙏🏻🏃🏼🏀🏊🏻🎷🎮⛪

NC

Missing Andrew W., 24

December 28th, 2014 was the day that changed my life… My father overdosing & one of those drugs being Fentanyl. Addiction is a terrible thing to go through but in the end you either learn a lot from it or lose to it. I wasn’t told by anyone for 4 months that he had passed. Dad, I have a great amount of guilt on my shoulders because I feel as if I couldve helped you if you had just told me what was going on. I was always his best friend. The best pair on earth. No bond is like a father/daughter bond. The most intelligent, gold hearted, humorous man there was. He would’ve given you the shirt off his back. My love for you is tremendous.. And if I could, I would build a staircase to Heaven & bring you back with me.
💘 My guardian angel Ray 💘
(P.S… I miss you more than you’ll ever be able to understand)
With Love,
Your Princess 👑

USA

Alex

I lost my handsome, intelligent son Michael due to his disease of addiction on February 5, 2016. He was 33 yrs old soon to be 34. The 2nd anniversary of his death is in 5 days. No one should have to bury their child! There wasn’t anywhere he could turn to for the professional help he needed. Rehabs and Clinics are only in the business of making money not saving lives. Life was cruel to my beloved son. I have another son, David who joined the Navy to get away from this epiepidemic! He served in 2 foreign wars. When he came home he struggled with his addiction once again. He was found to be 100% disabled after fighting for his country and the day after his brother overdosed he received a retroactive disability check in the amount of $149,000! He always wonders if he had gotten that check a day sooner would his brother still be alive? He wanted to pay for his brother to travel since he was incarcerated most of his life. Michael did an interview on a CT tv station…entitled Street Talk with Michael Righini..tourture in the State Prison. The guards tourtured and abused my son. He was in solitary confinement for 2 yrs and previously he was locked down for 23-24 hrs a day for a year in a half. He was not a violent offender! 13 yrs later he was still having night terrors of guards tourturing him. The last summer of his life he spent with me on Cape Cod in Mass and to hear and see what they did to my son was heartbreaking they destroyed his life he was a tourtured soul after enduring what he did he didn’t have a chance to live a clean happy life. He used to numb his pain. My son David will be clean for a year on the 2nd anniversary of his brother’s death. My 24 year old daughter was addicted to oxci 30s and eventually she turned to heroin! I have guardianship of her 2 1/2 yr old son. Thankfully I had my grandson when she was arrested otherwise he would be in State care! She is now serving time in prison which is better than burying another child. She’s been clean for 5 mths the first time in 10 years. I’m grateful that I have my beautiful grandson safe with me and out of that subcultural lifestyle and my children are finally ready to face life without having to numb their emotional pain!

South Yarmouth MA USA

Jean Y.

My son passed away on August 26, 2017 because of an overdose on heroin. I miss him everyday! I cry everyday!
This has to STOP!

Winston-Salem, NC

Maggie

Nikki B. What can I say? My love, my heart my future wife. This disease has damaged us both. I got help, instead you kept on using. We were supposed to be together forever. Now I’m here alone. Still battling recovery. It’s so hard without you. If I would’ve been there that day this would’ve never happened. Rest In Peace babe. I’ll never forget or love another like you. I forever love you. P.S. Love you more

West Columbia/Lexington

Eddie

I lost the love of my life on feb 27th 2017, Michael, we were getting married, so many plans, and this drug took hold of you more than our love…
You said we would be together for ever and ever, and Im here alone , not a day goes by my love that I dont miss you and still love you with all my heart and soul….You are my soulmate, my love, my man…
I love you ,
Always
Your Anna

springfield,mass

Anna

My son David .I hope you have found in death the peace you couldn’t find in life. You were loved more than you ever knew. The only thing we wanted was for you to live, not just be alive. You take ours hearts with you and you will always be missed by those that loved you so much..

Lexington, NC

Glenda

I want to send a special message out to my husband who I have known half of my life he was my first kiss it was like a dream came true I met my soon to be his am I always known from the first time I seen you that you were going to be my husband! Many nights after your death I sit crying out asking why did you have to leave me so soon we had still so much to do! All I can do now is say fly high and one day we will meet on the other side my heart will never have that same beat my heart will never love another person as much as I loved you! No more worries no more struggles now your at peace!! Your sitting down with the lord who will watch over you!! And keep you safe!! My love!!!

Toledo

K

My dad overdosed and left this world 1_2012 and then my mom who felt she couldn’t handle life without him her best friend overdose suicide August 2013. I miss them so much and I’m scared b/c me and my sister are addicts and depressed. I know we will all be together again but until then I pray they are finally at peace,

Okc, okla

Oldest of 2

Dear Mary, I know that you are in recovery now and have realized over the past 4 years why you left me. I put you through hell and back with my overdose in 2014. You sat in my hospital room and watched over me while I was placed in restraints so I couldn’t hurt myself or others. Shortly after that you left me after 7 years of wonderful and beautiful moments. We both suffered from this horrible disease of addiction and I now realize that you knew what I didn’t, that it wasn’t possible for both of us to be happy in a codependent relationship. I post this public forgiveness as a message to others so that they may be aware of codependency and it’s effects. I hope you are happy and healthy and I now understand why you couldn’t tell me why you left. I was going through some paperwork today and found the doctor’s report of my admission to the hospital, which you were responsible for, because I was in no condition to do it for myself. I am eternally grateful to you because without you I would have died.

I am posting this so hopefully others will take solace in knowing that there are people in your life who can help you, but only if you let them. This disease cannot be conquered on it’s own! Please, if you are suffering from addiction right now, reach out! Whether it takes every fiber of your being, make that phone call, knock on that door, but reach out! This disease doesn’t have to take another life if you are willing to humble yourself and get the help you need. The life you are ruining is not just your own, but every one else that loves you, and take it from me, there are people who love you.

Rest in Peace to all of those who we have lost to this useless but very real disease….

Paul

Shorewood, Wisconsin

Paul

Devan, you are the love of my life. We were together seven years and you made me incredibly happy. You were the reason I enjoyed life. Until I see you again, rest in peace my love.

fitchburg

kelsey

I miss my best friend and soul mate. I can’t believe you have been gone since 10-2013 My life will never be the same. Talented artist and brilliant mind forfeited for drugs. I love you will all my heart. Infinity.

Nashville tn

Shannon

On Oct 13th 2017 I got a call from a woman I didn’t know. She said my daughter Heather had just died. That the EMTs was still there. An her fiance came home from work an found her like that I thought I’d already suffered the worse loss with the death of my parents. I was wrong. My heart didn’t just break an huge hole formed an it can never be filled. She was 29. So much life left to live. She was so beautiful. I still can’t believe she’s not here. Heather your foreverse my Angel. I love you

Talbott

Michelle

‘COOKIE’, my (BIG) BABY BROTHER…I’m in my 16th year of sobriety now, 8 years after your death, but I almost died too….you were so proud of me…but our FAMILY has had GENERATIONS of genetic predisposition to ADDICTION and we’re in social denial …and because of ‘success for some’, our ADDICTION-FACTOR was kept hush hush…generations of us dying prematurely because others won’t get involved…i don’t know…im not a PhD…im just a sober Big Sister still struggling with your absence…I didn’t know someone could cry so hard for so long and still be alive… I’m so BLESSED to have had you in my LIFE…My Dad died when I was 5 …Mom remarried and you were born when I was 8 years old…I got to go to the Hospital and SEE MY NEW BABY BROTHER! OHHHN WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BABY!!! {{{YOU}}} WERE THE FIRST {{{JOY}}} I REMEMBER! ….PEOPLE PLEASE START THE “ADDICTION FACTOR” CONVERSATION and NEVER GIVE UP!! MIZPAH, “JIMMY”☝️

Michigan

Sister-Sue

Rachelle, it has been 4 long painful months since you left. I still play back in my mind everyday what the police told me at 11:15 am on August 23,2017. You were only on Meth for a few months. It took over you and took your life in such a short time. It’s just not fair!!!! I feel like this pain will Never ease. You probably didn’t know how loved you were. (are) We miss you so much. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t breathe. Your daughter misses you. Your sisters. I tried to get you help but I was too late. I’m so sorry. I love you my baby

Lake Charles, LA US

Sherri

Issa my only son u left us to soon u took my heart and ur sister heart with u we missed u a lot I hope the law change when a mother cries and beg the system for help Answe we get we can’t force someone to a rehab against there own will ..u kidding us!! It’s a bad addiction a disease there not aware there wrong we are hear our voices and sentence them to rehabs pleas
Issa from 4/15/95 to 11/12/17
R.I.P my son

Long Island ny

Alice

Darrin, When they told me you were gone I was in shock and devastated. Not Darrin. He knew when it was enough. I see now that this disease is smarter than we are. We truly loved you Darrin. You made us laugh and you looked out for us. I only wish that we could have looked out for you even after death . Your absent family did exactly what you were so afraid of. I’m sorry Darin.

Asheboro

Beverly

To my son, Ranon’

I love you and miss you so much! I wish I would have done more. I wish I could have saved you. Finally, you are at peace and relieved from all your suffering. I don’t think you had any idea that you were loved by so many people. I hope to see you again someday.

With all my love,
Your mom.

January 1977–May 2017

Dayton, Ohio, Montgomery County

Ramona N.

My mom committed suicide on December 6,2017 via overdose leaving my brother ( age 15) and myself (age 17) we never really knew our mom we were taken out of her home by our grandparents when we are 5 and 3 and we tried to keep a relationship but she let it go and so we hadn’t seen her in many many years. So her death has caused a lot of emotions. But the only thing I would change of the while situation is being able to tell my mom I love her and godbye but I didn’t and couldn’t. I miss her very much. I don’t miss her cause of the relationship we had I miss her cause of the things we never had.

Knoxville

Kimber

This tribute is for my mom,who had struggled with addiction her whole life..and lost the battle three days ago.I watched her kill herself for years..many battles over what to do,how to cope etc. Never solved anything..she always reverted back.I felt as though she didn’t love me enough to want to stay and try to be better.That battle is over now she overdosed..alone..I have no idea how she felt in that moment.I do know I loved her and underneath the disease she loved me…but it won.She was a beautiful caring soul that fell prey to evil and I will forever miss her.I hope to see you well again one day ..free of pain.I love you Mom.

ELDRIDGE

Kasey

Tee, you’ll always live on in our hearts… Your sorely missed 😔 you light up any room with your beautiful smile… xxx

Sydney Coogee

Simon

My biological mom committed suicide by overdosing on December 6 2017. I been taken out of her home by my grandparents when I was 5. I hadn’t seen her in 10 years I’m 17 now so I was starting to want to see her before I moved on completely with my life. The day she died mom ( my grandmother but I call her mom) and I had started a folder of thing to show her when we meet after I turned 18 and the next day we get a call saying my mom had overdosed and didn’t make it. She was very depressed cause she hung out with the people who didn’t care about her and so she hated her life if I only could have seen her one more time I would have told her how loved she was by my brother and I and she didn’t need to feel alone but we couldn’t talk to her and let her know.

Knoxville TN

Kimber

To Tiffany, you’ll forever be missed by family and friends. Your free to watch over us from Heaven.. Save a spot for me..
From
Simon xx

Sydney Coogee

Simon

To Tiffany, your much loved and missed by friends and family. You’ll forever be free, amongst the sky’s… Love Simon xx

Sydney Coogee

Simon

To my brother who I miss every time I take a breathe. Kallen William S. forever 22.

Mission, BC, Canada

Alix S.

Shannon Henderson..age 26, overdosed on heroin. My great sister, a mother, daughter, and best friend. Never forgotten and always loved in our hearts! Love and miss you shannon! Rest easy for one day we will see each other again! Love you 💘

Louisville, ky

Mmh

Sonia passed away on December 11, 2017 after a heartbreaking battle with drug addiction. Throughout her life she had survived many difficult and life shattering experiences that she felt could only be covered by the numbing effects of drugs. Although unfortunate we will not remember Sonia for her struggles, only the loving, bighearted person she was. She was more than that. She was a mother to six, daughter, sister, grandmother, and friend to many. Her outgoing and friendly personality led her to befriend many from different walks of life. She never once discriminated against anyone, and was often helping others- even when she couldn’t help herself. How we wish things could have been different and she could have received the same in return; no judgement, just understanding and concern. We mourn Sonia- all that she was given, all that she deserved, and all that she could have been. We will carry her and her story on in hopes that we do not lose sight of our loved ones and focus on their addiction rather than the person. Sonia was a good, kind soul who rose above her struggles until it was too hard to stay afloat, and fell into an addiction far greater than she could control. She will be missed immensely.

Springfield

Lianna

MENANDS

MENANDS

GlennM

Jennifer Ann M., if love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Always in our hearts.
12/2/1972-12/24/2017
Grandmother, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Friend.

Wilmington

Kaylin

Justin Dean B. lost his battle on September 20, 2017. He was 25 years old.

Walkertown, NC

Kim

I love you always David D. I will never forget you. I hope to see you in my dreams. Hopefully we will be together in heaven. I miss my best friend

Brookeville

Melo

I lost my mother to an overdose last week. She used from the age 17 off and on till the day she died at the age of 55. The day we found out we were devastated and began to plan her wake and services but it turned out not to be so simple. My mother was very secretive and lied about her drug use. We found out our mother had been dead for about 4 days and could not be identified. It was our worst nightmare and the hardest thing any of us has ever dealt with. She pushed my siblings and myself away because of her drug use a few ago so none of us had contact with her. We grew up in state custody bouncing from house to house in foster homes. She was still a great person when she was clean and even at some points of her life when she was using. Everyone knew her where she was from. She was very giving, loving and accepting. She had a very ruff life growing up and didn’t have the best example to follow when it came to parenting. My siblings and myself are going to be forever tormented by our mother sudden, tragic horrific death. I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. I hope that one day they’ll be places people with addiction can go to for help right away and not have to jump through hoops to get help.

Springfield Massachusetts USA

Lianna

My son, Gregory D., died of an accidental drug overdose on October 9th, 2017. He was 27 years old. I adored my son and find it extremely hard to live without him. He had overdosed four times before (that I know of), two of which I found him in the throws of, and was able to rush him to the hospital in time. The last time, on October 9th, I did not get home in time to save him. He fought his addiction for years. He was the smartest, funniest and most loving person you could ever have the pleasure to know. Over one thousand people attended his wake – almost all were his friends, as we have only a tiny family. THAT, seeing his friends lined up for blocks and blocks waiting to come into the funeral home, was a testament to his unique spirit. The funeral home, seeing the people lined up, opened the service an hour early and stayed open an extra hour so that everyone could come in to pay their respects. He was so deeply loved, especially by me, and will forever be missed. My heart aches for him, my boy, my Greggie.

Rockville Centre, Nassau County New York, USA

Audrey D.

My baby brother, I miss and love you…
Kenneth (Boomer) R.
July 8, 83 – Nov. 30, 17
RIP

huntington, wv

frances r

Mary Beth U.
07/14/94-08/23/17❤
&&
Dominic V.
04/19/91-09/03/17
Losing you both so close together over this breaks me into pieces . You’ll be forever missed and always remembered. I love you both.

Lake Villa, Illinois, USA

Karmen

Many years ago my best friend, Beth Borden Long committed suicide in her home. She had many jaw surgeries like I also had. We had many things in common. When I learned that she had died, I had to have therapy for about a year or more. It was so painful to lose my best friend. If anyone is considering Over Dosing, please do not do that. You will hurt your family members and those that are your friends. This is very serious. My daughter lost her husband due to an Over Dose of prescription drugs. Please do not ever do this to your family and loved ones. They will never forget and they will be in so much pain from losing their friend, or loved ones. I hope that everyone will read this message. Please think before you do something that you can’t undo.

Kingwood, TX, USA

Connie

I knew Joy Hunley. She was a very special lady. Unfortunately, she O.D. Her mother is my best friend from elementary school in Houston, TX. I want everyone to know that I have lost my son-in-law to an O.D. and my best friend that lived in Bellaire, TX also committed suicide. I have lost many good friends and I hope that I don’t lose anymore to an Over Dose of any type of medications. This is very serious. Anyone that reads what I have written had better think twice before they Over Dose. This affects all family members and loved ones. This is nothing to sneeze about. This is very serious. Joy and her brother came to my home when we lived in Katy, TX. They were great kids. Now, Joy’s brother has lost his sister and I am pretty sure that he would never do anything to hurt his self. Please understand that when a person Over Doses, they hurt everyone that cares about them. Mostly their family members and loved ones hurt and feel the pain for a very long time.

Kingwood, TX, USA

Connie

My baby brother Shawn lost his battle with addiction this past week. We will miss him dearly. He was and will always be so much more than just an addict.

Marysville Wa

Bree G.

Oh my Anthony, I am lost for words. Ur battle won u. I tried so hard to save u from yourself. I lost my life partner Anthony Russell, for 26 years, on July 20, 2017. He left me to live his own life, with his own rules, a new crowd of friends. The bad dirty things he done to me that I may never understand but I have been told that’s what addiction does. It controls the addict and they hurt their loved ones cuz of it. I’m struggling still with grief from our separation cuz u were in my life for such a long time. It’s like I lost my right arm. I lost my best friend, my life partner. Then the griief of u dying. Hurts so much to know that I fought so hard to help u and no matter how hard I fought I still couldn’t save u from yourself.its like the devil came in and tore u from our lives. The life u were living wasn’t living. I hope wherever u are u finally found peace and no stress with yourself. I can’t even fathom the lose yet. I just thought I would do this to help me with it built up inside of me to get it off my chest. I loved u when we started and I loved u for all those years. I will always love u. I always have, and I always will. U and I have a lot of
Good memories in our years. I will not ever forget you. I have u still in our 2 daughters which I thankful for. They r having a very hard time without their dad. Until we meet again and I do hope we do. Bless ur soul. Love and miss u Anthony. I can’t believe ur really gone.

Kent county, nb, canada

Kathy G.

You left almost three years ago. I miss you every minute of every day. Thank you for the gift of the children you left me. I know we will meet again. I’m trying so hard to move forward. I know that’s what you would want me to do . Love you Mom. Erik James C. April 18. 1980-May 23. 2015.

Whitmore lake Mi

Judy B.

Hi John,
It’ll be a year January 1st, 2018 since you left us. I just want to let you know that I will never let Liam forget about his uncle John, so don’t worry. I will never let anyone forget you. Your hard work, your dedication and your ability to always get right back up fighting. You became in the time since you married my sister one of my best friends, someone I could be open and honest with, someone I could be myself and not worry about judgement. You were never afraid to tell us you loved us, and I regret not telling you more how much you really meant to us. You were a lost soul just looking for someone to love you for the person you were and I wish you found it. I wish in the end you weren’t so broken to turn back to cocaine. I love you John. Your death taught me a valuable life lesson, to never turn your back on anyone and to never think of yourself as better than anyone else. We are all one life decipn away from rock bottom. Fly free John, I love you.

John Thomas Rea
1/8/88 – 1/1/17
Cocaine laced with fentanyl overdose

Plainville, MA

Jesse

Sammy girl , 18 years old – died of heroin overdose in July 2017. Heartbroken , still can’t believe she’s gone.

South Plainfield, NJ USA

Jane

To my sister and her 3 sons you all left me because of drugs. I was so made at God and you when you left, could not understand why he would take all of you.Josh my sisters youngest son was murdered because of drugs 12 years ago he was only 25 and my sister shortly after she couldn’t fight her demons anymore.I almost gave up when you both left me still fighting the depression and health problems it caused then sept. 2014 drugs took your other 2 boys the holidays are coming i miss you all so much i will always love all of you more then you will every know.I still blame myself some how thinking i could save all of you if i had been a better sister,if i had been a better aunt if i would of spent more time with you.i think all of us feel that when you loose some one we love.I will smile and try to live me life happy for all of you because i know thats what you would want.Till we meet again remember how much i love all of you and miss you so much your sister and aunt Peggy

Cincinnati Ohio

Peggy

Lost a beautiful, funny, outgoing father of two little girls, a brother, uncle, son, and friend to many, many people. Before he became a shell of himself, everyone referred to him as the mayor because he talked to everyone, and everyone loved him. He had a passion for plants, landscaping, trees and making people laugh. Because he worked in landscaping, he ultimately ended up with back pain and was prescribed pain killers, which inevitably turned into heroin. We lost our Shayne Ryan on 11/18/2017.

Bowie, MD

Meagan

This is to Timothy Troy Haddock aka Maddog aka Crying Bear. The Death Certificate said you died from a Methadone over dose. You had been prescribed this medication in the past and with it you were set free from Heroine. But on this day you took it unprescribed and you were clean from both methadone and Heroine feeling alone and unloved you took it from a person on the streets. How can this be fair. One was suppose to save you from the other and when administered correctly it did. So brother I can speak for you from the grave. We grew up together and I know what you would say. Youngsters and all you OGs don’t let that Methadone fool you like it did me. Let that devil go and let Jesus rule over you and be your King.

Bakersfield CA

Sharon

Edmonton
I give speeches on the effects of opiates. The dangers involved in doing opiates. I was hooked to opiates for 47 yrs. I overdosed 4 times. Now I give back I would love to be a part of your organization
My no. Is 587-778-6730
Call any time. I speak to 3rd year pharmaceutical students today at 1 pm at U of A

Edmonton

Ronald

This is for my cousin Erika.. I wish I had done more when you were here

Canada

Jenna

JOHN GORTON L.

​Hey Johnny,
So I’m really missing you today; almost in tears again. I can’t believe in a few months, it will be two years since you’ve been gone. The pain is still fresh. I feel like I talked to you just last week. I still sometimes wonder why I haven’t heard from you, or I expect a text or call from you. For a brief moment, I’ll have a memory I want to tell you about, and then I remember I can’t. Or can I? I hope you’re listening/reading.

God, I love you Johnny. I have ALWAYS loved you so much, unconditionally, and I always will. There really are no words or a way to describe the love I had for you (and still do). I even wrote a couple of letters to you BEFORE you died…on days that I was missing you; on the days I prayed you could remain sober for a year so we could get back together (that was always the deal).

Sometimes, I wish I would have shown you those letters, but I know they wouldn’t have helped anything. They might have just made you sad. All I can hope for is an afterlife, where I’ll see you again. Even if I only see you for a moment, all I want to tell you is how much I love you. I have such vivid dreams about you, and that’s always the most important thing to me…to make you understand how LOVED you are. Not just by me, but by your family.

Anyway, I’m sorry for writing another sad message. I just want to get my point across. I wonder how Heaven is? I wish you could answer me. I just want you to be happy. Your happiness always meant as much to me as my own.

I love you Johnny. I better see you again; if not in an afterlife, then keep visiting me in my dreams. You’re forever a part of me.

Love, Lexi

Tampa, FL

Lexi B.

Michael had back issues and was prescribed Vicodin. For several years he took less than he was prescribed. After a couple of years of being on the prescription pain killers. He ended up having trouble getting his prescriptions. He was physically dependent and could not get what he needed. He bought what he needed off the street and eventually found Suboxone. He did well on it for a while but he hated the side effects of the high dose he was prescribed. Eventually he moved from Vicodin to Percocet to heroin. He willingly went to rehab two times. The second time he really wanted to be clean but he did not stick with his aftercare and eventually relapsed. He tried really hard to hide his drug use from me. He hid both relapses following rehab for many weeks. I realized he had relapsed and was quickly going downhill. We talked a little about it and two nights later I was going to have a serious conversation about his drug use where I was going to tell him he needed to go to rehab or I was divorcing him. He did not come home that night. He got paid that day and went and bought some heroin after work, snorted it and passed away. I know he really wanted to be clean. The last thing he said to me was talking about our future. I feel so cheated that this damn disease took him from me. I wish he would have been successful in fighting it.

WOODBRIDGE, Virginia

Paula

To keep on going
Since you’ve gone
Is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I wear a mask from day to day
and try to cope in my own way.
I will miss you til we meet again,
and long for you each day til then.
There’s now a hole no one can fill,
In my heart —I Love you Still!
Matthew Ryan C.
I am with you always,
Love you,
Mom

Indianapolis, IN

Lisa R.

On October 12th, I learned a lesson that I wish I never had to learn. Addiction does not discriminate. Months ago, I sat in a meeting, listening to the healthcare director at my work talk about signing up for Narcan training. I thought to myself, “I will never need that. All of our students seem to have it together and I don’t know anyone personally who will ever need anything like that.”

On October 12th, I got a call early in the morning that my cousin, Jeff, had overdosed on heroin. I am angry at myself for being so blinded by privilege to believe that I would never be directly impacted by this epidemic. He was 43 years old, just about a year and a half older than me. I hadn’t seen him in a few years, but he was one of those people that was always there. It didn’t matter how much time had passed, you could sit down with him and talk like no time had passed at all. I am very sad and angry that he is no longer here. He was a son, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a nephew and a cousin. We shared a life story that I wasn’t ready to close the book on. RIP, Jeff.

Hagerstown, MD USA

Bettnie

I love and miss my aunt geri so much. I lost her to an overdose. She was a huge part of my life and an amazing person who just couldnt beat it. R.I.P Aunt Geri! Love always

PORT DEPOSIT

Jessica

I lost my little brother just two weeks ago to this horrible disease.he had just gotten out of treatment the week before. I’m heartbroken that I will never see him again. I wish so much that he Could have beaten this disease and we could have had the sister and brother relationship I so much wanted. The only thing that gives me comfort is knowing that you are not struggling with the pain of your addiction anymore. I love you my little brother. Love your Sissy

Petal,Ms

Melissa

March 19th 2016 is the day I lost my sister. She passed away of a heroin laced with fentanyl overdose. I will always remember her for the happy amazing person she was. She always put others before herself and always made sure her children had everything they needed. Her children were well loved by their momma, and now that she is gone there will always be a part of our hearts missing. A void that can never be filled. Though she would have wanted us to be happy and not cry at her loss it’s impossible. Her name is Amber Toth (Parwulski) . She was 29 when we lost her. She had a birthday that just passed. October 25th she would have been 31 . Amber was outgoing, loving, kind hearted and she has an amazing personality. Anyone who knows her knows that. Her love still dwells within and she will never be forgotten. I love you Bobo , love your baby sister Nikki

Buffalo Ny

Nichole

I’ve lost so many. Since 1994, when 14 of my family friends overdosed, it’s been a constant. I struggled. I spent almost 12y on heroin. I have been Clean for a decade, and yet, still losing people. I quit counting at 50. Heroin is a liar. I know that now. Please if you’re struggling, know that it’s possible to quit. I’m living proof. I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss here. I know it too well. All my friends are ghosts now. rip all of you. Sandy, Richard, jamie, Zack , Tim, so many…it hurts. And I miss you

Madison, wi

Cd

RIP Skylar B.

Kawartha Lakes Ontario Canada

Frank D.

Josh was 40 when he died of an overdose on 9/28/17. He was very smart, took good care of his body, ate well, had very good friends, was loved by his parents and siblings; had a series of short-lived jobs but big plans for his future employment; finally had a really nice car to drive around; never married but thought one day when he got drug free he would find the right girl–all this but he could not resist the lure of cocaine, alcohol, and whatever else he would include in his binges. He thought it wouldn’t happen to him, but all it takes is one “oops” bad decision and your dead. His death was a fear we lived with for over 20 years and despite endless attempts to provide help, were powerless to prevent for it is the addict who must act on behalf of his own life. Now, it is we who must live with the sadness left behind.

Philadelphia

Ron

On October 10, 2017 I lost my Fiancee and the father to my unborn child to a heroin overdose. His name was Colin and he was only 33 years old. He struggled with addiction for years and years. He was a kind hearted and loving guy with a great sense of humor and I miss him every day.

Macon, GA USA

Nicole

Matt Cinamon
9/12/85 -10/11/17
“You left me with beautiful memories, your love is still my guide. And tho I cannot see you … your always at my side “
For the rest of my life, I will love you.

Ann Arbor MI

Jennifer

I loved the conversations we had..So many great chats….U are so missed Billy..I love U..

Dalton MA.

SHIRLEY

My darling daughter Nicole Louise. Passed away 5 weeks before your 19th birthday. It has been 25 hard years since you passed awsy. There is not a single day that passes that i dont think about you. Still missing you like crazy.
Eternal love, mum xx

Melbourne Australia

Brenda

To all the people reading the tributes on here… I am so sorry for your pain. If anyone has ever thought of taking an overdose: it is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Nothing is hopeless. Ring someone. Ring Lifeline. You are worthy of living. Don’t you just let anyone win. Fight for your life. Tired of fighting fight harder. You feel alone it you are not alone.

Australia

Broken heart

My husband i lost on July 10, 2017 I spoken with him from 12p-12:45 p not knowing that was the last conversation that i would ever have with him… After work i began to call him around 5:05 PM no answer i began to look, and ask questions.. His father lead me to the home that he was last seen at.. I approached the door, a lady lead me to a coach that he was said to be asleep on i began to call out his name and say wake up. I touch him he was cold i began performing CPR until EMS workers arrived.. I could not believe that nobody in the room notice that he was not breathing until i came… Cocaine overdose…. I would ask him was he back using drugs he replied no… I would encourage him that he could stay clean and remain clean but i found him of a overdose.. We were married for 4 years, and had a 2 year old little boy who loved his father to the moon and back… Why did he have to go so soon, drug addiction is very powerful and can take the best out of here if help is not seek out. This is a life experience that have changed me forever..

TOLEDO

K

I’ve lost two very close people to me from a heroine overdose within the months of August and September, 2017. To Kristen, my beautiful cousin, I hope you have found your peace and happiness up above me in your new forever home. Not a day goes by that you’re not in my mind. I love you so much, always and forever. To Jesse, my shining light. My best friend. You took a part of me when you left, but I want you to keep that part of me until we meet again. Your fight was so long and so courageous, all I can do is pray that you’re out of the pain, anger and frustration. I know you’re smiling down on me. You’re my handsome angel now. I hope that you both will feel so very proud in all that I do here on Earth in honor of your fights. Even with all my grief and emptiness, I will live my life to the fullest, because you guys wouldn’t want it any other way. I will use my voice to spread awareness of drug overdose. I promise. I love you both more than words could ever explain.

Wayne, New Jersey, United States

Amanda

October 23 is a day I will always remember as that is the morning I found that my son had hung himself. He was addicted to heroin, he had just lost his license for a dwi and his girlfriend of 14 years broke up with him. I wish there was something i could have done to help him. He had been at rosecrance treatment facility 6 mos. Prior to his suicide. RIP my sweet darling son. 22 years was not enough time to spend with u, we were both cheated of our time together. I miss you every day. I wake up thinking of you until I go to bed every day. You were my life my everything. Love you son,

Mom

Aurora

Susan L.

August 7th, 2017 we lost the love of my life, a loving son, supporting brother, and friend. Jordan like many fought the disease to the end. He was a beautiful soul who loved life, spending time with his family, golfing and horses. We were to be married September 15th, he will forever be my soulmate and champion of my heart. We miss you everyday Jordan, we know you continue to be with us and watch over us. I will miss you everyday until my last breath, Together Forever. XOXO

Colchester/VT

Cynthia

On Sept 20, 2017 the light burned out for our baby brother of 31yrs. He was a fun loving guy that would do anything for anyone except love himself enough to get clean. We love and miss you and will always help you son remember the wonderful things about you. Spread you wings bro…till we meet again

St louis

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united state

paulines

Love to Michelle Jugan and Jimmy Harms who did not make it.

Pittsburgh, Pa.

Marian

Adrian 10/30/88-08/10/17
We love you and miss you so much. You will be in our hearts forever. We will meet you in heaven.

Leitchfield, KY USA

Kacey

My son was 27 when he died of an overdose. He had struggled with addiction since his teens. He left behind a daughter, a brother, his parents who loved him beyond words, nothing was enough to save him from himself.

Ozark, Mo, USA

Katherine S.

Little Surfer Girl,
The day I found you was one of the worst days of my life. I’ve struggled numerous times. What could I have done differently. Although I’ve been asked to not mention your name, the date I found you, or anything that will give way to who you really are, I wanted to say you are more then your addiction. You were kind, loving, funny and beautiful inside and out. There’s nothing to honor your memory. No grave, no tribute with your real name, however I will always remember you. Always…

San Diego,CA

Stewart

Rest my friend.

Hernando, MS USA

Eric

In March of 2017 my beautiful daughter, Grace Louise P., died of a prescription drug overdose in her dorm room in Richmond, Virginia. She was only twenty-two. The week she died, was VCU’s spring break. The doctor she had been seeing had just prescribed new medication at a much higher dose than the medications already prescribed, and did this right before the break, when most everyone was gone. Grace was extremely gifted musically, she played the flute, and was very artistic. She was a kind, compassionate young woman and one of my greatest joys. She was one of six children and her siblings miss her terribly. I miss her every day and have a hard time knowing I will never get to hear her laugh, see her beautiful smile, or just get to talk with her again.
Grace Louise P.
09 July 1994- 10 March 2017

Kelkheim, Germany

Marci’a

My brother Jordan fought a battle I can’t even comprehend. I was by his side through it all, our whole family was…
I will never stop loving you and I will never stop fighting for you. Although the magnitude of my grief is unspeakable I do hope you have found peace. The world will never have another one like you, not only were you intelligent and caring you were full of unconditional love. Your smile, your humor and unending ability to make the world shine are just a few of the million things I will miss. You were always so much more than your disease and your memory will live on forever. I love you Jordan.

Rutland, VT

Lindsay

Sean,
You were an amazing person who fought a horrible demon that ended up taking your life and continues to haunt the streets of the world. Your two boys and I miss you everyday and everyday there isn’t a moment we don’t think of you and wish you were here. You were an amazing person who didn’t deserve this.
You will always have my heart and I will never forget who you truly were.

Love you, Sam

Carson City NV

Samantha Perry

Sean,
You were an amazing person who fought a horrible demon that ended up taking your life and continues to haunt the streets of the world. Your two boys and I miss you everyday and everyday there isn’t a moment we don’t think of you and wish you were here. You were an amazing person who didn’t deserve this.
You will always have my heart and I will never forget who you truly were.

Love you, Sam

Carson City NV

Not sure what struggles landed us here but hearing the drugs took your life last night as so many including myself left speechless and shocked. May all the struggles and pain now be gone as you lay in the arms of the Lord. May God bless your family and wrap them in comfort especially your 3 kids. May you Rest In Peace, you are gone but will not be forgotten

Madison, WI USA

Melissa

Sam passed away two years ago due to an overdose. Sam was outgoing and very street smart. She loved her children and her boyfriend very much. She was an amazing mother to her four kids. Before she passed away, she accomplished numerous things. She was able to get custody of her children back which was not possible for the area that we live in. She obtained her own vehicle and a three bedroom house all within one year. She advocated for her boyfriend that was actively using to get into treatment in which he was able to do through her. She was working two jobs while also taking care of her children. She was trying to rebuild family relationships through therapy. Once she set her mind to something, she followed through with it. She had two years of sobriety and was working on her issues in treatment. She was very loyal to those that she cared about and we want to remember her forever.

Doylestown, PA

Scott

Thank you to all the courageous, strong, Santa Barbara moms, dads, brothers, families, friends, partners, and children who came to honor and remember “All Those Who Walked The Hard Miles, But Did Not Make It.” “You’re never forgotten”. We had a beautiful purple circle of light on the beach”.

Recovery Fusion Santa Barbara, CA USA

Robbin O.G

To my brother Brian, I am so sorry that I didn’t try to help you. I don’t even know if I could have, but now I will never know. I didn’t like the choices you made, but I loved you. I am sorry that I didn’t tell you. I pray that you are at peace now, and I hope to someday see you again. I love you.

Kermit WV USA

Denise

You meant alot to everybody that knew you and were the closest person in my life nothing will make the sadness of the years since any better.
Hope to see you soon and that you aren’t hurting anymore.

Cumming GA Forsyth County

brad

My son, Jared, died July 2016 from an overdose. From day 1 he challenged us in so many ways and struggled more than half his life with addiction and anxiety. Yet he had such a sensitive side, with so much love for his family, especially his sister and daughter. He befriended many throughout his journey, as seen by attendees who paid their respects after his passing. Sobriety, though infrequent, brought out the very best in him and I cherish those times. There’s a small bit of comfort knowing he’s not struggling anymore and is flying free but it doesn’t fill that empty feeling I have. Always remembered, always LOVED 💖

New Castle

Heidi

I attended an “International Overdose Awareness Day” Event, In Honor of The Love of My Life and Baby’s Father, Tucker Henry R.I.P., he passed away Oct. 28, 2016, from Heroin overdose at 26 yrs. old..he is deeply missed and holds a place in my heart forever.. It was a Very Emotional and Beautiful Event. Thank You For Everything You Do For Our Community and throughout the World!

Las Vegas

Jennifer P.

Missing you deeply my son. Forever in my heart. Love , Mom

Miami, Florida 33176 USA

Eric F.

I lost my beautiful baby sister Lauren to a fentanyl overdose on June 11th, 2016. She was only 21. Lauren, I miss you more than I could ever possibly describe and I love you more than you’ll ever know. My heart will always be broken with you gone.

San Diego, CA

Taryn

Today I think of Tim. Tim was funny and good company. I recall him in the kitchen of a shared house, casually showing me the leopard print undies he had stolen from his new lover; he had decided to wear them. Black jacket and a foppish mod haircut, he was a beautiful young man.
He was alone at the time; he became isolated, and I believe that was a strong component of what happened. Try not shut people out.

Hobart, Tasmania

Andrew

I lost my youngest son, Jordan, to an accidental drug overdose on April 25, 2016. He will always be remembered and loved. 21 years was not enough time with him but I am thankful that he does not have to fight this terrible disease any longer.

McMinnville, TN. USA

Princess

On January 24th, 2013 my 23 year old baby brother overdosed on heroin. His death has left such a huge whole in my heart and family. International Overdose Awareness Day has made me think so much! Honestly I didn’t know that this was internationally recognized. I woke up today just like I have many times before. I got my kids off to school and made a trip to Costco. As i cruised through Facebook today I realized that this day exists! Here are some of the many thoughts I have as I reflect on the loss of my brother and my own battle with addiction…

* NO ONE plans to become an addict!
* NO ONE expects addiction to take the their life!
*Addiction is the result of a multitude of reasons…not just the desire to get high. Some are trying to numb pain, forget trauma, escape a horrible reality. If you have EVER had a beer or glass wine because you’ve had a tough day…you were just a few beers, glasses of wine or hit away from addiction!
*EVERY addict is someone’s loved one!

If you know someone battling addiction…speak up! Fight like hell for them because they absolutely need help! Call them everyday! Seek professional help! Never give up! You can always regret the things you did but can never get another chance to do more!

I pray for each addict and their family. ❤

I miss you Steven!
#overdoseawareness

Bakersfield, CA

Stephanie

Sadly I tried to post a tribute but failed to do it in time.
My beautiful son Simon passed on 5.5.2016 aged 33.
Every day is an awareness day for me.
He tried so very hard to quit his addiction and accidentally overdosed.
I carry him in my heart every minute of every day.
I love him and miss him more than any words can say.

Emsworth, Hampshire UK

Penny

Lost my beautiful wife September 13, 2016.
Miss you every single day my sweetheart.

Kelowna

Shawn

My son John died on Dec 22, 2015 from a heroin overdose which was laced with Fentanol. He battled this demon which finally took his life. He was only 35 years old and left a 7 year old son. He is greatly missed.

Hixson

Psula

We will never forget you Patrick. You left this world much to soon. We will always love you and remember the happy times.

Bandera, Texas

Kathy U.

Newark-My beloved daughter you are truly missed!! NEVER FORGOTTEN RIP ELIZABETH

Newark

Lydia

Remembering a great man today! We miss you every day !! Always in our hearts, gone but not forgotten RIP Greg ❤❤❤❤❤

Goose creek, sc

Jennifer

I miss you my dearest cousin Krissy Nagy. I hate this disease and I’m going to keep fighting this fight for you❤
To my dear friend Danielle Smeall. May you Rest In Peace my friend. I miss and love you both.

Akron

Brandi M.

My 16 YR old daughter suffers from depression and has tried to overdose twice. We were very lucky the second time was touch and go, but we were very lucky. My heart and prayers go out to everyone and there loved ones who did lose someone.

North Pekin IL USA

Danya

My darling son I miss you so much. You were taken from me 17th Aug 2016 but you are here with me 24/7.

London

Rita P.

Dino left this world too early. He was too young but his demons were too much. My sister, Patty always loved him and his 2 children were young but they loved their father no matter what. Dino missed out on all the big moments in their lives. He lives on through these two beautiful and successful adults and even a grandson. I know he is proud and smiling down on them. But this was not the way his story should have ended.

God bless everyone that has lost a loved one too early and to an overdose. My love and prayers are with you all!

woodhaven, MI USA

MaryBeth

In loving memory of my beloved brother, Norman F., who was only 36 years old. He fought the ‘addiction demon’ with all he had but lost the battle on 10-14-16. I want people to remember him for who he was and not what the horrid disease turned him onto. We miss him terribly and struggle everyday without him yet we keep holding on to the wonderful memories we have and the hope that he is finally at peace and free. I will love you always and miss you forever Norm!!!

Fowlerville, MI

Carlee Z.

In loving memory of my beloved brother, Norman F., who was only 36 years old. He fought the ‘addiction demon’ with all he had but lost the battle on 10-14-16. I want people to remember him for who he was and not what the horrid disease turned him onto. We miss him terribly and struggle everyday without him yet we keep holding on to the wonderful memories we have and the hope that he is finally at peace and free. I will love you always and miss you forever Norm!!!

Fowlerville

Carlee Z.

My darling daughter Carley. You are missed everyday. Part of me left with you, my heart. I know you tried your best to beat this evil disease. Will always feel like I could have done more. I know you are safe now. Love you my Angel💙

Grimsby ontario

Debbie

Tribute for Gavin G. He was a 19 year old kid with laughter that could ignite a crowd. We miss him because of a fatal drug overdose of methadone pills he took out of a purse and had no idea of the dosing. I hope that prescription drugs are limited and over prescribing stops….Also if people would start referring to the synthetic name of the street drug instead of an outdated name that is no longer organic such as herion. It is synthetic poison now. Bless all of us that have lost our kids too soon for these overdoses, the life loss of a loved family member is unexplainable grief.

Bonney Lake WA

Sara

My beautiful son Kerry died 2/20/15. I begged him to get help 2/18, he was dead two days later. His brother & I will never be the same. He was my first born son. He was perfect looking when he was born, at 8 pm 10/26/88, like the Gerber baby. Now his ashes are in my attic, I can’t bear to spread them, it makes it too real. There were 2 hundred people at his service. He never met a stranger. Opioids kill.

Greenbelt, mD

Sarah P.C

For Kevin B> you’ve been on my mind a lot lately dude. Hope you’re doing well up there.

Chicago, IL

Jenny B.

Travis , you will always be remembered and missed dearly , you will forever be in our hearts , love mom 💜

McKees Rocks , Pa

Josephine R.

Mario DeCecco-Rodriguez
4/21/93-1/9/16

Dearest Mario,
Even though I didn’t know you, it seems like I did with what you’ve left behind.
YOUR death I wish I could prevent like while watching a movie, to be able to press rewind.
Your mother hides her hurt inside and cries for you each day
I know you didn’t mean to hurt her and if you could, you’d take it all away.
I’m sorry that you’re gone, I’d just like to say…
Your life had more meaning than the drug that took you away.
Please help your mother to remember all the good times that you’ve shared, all the laughs, kisses, hugs, and things you said…
Keep them in her heart, her life, and in her head.
Let her know it’s alright to live her life each day,
And perhaps be less focused on the horrible thing that took you away.
Let her laugh, to love, and to live,
And most of all, herself to forgive.
She did all she could to save you, but in the end she couldn’t.
Each day she creates a hell to live, believes there might have been something, so this decision that you made to take this drug that stole your life, you wouldn’t.
I know you to be a skater who likes blue and red,
And that you are cheering in in heaven for every punch Mayweather landed on McGregor’s head.
Your body was filled with tattoos and you were used to winning and never lose.
It sucks this choice you made has ended your life like this,
But just know there are so many you’ve touched and ALL of them will miss… They wish you would have stayed.
The way you laughed and loved, the music you played,
the cologne you wore,
and so much you will be missed for…
Finally, I pray to make this heroin STOP stealing even MORE!!!

Buffalo, New York

Kim G.

My love….. missn you terribly…..now you are safe and out if harms way….RIP my son love mom

Reno nv

Christine

I miss you every day Dave

Ocala

Mary Lou

We are so lucky to have had our brilliant and beautiful daughter, Isabella, for 20 years. We love you, Bella!

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Christy Sammartano

How I wrote it in my recent local paper…
https://edmondsbeacon.villagesoup.com/p/opioid-crisis-take-it-personally-moments-notice/1683971

Edmonds, WA

Maria

In memory of my beautiful 17 year old son, Cody, who was the light of so many people’s lives and tragically died on June 1, 2017 of an accidental prescription drug overdose. He is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

Carpinteria, California USA

Melisa I.

My son’s brother, Tyler, passed away on Oct 2, 2016 from a heroin overdose. We will never be able to fill the hole in our hearts. You are missed so much every day and we’ll never be the same without you. We never thought we’d have to say goodbye to you so soon. We will forever carry you in our hearts, the countless memories…it’ll never get easier for any of us no matter how hard we try to push forward. We just hope that you are at peace not having to battle this monster anymore. All our love #forever24

Toms River, NJ

Kimberly

Alexis Lenti much loved and adored daughter of Frank and Maureen. Mother of Brayden

A person never knows what strength they have until there is no other choice.

Worcester MA USA

Kathryn

Loving memory Rachel O’Dette watch over your mother Myra Lazarowitz O’Dette…never knew how strong she was until she had no other choice.
Love you always
Kathy

Worcester MA USA

Kathryn

Nate, I miss you so much big brother! I thank God every day you are finally at peace and are healed from addiction, living in Heaven and reunited with mom. All my love until we meet see you again!

Findlay/OH USA

Beth

Baltimore
My brother, Will (Willy to so many) , had a picture postcard life. Beautiful wife, beautiful daughter, home in a nice neighborhood with a large yard for his dog to run and play with his little girl. Introduced to a person who had nothing to lose. Led him down a long, dark road to Heroin. Lost his perfect life; then lost his soul; then took his last breath after battling an addiction for 10 years. He died March 14, 2015. I Miss him with every breath I take. It doesn’t seem real. I keep waiting for him to walk thru my door. What does help, is that my son is his twin, in looks, not attitude. I Love You Willy!!!

Baltimore

Terri P.

Emily … it’s been 671 days since you left us. Not an hour goes by that I don’t think of you. Your brothers and I miss you so very much.
Love you more with each breath
Mommy

NIAGARA FALLS

Paula Jean C.

In memory of my beautiful daughter, Amber Pearl M., who died from an accidental fentanyl overdose on January 23, 2017. She was a light in a very dark world, who is missed each and every day by all of her family and friends but especially her mama, daddy, her baby brother Chase, the love of her life Bryan, her JoJo, Gabby, Kylee, Raquel and her very special Memere. We love you baby girl more than all of the stars in the sky.

Portland/Maine/USA

Jen M.

It has only been 8 months since I lost my only sister. EVERYDAY and double today I think of her and her suffering. I think about all the negative things people thought about her as she struggled. it is so important to raise awareness about the DISEASE. She struggled, she tried so hard but she lost the battle. Even if just one person can start over today I can smile. RIP my sister, my friend Carrie. I love you! I miss you!

Cleveland,ohio

Sue M.

RIP 1/15/88-6/2/09 (Nephew) Andrew “A.A” Missing you everyday

Elizabethtown, Ky

Mary Alice

I lost my grandson on 7-25-16. He was better than me. He was the best person I ever knew. He had his problems in that last year of his life. He was 29. He was smart, good, charismatic, and kind. He could have been anything. He was a good warm loving man, a dad with a 5 year old. He should be here. I loved him more than life. His passing was a loss to me and to the world.

Los Angeles, USA

Marcia

My Chook,
I miss you so much and look forward to being reunited with you. Make sure you come find me when I get to heaven.
Love DT xxx

Melbourne, Australia

Dad

I lost my son on 3-4-2017 of a drug overdose he was a star athletic in football and disc had a associates degree in auto mechanics.also just got a master Subaru technitions degree had blonde hair and blue eyes so handsome worked at the same job for 16 yrs addiction does not decrminate he was awesome son it has destroyed are family so defestating I am his momma and I will not ever be whole again my heart is broken and will never meand.please reach out for help my son wouldn’t because he was assamed and would have been stigmatis that would have been better then death .I’m praying Everyday for a cure and for all that suffer from this horrible diesese please God help us all amen .

Jefferson pa

Melinda J.

Memory of my sweet Preston

Bismarck/ North Dakota

Emalee

Christian Thomas Toner “Turtle”
I miss you so much. You was my very best friend the closest person I had to me. Its so hard to accept that this disease took you away way too soon. I think of you everyday and love you with all my heart and soul!

Knoxville, tn

Tia

My beloved partner, the man I planned to grow old with and the father to my babies…Gone. In the blink of an eye our lives will never be the same again.

Guelph Ontario

Melissa

To my very best friend,my first Love&Father of our first born,Kylee Marie,JB Bennett,you will forever be deeply missed,as of today,August 30,2017,it’s been 1year&30 days since we lost you to your demons.The pain we feel everyday is unimaginable😢It’s a pain&A void that we will never get back.The pain will forever be there.This drug too my daughters father 19 days before her 16th Birthday.I hope by having these vigils&being aware that this drug does not discriminate and will not stop unless we all keep our children and loved ones wide eyed to what this drug can really do because the effects are everlasting for the families..To all those we have lost Please keep watch over your loved ones,to those who are still fighting,keep fighting,know YOU ARE WORTH IT AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT LOVE YOU even when you feel you’re not loved and to those,like myself who have lost someone very close,just know you’re not alone and WE WILL find an end to these tragedies…UNTIL OUR SKYS MEET.I LOVE YOU JAY❤️
❤️FOREVER&ALWAYS❤️
💙INFINITY+INFINITY💙

Quincy

Christina McLaughlin

To my beloved son Joseph. We lost you to an opioid overdose on May 26, 2017 at the young age of 19. Sadly there was fentanyl mixed in. I know you did not want to leave us so soon. You left us so suddenly and tragically. You had so many dreams and plans for your future. I am sorry that you had to battle this disease. You were a sensitive, beautiful person with a love of the outdoors. Our hearts are forever broken and our lives forever changed. We love you so much Joe and miss you desperately. Until we see you again.
Love you infinity times infinity,
Momma

Lawrenceville, GA USA

Kathi A.

Janice we miss you so incredibly much… It’s been the hardest five months ever. This wasn’t supposed to be like this.
She loved, lived, laughed and left.
Be your own kind of beautiful.

Washington Ga

Shela L.

We struggled. Every single day together, both from our disease… and i watched…no i let you walk away and never saw you again.. you left 3-7-2015 and 3 days later, the cops come knocking on our door, the rehab we both entered. Together. Told me they found you dead with a needle in your arm. And i want you to know that any other day i would have followed you..but i had just found out i was pregnant. And so i stayed for my little faith of a mustard seed…im coming up on 3 yrs clean 11-4-2014 is my clean date…bitter sweet bcuz it would have been yours to. Our daughter is beautiful. She looks just like you. And i will fight this battle until the day i die so that i can raise our daughter right, relapse will never be an option and i want you to know you did not die in vein and i refuse to let our daughter be another statistic…
And i remember our wedding vows, through sickness and in health, until death do us part…
We were both sick and the disease took you out and im so sorry. I just want you to know that i loved you and thank you for my beautiful angel you left behind. I love you.

Charlotte

Jennifer

In memory of our beautiful daughter, Jennifer Flood ❤️
You are forever loved and missed.
May you rest in peace. Miss you forever.

Valley Cottage, NY

John & Laraine

In honor of my little brother, who struggled and fought and wrestled with his demons and addictions for so long, until he struggled no more. He passed away last year, accidentally overdosing on heroin in the same bedroom that we grew up playing in as children. I am positive that the sun got a little less bright on the day he left us… but I am also sure that he is no longer trapped in the cycles of pain and self-loathing that fueled his disease, and for that I am somehow grateful. I miss my brother with every fiber of my being, and wish that he was here to see his nephews and niece grow into such incredibly cool little people… wish that he was here to ease my parents’ loss… wish that I could just hear him laugh and crack a joke with his deep Pittsburgh-ese drawl…

I carry you with me Sean…. we will use your story to help others. You matter, so much more than you ever understood. I love you.

Charlotte, NC

Alison Hindman Talleri

Lost all my friends to overdoses i sit here alone now

Melbourne

Tara

Dear Jeff,
I can’t believe that you have been gone almost 14 years. I know you tried hard to stay in recovery. I’m sorry that you made a mistake in combining a deadly combination of drugs that cost you your life. Your mom and dad and sister have never stopped grieving every single day, since we lost you. We watch your son struggle with not having a dad, and navigating the difficult waters of being a teenager, and struggling with more loss than anyone his age should have experienced. I have tried to be the best “Grammy Bear” to him, and Caitie has also tried to be the very best Auntie. I hope you and Marc are at peace and with Grandma and Grandpa. No one loved you more unconditionally than your Grandma. In honor of you and Marc, I continue to work in prevention to try to support youth in making healthy decisions and not getting started down the treacherous path of addiction. It’s not easy, because my losses are in my face every day. It would be easier to just turn away from this heartache! Dad and I try to live the best, most loving and compassionate lives we can, and use every ounce of energy and faith to survive our losses. No parent should have to travel this journey, especially when they tried to so hard to raise their children with a village of people who loved them. Many dreams were forever gone when we lost you and Marc. You are in our hearts forever, Mom

Vancouver, WA 98686

Kathy Deschner

This is in tribute to my nephew Spencer Warfield who passed away Oct 14,2012. This was a wonderful man who was a treasure to our family. When you think of people who have died –remember they were loved and they are not forgotten. They are usually bundled into a group as misfits. This is not true. Look into your heart the next time you judge and then pray for this country to help those still out there who are in pain.

Silver Creek, Washington USA

Sharon Morris

Mata T you left us on 17th September 2014. I always loved you and told everyone I knew. I’m sorry I turned you away the last time I saw you, I had my baby with me and I was so scared I wouldn’t be able to say “no” if you offered me drugs. When you died I wanted to come to the funeral but I felt so ashamed that we had used together all those times. I didn’t want to face your family knowing we were so unwell together.
I always hoped you would find recovery so we could be together again.

Auckland, New Zealand

Jen

Mo Babe I know that you never intended to leave me alone , so do not worry my love , remember the love we shared remains eternal ,
Like two grains of sand in a desert storm we are only scattered but with luck one day we will find each other again .
love sweety .

malta

michael

For my daughter Monica 8/7/1993-4/6/2015.
In the aftermath,
There is still a struggle
The struggle of living without you.

Dallas

Shelly

Remembering my darling Erif – forever loved and missed.

Northwich, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Kate

Planted in loving memory Rachel O’Dette loved eternally by mother Myra Lazarowitz Odette
Kathy loves you always.

Worcester MA USA

kathy

In loving memory of cherished daughter Alexis Lenti
Frank and Maureen (parents) son Brayden

Worcester MA USA

Kathryn

I wish I could have done something to save you. I wish I had been able to fly you home for Christmas. I wish that when you reached out to your previous treatment center for help, they would have answered you sooner. I wish someone could have stopped you. I wish your halfway house would have put you on lockdown when you admitted to using instead of sending you home. I wish you hadn’t been across the country. I wish you hadn’t died alone. I wish I could have kept you safe. I feel like I did everything I could, but I also feel like it could never have been enough. I miss you every day, my beautiful daughter, forever young, brilliant, hilarious and full of hope. I am furious you died before me and empty without you.

Wilmington, DE, USA

Jessica

If only they had safe injection sites, or Narcan available as it is today years ago… My father died on Oct 26, 1995 of a drug overdose in downtown Eastside, in the stall of a women’s washroom in the Dodson Hotel. If only we had the knowledge we have today back then, maybe someone could have saved his life. RIP Dad.. Wilson Mason Murdock March 18, 1962-Oct 26, 1995
I love you dad, and I miss you

Vancouver BC, Canada

Jess Murdock-Jack

In honor of my sister, Hannah Brock, who went into sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 27 on 3/18/17 from an allergic reaction to fentanyl and is recovering from a brain injury … we love you, keep fighting!

Union, KY USA

Rachel Rivera

To my Rich, you are missed more than you could ever imagine. I know your suffering has ended, and that is a relief to me. But missing you is a heartache that never ends. I never wanted to get used to life without you here. My worst nightmare. I am trying my best though, to honor you every day. As always, I love you Homes.

Worcester, MA USA

Sarah

To my daughter Amanda, may she found the peace and serenity that she was always looking for.
Rest in peace Amanda

love Dad

courtenay b.c

danny oleary

I lost my dad to an overdose when I was just 12 yeats old. 8 years later, I lost my cousin to an overdose just 9 days after my birthday. Overdose Awareness has now became an everyday topic in my life. I know the pain of watching a family member suffer along with the whole family suffering as well. 💜

Washington DC

Breanna

Missing your smile and your tender ways. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about you. You have gone to a place where there is no worries and no problems. You are gone but the love is there in our hearts
Gone but never forgotten.

Stoughton, Ma.USA

Barbara Edmondson

Rest in peace Craig – Love you, MOM

Shrewsbury, MA USA

Angie

In Memory of Julieanne May O’Day (May Family)

Alexis L –(father Frank)

Worcester MA USA

Kathryn

Bridge Team are made from peer workers who are active and Ex drug users working for harm reduction in Kabul Afghanistan we are going to the active drug scenes every day and find several overdose cases every month and some of these has been retrieved by our teammates’ and most of them has died. Because we only petrol in official day time. Only having a small number of Naloxone.
Afghanistan Have more than 3 million drug users and more than a million are homeless live under the Bridges and streets who mostly over dose in each 1000 we can find 5 to 20 overdose cases and 4 percent of the cause the death we last Mohammad Hanif , Ismail, Reza, Muhsin, Kaber and many others…
we need world attention to overdose management at the end i want to say thank you Mr MAT SOUTHWELL a CoAct partner for training of Bridge Peer worker on Overdose management to save live of our Brothers here in Kabul Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan

Abdur Raheem Reajaey

Robin Scott MacDonald – 10.2.70-18.11.97
A dearly loved son and brother who paid the ultimate price to heroin for his addiction aged 27.
Sadly gone from our lives but now thankfully set free from his demons.
Will never be forgotten by his Mum, Dad and brother Sean

Cheltenham Gloucestershire UK

Irene MacDonald

My younger brother Tommy Michael Mount passed away on November 20, 2016 from a lethal mixture of drugs, including heroin. Tommy was only 19 years old. He was a fun, outgoing, free- spirited person. He loved to make people laugh and was good at it. Tommy battled with some demons inside which led him to turn to alcohol and drugs at such a young age. He got involved with a not so good group of people and it just got worse from there. He was at the age where he though he was invincible and that he wouldn’t get hurt or even worse die. But sadly, that wasn’t the case. Tommy is deeply missed every second of everyday. But the memories we have of and with him are forever cherished like our personal little movies.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Jennifer Mount

Missing you Monica. forever in our hearts

Florida

Helene

In Loving Memory of Mandy Michele Darby:

A young woman who wanted to live life to the fullest. Mandy loved music, fairs and
different events. May people remember her with the love and enthusiasm she gave
life.

Baltimore, MD (Anne Arundel County)

Leslie

In loving memory of Alexis Lenti cherished daughter of Frank and Maureen

worcester ma usa

Kathryn

planted in memory of Julieanne May O’Day (May Family)

worcester ma usa

kathy

I lost my father Jeff Fowler to a heroin overdose on Jan.20th 2015 he is very sadly missed

circleville

Melinda Fowler

I lost my father Jeff Fowler to a heroin overdose on Jan.20th 2015 he is very sadly missed

circleville

Melinda Fowler

In memory of my son, Jonathan Pattison. Love never dies.

Deep River, ON

leona morley

My son my heart is broken . I love you forever my love.

Philadelphia Pa

Lou lou

We lost the vibrant spirit of Katrina , on June 14 , 2015.
The Heroine was tainted , she never had a chance, when the needle hit her vein, and she flew to heaven.

Fort Myers, Florida USA

Candice Algeo

I’m planning a balloon Release on August 31st. To help people in my community remember loved ones lost. My number one reason for doing this is that I lost my mother on August 2nd 2015 to an overdose.

Hanceville, Alabama

Brandy Raymond

I just found out that I lost a really good friend, 2days after the fact, due to an opioid overdose! I’ve overdosed several times myself, but I’ve been very lucky! I just wanna say it is very important to let the ppl closest to a person, because the hardest part of an overdose is not being able to say good-bye!
R•I•P TRAVIS CLARK

Anchorage, Ak

Shannon Houtz

My big brother struggled with addiction. After his second rehab he passed away from an overdose at 30 years young. It’s so hard to continue living without him, I have a gaping hole in my life no one and nothing could ever fill.

-David-
Your life was a blessing
Your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure

Missoula, Montana, USA

Danielle

In memory of my son Brent “Bone” 8/1/1992-10/2/2016
You are loved and missed by your family and friends.. Love Ma Dukes

Lock Haven PA

Tami

I send this in memory of my beloved son David P Borandi. He died from Heroine/fetanyl/codeine mix. He was my only child. Parents who go through this die two deaths, one when their child begins to use, the battle of while they are using and then the ultimate death, when they die completely. It’s a devastating reality, you are never the same again.

Pittsburgh, PA

Elizabeth

To my son Brandon and my son Chad~Your so missed and so loved everyday! Forever 23!

longwood

Tammy

I am sorry for the way you died, all dirty and full of dope. You deserved better. You were praying that night, so loud and so personal to Jesus. You were praying for people that you loved to be delivered from the things that hold them back. You also did state your faith in Jesus that night. It was dark in the house and cold, we had no power that night. You finally got quiet and sat down then fell asleep. I thought it was good that you got quiet and sleep. I didn’t expect you to die on the couch that night. We had not been living right, not sleeping, not eating, full of this drug or that drug. I’m sorry I didn’t recognize that you were in an overdose that night, that you were dying. I’m so sorry to your family. I didn’t know. You were praying out loud to God that night almost as if you were testing the limits with the amount of pills you took. I dont even know, too many. But you wanted to be sure of your salvation, out loud before you sat down to rest.

Pensacola, Florida

Kathryn

Alex Michael Gillen 8-4-88 to 12-12-14
Like so many others, our beloved child was taken from us far too soon. His light shines brightly forever in out hearts. At his core he was a good man. In reflection, we now understand that our son’s suffering was real. Throughout his short but meaningful life, he demonstrated a strong sense of genuine love. People are imperfect. We are comforted in knowing that on that day, at that moment…he was perfect in Gods eyes and no longer needed this world.

Carmel Indiana

Gary & Lisa

I will always remember and love my only child, Dakota (Cody) Martin Faso. 2-2-1993-7-1-2011.

Palm beach gardens, Florida

Gayle

I will always carry my only child, Dakota Martin Faso, in my heart….everyday.
2-2-1993—-7-1-2011
Until we meet again……

Palm beach Gardens, Florida

Gayle

To my baby boy RJ, always in my heart, always on my mind. You will never be forgotten. 2/28/1985-5/24/2015- forever 30. I miss you so much

Alpharetta, Georgia-USA

Sue Swinson

For my soulmate, Shane Ryan Vincent. You are missed more than you will ever know. Life has been dark since you left. Love you always

York, PA USA

Angela Grabowski

My nephew Jason battled with addiction for many years. On November 15,2015 he lost that battle to an accidental overdose of heroin and fentanyl. I think of him often and miss his contagious smile. Forever loved and in our hearts. Forever missed.

Lunenburg, MA

Tracy

My beautiful sister, Bonnie, struggled for many years with addiction and we lost her on July 27th 2017 from an overdose. She left a hole in our hearts that has been unbearable for every family member, especially her 16 year old daughter and husband, who have to learn to live in a home without the person that filled the house with love. Losing my sister to addiction has been a reality that this disease does affect not only the individual, but the entire family. She is a beautiful soul and I miss her so much. She is no longer battling this disease and is at peace. Our hearts are so incredibly broken! I love Bon, my beautiful little sister. XO

Pennsylvania, US

Michelle

On March 21, 2017 we lost our beautiful boy Nicholas Tupper to an accidental overdose of fentanyl and heroin. Nicky battled this disease for over 12 years and the only comfort we take now is he no longer fights that daily demon and darkness. Nick had a beautiful and kind heart. Even on the worst days he would reach out to let me know he loved me, reach out to others and try to lift them up. Playing his guitar, writing music and singing were his passion and healing. He loved with all of his being.
My son never told me that he wanted to grow up and be an addict. I told him daily that I believed and he needed too as well. Nicky, my heart is forever empty, I miss your smile, your laughter, your hugs. Let others hear the message that they need to continue to believe!
I love you, today, tomorrow and forever Mommy

Stuart, FL, USA

Robin

My beautiful son Maxwell, you are missed every single second of the day. We were so lucky to have you in our lives for your short 19 years. So many wonderful memories, always so inquisitive, wanting to know everything. Baseball games, fishing, skiing, walks in the forest, pushing you in the swing for hours, chicken nuggets and my world famous brownies. Life will never be the same without you that’s for sure. Frito-Bandito follows me everywhere. I’m happy you are free from addiction finally. Rest In Peace my sweet boy. Until we meet again, muma

Miami fl

Sarah couper

On November 1, 2016 my beautiful son Daniel Lee Bishop died of an accidental prescription drug (opioids) overdose. He had been trying to withdraw from them at my home, had a brand new job he loved and after 3 weeks was doing so much better and then for 4 days straight he was all messed up and I could not get through to him. My oldest son found him dead in his room and all of our lives, including his beautiful 7 yo daughter’s, were drastically changed forever. He was a wonderful son, a great brother, an amazing father. His death has left a hole in our family and brought us all to our knees. I pray that other families out there can do more for their loved ones than we were able to do for Daniel.

Coatesville

Gina Wethington

I recently lost my son Jonathan sometime between June 26-27 body found July 4,2017 still awaiting for return of bones for his services. My life is forever changed we all miss you so much our hearts are broken. I know you are no longer suffering and all you wanted in life was to be happy and loved and this disease the beast kept you from ever finding or seeing the love that was around you. We will all miss your smile and laughter you will for ever be in our hearts not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. I hope that one day there will be an easier way to help fight this disease so other parents,wife,husbands,brothers,sisters do not have to go through the heart break that we all are going through and to end the suffering that you all are going through. I love you Jonathan
Love Mom

Willoughby OH

Linda

In Memory of my cousin William (Bill) Rollins. You are so dearly missed and I wish I could have taken away your pain. Love you.

Hinsdale, MA USA

Amanda Joppru

I love you for all eternity my son. Maurice Anthony 03/25/92-07/12/16

New Ulm, Mn. USA

Lisa Kelley

I found my son August 4th 2016. He died from overdose. He left behind a daughter 2 and his mother and siblings who loved him more than anything. We love you Joshua thomas mcclaine and i will always share your story and try to help others

butler pa

Donna

Shane Hendrickson 8/24/71-10/1/2014 we love and miss you greatly. You left a hole in your sons heart and a hole in our lives. I know you struggled everyday and tried a few times to let it go but sadly it won and we lost you. I remember your silliness and kind heart the good memories are the ones we focus on. Miss you always my best friend you are missed

Salt lake city, Utah USA

Heather

“Cowboy Chris” 1988-2012 Loving Dad, Son, Grandson, Brother and Uncle.

Safford, AZ

Jan

Beautiful James, my nephew and closest to a son I will ever have. Although you have left this world, the love and connection never end. Happy, sweet thoughts to you, James. I love you.

LA (via Michigan)

Aunt Debbie

Lost a close friend to this disease I am aware and I’m asking everyone to also be aware I would love to have one of them pins to show my condolences to all the families..much love

Kingsport TN Sullivan county

Summer

I would like to honor and remember my son James Alexander Groth. Who died of a heroin/ Fentanyl overdose on November 12, 2016. I am trying to make awareness and put up a billboard and website.
ThisIsJames-OurSon-HisStory.org

Flino Michigan USA

Sandra Groth

My son k. brandon cook 2 8 88 passed on 8 3 16 from accidental overdose due to heroin and fentanal forever loved and missed by all

Toms river nj

Louise

Debbie, Nola, Helga, Rikki, Ronnie, Lionel, Titch, John, Marcus, Bradley , Lisa, Big Dave, Noel, ‘A’, Danny, Sissy, Kerry, Tammy
Each of you were in a chapter of my journey, each of you bring a smile as I wipe away the tears. I will never forget you and always be thankful that at some point we were in each others lives. Thank you all for the memories
Lisa xxxx

Preston

Lisa

My son, Jason died January 22nd 2017 from fentanyl….he was a heroin addict many years. Died age 38. Every day is hard….I miss him…

Largo, Fl

Debbi

RIP Skylar Baldwin. https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-naloxone-kits-free

Lindsay Ontario Canada

Frank

To My much loved Son,
It has been two and a half years since you passed away from a heroin overdose.
My heart is broken and my life will never be the same.
You were the best son anyone could ask for…so loyal and you loved your family so much.
Forever Loved, Forever in my heart.
Your Mother…REST IN PEACE SON…XOX

Dandenong

Irene

Simone
Another minute, another hour, another day and another year without you. You were my everything-my soft place to fall. With you gone every day is a struggle-even after all this time. I can’t wait until we’re together again. Keep a place in the naughty corner for me. I love and miss you more than i could ever imagine-lisa xxxx♡♡♡♡xxx

Preston

Lisa

Often we felt like an anorexic with 5 mouths, and I’m sorry life isn’t fair.
I’m sorry you were alone in the end.
Truly, you were remarkable.

Michigan

Your Friend

Nicole Carey borned December 3rd 1990 passed June 10th 2016. Our life was not meant to be lived without you.

USA

Sonya Carey

Matthew Timothy Snyder
September 9, 1989 – July 20, 2017
Matthew was an adventurous, resourceful, and talented person. Matthew was loved by so many some of which include his mother (Kathy) and father (Scott), 4 brothers and a sister. He put everyone’s needs before his own. Matthew loved his kids, Keegan (2yrs old), Ava (6 yrs old) and his fiancé Shayna more than anything in the world. He could be found working on a project at his job with Local 80 Sheet Metal Workers or playing games with his nieces and nephews. Matthew knew how to put a smile on everyone’s face! Matthew’s smile will be missed. Matthew had a heart of gold. We are committed to raising overdose awareness so that no family has to endure this heart wrenching pain.
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Warren, Michigan

Jennifer Archer

I lost my son James Amato/Jimmy to an accidental heroin overdose on October 3, 2010. He was my oldest boy, only 24 years old. I miss my son every minute of every day. My other 3 children now have to grow up without their big brother who loved them so much. My hope and prayer is that no more parents have to lose their child to this disease of addiction.

Crestwood, IL USA

Tami Kotinek

In memory of my beautiful baby girl Briana, who passed away 4/24/17 from an overdose at age 26.
“If my love could have saved you, you would’ve lived forever”

Lake Ariel,PA

Barbara

Missing my Tigger

Grants Pass Oregon USA

Bill Padilla

Honoring Joey Ritchie on 8/31 and everyday

Statesville, NC

Debbie

In remembrance of our son, Kevin O’Brien, who died on 12/01/16 of an overdose. He is forever loved. Forever missed.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Nancy

Dearest son, You are so very loved and cherished by me and your older brother , John. There is a quiet spot in the forrest here and I visit with you everyday. I write all about you, every detail. Even your favotite songs and our “secret chats Love is stronger than grief and sorrow. MOM

Boston, MA

Maryanne kasper

Holding you close.
In memory of JNZ. 4/11/94- 8/17/17 💚

Mpls, MN

Ed

I’ve lost too many loved ones, family, friends and acquaintances to Street Drugs, Prescription Drugs, Over The Counter Medications, but most were from overdosing on Psychiatric Prescribed Medications, Alcohol or mixture of the mentioned above with Alcohol.
I’ve daily worries about some of my loved ones in and out of their addictions, Over Medicated by physicians, Lack of Monitoring, on top of pre-existing Mental Illness.
I never know from one day to the next how their moods and behaviors will be, if they’re institutionalized again, hospitalized, in prison, lying in a ditch somewhere or DEAD. Every time the phone rings, my heart races with fear dreading more tragic news of another loved one claimed by drugs. Whether it was intentional suicide, unexpected overdose leading to a brain injury or other permanent disability, overdose leading to a murder or Death brought on in any manner from overdose whether heart, kidneys, liver, lungs brain, etc., overdose is overdose and we need to shed light on this epidemic, educate Everyone of every walk of life, raise awareness, provide needed help to Everyone, especially, those at high risk and provide a system to connect all medical doctors, hospitals, therapists, clinics and pharmacies in real time to be alert regarding a patient’s medication history, background and who all is prescribing what and when.
More red flags need to go off alerting all to possible danger ahead for the patient. Intervention and life saving steps can help save a loved one’s life.
May our creators rest the souls of all my loved ones claimed though overdose and protect the lives of those suffering now that help arrives soon providing a safe means for escape.
Bless everyone left behind who carries grief within and those who may die today from overdosing, intentional or accidental.
Give strength and healing to the ones who survived overdosing, but live with disabilities, traumatic brain injury, handicaps, health issues, mental illness, etc. caused by the overdosing itself.
May a healthy, positive and permanent solution to this overdose epidemic arrive soon before we lose another soul.

~Malachi S. Costanzo

USA

Malachi Sebastian Costanzo

My beautiful baby sister Samantha’s life was taken way to soon! Only 31yrs old! She struggled for years with the disease of addiction and on Oct 30,2016 she overdosed on heroin laced with fentynal! She left us Nov.3,2016. She left behind a 5 yr old and 5 siblings! Samantha I know you are no longer suffering but it’s so hard to live my life without my Best Friend, my sister! I miss you every single day! We will never let your daughter forget you!! Rest in Paradise Sis Love ❤️ Paula

Merritt Island, Fla

Paula

To the love of my life you always had a smile on your face no matter what hardships you faced. You made me laugh, you made me cry, but most importantly you loved me you and you made me feel the love I deserved! You were an amazing father,lover, and fighter I just wish you didnt fight your last battle alone. To the most important person in my life I love you <3 R.I.P Ross Steenhagen J*U*ICE Forever

twin lakes wisconsin

Nikki

You Are Loved And Missed Everyday Robby! Gone Too Soin My Love.

Jacksonville FL

Autum Allen

Rest in Paradise Patrick ❤

Seattle

Sarah

In memory of my son Eric Russell Lindsey March 14, 1986 – June 9, 2017. I love you always, and I miss you every minute of every day.

Cleveland Ohio USA

Denise M Lindsey

Fly high with the angels my beautiful daughter precious daughter.. Shannon M. Henderson… until we meet again.

Hanover, indiana

Charlotte lindsey- Henderson

To my angel Andrew I miss you everyday that your not here , I will do this for us, love you with every inch of my heart and soul

Walworth

Deanna

I lost my first born son, Dylan Justis Lancaster, to overdose on 3/23/16. He was 21 years old. His father passed of natural causes 20 days prior and he was trying to numb his pain. My son was witty, funny, smart, beautiful & kind. He was my bright & shiny star. I grieve for him every single day. I am so sorry I couldn’t ease your broken heart son.

Villa Rica, GA

Elaine

Lord be with the addict who is sick and looking for help.
Let them know that you hear them, that there is nothing…
No shame, no sin…nothing blocking their voice from your ear.
Lord, help them to feel your love, help them to know your strength,
help them to accept your mercy.
Lord, you are the way to the serenity they seek. Amen

Written in memory of my beautiful boy, Josh, who I hold in my heart
Till I can hold him in heaven.

Richfield, OH

Linda

My sweet boy was lost in February after a 10-year battle. He was kind, sweet, compassionate. Now he is just gone, and the dealers keep selling. Miss him every day.

Springfield

Alicia

I lost my best friend to prescription medication, I also once lost myself to addiction!! Addiction is a very scary and powerful thing!! Just hearing the word “overdose” scares the hell outta me!! The reason I choose to stay clean is first and foremost for myself and the second reason is for the people who didn’t make it!! I want each and everyone to know that, whether I know you or I don’t know you or even if we have never even met. I ALWAYS say a prayer for the addict that still suffers, for the families, friends and loved ones that have to also go through it with them and for the people that lost their lives and to all their friends and family and loved ones that have to face the heartache for the rest of their lives!! 💜

Clearfield, Utah

Jacquelyn

To my brother Andrew and sister Helen. You were my best friends. Love you and miss your more with each anniversary. Understand your pain now. X

Edinburgh

Jackie

My brother John died of a heroin overdose on December 10th 2015. He was 30 years old,I miss him every single day. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh.

Grand Rapids MI

Michelle

Mike Spires you are missed more than words can say! I love you and I wanted to leave a tribute in honor of National Overdose Awareness Day which is August 31st. because you were the best and deserve to not go unrecognized by passing from this horrible disease. There’s not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and all the memories we made together as best friends. Someday we will meet again, until then it’s not goodbye it’s see you again someday.
Love Kim

Methuen Ma US

Kim

My brother John died of a heroin overdose on December 10th 2015. He was 30 years old,I miss him every single day. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh.

Grand Rapids MI

Michelle

My son Josh died on 10/19/2017 of a heroin/fentanyl overdose after struggling with his addiction for several years. He would have been 30 next month. He was in and out of 6 rehab struggling to stay clean and start over but just couldn’t overcome this terrible disease. He tried over and over because he didn’t want this type of life. No one wants to be an addict. Something needs to be done to help those battling this terrible disease.

Leland

Audrey

Our sweet kind beautiful boy Travis Sebastian Fettig passed from an accidental heroin overdose on January 6, 2017. He had fought his battle with drugs since the age of 16. He was 20 when he passed. His battle with drugs started the summer after his freshman year of high school. He had emergency surgery on his leg due to “Compartment Syndrome” He was 30 minutes away from losing his leg when the orthopedic leg surgeon carted him out of the emergency room. He was on a morphine drip for a week in the hospital. He suffered nerve damage from the surgery. They sliced his leg on both sides to remove the pressure. He was on strong pain pills after the surgery. He then moved to marijuana when the pain prescription ended. Eventually moving to heroin. He was in rehab over the Thanksgiving to Christmas time. He was moved to sober living on December 27th. He showed up a our door on January 5th. He had been placed on a 5 day probation by the sober living house because he drank a beer on Sunday. That Tuesday was probably the best day we have spent with him since his battle began. We noticed a change on Wednesday. Thursday we could see more of a change. He went to a meeting at the sober house Thursday night. He came home and said good night and talked about the meeting. We said I love you for the last time. We found him Friday morning. He had passed that morning. He was a great kid that really did care about others. Probably more than he did about himself. He will be #Forever20 in Heaven. We look forward to seeing him in the future.

Flower Mound

Cyndee Fettig

My mom OD when i was 5 years old and now that ill be 19 next weekend its been 15 years without her it didnt have to be that way, but her addiction got the best of her. I just hope she is in a better place then what she was in when she was here on earth. One day i will see her again.

Moutain View Arkansas

Winter Rose

My beloved only child of 24, left this world on August 29, 2015. I never knew the extent of his drug use until 3 weeks prior to his death when he informed me he was a week clean and committed; he remained clean for a total of 4 weeks. He relapsed when his girlfriend blind-sided him with a break up. It wasn’t simply a single dose of heroin that killed him – it was a mixture of heroin & Fentanyl, which I’m certain he did not know that was what he was given. He died almost immediately. My final vision of my son was slumped over a toilet in partial rigor….his body hard and cold, his feet red and blue with white spots. I petted those feet and layed my head on his back until the EMS arrived and pulled me off. My screams and anguished sobbing must have been heard all around the neighborhood. Almost 2 years later the kid who gave him the mix finally confessed and is now facing charges of Drug Delivery Resulting in Death. But, where were all those friends who knew and said nothing? They lied to the police in multiple interviews, and they came to my house and I fed them and allowed them to take certain of Max’s possessions….why didn’t they speak up on his behalf? How could they all have gone to his memorial services and mourned him and written such loving comments – all stating how Max was their guardian and savior; how could they not stand up for him when he stood up for them? If you love someone, speak up and speak out! Don’t hide and don’t dare think that this is “just another” terrible thing happening in your life! Don’t become so used to your friends dying off that you lose sight of the destruction it causes their families, the community, your generation! Adults in the community need to speak up as well – don’t tell me months after that you knew my son was using! Heroin and opioids are stealing children from mothers, spouses, neighbors, communities, churches, employers……. Pennsylvania has the “Good Samaritan Law” protecting those who call 911 and stay with the overdose victim until EMS arrives; PA also has FREE Narcan for anyone to get at a pharmacy. Max & I had long talks about what we would do if we were in a position to “rat” on a friend; I know for a fact he would be the first one to call 911 if he saw a friend in trouble, even though he strugged with the dilemma. His friends failed him. I failed him. Grief is selfish – speaking up is selfless. Don’t let your next friend die because you are afraid or ignorant or selfish. Don’t you dare wallow in your own grief, when you know you could have done more. It is NEVER too late to speak up! Purple Bandanas are for Max – wear one to represent him. Start a hashtag “Purple Bandana” – an annual event will commence August 2018 to raise awareness and provide alternative “highs” – BMX biking, concerts, pool and poker tournaments, and more. Do it in the name of MAXXIMILLIANN. Do it in memory of or hope for anyone you know. PRPLbanDan4ev!

Snow Shoe, PA

Maxer’s Mom

I lost my beautiful Daughter April Burkette on 2/28/17 to fentanyl. She left behind a sweet little 8 year old daughter. I will always miss her smile. RIP my baby girl.

Falling Waters, WV

Donna

I lost my beautiful Daughter April Burkette on 2/28/17 to fentanyl. She left behind a sweet little 8 year old daughter. I will always miss her smile. RIP my baby girl.

Falling Waters, WV

Donna

In memory of my beloved son
Jason C. Musillo who overdosed and died
On May 22, 2017
My heart ❤️ is broken . I miss you so much and will never get over losing you – MomP9

Woodstock, New York

Kathy – Mom

In memory of my awesome, beloved son Ian Blair, who overdosed on heroin at age 24 in March 2015. Like so many afflicted by addiction, he had so much going for him and was loved by many. We miss him!

Sitka, Alaska

Amy

On 8-31-17 my sons memorial group and others will be coming together to create DANNYS CHAIN. This aptly named for my son Danny, who died of a carfentanal overdose and his body was dumped. Our purpose is to extend a purple ribbon all along to boardwalk in town. We want to turn the boardwalk purple in memory off all those lost to a drug overdose, not just my son, but all the Danny’s. My sons picture was recently featured in a special edition of People Magazine…The Faces of Heroin.

Algonac, Michigan 48001

Marie K Gerow

In loving memory of my sister, Anissa.
She battled with opioid addiction for many years due to an accident she had at the age of 15.
She was only 41 years old when she died at the hands of a “traveling” pharmacist who gave her methadone without reviewing her medical history, or her current medications. She went to sleep one night and stopped breathing.
She was a loving mother of 2 children, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a grand daughter, an aunt, a cousin, and a friend to many.
She is missed every day!
#sistersforever
#opiodawareness
#endoverdose

Bella Vista, Arkansas

April Goodson

Joe and Jeff…we miss you everyday.

Atlanta

M.

Remembering my beautiful mother, as she was taken from this world 4 years ago to this horrifying epidemic. RIP momma, I love you

Pennsylvania, US

Kelsee

On the 27th June 2016 I lost the love of my life and the father of our 2 beautiful children. No words can explain the pain it has brought to our lives everyday and looking in to my childrens faces with no explanation as to why daddy is no longer here with us. Heroin destroyed my family the only solace we have is that he is no longer fighting everyday and hope he is finally at peace. I love you Shane and will continue to until we meet again.
Love Shontelle

Hey dad i miss the cheekyness and fun it is really hard seeing kids with their dad’s and I really miss having you in my life and i am not ready to move on with out you i love you so much for the rest of my lifetime and wish you didnt have to leave us love always love from Jai

To daddy i miss you everday and wish you didnt have to go you will always be in my heart and i will forever be your princess. Love you forever Mahli

Perth WA Australia

Shontelle Sebo

I am a Recovering Alcoholic who has lost my cousin, 1 Amazing friend , a good friend and my brother to overdoses… Also, one incredible friend to me and many to Drunk driving. All in the span of 9 years. This has to ✋ STOP!!! STAND With ME AND OTHERS ON NATIONAL OVERDOSE DAY. 🙏💜

Maumee ohio

Sunni

Shane Graham

My Brother

Who knew you would be gone at 31 I still cant believe it.

I still think you may walk through the door and say “Hey Sis” torment the hell out of me or piss me off, then give me a cheeky smile and say with grin “Hey ….I love ya Sis”

My baby Brother who was bigger than me, my Best Friend, My younger sibling …yet somehow always the protector of me.

Im Sorry I couldn’t bring you back, I tried so hard… you were breathing for me until medical took over, Ill never forget that day, im so sorry.

Mum and I tore down your locked door in minutes when we heard you gasping for air.

I know that you had enough, you said so in anger that day minutes before you locked the door, I thought you were angry, now we know it as your final goodbye and that hurts.

The living nightmare Heroin ripped away my brother ANOTHER amazing life stolen from ANOTHER loving family unexpectedly without any remorse in true Heroin style.

On the 26-7-2016 Heroin you chose Shane, you took my Brother.

On that day…It… was…Our family’s turn, our turn to join the grieving club no one wants to be a part of. Our turn to say goodbye.

Its just over a year now and I cry more than before.

You Shane fought so hard for so long i watched your endless rounds night and day, in the ring with evil. The pain in your eyes in the last few weeks told me you were getting worn out from fighting the fight.

Heroins relentless punishment towards the end finally started rapidly tearing away your dreams and self belief.

We all underestimated the power of Heroins grip and although we all tried, it wasn’t enough.

No more fighting now baby bro, No more battles, no more daily tortures, your free that MONSTER is finally off your back.

Shane you fought one of the hardest and definately the most relentless, underestimated fights ever assigned to a human, im very proud that you stood up to the challenge, in the end you tapped out as many professional fighters do.

My Love for you my Brother is beyond words measure or explanation.

Finally no longer can Heroin stop my love from reaching your heart Shane, and i send it to you my brother all the time.

Rest Easy Shane – I miss you more and more every day, Love and Cuddles Nichole xxx

AUSTRALIA, PERTH, WANNEROO

Nichole Graham

Travis Sebastian Fettig was born on August 8, 1996. Travis was called back into the loving arms of his Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, on January 6, 2017 at the age of 20. He is survived by his parents, Neil and Cyndee Fettig of Flower Mound, his sister Taylor and her husband John Slaughter, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He will be missed tremendously for the rest of their lives.
Travis was a graduate of Edward S. Marcus High School in Flower Mound, and was recently promoted to Assistant Manager at Papa John’s. He was considered a leader by many who knew him and loved the challenge of leading others. Travis was passionate about science and technology, and he especially loved astronomy. He would obsessively devote time and energy to research any and every topic that he found interesting. Travis loved to travel. He enjoyed going on road trips to the beach, where he would surf and bury his sister in the sand. He loved sharing new music with family and friends, and he would listen to anything that he could get his hands on. Travis also loved learning. Recently, Travis had applied to school to become a Medical Technician this coming fall.
Travis always put others needs before his own. His giving heart extended to friends, family, animals, and strangers. He gave of himself graciously, and he did not ask for anything other than friendship in return. To continue this legacy, a scholarship has been set up in Travis’s memory at The Ranch at Clear Springs.

Flower Mound, TX United States

Neil Fettig

To my son Ryan who was active in meetings and overdose awareness walks. He died from heroin tainted with fentanyl on June 23, 2017. I and all his family miss him and pray that this epidemic can be eradicated. Ryan you will always by in my heart ❤️ I wish you were one of the survivors of this life stealing disease. Rest in peace my beautiful son. I am proud for the fight you fought but the disease was too strong. It took a beautiful life. Love ❤️ you from mom

Brookhaven PA 19015

Eileen

Our beloved son Andrew John Golen died on November 5, 2016 of a heroin and fentanyl overdose. Andrew was 29 years old. He is missed by his parents, his older brother, younger sister and many friends. Andrew was very proud to be a Navy veteran. He struggled over 4 years with this terrible disease. It caused him so much pain and embarrassment. We miss him so much! Love you Andrew!

Elizabeth Golen

Dearborn, Michigan

Elizabeth Golen

You will be forever in my heart my sweet son. Miss you so much.
Matt Chupella
5/18/1983-7/31/2015
Forever 32

Bethlehem, PA

MaryAnn Chupella

In honor of our son James Paoli
7/11/91-11/14/16 RIP

Denver, Colorado USA

Leti

Remembering my brother, my best friend, and too many friends of friends to count. It’s time to stop recreational drug use. It’s clearly playing with fire. For those who can’t help themselves, I pray they find the strength to fight and the support they need to win. Sending a heartfelt thanks to all the social workers, medical professionals and resource workers who are in the ring every day. Grateful there are so many resources in BC going towards this crisis from all angles. Sending endless love against this evil force plaguing our communities and to the hearts of those who feel they are forgotten. YOU ARE LIFE, YOU ARE LOVE. <3

Vancouver, BC, Canada

CB

To my dear precious son, Ryan Taylor Moore, you’ve been gone less than two weeks today. I was on the way to take you back to rehab and you got out of my car and said you couldn’t put your life on on hold and wanted to live a normal life. Well precious baby, you are now living more than a normal life, you are in the arms of Jesus. You were kind, big hearted, huge smile and such a tender mess. I prayed and prayed for God to deliver you and give you peace. He did, just not my plan. Your precious Madi and Amanda will always forever love you, as will your MJ and PD. We fought the hardest battle together right until the end, but heroin, like any other demon gets its stronghold and there are just no other words to say, other than I loved you, I’ll love you forever, and I know I went down fighting harder than ever. I’ll always wonder what more I could have done, but in the end, you are at peace and no longer fighting a fight that was already won at Calvary. You were my special needs kid and I wouldn’t trade one second that I spent trying to love you and save you. May you rest in peace in Jesus loving arms. In memory of my son, Ryan Taylor Moore, April 3, 1993 – August 11, 2017……..

Raleigh, NC

Kimmie P

June 16th this year my partner of almost 12 years and father of our two boys overdosed and passed away. He believed if we could all do one good deed a day for another human even if it’s as simple as a smile or holding a door the world be a better place and someday know peace. I love you Daniel Charles Vance. Life is far from the same without you!

Harper Woods

Grace VanSlembrouck

In honor of our son James Paoli
7/11/91-11/14/16 RIP

Denver, Colorado USA

Leti

In loving memory to my son Shawn Witter January 29, 1990 – May 11, 2017. I miss you so much my boy my heart aches. The herion devil took my son away. God bless us all.

Buffalo NY

Wendy

I lost my daughter around thanksgiving time in 2006. It was one of the worse days of my life. She was only 25 yrs old and overdosed on methadone and benzodiazepines. My heart has never fully healed from the loss.

Saskatchewan, Canada

Monica Murray

My son, Robert Rebyak was in the hospital on life support on March 17,2013. Doctor say he would not make it by the time I got there.
2 weeks later doctor says 50-50 chance he is such a strong boy .he passed away on 4/9/13 I’m miss him more than anything.wish I could hug him, kiss him ,and tell him i love him just one more time. Mom love’s you Rob ♡♡♡

North new Jersey

Ruthann Gaspari

I wish to pay tribute to my son Brandon Jefferson who tragically died of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl on October 7th 2015. Always loved and forever missed. Your mother and I love you too infinity and beyond son.

Fort McMurray Alberta Canada

Ken Jefferson

Clay Hart The Love of My Life..we missing you like crazy Best Friend..you are always on my mind & will be forever in my heart❤ I Love you Always Until we meet again!
May You Sleep in Peace👼 4-28-80_5-15-17💔

Baltimore, MD

Nina Smith

RIP sister. We miss you so much! I know you are in a better place and no longer in pain. I love you Kindra! #untilwemeetagain

Bemidji, MN USA

Danielle

I recently lost my uncle, my best friend, due to a heroine overdose. I love you, Robbie.
Love your niece Vicky

Fredericksburg

Vicky

Miss you terribly. God needed you more.

grandy, nc

Chris

You are so loved and missed Laci 11-2-83. 1-22-17

Butler

Debby

Even though Jeff’s (my son) death certificate says he died on September 1, 2016 (my birthday) he might have died on August 31st since his body was not found until the next morning. I found out about International Overdose Awareness Day on Facebook today so August 31st will hold a double meaning for me from now on. Jeff struggled with addictions for the better part of his 44 years and like most addicts encountered the stigma and prejudice from some family members that comes from lack of understanding of the DISEASE of addiction. Jeff was a beautiful, kind, generous and gental boy who never changed as he grew into a man, despite his hardships. His father and I fill our empty hearts by sharing wonderful memories of Jeff.

Ocala, FL

Devra Winters

We were never prepared to live the rest of our lives without you.
Forever missed. Forever loved.
In loving memory of Dominic Primbas
09.25.1994 – 02.23.2017

Wheaton, IL USA

Lori and Maddox

My ex husband and father of our precious son Jacob, Lazaro Arechavaleta, passed away from opiate overdose on 11/3/16 (our anniversary date)He was a week away from going to rehab. He battled his addiction and I know he didn’t mean to die. He was such a good person with demons he wasn’t able to control. Our son who was 3, went to kiss his daddy before he went to heaven as he was on life support for a week before passing. That image is forever engrained in my mind and we are both heartbroken. I advocate as much as possible and tell our story to any addict I meet in hopes of sparing them and their family the pain we feel daily…… We miss him sooooooo much!!!!!

Tacoma/WA, USA

Joyce and Jacob

In memory of my soul mate, my lover, my best friend, my protector, my husband Matthew Sutton…your forever struggle here on earth is over. You gave me the best 9 months here before you were taken …sobriety, working a great program, taking meetings into facilities and sharing your message of hope with those who really related and whose lives you made a difference in. You got pancreatitis and the demon caught up and it took you without as much as a goodbye, I love you. We always dreamt of leaving this world like “The Notebook” but here I am standing in concrete shoes without you. Breathing, Smiling, Existing is so hard without you here. How lucky am I to have loved you for the rest of your lifetime and to have that “Once In A Bluemoon” kind of fairytale love story and everyone who came in contact with us saw it. You are the strongest man I ever knew and you fought harder than I have ever seen someone fight. Your heart filled a room, your laugh was completely contagious, & the way you loved me….I will never find someone who will love me like that. Our dreams are now my dreams and I will live everyday to make sure your death is not in vain. I am here to spread awareness to help the next sick and suffering addict. You would expect nothing less of me. You are resting and living in peace eternally and although I am feeling real selfish right now, and wanting you here…I must remember that it was always my wish for you to live in complete happiness, peace, & to suffer no more and it is now the way it is. I will love you MORE THAN EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH AND INTO ETERNITY. REST IN PEACE MY BIG ANGEL! MATTHEW WILLIAM SUTTON 1/1/1978-5/19/2017.

Pasadena, Maryland

Jennifer Sutton

I remember my sister Lacie, who died on June 5th, 2017. She had not used heroin since December 2016 and had just finished in-patient rehab on June 2nd. She was released, and in the vulnerable days afterward, unable to make contact with anyone in our family, she used again. We had been able to see Lacie just before she was released from rehab, her recovery looked so promising. She was looking for jobs, expecting to get an apartment, and looked healthier than we had seen in years. Lacie is deeply mourned by her mother and grandmother, three sisters, and four young children. I regret, every day, that I wasn’t able to help her more.

Pittsburgh, PA

Kate

To my sweet daughter, Elizabeth. Thank you for being part of my life for 23 beautiful years. Through all the joys, pains and struggles we always had a special bond. Rest in peace my sweet girl free from all your demons. I will miss your beautiful voice, bright smile and infectious laugh. May you sing with the angels and rest in Jesus’ loving arms. All my love, Mommy. xoxo

Pittsburgh, PA

Cathy Delsardo

Katie .. I’d give anything in this world to save you. I wish I could have I’m so sorry I feel like I failed you as a bestfriend. You were so beautiful and not only on the outside I love you and miss you so much.

Davie, fl

Harley violette

For my son, Tyler.
Lost so young. Taken too soon.
Not a second goes by we don’t think of you.
Please guide those you left to a better way of life so another family does not need to endure the pain we have.
You were a wonderful son, brother, friend and are missed immensely.
We love you so very, very much.

Minneapolis

Julie

Rip karla serene sweedman 4-22-17 i miss my only sister and i wanna help spread overdose awareness the best i can 💜💜💜💜

Deer river Minnesota usa

Toni Bixby

My beautiful Rachel, I lost you almost 2 years ago, I miss you so badly, it’s a hurt that never stops ! You were a beautiful caring person and Momma, we all miss you terribly. Rachel passed of a heroin OD 11/15/15, she left behind her son Cash who is now 3 , we love you love Mommy ❤️

Orange County Ca USA

Mommy

Derek Hatcher died on February 21, 2016 from an overdose of heroin and Fentanyl. He was an outstanding college quarterback who loved life to the fullest, until drugs took over. His legacy lives on through the foundation set up by his family to raise awareness of substance abuse and addiction using Derek’s words “Don’t pick up, it’s not worth it!”

Middleburg, FL

Debbie Kelly

Bob we love and miss you. Forever you are in our hearts❤️❤️❤️

Rochester

Laurie

Rest in peace Ray M. Garneau. You left me too soon. I miss your smile and our talks. Herion was the only thing that could come between us. I saw your sickness and sadness. It changed you, but you still stood by my side. You were important and you were loved. I will think of and miss you every day of my life.

Worthville ky

Rick

I Give tribute to the 1,000’s of lost souls taken from us from addiction. They are remembered and missed 🌻

Salt lake city

Gina Lanzalaca-Kirby

We lost my cousin Bridget 5/4/16. I will always cherish our memories of growing up together, more like sisters then cousins. She was such an amazing soul and touched all that she knew. She also helped hundreds with their addictions as well. I wish life could have been different for her and I will always miss her. She is forever in my heart.

Los Angeles, California, USA

Jean

Dear John,

I love and miss you so very much, Sweetheart. I will see you when I get to Heaven.

Love you,

Mom and Dad

san diego, Mom

Peggie

http://www.starksfuneral.com/obituary?o=1695-3qiTEws8X1

Murray

Theo Haskins

I lost my son Donnie Connor lv to an overdose on May 16, 2017 ! I miss him so so much!! Where did we go wrong!!! We were supposed to protect you and we failed!!! We love you baby
Mommy’s heart aches every single day!! The pain is unbearable!! What do I do?
I /we love you forever! Always in our hearts
Forever 19

Levittown pa United States

Jamie

My son AJ died of the disease of addiction the day before overdose awareness day. On Aug 30, 2012 our hearts were shattered when I found my sons lifeless body on the floor of his bedroom. He was an honor student and struggled from 16 to 21. He was into sports and always helped other people. We started a nonprofit organization to end the stigma and help others fight this disease. We love him and he is missed. Www.theajbutzfoundation.org.

Bensalem, PA

Anita Butz

Anthony C Ezzell 11/28/79 – 08/25/13
Loving son, brother, cousin, uncle and father
A very funny guy….We love and miss you …..
Rest in Peace❤

Mechanicsville, MD

Karen Boswell

Rest in paradise my sweet baby. You’re no longer with your demons, but the angels. I will always love you and cherish the good times. Ryan James Grady 12/74-11/15

New Bern NC

Mel

LOVE YOUR CHILD GROWN OR NOT UNCONDITIONALLY !
EDUCATION OF HEROINE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.
STRONG FAMILY SUPPORT IS ALSO VIP.
I’LL MISS MY BABY GIRL BRITTANY NICOLE ALWAYS AND FOREVER ♡
OUR LIVES WITH NEVER BE COMPLETE …
“EVER ” BLESS HER 2 BABIES GOD AND WHATCHOVER THEM ALWAYS PLEASE !

Norton Ohio

Ronda Metz

On June 26, 2017 my cousin passed away from a heroin overdose that was laced with fentayl. He leaves behind a daughter who will grow up without her daddy and friends and family who loved him.

Braintree, MA USA

Melissa Houle

Remembering daily all those who passed due to addiction. 💜💜 You are never forgotten!
Will fight for those who struggle on a daily basis.

Calvert County Maryland

Ms Sue

Remembering my husband Shawn Christie. Your sweet heart will be missed and is at peace now. The pups and I will miss you and see you again on the other side. Love always.

Marietta, GA

Natalie

Cassandra Maroney thank you for giving your family 11 months of our little girl back..During, that time, you took your disease and tried to save who you could before you left us with your story…we love you and miss you and we will continue the fight for you

wilmington, usa

Linda A Beattie

In loving memory of nephew Doonus. We love and miss you every day!!

Portsmouth NH United States

Suzette

# weDOrecover I am I recovering addict motherof three who will not let the many many friends and ffamily who I will not have let die in vain to.my guardian angels who I know watch over their friends and family everyday WE LOVE & MISS YOU …………miss you #gonebutnotforgotton you know who you areGOD BLESS all include those still struggling everyday thank you ~leelee

Erie pa usa

You are sorely missed by everyone that knew and loved you! Fly with the angels Bryan

Ronkonkoma, NY

Ginny Redican

In loving memory of Michael J Lambo who passed away 7/19/17… we love you. And in memory of all lives and souls gone too soon. May they all Rest in Paradise.

Bloomfield, nj, usa

Gianna

OUR SON ,JOHN, OVERDOSED AND DIED ON NOVEMBER 5, 2016….HE WAS 33 YEARS OLD WITH AN 8 YEAR OLD SON….MY GRANDSON’S MOM IS ALSO A HEROIN ADDICT AND WE DON’T KNOW WHERE SHE IS…..WE ARE NOW RAISING OUR GRANDSON……I KNOW MY SON SUFFERED WITH DEPRESSION, BIPOLAR AND EXPLOSIVE ANGER DISORDER……HE DESPERATELY WANTED HELP………WITHOUT INSURANCE , THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE……..JOHN WAS A VERY TORTURED SOUL AND BEAT HIMSELF UP DAILY FOR HIS SHORTCOMINGS…..HE HAD A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR, WAS EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT, WOULD GIVE THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK TO ANYONE….HE IS LOVED AND MISSED MORE THAN HE COULD EVER IMAGINE……..I HOPE HE HAS FOUND THE PEACE HE SO DESERVED…..WE LOVE AND MISS YOU JOHN [ JMFC ]

Hammonton , nj

marie

My little sister passed away April 2nd 2015 from a heroin overdose. She was only 24 years old. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her or think about her. I love her so much I wish so much that I could have done more for her and maybe her story would have ended differently. She left behind two little boys who miss her terribly. And my kids her nieces and nephew who adored her. We all lost a big piece of us when she left us. But we know she is watching over us. I love you baby sis. Fly high baby girl.
RIP Breanna Nicole Pyatt
I love for always and forever to the moon and back you big sis.

St.louis MO

Melissa

In loving memory of my precious son, Jeffrey William Normile 10/28/1984 to 5/25/2016. You were and are loved by so many. You lost your fight, the damn drugs won and my life will never be the same. Rest in peace, I love you 💚

Lakewood, OH

Jane Normile

For my big brother who passed on April 20th.

Remembering you is easy I do it everyday missing you is heartache that never goes away.

Kitchener

Julie

Daria Lynn… Oh how I wish I would have known. I refuse to let your death be in vain. I will March for your cause and I will always miss you. #herointookmybestfriend

Southaven

Cristina Tilton

We lost our son Thanksgiving 2013.
We love you Jonathan.

Port St Lucie

Bonnie Bearor

I miss you everyday my beautiful son . You took a big part of me with you….

Port Chester, New York USA

Sage Stingone

2 ALL MY LOVED ONES WHO R GONE OR STILL IN ADDICTION-I MISS U-LOVE U

BRADFORDSVILLE,KY,40009

SHEILA MATTINGLY

Eric you are so missed. Had I known, I would have tried to help. You,were a great guy, lots of fun, full of life.The stealer of life, the demon, took over. You were worth much more than that. A smart guy, could have gone far. God, I hate drugs.

Staten island, New York

Patricia

Our daughter Sara passed 2 yrs ago from an accidental drug overdose…this disease took her life long before she passed away..She left behind 3 beautiful sons..I miss her everyday, I love this addict and I HATE this disease

oak forest

carey murray

In memory of Timothy Ryan.
May 12, 1976 – July 10, 2014

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Lorraine Ryan

My son Jeff died in July . TIt was a heroin overdose with the “poison ” carfentanil. I miss him every day. He will live forever in my heart.

Cindy Daugherty

I love you David Lee. Til we meet again.

Memphis, TN / USA

Ally

In loving memory of my son, Marco John Grande. 5/23/89-8/29/16
We love you and miss you every day! Forever in our hearts!

Chestertown, Md

Lisa Grande

Lost the love of my life and our daughter lost her daddy on 7/2/2017. Chris you are still so loved and always will be! We won’t let your life go unnoticed and your voice will still be heard! Forever and always!

NY, US

Wendi

To our beautiful loving handsome kind caring Chris. There isn’t a day a moment a second that you are not thought of and missed. You brought so much joy to our lives in your short visit with us. Your mom struggles daily with her grief. Until we all meet again our beautiful Chris. 💔💔💔💔

Tamarac Florida

Aunt Lynne

To all my old friends who lost there lives to addiction : Jesse B, Mercedes , Joey Meatballs, Chuck, Nicole A, Andy Z , nick G , and countless more. We miss you and we are fighting to prevent this from happening to the next addict. We love you

Jackson , NJ

Tricia D

I would trade places with you in a heartbeat. You were full of life and had a job you loved and never missed a day. No one gets that. I am fighting for you. I am fighting for your memory! You were not the typical addict and your story will be told and shared. I miss you so much. I know you are with Grandpa and Gigi and Nana. I can only imagine all the friends up in heaven you have finally found. Always deserved. I have trapped and had your seller arrested.
Your sister misses you so darn much. She heads off to college and cannot even talk about your death. She has so much to tell you. But you know. Surprisingly Joe still wants to marry me. You will be apart of our ceremony. There will be a seat at our table Just for you.
I MISS AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH, MOM
RIP Justin T. Schulman 4/13/95-5/27/17 Forever 22

Harwinton

Allison Schulman

In honor and memory of our son, Jeremy D. Henry – November 1977 – August 2016. I honor and hold close to my heart the person you were; not the behaviors associated with the disease of addiction. Your deep love for your family, your zest for the outdoors, and your smile and kind heart will forever be etched in my heart. We love and miss you every minute of every day. Losing a child to addiction means you didn’t get to say goodbye, and you have to deal every day with the stigma of being a parent whose child died from drug use. We will battle this as well, and reach out to others struggling. Love you forever Jeremy — Mom, Dad, AJ, Mallary, Collins, Julie, Brooke, Rylie, Katrin, Spencer

Jefferson City MO – USA

Patty Henry

Cody you are the best An most genuine person I have ever met an I can’t even fathom you are gone boss… 🙁 the sad thing about this is you had beat the opioid addiction you once had, An were so proud of it an you were lending a helping hand cause you were currently helping nick an I get over ours an you secured us with housing and employment in your company An made sure we were taken care of.. I will never forget you An this will be a hard pill to swallow an I am not talking about an OxyContin cause I’m gonna beat this An make you proud… you will be able to guide me through life an I can’t help but smile knowing you are smiling down on me buddy!!! LOVE YOU CODY”COZZY”COSGROVE REST IN PARADISE BUDDY YOU ARE LOVED BY SO MANY! SAY WHAT UP TO THE LIL BRO BRO TUCKER AN TELL YOUR MOM I AM EXCITED TO MEET HWR ONE DAY!! RIP OCT-14-1988 to Aug/14/2017

Longview Washington 98632 Cowlitz County

Dylan Short

I still expect to,
See you buying cigarettes,
At the corner store.

J.M. RIP <3

Seattle, WA

Jenny

My precious son always in my heart passed away 11/06/2013 Forever 24
Osvaldo Perez Jr nickname is Turtle Mami love you to the moon and infinity
Pinellas Park, FL

Pinellas Park

Margarita Martinez

In memory of my son Jeremy Paul Spivey who died January 24,2017 from a drug overdose. I miss you every second of my life. I will speak up and tell my story in hopes to help others fight this horrible disease.

Hephzibah,Ga

Grace Ring

For my loving son Conor. I miss you every minute of every day and find comfort in the knowledge you are waiting for me on the other side. Free at last. Fly high my angel.

Mom ❤️💔

Pride Louisiana usa

Lynne policastro

Katy was a great daughter, great sister and great friend to all. Always helping others but not able to break the chains created by the Drug Demon. She is missed everyday, every hour and every minute of the day. Her battle is over and the pain for her is gone. She’s our angel now. She’s well and healed and hoping that survivors and the statistics of recovery become what’s talked about!

Nashville

Betty and Bruce

My son Nicholas McCann was born on June 25, 1995 and passed away on November 29, 2016 at home from fentanyl poisoning. He was only 21 years old. He loved auto mechanics, cars, music, tattoos, bmx biking and skateboarding. He had a great sense of humor and could bring a smile to your face and brighten up a room. He was a very loving boy and a loyal friend. He would give you the shirt off his back. He would do anything he could to help someone in need even though he couldn’t help himself. Nicky was so much more than his addiction. I hate it that when some people see my son, they see a junkie. Someone who got what he deserved. My son had a disease of addiction, no one deserves that suffering that he had to deal with constantly. He didn’t choose this, he didn’t want to die, he had hopes and dreams just like everyone else. He was very much looking forward to the birth of his son in March. This disease is killing an entire generation of our sons and daughters. It does not discriminate who it takes. It needs to stop! We need to shatter the stigma!

Woodbridge/ New Jersey USA

Corinne McCann

My childrens father Christopher , his heroin addiction him left him homeless and eventually killed him. He was a good person whose children loved him dearly. They miss him everyday.

Kearny NJ

Kim

I’m memory of Brendan Krupp, 7/11/98 – 12/8/16. Also known as BK. Loving son, brother, grandson and friend to many. You are missed! Keeping your memory alive by raising awareness to drug overdose.
BK – Be Kind Always! Love mom and dad

St. Peters, Missouri

Christina Krupp

Saying prayers for those we’ve lost and those who continue to fight addiction.

Rest with the Angels our son and brother: Adam Richard Bear 8/23/91 – 4/27/17

Akron OH USA

Michelle Benson

My son struggled with addiction for over 20 years. He was a highly sensitive, gentle soul and suffered mental health issues. He was very smart, but was not motivated for any type of work. He lost his battle on July 23rd, 2017. All a parent wants for their child is to find happiness. I pray that now, he is free and happy. I will never stop loving him.

Colorado, United States

Judy

My sweet sweet Matthew,
Not a second of any day in three years have I not thought about you and our very short 19 years together. Your charm, humor, love, strength, compassion are sooo missed. My green eyed boy with the bright smile and strong hugs. Jackie, Dani, Brittney and I are heartbroken and so hurt without you. Love you soo much son. Always, Always, Always 💔💔💔💔

Orlando , Florida

ellen weinstein

In remembrance of my beautiful son Dawson. Miss you and love you BIG MUCH!!!

Mooresville, NC USA

Laurie Pettit

Honoring and loving our beautiful 34 year old son Casey,who lost his fight against heroin addiction. Your family is lost without you son.Our grief is impossible to bear and the weeks drag on with thoughts of what we somehow needed to do to save your life from this happening. We were always proud of you, always so blessed God gave you to all of us. You were a wonderful son and we would want you forever all over again if given a chance. God Bless you Casey. You fought a long time and it was just too much. You’re ours forever and ever. Well always love you son. Please be at peace with yourself, and with God. No more suffering or fear, only love for you.We can’t wait to see you again and love you always, when God sends us to where you are. Sweet dreams sweetheart. All our love, your familyMWUP

Peoria, il. U.S.A

Tamara

I miss you John. You had the most beautiful smile & laughter. Mom

Norwalk, California, USA

Judy Deranian

Amanda Ann Haas
If love could have saved you you would still be here with us♡
May 8, 1993 -3/10/17

Napoleon, Ohio USA

Kat Cordes

Beau Andrew Dal, you easily charmed everyone who ever met you. You were only 22 years young and life wasn’t always easy. We thought you were on the up, but you sadly you left us.
Eight years on and you’ve still never left our minds.

Melbourne, Australia

Sinead

I would like to remember my friend Brandon Smith, who forever smiles in my heart.

Niagara Falls

Shanna

My beautiful daughter MiKayla Gaffney
passed away March 6th after an apparent suicide/overdose.
She never left my side, I miss her terribly.

Worcester, ma

MiKayla Gaffney

Santee
Remembering my precious son, John Leigh, who died May 11, 2015, due to an overdose of heroin and alcohol mixture. We love and miss you so much, Sweetheart. Love you always. Mom and Dad and daughter.

Santee

Peggie Leigh

Miss JD. Should not have happened. 10 25 14m

Clarksville, md

Paula Doyle

Remembering with unending love~
Mike Warrington
June 15, 2015 ~ ‘the day the music died’

Northampton, MA USA

Mom

In memory of my father.
B.M 1959-2016

Sweden

Suzi

Remembering you my sweet angel! Adam Tripp, age 22, died August 16th 2014. Forever loved and missed.

Ypsilanti, Michigan USA

Ann Tripp

My mother was addicted to prescription painkillers. She was a “normal” mom in my earliest memories, but when I was around 10, I remember the changes beginning. She had developed terrible migraine headaches and would get shots at the ER that would incapacitate her for days in bed. She was a nurse; I grew up in an affluent suburb, educated professional father, church-going family home. On the outside, we looked normal. When I was a young teen, she was more and more distant. She would often leave me, my younger brother & sister, stranded at places and forget to pick us up. Her behavior was more and more erratic – until one day she drove away and was found later across the country 5 states away in a condo by the ocean. This was in the 80’s, so there wasn’t the awareness and tools to fight it like we have now. My father found where she was, and set up a way to take care of her financially, as she was sick, unreachable and wouldn’t come home. In 1987, he got the call from her property manager that I think he must have dreaded and knew might come one day. She was found deceased in her bathtub of running water, “death due to overdose”, was coroner’s statement on her death certificate. How awful, lonely, alone. It was found that she had 10 times the legal dose of drugs being prescribed. The doctor who was responsible was soon put out of practice. It has been a lifetime for my family to attempt to recover from the emotional trauma, but we are close knit and the extended family is, as well. My tribute to my mom is that I wish I knew then what I know now; I wish we all did. She was a sweet, loving mother when I was little. So many couldn’t believe later, including her own parents, brothers and sisters.. She kept her addictions well hidden until the monster got out. I’m so thankful for the awareness that is happening to combat opioids and remove stigmas. I’m just now recently able to talk more freely about our family’s story, but realize it could help others.

Gunnison, CO USA

Dana

David was full of life, when he walked into a room you knew he was there. I miss my son everyday. Can’t wait to see you again my, you were my strength and supporter in life. I will carry you forever in my heart.

New Carrollton, MD, USA

Deborah

My son Matt died of a overdose
On 6/5/2017 he was only 29

Olean,newyork

Michael

To my beautiful baby sister Paige,
I miss you and love you today as much as the day you left us. I will continue to keep your memory alive and fight to end this epidemic. I miss you.

Williamsport, PA, USA

Gabriel

I lost my nephew, Anthony, on January 21, 2017. He was such a beautiful person, inside and out, and touched so many lives from all walks of life. Anywhere he went, he made friends and I am so proud and honored to call him family. I will never forget his sense of humor, his caring soul, his laughter, and his beautiful smile. RIP

Pittsburgh, PA USA

Cheryl

In loving memory of my sweet baby sister, Amanda Sue Grant.
07/20/89-02/07/15
You’re wings are finally free to fly…

Brooksville

Stephanie Brown

Mathew Talacko my sweet angel. I love you and miss you more than you know. ….Mommom 3/21/90-7/2/15

Palm Coast Florida

Kandice Manfredi

Gone too soon! We love and miss you Danny….and we will always remember you. In your 27 years you faced many challenges and carried many hurts…but your love, warmth and energy always shone through . Xxxx

Bristol

Nicky

Michael Ian Gorski 4-1-82 – 6-13-11
My son, Michael fought the fight of his life for four years. He spent one year in rehab, then 50 days in jail. He died one week after he was out of jail. The night before he died he told me he talked and prayed to God for two hours up on a high hill he loved to sled down when he was young.
It’s seems like forever since that last talk, I miss and think of him every single day. I know I will see him again and that’s the only comfort I have. My son, forever 29❤️

Jackson, Michigan United States

Mary Beth

My son died June 1st, 2017 I’ve never been so heartbroken in my life. He tried and succeeded several times throughout the years, but in the end he lost his battle 💔💙

New Carlisle, Ohio USA

Tina

My heart is in heaven with my Granddaughter, Amber Nicole Ciccarelli, 10/25/1990 – 10/28/2017. She fought her battle so hard but when we thought that she had won, the sickness snuck in and I found her in her room, too late to be revived. Her life is not defined by the manner of death. Amber was the energy in the room and the light in the lives of everyone who knew her. A petite young lady with a amazing beauty both inside &out who was so smart that she made dean’s list every semester, in her quest to give back as a juvenile counselor. The genocide of our children by opiates must end – it is stealing the soul & future of not only the addict, but also those that love & adore them. Blessings to all that share this grief.

Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, USA

Patricia Rush

Our precious son Chris died on November 13, 2016. Chris had struggled with addiction for twenty-five years.
He fought valiantly to overcome the grip of the disease. He had many triumphs but sadly many relapses. He had tried several treatment programs but the best he had ever done was at Together We Can Treatment Centre in May, June and July of 2015. The time that followed TWC, was the best 18 month of his life. He was so full of gratitude, so grateful for his new life and his support system. He was excited about helping others who were caught up in the disease. He was generous, compassionate, kind and hardworking. He had survived so much on this long, difficult journey, but he could not survive Carfentanil.
One last, split second act, one without rational thought, swiftly took his life. For Chris, the Disease of Addiction was cunning, baffling, powerful and relentless. We are completely brokenhearted at his loss, life will never be the same.

Vancouver

Caroline McDonald

Remembering always my beautiful son Matthew, who lost his battle Feb 4, 2012
I will love you until the end of time.
Joshua 1.9

Indiana

Pam

My beautiful daughter Samantha “Sammi” Henehan was sober for 3 years before relapsing and losing her battle to addiction April 10 2016. She was a personal banker coming in top 3 in NEPA for banking. Her passion was for helping struggling addicts. We started the Forever Sammi Foundation to keep her memory alive. We raise money to help addicts upon completion of treatment by paying their 1st months rent in sober living. We host a Annual Addiction Awareness Rally in Scranton PA. You can learn more at foreversammi.org

Scranton pa us

Sammi Henehan

I lost my beloved 24 year old son on 4/25/16 to an accidental prescription drug OD. We had no idea how bad his drug use was until after he died. He never admitted to having a problem. We knew. We cannot bring our son back but want to do all I can to help those struggling with addiction as well as the family members who are also struggling with their loved one.

Hilton Head, USA

Laura

I lost a loved one to heroin. Not a day goes by that we don’t miss him. I pray that we can one day end this cycle of destruction.

south burlington, vt

anne

Our son Justin died in our backyard September25,2016 he died from huffing air duster his dad an I found him he was 24 years old he was a cherished son loving husband to a beautiful wife 2 awesome kids an a loved brother. He will forever be missed if I could help save one person from this horrible nightmare his death won’t be in vain remember one huff can kill #justinsvoice

Chatsworthtsworth

paula davenport

Been a year this month that I lost my first-born son at the age of 25 to an opiod overdose. Forever loved, forever remembered. I miss you dearly my son. Love Mom❤️❤️❤️

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Cindy

My son, my Angel… I miss you with every breath I take..
Nathaniel Rainer Pelkey
Jan.15, 1993–Sept.06, 2016

Orangeville ontario

Brigitte Pelkey

Michael Marcell
11/09/1990 – 12/07/2008

There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts! I only wished we could have saved you. Rest in peace my angel. xxxx

Wittman, Maryland USA

Aunt Sandie

My bestfriend, my soulmate, my lover and my heart lost the battle January 16, 2017. I love you Brandon Letourneau, I fight on until I get to see you again my love.

Boston USA

Crystal

Paul that day in April it was an early morning phone call I missed from you telling me it was urgent to call you back, I thought it was your typical 2am funny calls. I then seen messages you passed away right after that it broke my
Heart you were my best friend to go to about anything and you never once jugded you always gave the advice and guidance any Person needed , I wish I did more for you in your treatment, you moved out of state so it was hard but one thing ill always have you as my best friend and even though your watching from above I know when your here , Pauley your still loved and truly missed by so many

Boston, Massachusetts

Allison

I lost my only son and youngest child..Brandon. He was 29 and died of accidental prescription overdose on Sept 8th 2013. He was my life. Brandon struggled with anxiety since he was little and subsequent sleeping problems. At the age of only eleven after the death of a young boy in our neighbourhood..Brandon started having nightmares and obsessing about death..worrying that he might lose us. He then developed obsessive exercising and was diagnosed with anorexia/bulimia. His story was featured in Reader’s Digest Magazine (front cover (2000 issue) and in the news in 1997. He spent 3 long yrs in 4 hospitals..but only got sicker. In the end after his story went public we had to leave our homes and our jobs and go to England where a doctor who specialized in eating disorders took him into a residential treatment facility. Real estate agents in British Columbia raised thousands to send him out of country for help. We were in Britain for 13 months. He endured tube feedings…and had to have a jejuostomy where they drugged him for monthes(because the “addiction” to the eating disorder caused him to try to rip out the tube which would have instantly killed him>) They fed him 4000 calories a day through his intestines. We found out during counselling that his father had struggled with an eating disorder at a young age only no where near as severe as Brandon’s. . Against all odds he survived..but after we came back to Canada the system failed him…in 2004 he was given OxyContin for a shoulder injury he sustained while lifting weights…after that his addiction to opiod drugs increased…in total we fought from 1995 (when he was diagnosed with a severe eating disorder) to 2013…between the eating disorder and his prescription drug abuse. We saved his life from one illness only to lose him to another. I blame doctors for overprescribing…and a system that let him fall between the cracks Brandon was beautiful…handsome..extremely smart…athletic and artistic…and had a deep sensitivity and careing for people he did not even know. I remember when he was very young how he would see sponsorship commercials for starveing kids in other countries and he would say “Mom we have to help them” I miss him…I lost half my heart and I am so lost wihout my beautiful son.

Southampton, Nova Scotia.

Marie

Bubby, it’s been almost 6 years since that Halloween morning that you lost your battle with addiction. Feels like yesterday. You weren’t just my brother, you were my best friend also. I miss you every single minute of every single day. Clint inman 10-31-2011

Muncie, Indiana USA

Tarina

My Angel Morgan Thompson (Dobson) , my only child, my life. Missed by so many. 12/12/84-5/28/14, Forever 29. There are no words to truly express the pain and sadness we endure daily. Losing you has changed me forever and I never thought I would say “I am so grateful to have so many memories” of all our vacations, school events, camping trips , ect to re-live.By far the signs of your presence beside me at times bring me the greatest pleasure. Keep sending clear signs as you watch over us. Until we meet again , know you are thought of everyday, your name spoken out loud often, keeping you alive until that day arrives XOXO

Everett, WA, USA

Debbie Dobson

Our beautiful daughter, sister, mother, neice, granddaughter, friend.
Paige Lorraine Love
Feb. 19, 1988-July 4, 2015❤️

Williamsport, Pa

Denise

My daughter overdosed a year ago on Opana. She had struggled with addiction for a few years prior and had just celebrated her sobriety of 1 year when she relapsed. With the help of 2 doses of Narcan and God answering my prayers she survived. She has made a lot of changes in her life and is doing very well now. I will never forget that night in July 2016 when I found my daughter holding on to life with only 1 heartbeat per minute.

Knoxville

ANGELA

Joseph turner. 2-21-1982. 8-25-2015

Andover

Sherri Turner

Brandon Hodack 11/27/84-2/3/13
My beautiful boy. Your life mattered. Not a single day goes by that your not missed or thought about. I love you always.

Sorrento, La

Tammy Hodack

I lost my cousin, best friend, someone like a brother to me on 6/23/17. After 7 years clean 1 relapse took his life. He was such a funny, passionate, talkative person. I’ll forever be missing you. I love you so much Michael. I hope I’m making you proud.
Michael J. Pawelek ♡ #Mouseforever 🐁

Buffalo, N.Y. usa

Autumn

Brandon Hodack 11/27/84-2/3/13
My beautiful boy. Your life mattered. Not a single day goes by that your not missed or thought about. I love you always.

Sorrento, La

Tammy Hodack

I miss you Jake. I love you forever
Mom

Wilmington

Mom

To our beloved daughter Sara Mishler who lost her battle. You are missed more than you know💔 9/20/90 – 10/29/15

Mechanicsburg PA / USA

Lori Mishler

My son was a beautiful soul. He was born July 12 , 1993 and February 23 , 2016 fatally overdosed on heroine laced with fentanyl. He was loved by many, christian lite up the room when he walked in. His smile was contagious, he was the friend everyone wanted. His addiction he hid well no one knew til it was to late. The first overdose was in January 2016 he promised he’d never do it again. I wanted to believe him I did believe him l, he was a good kid he had a baby in the way. I knew when I got the call that morning.

Thurmont Maryland USA

Grace

The call came on a Monday night, 4 months ago. The worst day of my life! My loving, beautiful, kind, empathetic only child, Ian, was gone. Screw the five stages, I am just incredibly sad. He was, and stiil is, the love of my life, and his generous soul is missed by so many. God help me carry on in his honor and hugs to all who have to endure this pain.

Madison, WI USA

Deanna

I have lost too many to mention…💔.

Middletown

Teresa Noble

In memory of my only daughter Jennifer. Forever 30. Until we meet again sweet angel I will love you always and forever.

lake worth

Allison Lopez

To my son Manuel Carvajal, mom misses you today and every day. I will live the rest of my life remembering you, sharing your life story, and advocating for others in your honor.
I’LL LOVE YOU FOREVER, I’LL LIKE YOU FOR ALWAYS, AS LONG AS I’M LIVING MY BABY YOU’LL BE.

#MANSTRONGSATX

San Antonio, Texas

Debra De La Garza

My beautiful child . You will never be forgotten . Despite your struggles your heart remained the most gentlest . Rest now with Jesus in his peace and love . Lilyrose will never forget her mommy and will always love you to the moon and back . I’ll see you over the rainbow one day 💕💕💕💕

Shavertown , PA

Annmarie & Lilyrose

Sheena Moore 31… loving mom , daughter and sister ., lost her on 6/9/16 to a fentanyl overdose after years of sobriety .. Sheena would not want us to cry: she would want us to fight

Cuyahoga falls Ohio USA

Brenda

Bobby Carlson lost his battle with addiction June 5, 2017. He was 23 years old and full of life. He wanted to live and had plans of a future career and children if his own. He leaves behind a mother, father, step-father, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and many other family members and friends who loved him. He will be forever missed.

Vermilion

Jessica Plavic

Remembering my son Sam Mignoli…
Forever#23…I Love You and Miss You!
So thankful for your rescue but our hearts
are broken without you💔
9/8/92-6/20/16

Long Beach, NY USA

Marie

To my son Brandon Merges,
We love you and miss you…and mom promises to continue to do good things in your memory….blood drives…walks to remember….and pass out bracelets to make people aware of the seriousness of addiction and the pain that it causes to many families losing their loved ones to such a serious problem….

Burlington, WI 53105

Victoria

Being an addict and seeing everything go on makes me realize how bad this is. I go to a methadone clinic thinking they would help me but instead they gave me a 15 minute time window to be there because I have a service dog that helps me and my anxiety makes me puke up my dose. It’s sad when addicts are treated like it doesn’t matter if we overdose, have a bad day, or anything goes wrong. It isn’t fair for addicts to be treated this way

Lisbon, CT, United States

Tess michaud

I miss you sooo much, Tim. I think of you everyyyy single day. Still. Alwayyys.
1/14/84 – 10/24/15
Forever 31. Forever remembered. Forever loved.
I carryyy you with me.
Love youuuu, Maryyy

Newfield, NJ USA

Mary

Remembering Rachel…I lost my daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Walton to an overdose of perscription medications, She was my oldest child and only daughter, she left behind 2 beautiful grandchildren. 1/22/1982-3/8/2014

Cedar City, Utah USA

Michele Duncan

It has been 5 years since I lost my beautiful Son to effects of a meth overdose. It has brought our entire family to their knees, wondering why him? He was 43 years old. We miss you & love you John. Forever in our hearts.

Norwalk, California, USA

Judy Deranian

Vickie Rae, we fought for you for so long it doesn’t seem fair now that you’re gone, but I know that you are finally at rest from that long hard fight and I now find comfort in the hope promised to us at Rev 21:4. No more death, mourning or pain…a life lived as truly intended healthy and free. I look forwarded to meeting you again this way my beautiful sister ❤. 4.21.17 the fight is over.

Kinston, North Carolina

Ashley Stallings

My daughter Kathryn Ames-Peters passed April 30th 2015 at age 40. Not a day goes by without a thought of her. She is so missed by all who knew her. Everyday is a struggle, would love to see her beautiful smile again.

Windham

Lauris

My son I will forever miss you, my Mykey, my naive sweet young man, I promise to do everything I can to help other in your name. I love you, no one you ever know the void you left in my heart

Laredo, Texas

Marina

Always in my heart, forever on my mind! My brothers keeper! You should be here! RIP our guardian angel, until we see you again! My brother in law, my friend! 11/27/1976-5/24/2016

Ranson, West Virginia

Jana Croson-Lang

In memory of my little brother Zachary Murray may he Rest In Peace

Columbus, Ohio franklin county

Sonnie

Shawn Michael Leins, my 18 year old son, lost to accidental Methadone toxicity October 12, 2012. He was not an addict nor was he prescribed any. A 32 year old neighbor lady shared her 10 mg pills with him and then kicked him out in the middle of the night. Methadone diversion is illegal in my state, yet she was never even questioned. How bout that?!
~4ever, 4always & 4eternity~

Cromwell, Indiana United States

Lisa

Rockford

Rockford

Karla

We lost our youngest son Kaelan on March 28, 2013; he was only 16 years old. Kaelan had a big, vivacious personality. He was a lover, not a hater, an athlete and musician. His death was a shock to us, and the reason behind it even more so. We had no idea that Kaelan had ever used heroin. We have gone over the signs a million times and they were not present. Our lives have been changed forever and our son is forever in our hearts.

Wheaton IL

Justine Mondragon

God I miss you. God I loved you so much.

V.C.P.
1983-2017

Jackson/MS/USA

K. W.

In dedication to my son Anthony (Tony) C. Ezzell
11/28/79 – 08/25/13
A very funny guy….son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, friend, and father. We are eternally grateful for the life we were privileged to share with you. Love and miss you to the moon and back…

Mechanicsvil0le, MD USA

Mom

In Loving Memory of my nephew
Jacob Alexander Christensen
2/2/1993 – 12/22/2013
Miss you everyday Jake!! 💙💙💙

Chicago, IL

Cathy Noonan

My sweet boy Douglas Alan lost his battle with this life, with his addiction and everything that comes with it on April 17, 2017. When the ambulance I was riding in with him in the back pulled into the hospital I heard him distinctly say – its OK mom, I’m free. I’m glad the darkness he lived in on this planet is over and now IS the light. Love you always and forever Dougie – Momma

Dayton Ohio USA

Dana

I have lost my brother to od he was my everything my protector my father my best friend my shadow etc I miss him terribly this disease would stop more people need to come together and make a stand it’s just getting worse by the day to many of our friends family etc are gone way too soon 😭💔🖤☦️

Shirley ny

Crystallee

Ryan Patrick Page
August 13, 1988 — July 18, 2017
Ryan was the most loving and selfless person. His smile could brighten your worst day. He cared for everyone before himself and had the biggest heart. We Love you and Miss you every second of every day Ry!

Oregon

Renee

On September 1,2016 we lost our son to an accidental overdose of alcohol and pain killers. Our loving son was the father of a 3 and 4 year old. I hope he is out of pain and in the hands of God. We love and miss him dearly.

North Conway NH

Stephanie

Daniel McGowen
December 26,1992–December 19, 2011
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you and those beautiful eyes and your goofiness….
Love you and miss you!

Oregon

Renee

My son Gary died of a heroin/fentenyl overdose on June 14, 2017. He is 30 years old. He worked as an RN and was well liked and loved by everyone. He was addicted to heroin for less than a year. Gary is an awesome son and big brother! He is a whiz at computers and video games. He is a bodybuilder and power lifter. Even his muscles had muscles!! He is on Instagram #mursemuscle. He’s such a handsome cutie! I miss him more than I can ever tell you. He should never have died. This was not his destiny. The only good that has come out of all this is now at least you’re free of this damned addiction that had a hold on you. I love you and miss you terribly Gary!
Your Mom

Kentucky

Diane

My precious son lost his battle with the brain disease called addiction! Robbie was a fine intelligent young man with a disease that took his life 5/14/15. He was 32😢

wood Village Oregon USA

Joyce

Over two years have passed and not a day goes by that you’re not in our thoughts. Beloved brother, son, partner and friend to many – Ben McQueen 5/11/84 – 19/03/2015

Rosa Brook, Western Australia

Kitty McQueen

We lost our 28 year old son, Ben, on January 11, 2017 to the disease of addiction. This has devastated our family. Ben was a great kid that grew into a fine young man. Addiction took him from us way too soon. It took his soul and broke the hearts of all of us that loved him. Addiction does not discriminate, it crosses all lines of common decency and is more powerful than the love and support family and friends provide. Ben was so much more than an addict. He was a wonderful son who loved his family and friends deeply and we loved him. We will cherish the fact that Ben had a successful journey here on earth,
with many great relationships and always loving, forgiving, giving, and sharing and always always giving the best of himself.

Edmond OK USS

Tammy Posey

Sandra Faye Rankin
03.13.1969 – 08.08.2015
My mother was 46 years old when she passed away from an accidental heroin overdose. She left behind 3 daughters, and 2 granddaughters. She was so loving, so funny, and so accepting. She was smart, and vibrant and was incredibly talented at writing. She was 11 months sober to the day, when she left us. I will never forget you mom, there is never and will never be a day that passes that I don’t think of you. Because of you, I am. Everything I am, everything I hope to be, was because of you. I lost more than my mother, I lost my best friend. Thank you mom, for teaching me to be strong. I love you so much.
“For you, I will go on.”
I love you to the moon,
-Your youngest baby, Brooklyn.

Williamstown, Kentucky

Brooke

Andrea. I miss u always. You fought SO HARD & so long against the Hell of this disease. And everyday its your memory, your beauty & spirit that keeps me fighting. I love u Andrea. Fly Free Sweet Girl.

Morgantown WV

Abby 💛

For both of you.

Because I love you. Because you made me laugh. Because you helped raise me. Because you were my family. Because we never said goodbye. Because I miss you both. Because I learned from you. Because you should know that you were so important to us all! Because our hearts are still broken. Because we all miss you and will never forget you.

We remember all of the good things.

My uncles – Jim and Craig xXx

Scotland

Denise

I lost by brother, Louie last year and living without him is the saddest thing I’ll ever have todo. You are missed Louie, we were supposed to keep growing up together. I only wish you got more time here with us. I love you. #forever26

easton United States

Lenna

We love you Derick! Remember you are a son a brother a father first before you were an addict❤️I have faith that you will get back to that keep on your path and you can do great things love your big sister Tina

Worcester ma

Christina

Elton’s Words
“We need to offer a forum for creative voices, to call out as one from the darkness of mental health & addiction, paying tribute to those that have gone before us, offering strength to those who walk with us and as a guide for those that follow us.” Rest in Peace my son. You fought a long hard battle. Mom

Vancouver, BC

Barb MacKay

Brendon Lavar** I miss you more then anything. Being without you here isn’t a good feeling, I want you back here with us all, I’m tired of waking up an rereminding myself your not coming home. I just wish you were here, I love you so much. Forever on my mind every second of the dayy. ❤
💜/always, Monica .

Redbluff C.A

Monica Jean

Daddy, I love and miss you so much I think about you everyday.

Kenosha Wisconsin United States

Randy

I lost my first born and only son on August 19th 2016 to the monster that is drug overdose. My world shattered. I miss you so much.
Matthew David Brewer 5/28/71 – 8/19/16

Oakland County, Michigan USA

Vicki Lambert

The most beautiful soul… a free spirit, finally free. Thank you for bringing so much light. Thank you for being. You taught me more than you ever realized, and you constantly amazed me. I love you and miss you always, Brett. I’ll always find you in the woods.
9/4/80-4/13/16

Boone, NC

Brett Airey

Missing you (Frankie) Frank E Dickey jr.
My brother, my friend.
35 was far too young. The world is a darker place without your beaming smile, contaigous laughter and ornery wit. Love you much, miss you always. “Sisser”

Southeastern Ohio

Tracy

In memory of my daughter Victoria Rae King. 7/11/95 – 4/21/17. Gone but not Forgotten! My forever 21 Angel baby!❤⚓⚓❤

Kinston NC

Teresa Forrest

Always in our hearts 💕

Lexington Ky

Niven misses Angie

Michael Benson, I know you suffered here on earth and I’m happy you are at peace, but you were my only sibling and my protector, so I am feeling alone, and very lost without you. You had amazing talents that God gave you, and you always made me feel safe. You were an artist, a comedian, you taught yourself to play the guitar, you were the best in the business when it came to your work. You always made people laugh when the world was mean and ugly. You suffered from the demon that’s called meth, but in the end, that’s not who you were. Michael, my world stopped the day you died and I’ll never be whole again, but I will see you on the other side my brother.

Yukon, Oklahoma USA

Jennifer Green

In memory of Elizabeth (Liz) Loranzo, age 25, who lost her short and loving life to a heroin overdose on March 19, 2017. Liz leaves behind her fiance Kyle and her then 9 month old son Carson.

Middletown, PA

Wendy Loranzo

I lost the love of my life to drugs. I don’t want to see anyone else die due to this disease.

San Antonio

gregory jordan

In memory of my brother Robin Francis Ali xxx died 02.10.2016 aged 40. Never forgotten. Always loved xxx

Leicester

Kristie Townsend

To our beautiful, smart, caring Warrior, we miss you, we love you. Heroin has destroyed our lives. Heroin took our only child, our son. Forever with the angles, forever in our minds and hearts. Jason A. Freburger….9/13/86 – 12/23/15….ADDICTS TO ANGLES

Wattsville, VA

Debbie Freburger

I am a former drug addict who was able to escape the grips of addiction after 11 long painful years of homelessness and addiction. I have been clean going on 7 years. Since Fentanyl hit the West Coast almost 2 years ago I have lost over 75 friends which I knew during my years of addiction. The mourning doesn’t stop people are dying at a rapid rate. I will attend and speak at my very first International overdose awareness day in Vancouver, British Columbia on August 31 I share in memory of the friends we have lost.

Vancouver BC

Jolene Greyeyes

Remembering my son John Rea. 1/8/88 – 1/1/17
Overdosed with cocaine laced with fentanyl.

Lake Wales

Jane McKinney

July 8th 2017- I lost one of my best friends. She struggled with addiction for years. 15 years clean, but in the end Mental Health and Drugs won. She was one of the strongest, most giving people I know. I am forever different because of her. She saved many people by telling of story of overcoming the odds. A piece of me left with her. I’m forever changed. Courtney, you are so loved and missed, forever and always.

Wisconsin

Heather

This is in memory of my nephew, Tyler, aka Tyler Joe or TJ.
No words can be said for how much we miss you, your smile would light up any room when you walked in!
You were our “Gentle Giant”, but, the struggle you had won the battle. We know you watch over us, and, are at peace now up above in Heaven!
Please know your disease is one that many face, some survive, but, others like you are unable to find the answer you need. We know you were not weak, just unable to find the right balance in life.
I want to say I love you, miss you, feel you with me , and, cannot wait to see you again!
Love, Cheryl

Feasterville, PA

Cheryl Partyka-Tolby

In memory of John Rizzo. John was a beloved father, a son, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a friend and a human being. He lost his battle with addiction on July 11, 2015. Forever loved and missed 💔Y

Montvale, NJ, USA

Terri

My Hunter overdosed the day after his 25 birthday. I was lucky enough to have spent his birthday with him. I love you Hunter. Until we meet again.

Jacksonville OR USA

Holly

In loving memory of Brian Glynn who passed away on September 3, 2015 of a heroin overdose. Brian is loved and missed every day.

Wisconsin

Angel Glynn

Blessed and thankful to have my son here, after a heroin overdose. Please keep him in your prayers for the strength to fight everyday to stay clean.

Bradenton, Fl.

Kathy

Sojourn JMB

Bremerton wa usa

Toni

I’m a Mom in recovery 17 years now. I lost my 36 year old son Matthew to an overdose of fentanyl 8 months ago. Nothing could ever prepare me for the agonizing grief I am going thru. His son Kyle is now fatherless. His sister Melyssa is devestated an only going thru the motions because she has a 1 yr old. She tells me if it wasn’t for her son she’d kill herself. If it wasn’t for her an my grandsons I would do the same thing. Nothing will ever be the same. I’m in therapy, I talk with other moms an every 1 of them have told me it doesn’t get better. The miracle is I haven’t used. I have no desire to use. I can be there for my daughter and grandsons like they are there for me. I’m praying for something to be done to stop this deadly epidemic because we are losing a whole generation. Nothing can bring back my son but I do everything in my power to share our story of my son dying on our bathroom floor while myself an his son gave him CPR. Maybe it will save 1 life so his won’t be in vain.

Ft Pierce FL USA

Pattie

In memory of my oldest child Ryan Sammut, died of an overdose on September 24, 2015. He left behind 3 brothers a niece and a nephew that miss him so much. Not a day doesnt go by that we dont think of him. I talk to you daily, I know that you hear me because I feel your loving energy around me. Until we meet again and we will meet again, I know you’l be waiting. Love Mom

Toronto, Ontario Canada

Diane Subercaseaux

Our son Matthew died from an overdose September 23,2008. One month from his 20th birthday. His birthday is October 28, 1988. We miss him so much!

Marrero

Julie

One Day At A Time

Carrollton Ga 30117

Stacy Freise

With You, Went So Much Of Me…
Shaun David Collins~2-8-81–8-16-07
Lois Jean Collins~2-17-56–8-21-09
Troy Alan Collins~2-16-88–6-6-17
~~Losing all 3 of you has been unbearable. There are times that neither of us know how or if we will make it another minute, but we do it for you. The only peace we get is knowing that you are FREE from the pain & heartache of addiction. We will spend our lives missing you! Until We Meet Again…

Hagerstown, IN USA

Robyn Richardson & Kayla Collins

Rob Pasley and Roger Willoughby both lost their battle young in 2016. They will be missed terribly.

Lexington / Kentucky United States

Eden

In loving memory of my beautiful daughter, Brittany Brooks Guleff, forever 24. She left behind 2 beautiful grandchildren. Always remembered, never forgotten. She is my shining star! We all miss and love you forever❤️

West Blocton, AL USA

Pam

My sister in law who was my best friend and my son’s Aunt was taken from us December 4, 2016. A hole remains in our hearts and our family will never be the same without her. Fly on your way like an eagle up to spirit in the sky, sister xoxoxoxo. I love you

Kamloops BC

Christen Snyder

I had a heroin overdose at the age of 28 in broad daylight slumped up against some pool fences.
The police bought me back to life with CPR and the ambulance attendex but I was never given Narcan.
I was clinically dead for 3 minutes and thank God did not suffer brain damage.

Perth Australia

Angela

To my son joe. You left us way to soon. I know you’re with your angels. I love you and will forever hold you in my heart. I wish I could have you back but I will always cherish the memories we created together. Peace be with you always.

N syracuse, NY

Susan

As a family who has lost a dear loved one to overdose (specifically heroin) this day is a painful day that reminds us of the story, sad journey and deadly epidemic. We are reminded of the events that occurred and what could have been done to possibly help and sadly it always comes back to addiction stinks…it hurts everyone involved. Education, awareness, ending access and stopping the entrance of lethal drugs to our country. We are committed to spending every day, some how to educate and spread awareness on the dangers, outcomes and sadness of addiction. Educate yourself, your friends, your family and stop the judgement…miss you forever and we will meet again…

Monroeville, PA

Team Batman

Daddy Eddie, RIP❤️I hope you are now at peace & free from your long battle of pain & suffering. You are deeply loved & missed, forever in my ❤️please keep my brother Ryan safe & healthy.🙏🏼❤️

New Bedford, MA USA

Lori

We lost our beautiful Montana April 18,2017 at the age of 25. We miss her kind heart,fun spirit and her love for all people and things.

Hatboro Pa usa

Linda

Remembering our beautiful, smart, creative daughter Rachel Ben-Asher who lost her long battle with addiction on June 15, 2016, age 30.

Our hearts are forever broken, but we know you are no longer in pain. ❤️💔❤️💔

Parsippany, New Jersey

Rita & Richard Ben-Asher

In loving memory of Daniel Cedric Rae and Alverta “bird” Neuder. Both taken away from family and friends way too soon by the disease known as addiction. There isnt a second that goes by that you arent missed dearly! I just hope that you both are finally at peace. Until we meet again, my love to you both always <3

Saxton, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Shawna

My sister Missy. She passed at 32, she was so loving and caring. I had just made her an aunt to her “little monkey” as she called my son 3 weeks before I found her dead on July 22, 2012. She started with back pain, a doctor, emotional pain from divorce and then heroin. I wish so much she was here today but I have now became a huge advocate and was using myself after her death (4 years clean now) and I have fought and fought in many situations for addiction rights. I always say she is now living through me and my kids!

Woodbridge, va

Carrie

My son Ron passed away on October 14th 2006 from an heroin overdose. He was only 22 yrs old, he left behind 2 beautiful children, which Thur them he still lives. I miss my only son, my baby boy, I love you Ron, I will see you again someday and we will continue where we left off but without the heroin.

Philadelphia

Cheryl

I would like to have My Son, Robert McCullough’s Memory Matter. Roberts Group on Facebook is
“ONLY GOD KNOWS WHY ROBERT MCCULLOUGH’S MEMORY MATTERS” Please visit and help make his Memory Matter and to never be forgotten. Lets Educate people about the Heroin Epidemic. Thank you

Maplewood, MN

Lisa McCullough

Nathan,
Your suffering is gone. Peace is yours. Forever remembering you in our hearts.
11/10/2013

Columbus, Ohio

Melissa

My beautiful baby girl, Ashley. Age 22 died of a heroin overdose on November 23 2016. Not a day does by that I don’t think about you. I know you are at peace now. I will miss you always and forever. Love mom

Clay MI USA

Tammy Wolfe

I have lost too many people i love to addiction. I myself was addicted to many substances for over 20 years. I now have 18 months clean. I am supporting overdose awareness because I do not want anyone else to die from this disease.

Blackwood

Renee Werner

I lost my best friend Kris in 2008 to a drug overdose. He was the love of my life, and the father of my child. I miss him every single day. And I know I always will.

Strawberry plains, Tennessee

Nicoli Manley

Zechariah, I know you thought you were just doing a recreational line of Cocaine. You see, there isn’t a recreational linen The cocaine was laced with Fentanyl.
I am not much of a person to cry Son, but I have cried almost every day for two years now. I see your two beautiful children and I cry. I think of you and I cry. My mission now is to jeep your memory precious. Not allow ignorance to label. Mom❤️

Hobart/ Indiana/ USA

Beverly L Wingo

Its been over four years since Neil left us. He was a great person, and one could always see his goodness, even when he was struggling… the pain he felt was real, but his true self always showed through. He was a gift… I will always love you Neil. You were the best!!!!

Alexandria, VA

Robin

Josh Morales, a friend, a roommate, a partner in dreams, in adventures, in road trips.
Always had my back. You are missed and you are remembered. (Jaxson shares Uncle Josh’s initials).
Forever 27

Albany NY, USA

Travis, Jaxson, and Sue

Our son Matthew died from a drug overdose September23,2008.

Marrero

Julie

I want to pay tribute to Jay Crudele.He is the father of our 14 yr. old son Jacob.He passed February 19th,2016,he was 39.He just had his birthday on February 9th.He loved his son so much n was an AMAZING father..He loved listening to music,could sing ,write slings,plat drums n guitar..He had best sense of humor n also said one of most kindhearted people I have ever met in my life..He’s survived our son,his mother Marie,sisters Lois and Jennifer and brother Chris.Many nephews and nieces..Just an all around ,cool,sweet guy that will NEVER be forgotten.

Somerdale,NJ

Kimberly Mason

In Memorial for Georgianna Michaud Zercie who died April 6, 2017 of an overdose. Georvi was my little sister, age 49.

Caribou Maine

Kathryn Allenby

Teddy “bear” Storey you will never be forgotten

Mayfield, Ohio

Judy mcdonough

Another year goes by & I miss u more & more! You are forever in our hearts! Rest Easy! Mom
John Dafeldecker,Jr
“Jaydee”
5/30/86-2/27/11

Oakhurst, NJ USA

Josie Dafeldecker

My youngest and only, son Justin “Buddy” Pratt was a cute, blonde headed little boy who could make you mad one minute and laughing the next. Buddy loved the outdoors and had a grin that melted my heart. He will be remembered and missed every second of every day.
His life and death has saved lives through the non-profit organization Buddy’s Purpose that was started to bring awareness and education to our communities.
Mom Loves you Bud your forever in my heart and on my mind!

Cherry IL 61317

Lori Brown

My brother died of a fentynl overdose august 26th of 2016. It still breaks my heart to type those words. Never did i think i would lose him that way, he was not the junkie…that was me, not him. He was always smiling, an amazing brother,uncle, son, and father. His girls were the world to him. He wasn’t a regular needle user he tried it a few times and didn’t even like it. I do not know exactly what happened that day or what he was thinking, i also know this disease very well and know there are no simple answers. He was supposed to see his daughter that day and missed his visit. He was only 30 his daughters are 4 and 9. It was a tragedy. You would think after something like that i would have cleaned my act up and stopped using, i didn’t i continued to put my family through another 9 months of hell…you know the deal, no contact for days-weeks at a time, wondering if i was alive or dead. Wondering everytime the phone rang if it would be that call. Today i am over 4 months off meth and heroin and my brother is my inspiration. It only takes one. One more relapse could be my last, your last, your loved one’s last. My hope now is that my brother’s story or my story will reach one person, save one addict from suffering that fate and save their family from that loss. My name is Bobbi jo and I’m a grateful addict in recovery.

Fargo nd usa

Bobbi

Missing my son, James Richard Loveless
10/3/1991 – 8/1/2015

James was a wonderful person who looked out for everyone. He knew that he was in trouble, but wanted to “fix” things by himself. He knew that he was well-loved by his family, but he didn’t want us to worry about him and his problems.

Wake Forest, NC USA

Tracie Loveless

We want to honor the life of our daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend Ellen Petty, who was taken from us at the young age of 23, from an overdose. She died of an overdose that later was confirmed to be 100% Carfentanil. She is missed and thought about daily. We started on foundation on her behalf the educate and advocate against the opioid and now synthetic drug epidemic that is killing our youth. We will continue to fight this fight for you Ellen!

Your friends and family!

Charlotte, North Carolina

Fred Griffith

I lost my son, Michael to addiction. He was 33 years old. He tried many times to get into recovery, but there are not enough rehabs. He had so many demons. I pray he is at peace. This country needs to think outside the box and find ways to stop all these overdoses! What we are doing now is basically nothing! Too many families are suffering from having to bury their loved ones.

S. Yarmouth, Mass., USA

Jean

My son died of a heroine od in Jan. 2016
I believe it was preventable if given the right treatment. He was dropped off at a sober house all alone and nervous, he was dead in 24 hours after being clean for 75 days. My heart is broken and forever changed.

Narragansett, RI

Tina Peterson

Kiel Baker
Forever in my heart, never to be forgotten.
11-23-86 -08-01-16
I will join you when it is time,
Love always Mom

Fort Worth, Tx

Laura

In memory of my best friend Jessica Mcquiston who lost her life to the horrible disease on feb 16th 2016

New Castle Pa

Kristi

My sweet boy Justin. I miss you each day! You accomplished more in your 22 years than most can in a life time. I will fight, take a stand and support those who need it. My heart aches everyday wishing I could here your voice or see you walk around the corner. I love you – MOM

HARWINTON

Alllison

Philip C Hiltz
My life will never be the same without you, I will always love you and Carry you within my heart! Infinity….
I needed u..
Need u..you were MY SOMEONE…

Belfast, Me, USA

Andrea

Lost my baby boy to this horrible demon…Mark Stoker 8/24/88 -2/4/16 forever 27 ~forever brokenhearted~💔

Selinsgrove PA USA

Teresa Stoker

In loving memory of my son, Jason “Wes” Sapp IV … forever 21

Sneads Ferry, NC USA

Vanessa Sapp

Remembering my son. Fighting for education about this horrific problem. 3rd

Oconomowoc, Wisconsi

Vicki McCaig

Amory, I think about you every day. We miss you and it hurts. Like a giant mortar and pestle just grinding you down. But I remember your drive, your humor and mischief, and I’m thankful for every moment we had together. You were a spark of magic. You gave us incredible stories. You will always be a part of us.

Austin, Texas

Lisa Watson

Sometimes when I see someone from the back with her hair up in a bun and wearing a hoodie my heart skips a beat, thinking that it is you – my beautiful daughter Kate. I miss you so much every day. You had been clean for nine months and were so excited about being 16 weeks pregnant- if only you had not relapsed and died the first time that you took an opiate, your son would be two years old! How different my life, as well as the life of your sister and everyone who loved you, would be. I hope you know how much we love you.

Rockville, Maryland

Marielsa Bernard

The 1year Anniversary of my brother’s, Marc Lowry, death is rapidly approaching. He died of a fentanyl laced heroin overdose at the age of 33. He was my only sibling leaving me an old child now. Besides his addiction, he was a hard working, loving brother and uncle, an overall amazing person. My life has been significantly changed since he has been gone. My children miss him dearly. I think about him every minute of every day. I want to learn how to administer Narcan so that I can try to help save a life. On International Overdose Awareness Day, I will be remembering him, as well as all the other men and women who are battling addiction and their family members.

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, USA

Megan Ryan

In loving memory of my son Hunter Robison 7 /26 /94-11 /3/12. We miss you and love you so much. Mom, Cydney, Rhiannon, and Zeppelin ❤️

Mattoon, IL

Maria

R.I.P. Kevin Michael Warner. You were an intelligent genuinely good person. I am so sorry your life was so painful. I hope you are at peace with your son and know how very loved you are.

Northport, New York

Ali

Rest easy Richard Lee Campbell 1/12/1969 to 8/18/2003. I cannot believe it has been 14 years since I got a hug from my big brother. I cant even say it without crying. I miss you and love you plenty. Xoxo

Salem, Oregon

Tanya Hart-Garman

You are missed more than you will ever know and loved beyond words I will cherish and love you till the day I die

Austintown, OH USA

Rob “The Mug” McCulley

Patrick: It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to get to know you. So much fun together on the hill playing cards or whiffle ball. But my best memory is the fact that you always lifted my spirits and made me laugh and smile. I will never forget you. You cared so much about others and now God is taking care of you. Much love kid.

Boston

Maria

Tristan was my sister who we lost at only 18 years old. Tristan was born June 9 1998. Tristan left us on August 4th 2016. Tristan led the kind of life where she didn’t let opportunity pass her by. Tristan was intelligent and attended the local early college. Tristan loved music, writing and horses. Tristan also played softball and danced on a Christian dance team. Before addiction Tristan was so full of life. Even during her worst day, Tristan was kind and would do anything to anyone. Tristans celebration of life filled the church and people had to leave because there was no parking. Our family has created Tristans Haven in her memory to keep helping others as she did while she was here. I love you sissy. I’m sorry I couldn’t save you. There are so many things we still needed to do together. I miss you.

Thomasville NC

Tristans Lee Thompson

R.I.P Christopher Holloway 🥀
I feel so lost without my big brother.

Springfield, LA

Samantha

The most difficult thing I have had to do was hold the father of a comatose addict as they unplugged life support. He had fallen and hit his head when he overdosed.

Galveston TX USA

Dillo

My son, Lewis Clyde Cairns IV born February 12,1991 Died September 23, 2016 from a cocaine overdose. You are my son and my best friend. Everyday I relive that horrible day and I ask “why”? I wish I could have saved you my sweet boy. I would give you the air I breathe to save you. You are so loved and so very much missed. I will forever carry you in my heart until we meet again my Lewie. I love you so much, Momz

Alliance, Ohio

Mary Kay

My beautiful boy Timothy Daniel Spence. You will never be forgotten.

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Denise Spence

To my strong, beautiful friend!!! May your heart no longer ache and your mind now be free…. I Love you

Johnson City/ Tennessee

Shannon

Tanner Thorne 9/27/1982-6/2/2007
To have been your older sister for 24 yrs was a honor, sweet brother. I miss you so much and wish everyday that things would have been different for you. Ten years gone, and it remains an great honor to be your sister. I tell your story every chance I get. Your memory will NEVER die…I promise you that. I love you Tan.

Everett/WA/USA

Sydney Marshall

I’m posting a tribute to my mother who lost her life to a fatal overdose on March 11 2011. Gone but never forgotten xo

London ontario canada

Trish Deeley

In memory of our son Shane. We lost him to an accidental fentanyl overdose on May 4, 2016. Shane had a heart of gold. He had 16 months in recovery when he suffered a mental breakdown 3 weeks prior to his death. He relapsed and then fought to stay clean while waiting for treatment. Sadly approval never came and we found our sweet boy that early morning in his bed. Our hearts and life will never be the same…..Gone to soon, but will NEVER be forgotten

Derry

Lisa Walsh

My beautiful daughter struggled with the disease of addiction. Heroin captured her and kept calling her back for more until fentanyl was given in its place. Cause of death was acute fentanyl. Miss her beautiful face every moment of every day. Her smile her voice etched in my heart broken in so many pieces. May she fly high with the angels. In loving memory beautiful daughter.

Stoneham MA. 02180

Joan

Although it’s been 3 years (6/21/14), since our son, Brian died at age 27, we think about him every day. Like so many others, he was taken from us too soon. Love and Miss you Brian. Mom, Dad, Liz & Kathryn

Charlton, MA USA

Deb Dowd-Foley

I lost the love of my life Bill Stew on 05232016, he was my everything and he still is. I live on in his honor and I do everything I can to keep his memory alive💚
I love you forever and ever Billy if you can see this up there!

Brockton MA USA

Sara Trapp

Remembering my son, Kevin Doan, who lost his battle with addiction on January 26, 2016 at 30 years old. I miss his awesome smile, his sweet, gentle manner, and his love for his family and his dog. He tried so hard to beat his disease. We are devastated.

CIncinnati, OH

Susan Doan

To my lover..my husband..my best friend..my son’s father..I love you each and every day..I miss you even more..till we meet again you will be forever 28…I love you Joshua

Jacksonville north carolina

Elizabeth Richardson

My beautiful daughter Alissa Marie Hale overdosed on May 23, 2017, she was 21 years old, I miss her dearly as does my family. Rest in peace baby girl, I love you.

Mattituck, by 11952

Michele

My loving husband Jason passed on Feb. 11, 2017 from an overdose. He had been battling an opioid addiction since he suffered a debilitating work injury. Jason was know as a gentle giant and loved life. He idolized his step children, our grandchildren, and god son. His favorite times were hanging out with friends and playing with the kids. Once he was injured, this all changed. We all tried to help him through this and at one point I thought he was getting better. My love, I will not let your death be in vain. If I can save one person, one family from having to go through this, then your death will have some purpose. I miss you and love you and would have done anything to help you get better. Watch over all of us my green lantern. You will always be my superhero.

St. Louis Missouri USA

Mary

Remembering my beautiful daughter Amanda Michelle Blankenship . Taken too soon from her family and friends because of a heroin overdose .
Forever 19 . Rest In Peace my sweet daughter .

Sandston

Michelle Traylor

For my handsome. Loving, smart, son Ryan who left us too early this year in jan 30th. He was home for. It even 48hrs and overdosed and we had to let him go! He left behind a legacy. His 5 yr old son who will never remember his daddy who loved him more then life. His 3 sisters and brother. My heart will never be the same I am so so sad!

Milwaukee wi usa

Mari jo

On May 11, 2016, I lost my first born son Blaize Marcus Torrence, to an accidental drug overdose. He was 23 years old. He had been an exceptional football player, a scholar, a proud father and an all around good spirited, loved person. Blaize was considered for college scholarships, he had both parents active in his life and a large number of supportive family members and friends that communicated with him often, but he struggled. He struggled with a beast that doesn’t care about color, creed, class, culture, credibility, sexual preference, income, beauty or nothing. That beast is called addiction and it is killing and ruining lives all over the world in stunning numbers. One of the most menacing weapons we have that can impair this beast is a platform to spread knowledge. Like this one and others.
USE THEM!!!!! SUPPORT THEM!!!!! PEACE

New York, USA

Marcus

To honor my son Teddy Dziadik born on November 19 1988 passed on April 11 2015 of an overdose. Forever in my 💓 please stop the madness

Richfield Springs NY

KellyJean Richmond

To my Son,Danny who died of a overdose on December 22nd, 2013. He was only 28 yrs old.

Washington Ok

Cheryl

My family suffered a great loss on June 10, 2016. My 22 year old niece lost her battle with heroin. Shelby, as so many others, was a beautiful, smart, passionate young lady,who lost her daughter and sank into a deep depression. Shelby will forever be able to hold her precious Lexi. They will forever be loved and missed

I love you Lu 8
My family will be honoring Shelby with an International Overdose Awareness event in Mount Holly, NJ 8.31.17

Mount Holly, New Jersey USA

Christine Hoff

In memory of my daughter Katie Lee Thomas who lost her battle with addiction, August 16, 2016.
RIP Katie Bug…… 12.9.1994-08.17.2016

Efland, NC USA

Angie Thomas

My nephew, Billy Jr. Love and miss you so much. I miss your love, your hugs and your beautiful smile Bubby. Life will never be the same. Rest in peace my much loved boy. 1991-5/22/2017

St Clair MO

Nicky

Caila, It is coming up one year on the 19th of August that we received the call that you lost your battle. I will not let others define your life by the way you died. You will always be connected to me as I gave you life 27 years ago-when you left, a large part of me left with you-I have a huge hole in my heart-I tell myself its with you now so you will always know how much I love you. You were such a sweet spirit giving, caring, loving, beautiful, kind, a good mother and a wonderful daughter the best I could hope for. I hope you are at peace now with your little boy Aidan-until we are together again…know I love you and your sons Carter and Johnnie love you. Be at peace now my angel. Love Mom.

Phoenix, Arizona

Kristin

I lost my son John P. Mahoney, to an overdose on November 8th 2015. He was a good, sensitive, broken man. The world was too cold and cruel to him. He loved children and animals. He would give you the shirt off his back. I miss him desperately! He was so much more than his addiction. He had made amends to everyone. He was struggling to stay sober. I believe that God, in His mercy took John home. He would have lost everyone who’s love was conditional. He wouldn’t be able to live with that. He was my heart and my sunshine. He broke my heart, but, I believe that God knew I could live without him. I know he wouldn’t have survived my passing. I love you, John!

Goffstown New Hampshire

Pamela J Mahoney

On 3/20/16 my brother, Andrew Chandler, died. He had been sober for three and a half years. He relapsed on that day and died of an overdose. He was a father of two beautiful daughters. He was a son. He was a brother. He was an uncle. He was a grandson. He was a man with a heart of gold, sensitive, funny, charming, hard working, always willing to help someone in need, a wonderful father to his children and the list goes on and on. Addiction does not discriminate. It is a cunning, baffling and powerful disease. The pain is real. The struggle is real. My prayers go out for all the sick and suffering addicts…may you find recovery and for the families that are grieving and still living with addicts in active addiction.

Tampa, FL USA

Maleah Lockhart

RIP Gone to soon, we will always love and miss you! Joey

woodstock

Katy Hayes

On 02/15/13 my world changed forever. That was the day I lost my daughter, Holly. Our lives well never be the same..I miss her every minute of every day. shine bright baby girl until we meet again..I love you forever.

Lansing, Mi

Linda Patrick

I am climbing 100,000 feet on my bike this year in honor of my brother CJ, to get a natural high, and to increase awareness of the reality and the dangers of opioids and drug related overdose. I love you brother. I miss you everyday. I can feel you cheering me on and watching over me as I ride my bike. I hope we can save even one person from the chains of addiction.

Ogden, UT

Jimmy Bokinskie

We lost our son PJ 3/25/16. He left behind those who loved him so much & will forever miss him. Our lives will never be the same. I know you didn’t mean to leave us, I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you……Loving you & missing you forever. Mom & Dad

Oxford, Ct

Ann

It has been just over two years since i lost my younger brother to an accidental overdose. He was just 25, whatever he took was laced with fentanyl
We miss him everyday and wish he was still with us. Gone but never forgotten Ginge xoxoxxo

Toronto

Jenn

I can’t place into mere mortal worlds the feelings that our families and so many of our extended families through friends are feeling. Many of the families that I am closest to struggle with unexplained
infertility and a few of us have these issues behore or perhaps ongoing! We are going
to get this done again. We miss you, we long for you. It seems unfair God would bring you to us only uses for this paper and project. However, I must tell you you’re beautiful wife and child are well and just amazing sweet cutie pies!! To HIM the glory!

Mt Juliet TN. USA

Abby Arkon

My number one son, my Ryan, my boy who looked like me and could see right through me.
I love you my funny, fussy, handsome, clever, awkward, helpful, annoying, caring, son and I miss you so much.
You weren’t the only one who died, my life ended that day too.
It hurts . . . . . . .
Mum. xxxxx

Cambridge. England.

Ryan’s Mum

To my friend Saurav and Puskar
God Bless you wherever you are

Sydney/Australia

NIkrant

Remembering my son, Valley.. Heroin discovered him in January of 2015 and took him from us on February 25, 2015… Forever 22 years, 2 months, 2 days old.. Forever in our hearts.. Our fight – “Valley’s Vine; Stay Untangled from Heroin’s Poison”

West Virginia

Dorlinda

In loving memory of my brother Kevin…

Hershey, PA USA

Susann

I lost one of my good friends in July 2015, he was 37. Mike Houge was one of the most compassionate and caring person I have ever met. He would give you the shirt off his back 5 minutes after meeting him if you needed it. Mike had lots of friends, and was such a joy to be around. His addiction started with prescription drugs and then moved to heroin a few years later. At which I never even suspected he was doing it, because he hid it very well, from everyone. He left New jersey to be with his family in Oregon, which only lasted two years. His addiction was stronger than we had thought. He came home to visit, and unfortunately never returned home. After 2 years of being away from this terrible drug, he overdosed on a Friday night. As i am writing this, I am crying, the pain still hurts , and i miss him everyday. I’ll never forget you Mike, my hougey bear,
Love always
Michele

Hellertown

Michele

I finally found the man I never knew I was waiting my whole life for. I lost him to heroin seven months later. I had no idea he was using again. I hate that he was suffering so. I wish I’d known. I might have been able to help.

Kentucky/Ohio, USA

TDW

My heart died on January 25th 2016…I lost my best friend, my partner in crime, my little sister to heroin..I will keep fighting for you sissy. Love you always and forever.

Springfield,Mo USA

McCayla

In loving memory of Dillon “Luke” Millwood
1/21/1994 – 8/15/2011
So very loved, so very missed…

Jonesville, SC. USA

Amy

My jovial son Gary,

You were so full of life and everyone around you felt the joy you carried. I still can’t believe your gone from this earth. I love you more than words can say. I miss you more and more each and every day. I will carry you with me until I join you in heaven.

Love,

Mom

Delaware

Tareasa

I will not give up this fight to save our children!
I love you Kevin n everything I do for this cause is in your memory 💖

Simcoe

Arlene McIntyre

Please ask for help! Educate our young!
In loving memory Philip C Hiltz..forever love everything you! I miss you! 6/2017

Belfast, Maine

Andrea Walsh

My daughter Karina Bedoya passed away from fentynal overdose Nov.20 2016..we love n miss her so very much!!!

Hollywood,fl

Sue

In Memory of Our Beloved Son PJ. 5/2/89-3/25/16 Love you to the Moon and Back. Dad and Mom

Shelton,Ct. USA

Patrick

For all I have helped

Bucyrus Usa

Becky

Matt Chupella, May 18, 1983 to July 31, 2015. 32 years old. We miss your smile, your hugs, your laughs and your compassion. I don’t know how to do life without you. You are always in our hearts. I’m sorry no one talked about addiction 10 years ago. I hope we can stop this epidemic. I love you forever my son.

Bethlehem, Pa USA

MaryAnn Chupella

On this day I can take the time to remember the beautiful people that I have lost due to drug overdose without feeling any stigma or shame about the way in which they died.
To often drug overdose deaths are passed off by the family as something else because of this stigma, judgement or shame. August 31st is the one day that we can remember our loved ones and talk openly about how they died and not be ashamed of this.
With love to all those I’ve lost and miss dearly every day X

Ballarat

Nic

I lost my daughter, Kathryn Ames-Peters, April 30th 2015. She was 40 years old and fought the drug demon for years, we all did. I miss everything about her and to this day I still struggle with her death. She is missed by so many.

Windham

Lauris Hawley

Today marks three months since the passing of my precious baby boy James. I miss him more than words can ever express, part of me dead with him. He was successful, good looking and smart. He had a heart of gold and the world at his feet. My beautiful boy is no longer in this world solely because of prescription medications. I can’t understand why this is a silent epidemic, a senseless waste of lives. I will speak out, I wish to educate and inform others of the risks. How many more lives need to be lost before the conversation is had. Forever loved and missed Jamesa will always be my only lil boy. Xoxo mum loves u matey

GEELONG

Sharee

My daughter, Cassidy, died in November from a drug overdose. She was so much more than her illness. She was so smart, so funny, so kind, so talented, and so beautiful. She was my sunshine even when she kept me awake with worry. I wish mores than any that I could have saved her. But I loved her always. Even now. If she were here today, she say, “I didn’t mean to get ill; I wanted to get well; and, most importantly, I wanted to live.” So, for all those who have lost their lives to Opiod Use Disorder, let’s have a moment of NOISE. Don’t you think we’ve been silent long enough?

Birmingham, AL

Chris Cochran

Matthew Ryan Ratay, Joeseph Stringer, Lucas Fair, Torae Shufelt and Donnie Lovett-
I loved each of you. You were our brothers & sisters, our friends. Each one of you taught me so much and were uniquely beautiful. Each one of you are deeply missed. We all love you.

Portland, OR, US

Melanie

Tyler, my nephew at the young age of 25, overdosed on heroin on June 29, 2017. He battled his addiction and was in recovery when he overdosed. I will love and miss you everyday for the rest of my life. ❤️

Midwest

Karrie

My Mom 🖤

Cincinnati, OH

Taylor

Our wonderful, talented, funny son Ryan passed away on May 12, 2016. Ryan was 27 and held a mechanical engineering degree. He was someone who wasn’t afraid to fight for what he wanted, but opiates were a competitor Ryan didn’t know how to battle. Hopefully this epidemic will spur new scientific research to advance the treatments available for addiction.

Sterling, MA. USA

Tammy Brunelle

Too many too soon, Johnny, James, Jack, Matthew, Mark, Ellie, Zak….the list goes on. Please watch over all those still battling this horrific disease. Pray the the people in power in this country STOP THE STIGMA and make long term rehabilitation accessible to ALL. 🙏🏻

Palm Beach County

JeanneMarie

Scott Henry Naumann ❤️ For ever!

St. Louis, MO

Mom

David i can’t belive it will be 3 years on the 30th since you left us. rarely a day goes by that I don’t think about you as our daughters are a permanent reminder.

I always hoped that you would follow me into recovery. I know you thought you were different from the others when i took you to a meeting and could go it alone.

I will never forget the day i was told you had died from a herion overdose the shock and devastation will stay with me forever, having my own pain as you know that you were my first love but also seeing the girls grieve was horrendous. They miss you, please stay close to them xx

Brighton UK

Rachel

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

Fulton,N.Y.

Mandee T.

To my beautiful son,

I know you are fighting a difficult battle, but, please know that you are NOT alone. You have a family that loves you and will ALWAYS be here for you no matter what. I know you WILL beat this.

Brewerton

Carie

On 01/21/16 my husband and I received that phone call no parent ever wish to get. Our local hospital was telling us they had our son and he was currently undergoing a stat head CT and we should come now. Greeted by pastoral staff followed by doctors we were told that he had overdose on Xanax…. Dre was on a ventilator helping him breathe and there was no activity to the brain. My husband and I made a decision to remove him from the machine in the midst of us losing our son we saved 4 lives by organ donation Dre continues to live on through our hearts and others.

We loss our only son Michael Dre Suggs forever 19. We miss you son and will see you again one day❤️

Winterville, NC

Gail

Johnny ,If love could have kept you here with us you would have lived forever..I know how hard you tried…. always in my heart.love you forever and a day. Aunt Shell

Little Ferry,NJ USA

Aunt Shell

I lost my beautiful daughter January 4th 2015. Summer was only 25 years old. A beautiful life and mind lost to the soul stealing, most evil drug. I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life. I love you Summer.

Newcomerstown Ohio, USA

Jackie Smallwood

I lost my beautiful daughter Ashley (My only biological child) to an accidental overdose on November 23 2016. She was only 22 years old. My life is forever changed.

Algonac Michigan

Tammy

My beautiful daughter Lyndsey , 26 years old died of a fatal OD of fentanyl Dec. 4/16

kamloops,BC,Canada

Cheryl Snyder

Lost my brother 2016. I wish I could of helped him more.

England

Steven

My 50 year old daughter, Colleen died from an overdose in September 2016. I would like a tribute to her.

Plymouth

Judy McCarthy

Paul, mad and life loving, always and in all ways pushing it to the limit. Gentle man, too gentle for this world. I’ll see you in those dreams you burst through and in the faces of the people walking by. I’ll see you on the other side where we know one another well.

Maryborough

Julie

My son Garrett “G” Yeager forever 21. No words can express how much I miss you son. I love you with all my heart.

Batesville Arkansas

Brian Yeager

My beautiful son Joshua Daughtry left his earthly form on February 22nd 2016. 29 years 8 months and 11 days was not long enough to have him in my life. I miss him so much. Babu Mommy loves you and misses you every moment of every day.

wilmington nc us

cyndee willis

I am walking to spread awareness in memory of my heart, and Angel, Kyle Thomas Kehoe who lost his fight to this horrible disease on 11/10/15. If spreading awareness to end the stigma helps one family from this devastation and heartbreak, this overdose awareness day on August 31, will have served its purpose.

matawan NJ

kathleen dzwil

My funny, smart, loving son, Alan Vaughn
12/10/90 – 5/29/15
Forever 24. I miss you with every breath I take. I love you, son. Rest in paradise. Love, Mom

Pekin, IL USA

Wendy McCready

To commemorate the memory of Shane, death by overdose.

Sydney NSW Australia

Cat Wright

” If love could have saved you, you would have lived Forever. -EJS”

Massillon, Ohio

Nicole Shoemaker

Dawson Pettit- my beautiful 26 year old son was lost to an accidental heroin overdose on March 1, 2014- just 3 days out of rehab. I have spent the last 3 plus years since his death being an advocate for recovery,and learning about the disease of addiction. I serve on the Board of 2 non-profits in the addiction and recovery fields. I have served on Family panels, gone to every seminar, every training, every class,and every conference available to me and I tell Dawson’s story as often as I can. NOT ONE MORE- my initial motto has morphed into HOPE in RECOVERY and by telling about my family’s heartbreak I can only hope to help someone else from going down this mad spiral of opioid addiction that is claiming lives at an alarming rate. My tribute is to my son Dawson- a warm, loving, sensitive, animal loving son, brother, grandson, cousin, friend and best friend to his rescue dog Burly.

Mooresville, NC 28117

Laurie Pettit

In memory of my beautiful daughter who lost her fight and got called home. I believe that she fought as hard ad she could she had 9 months clean when she had a moment of weakness. She was left by someone who claimed to of loved her. My meddsge is please don’t just leave someone who overdoses make sure they are breathing 911 is just 3 numbers please call. I love you baby girl

Flint Michigan

Linda Williams

Jay,
I had no idea that when I have you a hug and said goodbye that February afternoon, that it would be the last hug or time I saw you. I never imagined that a couple of weeks later I would get a call from Mom telling me you had passed. I took it for granted you would always be there.
Now its been a few months since you left. As I sit here and write this…I realize I still have so much to say to you. I can’t believe you are really gone.
I hope you are happy now. It broke my heart watching you fight the demon disease. I saw the pain in your eyes…heard it in your voice. Now you are free, and there is no more suffering. Telling myself that is the only way I can go on. A part of me died when I heard the words coming out of Moms mouth. Knowing my only sibling, the one who was always supposed to be there is gone. Its still not real to me.
But I want you to know that I love you with all my heart and always will no matter what. I hope you are at peace.
Jenn oxox

Jason Christopher
04/21/1983 – 03/08/2017

Arlington, MA USA

Jenn

You were nothing short of amazing. You excelled in everything you did whether it was athletically or academically, had the brightest smile, and the best sense of humor. Not a single day goes by that you are not missed. In loving memory of Christian David Lannutti.

Philadelphia

Destinie

I will never forget you my precious son, no matter how long I live. I miss and love you so very much. I will see you when I get there.

Davenport, Iowa U.S.

Brenda Duffie

My daughter my 39. She had two children a daughter 16 a son 21he was in the USAF. She was a loving giving person and Mother. She divorced her husband after 18 years. The last 10 being abusive to her. Feeling lost and depressed she was budding with her cousin’s. They were into drugs and my daughter did not know she tried helping them than at some point started trying drugs herself, it wasn’t long before her daughter found her unresponsive lying face down in her bed. I lost my beautiful daughter that night. My grandchildren lost their only parent they wanted to be with. My son lost his only sibling. And my mom lost her granddaughter while she was on she was on her own death bed. Drugs you don’t need to be on them a long time before they can kill you. My daughter was the best employee and money saver when she died she had no money her car was getting reposed and her home was being forclosed, and she was losing her job. How sad. Drugs were not the answer she knew that but once she got that feeling she thought she wanted it until she got it again she told me. My daughter was my treasure now she is gone. Drugs took her money, job, family, life.

EAST Taunton

Debby

To the families who have lost someone my heart goes out to you. To those still fighting please do not give up

Brick nj usa

Patricia

Rest peacefully chris.xoxo

Chester ny

Laura valure

Please do not use alone! If you think your loved one is overdosing do not hesitate to call for help. Seconds can literally save a life! Learn the signs! What you don’t know can hurt you and what you don’t know can kill you! Please don’t become a statisic. .I beg you, don’t make your parents worst nightmare come true! My daughter Kaitlyn Nicole Rouse forever 16 changed my life twice! 1st was when I gave birth to my beautiful angel and 2nd when I buried my beautiful angel!

Kinston North Carolina USA

Shannon Rouse-Ruiz

I lost my mother in october of 2004 to a overdose, i was 13 at the time and didnt really realize what was happening. Always to myself that i would never do heroin…until there was a guy that was using heroin and i followed. My drug use went on for a few years on and off, until my 2nd time incarcerated facing 5 years and nothing to loose i got blessed with an 18 month sentence where my life began to change. I just recently picked up my 18 month keytag and got a job helping other addicts. I know it may be hard and you may not know how to pick yourself up but it gets better…just hold on! If i can do it you can!

Baltimore MD

Jessica

To my mom, I miss you every day. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you.

Rockland, ma

Rachell

Our so, Neil, died of a fentanyl overdose on July 1, 2016. I do not want him to be remembered for this. I want him to be remembered as a kind, quick, smart, complicated son, brother and friend.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Kym Porter

Remembering my daughter Jennifer Lynn Smith. Who died from an accidental overdose 2/13/2010. Loved and forever missed. Rip sweetheart ❤️😇

Ticonderoga New York

Jennifer Lynn

We lost our only son Jason “Wes” Sapp on April 7, 2016 at the age of 21 to a fentanyl overdose. No one is immune to this tragic drug crisis!

Sneads Ferry, NC USA

Vanessa Sapp

We lost our only son Jason “Wes” Sapp on April 7, 2016 at the age of 21 to a fentanyl overdose. No one is immune to this tragic drug crisis!

Sneads Ferry, NC USA

Vanessa Sapp

Kenneth J. Wade,
Your family and friends love you and miss you so very much. I love you with all my heart. You changed my life for the better. You will never be forgotten. I love you Kookie. Monster out.
Your Sarah 💙

Mobile, Alabama United States

Sarah LiCalzi

I lost my 17 year old daughter to a heroin overdose on January 20, 2017. She was a talented young lady who loved to play guitar, paint and she loved the outdoors. Rest in Heaven my sweet baby girl!

Hackettstown, NJ USA

Tina Bencivengo Culp

My Awesome, handsome and loving son, Bryan Forever 26

Waterford Michigan

Jeannie Richards

Mikhaila Throop could’ve lived had the , but wasnt used enough on 5/7/2012. The detective told me “she’s just another addict ” ,,a stigma that stops many from providing help to our young children getting caught up in this younger generation disease killing hundreds each year. Did they go after her 18 yr old friend who provided the opana, xanex, crack cocaine, and other benzos n opiates found in her system,,,no. The provider/seller went off to provide more friends in the next years, helping to kill another school age teen from overdose. O became “aware” of this disease, contacting all I could, post all the time about awareness and Narcan. I got trained “underground” because at the time the FDA would rather approve more drugs for big Pharma to keep making $$$ to help kill our kids, vs life saving Narcan or drug assistance programs for our lower income, less fortunate children. Misha has never left my mind, I’m a different person now, my kids will never be the same without her in our lives snd until my last breath is taken,,I’ll scream MIKHAILA’s name all day, every year making it known that this is an epidemic, one that needs to be learned n trained to stop n help anyone that struggles with drug addiction. You CANT escape our new reality folks, you WILL know someone who will die because our society sadly is blind n we need to teach them otherwise.
I love you Mish,, I will follow you into the dark,,until he speaks your name bb. Xoxo

brea

SarahL

My son struggled with addiction for 15 years., Mainly pot and alchol. It was not until prescription drugs became so easy to require that the real problem begin. So easy to go to dr with a back ache solution pain pills. Feeling a little anguish Xanax. After those lost there major kicks on to heroin. He was a functioning addict up to work everyday. Was at the kids ball games etc. On August 7, 2010 he lost his battle to this horrible disease of addiction. He left a wife and three beautiful boys. He is still loved and missed everyday

Foristell,mo

Kitty Layne

I haven’t seen my son in 3 years. He was in jail for theft – Vicodin is expensive – and once he got out, I never heard from him again. He was (is?) smart, funny, handsome, charming and too sensitive for his own good. I live with heartbreak every day, and yet I imagine him showing up at the front door one day, shabby and homeless and glassy-eyed, and wonder what I would do. Prayers and hugs to all the other parents who are going through this Hell. Remember, you’re not alone.

Crossville, TN

Lesley

I have so many names so many friends and family I remember during holidays birthdays different smells different places I go all remind me 😭😭 I’m a recovered addict who no longer walks that path but to JASON ISAAK (RIP) LES LORRAINGER (RIP) GREG GORDENER (RIP) I pray that these three inpaticular may finally find the peace they never could find in life 😭😭. And to my nephew and loved ones friends who are still battling and fighting the demons I pray each day that you may find the desire and will to escape seek rehab and get well!! THE PATH TO RECOVERY IS THE DOOR TO LIFE, I MET JESUS THERE.

Burien

Terra Macias

To my road dog Stephanie Curie, I miss you! Can’t wait to see you on the other side. I love you girl.

Shrewsbury, PA.

Andrea M.

We miss you Jacob. You mattered and I am a better person because of you.. love mom

springfield

diane

In memory of my son Ryan Seth Dickson. Heroin and cocain took my baby boy’s life. Ryan Dickson always 25. Born March 30th 1991 and I lost my son on May 29th 2016. I love and miss him so much my heart just hurts. I pray that people that need help will go out and get help because it’s some help out there. God bless all of the ones that have lost their loved ones to this terrible disease.

Wagener sc

Wendy

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.

Arnold, md

Diane

My message to parents please don’t lock your doors to your child my son passed at home in his room16 months ago I’m so happy I never threw him out who knows where he would of passed I’m sorry for all of us it’s a piece of us we will never get back I truly hope some how this will stop

Tonawanda ny

Kym

Remembering my son Davey Gonzales. 01-02-1984 to 08-09-2014. Davey had two severe injuries that lead to drug addiction. However, he detoxed as he didn’t want to be dependant any longer. It took him eight days to feel normal again. He was happy, free, and returned to work. That night changed his life forever…he went to a store and was a victim of a crime of gun violence and was shot in the head. This lead to serious drugs being administered, a loss of an eye, sinus cavity, and broken jaw. Once he started recovering physically with more surgeries ahead, he was once again drug addicted and suffered from PTSD and depression as a result of this incident. Davey overdosed and is now gone. Those of us that are left behind…well we are forever changed and miss him dearly. So please reach out and just listen or guide someone towards help/treatment. This may be the change someone needs.
Thank you,
Davey Madre❤

Toledo

Danice Stern

I lost my husband Brian on October 30 2016 in Boston. He had 4 years clean..scored once and it killed him. I’ll never do anything harder in my life than taking our 6 year old son to his father’s funeral.

Westerly RI

Heather sposato

For my Mom, the Nana to my children. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you. With every feather we see, every butterfly that graces us.. you remain in our hearts. We miss you so much. Keep watching over us, until we meet again. I’ll always be your little girl.

Love you to the moon and back.

BILLERICA MA

KINNEY

My husband and father of my now seven-year-old daughter Jason passed away December 4th 2015 from a heroin overdose. he was only 34 years old. Considering we had lost contact due to his addiction, he was all alone when he died. They found his body in an abandoned house in Paterson New Jersey. We didn’t know he died until 4 and a half months after. His body was just left at the medical examiner’s office. We never had a chance for any closure. we didn’t have a wake or a funeral. He died all alone. The hardest thing I had to do was tell my daughter she wouldn’t see her father ever again. Although she does not know the reason behind her father’s passing, she does know he will not be back physically with her. All she has now are pictures and his ashes. Jason was the love of my life my true soulmate. Heroin took him away from us. It turned him into someone I didn’t know. I’m glad that I knew Jason when he was sober. Not many people can say they did. The only thing that makes me feel better now is knowing he is no longer in pain. But I am angry and I feel guilty. I feel like I could have done more to prevent this. He is never coming back. It’s so sad to see how many young people are losing their lives way too early because of this epidemic. Hopefully by sharing our stories we can help more people stop using. It may be too late for Jason but it’s not too late for you. I am writing this in memory of you Jason. I will love you forever and ever plus infinity.

Allendale NJ

Allison Willis

My amazing son Don passed 3-26-16 from a heroin overdose ! He is forever in my heart! My son is my angel in heaven ! I love you buddy RIP Love Mom

West Seneca NY

Judy

My son’s uncle (his fathers brother) Wesley Cole Hocks passed aways ten years ago beside his fiancé. Both were an overdose of heroin and xanax. As a recovering addict myself, I am trying to get more information to my community and educate them. So we can get the still sick and suffering help without judgment or stigma. Not only is every service work I do now for myself its also for Wes.

Shippensburg

Melyssa

Melinda Belcher …..You are missed more than you could have even imagined…….

Roseville Michigan USA

Melissa W.

I’m an addict living in recovery…. This could be me. This disease has taken so many friends in the last couple of years. To those we’ve lost…. and those still struggling….. break the STIGMA!

Kansas City, MO

Amanda

We lost my little brother Ryan Casey Rodriguez on May 21st 2017. Not a day goes by that i dont think about him. We love and miss you Ry

Refugio texas usa

Brittany snyder

Gabriel Stephan Rice 9/30/81-4/12/13
This boy! Oh my, how we loved him so!! Hilarious. Witty. Singer. Musician. But most importantly my son. Did you know he liked his ears rubbed? And his nicknane was “Charlie Brown”? So needless to say, even as a grown man, I rubbed his ears. Mom’s can do stuff like that. And every time he was headed out the door, and after a quick ear rub, I’d wave him off and say “You be a good boy Charlie Brown.” Gabriel always smilled that crooked smile at me, would wave, and say “I love you mom.” He never lost his compassion or love for others. So giving in his nature. But he lost his life to an overdose. I’ll never get over his death. But believe 100% I get him back on the other side of eternity. So, for now, I grieve with hope.

Louisville

Arlene

To my perfect son Shawn ALWAYS LOVED NEVER FORGOTTEN your my joy my best friend I carried you for nine months in my body I watched you as you had your own children I watched you grow and felt safe when you were in jail I never ever thought about death and never entered my mind to think I’d get a call that you died it took me three times when your father told me Shawn’s dead I was like what the first time the second time he said it I was like shawn who than it hit me finally the third time he was telling me you died I lost my life that day cause you were my only son and your three sister were devastated there nothing in this world that I want nothing except you I don’t care about anything but you my son was born 8/3/88 died 3/23/16 he was such an awesome man he loved his kids first he just wanted us to be a family we lost our house two years before he passed away I was on a greyhound bus when this happened 37 hrs from Massachusetts to Florida to help my father who was sick at the time and I never thought I’d get that dreaded phone call ever my son was my best friend my protector my everything I miss you so much Shawn my heart’s broken I’ll always keep you alive in my heart and I’ll always mention you cause I’ll never let anyone forget you were alive

Stuart

Jill DiBartolomeo

Miss your smile, your laugh, your wonderful presence in life.

Jacksonville Florida

Willie

We could’ve worked through anything. Look at all we came through together. I’m sorry you died with your secrets I can only imagine how horrible you felt about yourself for that. You never felt good enough if only you could’ve seen yourself like I saw you. If only you could’ve loved yourself like we all loved you. To us you were enough. I’m sorry you died alone, I’m sorry you had to be found like that and go out like that. I forgive you and I will always love you. Jeb&Doe

WICHITA FALLS

Debbie

I am remembering and honoring my daughter Megan Alexandria Johnson.
May 2 1992-March 10 2011
Please get educated, never leave anyone alone, and call for help! See you again one day angel. Love momma

Alabama

Pamela A Boothe

June 26 marked the 10 year anniversary since the loss of my son Wesley to an accidental Xanax overdose. Please don’t think that presciptions make a dangerous drug ok. I’ll never forget the shock or get over the grief. I’d give my next and only breath for one more minute with him.Y

Pennsylvania

Tina

I miss my daughter and just to know that whoever sold her the dope is probably living his/Her life but my daughter was murdered and lost her life at the age of30 leaving behind 5 children .

Nashville,Tn. USA

Lisa

My beautiful brother Evan. He was a happy, funny man that always was more concerned about helping others than himself. He overdosed a week before Thanksgiving 2016. He was not only my brother and only sibling but my best friend as well. I love him so much he is missed everyday.

York, pa

Jodi

Can u tell me if any events for overdose awareness in long island new york

Long island new york

Stephanie

Luke, you will never be forgotten. I will make sure your voice is heard until my last breath. Forever 31. I miss you my boy!❤️

Chaska, MN USA

Karrie

My only child, my beautiful talented and gracious son, Ethan left this earth on 2/5/09. It hurts more and more every year. These children deserve help. They are trapped in something that is way beyond their control. I didn’t realize how hard he was struggling and how desperate he wanted to be whole. I understand so much more and it hurts so much to know the pain he was in and I didn’t know what to do or how to help. I just knew I loved him so much and miss him terribly more and more as time goes by.

philadelphia

jane

I’ve lost friends, family, even kids to overdosing. Have had several live and get clean too thanks to police and ems with narcan.

Norman Indiana USA

Cindy

Robert Karl Schultheis, III (Robby/ Robby Royberto), our angel, forever 32. 12/24/83-10/17/16, always in our hearts ♥️.

West Palm Beach, Florida

Carly

Brandon Robert Devich. 1/29/86-5/23/12. My handsome son went to be with God. He was my world. He loved his family and friends and we miss him so much. His daughter was born 7 months after he passed. What I wouldn’t give to see him with her. We’ll be together again. Until then my son. Love you so very much.

Massillon Ohio USA

Dawnette

Remembering my brother, Robin. Sadly he passed away on October 2nd 2016.
I always did and always will love him. Never to be forgotten. Xxxx

Leicester, UK

Kristie Townsend

Rich we miss you so much,. Amber and RJ also miss you . Rest in peace my son Love you, hugs and kisses from all

Millersville, Md.

Richard and Blanche Dymond

My dearest Matthew, my precious son, you are forever in my heart and soul. I only wish I was as good and loving as you were. I will see you when I get there, my baby boy. I will never forget you….never

Davenport, Iowa

Brenda Duffie

I wanted to write because i stood witness as maid of honor in my sister and brother in laws Wedding this past October 1,2016. I watched her get her dream wedding. It was the happiest day my family had in a long time. Little did we know that in just 3 weeks from the day they were married we would be waking and burying both of them with the same priest who just married them. They were on this earth for two weeks together as a married couple because of this sad deadly disease of Addiction.
The horror of greif and blame that i saw being put on my sister before she passed away because at the time of her new husbands death she stayed over my house. The same people who are in the pictures and dvd of that gorgoeus day loving her were in such denial they blame and they still to this day beleive that if my sister was home she could of saved him. He died on the 9th from an accidental toxic cocktail of drugs i had no idea he did. My sister was lost and hurt and we had no idea she was actually sick herself so on october 24 my sister passed away from a massive heart attack from complications of Bacterial Endocarditis and she just wasnt strong enough to fight it all. I’ll never forget our last conversations. She told me joe was going to stop the pill taking and that she promised me a neice or nephew soon. This is what i know. Both of them wanted a good life and intended to do that,but addiction can creep up and take away everything. I have no control to this day over his mother thinking my sister ingested him with all of those drugs that were found in his full medical exam report. I pray she and her husband realize that no one did anything. Drugs were just in charge and you take that chance everytime you take whatever it is. So basically i lost them both from Addiction wether it was direct using or because of using eathier way i want to say i am someone that needs and wants to speak out on this and really make a difference. Heather was my best friend and i now know how much time i spent worrying about her. It was what i did most. I now need to look into myself for peace and acceptance and lobe myself plus live for him and her live the beat life i can while keeping their memories alive. Its only been 7 months and i beleive losing them made me realize so much. I was blind before they left this earth. My eyes are wide open today. I will always miss them and always say that reguardless of joes moms accusations eventually will need to sit with yourself and have a moment where you relized you blamed a women you were so happy with all the time. Blaming a significant other for the other dieing from a fatal overdose is so common. Its not right. Someone can trash anothers name all they want because they are in denial?? We need to make people understand that maybe when you sit and think about it maybe you never wanted to acknowledge the addiction ever. I feel as tho most parents that blame another are actually in such denial i pray one day they can come to terms with the fact that maybe you knew but just never said a word to save face infont of all your family and friends. It Does nothing for your soul when you blame an innocent person suffering from the same disease and then succumbs to her own death due to addiction. Its just sad. I have so much to say. I feel as tho his mother slandered my sisters name because she didnt want to admit her son was in active addict for over 10 years living underneath his parents and they never knew i do not think so…. Love my hill n joe #awareness#gettingwell

Boston,Ma

Julieanne

Josh,
A mom’s heart shouldn’t have to hurt like this. We love you and miss you so much. The void is indescribable. The J5 is missing the most important link! Love you and miss you so so much!

Rising Sun, MD

Carol (mom)

Joshua,
The day we lost you our world came crashing down….the pain is still to raw to even bare…but what we are left with here on this earth is the ability to keep the memory of you alive so that’s what we are going to do! Miss you my handsome handsome boy so very much…but only until I see you again. Xo
Joshua Scott Brown
8/6/79-6/5/17

Parkton MD

Jackie Rice

I lost my nephew to Heroin . He was 37. Gone way too soon!! We love you Joshua Scott Brown. You are missed!!!

Rising Sun, Mc

Kathy Hower

I lost my brother Josh on June 5th, 2017. My life will never be the same. There are no words to describe my feelings other than life shattering. I’m BROKEN without him, my heart HURTS soo bad with every single thought of him, my mind is never at rest. I want to do all I can to prevent another family from feeling the way mine does, this isn’t fair.
R.I.P Joshua Scott Brown 8/6/1979-6/5/2017

rising sun

Julie Brown

Joshua,
We miss you, You died way too soon.
We think about You everyday . Life isn’t the same without you, there is an empty space
In our family…You can’t be replaced!

Colora MD USA

Thinking of my son Kevin died October 2001 age 28yrs Love and Miss you so much, love to all those lost to addiction. Xxxx

Aberdeen Scotland

Caroline Butler

To my son Stephen <3 There is nothing sadder than wasted talent…We talked about it so many times… I'm so sad that your life was cut short… I know that you're at peace now… But I am selfish I want you here …I miss my son so much 🙁 Love you always ..

Mount Olive, NJ, USA

Lisa

To my mom who battled addictions with pills and LOST the battle in 2010…you are soo missed

Semmes Alabama

Mary

I lost my cousin in 2009. There is not a day that passes by that I don’t see his face. I miss him.

Heath

Tiffany

Hey Eric. I miss you every day, but I know you’re up in Heaven looking down and smiling on everyone. I love you bud

Ida Grove Iowa, United States

Rachel

MY DEAREST SON DANIEL GARRETT,
I MISS YOU BEYOND WORDS. MY HEART ACHES FOR YOUR BABY SON JACK WHOM YOU LOVED AND CHERISHED. I KNOW YOU NEVER MEANT TO LEAVE US. IF I COULD ONLY HAVE YOU BACK, I WOULD TRADE MY LIFE FOR YOURS.
I PROMISE TO RAISE JACK VINCENT KNOWING WHO HIS DADDY WAS AND HOW MUCH YOU LOVED HIM. I CAN ONLY HOPE YOU ARE AT PEACE AND SOARING THE HEAVENS IN YOUR P-51.
LOVE YOU FOREVER-MOM

HUNTINGTON STATION,N.Y. USA

JEAN

Rest in Heaven Jessie Manning you were a great friend and deserved so much better than what you had in life. I’m sorry heroin took your life you had a horrible disease and you tried to get clean for your children but you lost your battle im glad your at peace in Heaven. Have a wonderful after life cause living that life was not what you wanted and you never have to worry about living like that again. See you one day again beautiful you were a great friend. I love you and miss you bunches

Middletown, Ohio

Justin

Our beloved Adam Bear. He struggled and fought daily with demons I can only fear. Rest easy our handsome gentle kind son and brother. We love and miss you terribly.
8-23-91 – 4-27-17.

Copley OH

Michelle Benson

Dec 3 2016, my precious only daughter, Joy lost her fight . And oh what a fight ! She completed 9 Rehabs in 9 years–most Sof which were 30 days and one that lasted 60 days. She was the best baby, the best child, the best young adult, the best friend I ever had. She was like my twin in her young adulthood. She was so much fun, so loving thoughtful and incredibly generous…Joy was the “Light of my Life ” and I told her that through out her life, even near the end when I was scared to death I was going to lose her. She was 42.

Mesa Arizona U.S.A.

Cyn

My beautiful son Elliot James Bonura. 7/8/92-10/28/12
Forever 20, forever my son, my sun, my moon and my stars.
You lived and loved selflessly, and as an angel in Heaven you continue your love. Your addiction will never define you. I miss your smile, your laughter and your love of all the animals.
In your final hours, you gave life to 3 seperate individuals. Your organ donation is proof of your generosity and kindness. You are loved and missed beyond description. I carry you with me in my heart every single moment of every single day.
Until we meet again, I will be your candle. Xoxo
I love you endlessly… Momma

Boynton Beach FL USA

Sandy Harding

For my beautiful son Colin who passed on 2/23/2017 from a fentanyl overdose. Col, you were an amazing person who freely gave your love to everyone you held close. You could light up any room with your smile and win any debate with your never ending knowledge of everything. Your bear hugs were the stuff legends are made of. I will forever be fiercely proud of you and love you with everything I have.

Moscow/Pennsylvania, USA

Stephanie

Loss our son, Matthew to drug overdose 9/23/2008. We love and miss him.

Marrero, LA

Julie

I write my tribute in memory of my Nephew William Hughes and the countless lives that have been take to this dreadful disease. My Nephew William was the most beautiful and caring young man I ever met. He had a passion for Life, the Arts, Friendship, & Family. He struggled with addiction for years and was in several rehabs by the age of 21. He came to my Brother and said, “Dad,I need Help…long term stay Dad.” My Brother & Sister-In-Law did everything in their power for years to help William, we all did. He went 4 hours away upstate New York to the Villa Veritas. We would rotate visiting on Sundays so William always had support and a friendly face. He was doing so good!! He was there for 10 months & decided he was ready to come home. My Brother drove up to get him on 5/29/2015 and on the most horrifying day of our lives 5/31/2015 my Brother found William overdosed in his bedroom. He lost his battle in less than 30 hours after 10 months clean. I saw William 3 weeks before he passed & believe me…he was so happy. I would have never let him out of the great big hugs he was famous for. I cry as I write this. Our Family has been forever changed. It’s a pain that is indescribable!!! William was 23 yrs.old and he’s a Twin. William was the Son I never had & the kindest person to my daughter who has Special Needs. We celebrate his life each May 31st with a group of us meeting at the beach and releasing lanterns with messages on them. We have joined several groups that raise awareness, fight to pass bills, end stigma, and support Education for Addiction. I will walk on 9/24/17 carrying his picture as we raise awareness to this dreadful disease. I know that my Angel William is walking right beside Us!!! My T-shirt reads…SUPPORTING THE Fighters ADMIRING THE Survivors HONORING THE Taken AND NEVER ,EVER GIVING UP Hope! William Hughes 10/25/91-5/31/15 23 years young!!! REST WITH THE ANGELS MY LOVE!! NOT ONE MORE!!

Brooklyn, New York 11234

Mary Hughes

Ellen Shell Purdy (1985-2012) my fierce and fanulous daughter, you are loved, missed, remembered.

Salem, OR/USA

Carol Richards

In memory of my Son, Dennis LongElk Sr

5•8•90—8•31•15

How ironic you decide to leave Us on IODAD ?!! Strange ?!! I think not, your time here on earth, was limited. The creator had other plans for you. Im honored to of shared you with the world and for you to grace Us with your presence. I cherish the moments of you growing up, the fun times, the happy memories we shared as a family. Looking back, I now see the struggles you encountered with Mental Health. I was clueless, I had NO idea, I thought you were just experiencing with drugs and it got out of hand. Period ! My kid, a drug addict…As I was faced to realize, it goes beyond that, way beyond. I’m sorry, your sorry, everyone sorry that things have to end the way they did. My hearts broken, beyond repair. The happiness turned to sadness, I struggle at times, but it comforts me to know you NO longer struggle with the daily realities in life, the demons that look my only son from me way to young, and you are no longer lonely. You are never forgotten and loved by many, me exspecially, Your Mom !!!

Prairie Island, Minnesota USA

Tammy

for all my good,bad & ugly friends who have left us to go to that special place where none of us know how to get there.Too many to name

San Francisco,Ca

D.Rock

I want to post a tribute for my 3 friends, Kyle, Joe, and Andrew.

cortland/us

Kira

My son Ryan John Moylan passed away on June 11 2016 he was 30 years old he left behind 3 boys Cayden 13, Nicholas 12, and Ryan jr 7. He was left to die because no one would call 911. My heart is forever broken I miss my son with all I am.

Granite city il

Patty

My son Justen Jesse Hummel passed away August 9,2014…everyday since then my life has changed , I miss him so much , I feel so lost , empty, nothing seems important anymore ….. I wish I could bring him back….. I always ask God to let me dream about him when I sleep …. I want to touch him , hear his laugh , see his smile , give him the biggest hug and never let go ….. this hurts my heart more than anything I have ever dealt with …. it literally aches…. I love and miss you Justen … love ” moms” ❤️

Louisville ky

Debbie hummel

My Dearest Son, Ryan Scott, I love you and miss you so much everyday. I will always keep you in my thoughts, and you will forever stay in my heart. I may be surviving, but I am not truly living without you. You were the sweetest, most giving, loving Son, and most deserving of a long, happy, prosperous life. I am looking forward to being with you again. Until that joyous day, we will stay closely connected. You are my precious Son, Ryan. ~ Mom

new columbia, pa, usa

tina

This tribute is to my sensitive, caring son Brian Murray who was taken to soon. You are loved and missed by your family and children.

Sewell

Phyllis Arminio

My son, Michael Robert, fought bravely his struggles with drugs for many years. We nearly lost him at age 21. He was in the hospital and rehab for PT and mental therapy for months but he made it back to us. He went diligently to many NA meetings etc.

But at age 28 on August 19, 2014 we lost him. Not a day goes by that I do not think about him and cry and cry and cry. I cry so much and so long and so hard that I cry myself out He was a brilliant young man with a B.S. from Hofstra as well as a Master’s degree and he was working on his Ph.D. also.
And he was a stat athlete. I thought he had it all. But I can recall one day when he turned to me and said:”Dad I have to stay clean.” I never saw him as addicted but he was. Was it my divorce? Was it his mom’s drinking problems? What was it?
I guess we will never really know what it was and it bothers me every day.
My other son Brian (no drugs) is depressed (as am I) but we struggle on. Brian is on track to be a pharmacist. But you see one lesson I have learned in all this is that SMARTS does mean much when it comes to drug addiction.
You can NEVER replace a human. Was he a lost soul? One person said at the wake “He was troubled.” I guess he was.
I really think he never got over his mom’s drinking etc.

Long Island

mike

Timmy. I still think of you every single day. I’m finally learning to live without you but your death has completely changed me. I think of you several times every hour of the day. I miss you. Relationships are forever over. Your death was soooo destructive to so many. I wish you knew how loved and needed you were by everyone. You knew how I felt. I’m still sooo thankful for all those talks. It gives me some peace knowing that you knew what you meant to me. Your memory will never die. I love you. Fly free.

Newfield

Mary Wendling

In memory of Ryan Flores. Loved by Many forgotten by none.

Kenosha, WI USA

Lindsay Post

Hi my name’s is Brittany and I’m 30 unfortunately I’ve been to more funerals then anyone wants to in their lifetime I’ve lost some amazing people they all passed before they hit 25…..so young wth so much more life ahead of them i miss yhem everyday specially troy Michael Hess he was the bestest best friend you could ever ask for always there wiped my tears always made me laugh just someone you enjoyed having in your life was taken by this evil drug heroin never a day goes by he isn’t in my mind me wondering what life would be like if he was still here today I’ll never find a friend like him ever again and sometimes I beat myself up for not doing more not being there as much as I should have…troy Michael Hess I will always love you and miss you til the day I see that sweet smile again

Belleville

Brittany pagano

My dear sweet Daniel , you were taken from us way too soon!! You will always be in our hearts until we are with you again!!
I love you,
Mama

Spartanburg SC. US

Debbie

In memory of
Christa Gail Taylor 8/16/76-5/12/14
James Micheal Taylor 2/13/80-3/10/17

Middletown, Ohio USA

Less Alsobrook

For my daughter Megan Alexandria Johnson. She lost her life to an overdose In March 2011. She was 18 years old and was a freshman in college. She like so many others was left alone instead of gotten help . So please, if someone you know is doing the drugs, and they are unresponsive, don’t leave then! Keep them awake, call for help. She would still be here today if the right thing would have been done. She was my daughter and I think of her every minute everyday. We love and miss you so much. See you soon angel..

Alabaster, Alabama

Pamela A Boothe

For my Son, my Ryan, my boy.
You’ve been gone 362 days now and it hurts like the first day every day.
I love you my Son and I miss you so much.
mum. xxxx
Ryan Woods. 24 April 1981 – 16 June 2016.
Forever aged 35.

Cambridge. England.

Natalie Wallace

Americ,
They say the good die young but this means just the special chosen ones. It wasn’t your time but now you will feel better and be fine. It still hurts everyday but I know you found another way. I stay clean for myself but also knowing that this disease took you helps. I cry for you all the time but I always see your signs. I will always love you baby, and the fact that your gone drives me crazy but your chains from addiction are now broken but my pain does not go unspoken. Forever in my heart , my love and it was always true love from the start. Rest in piece Americ

Dundalk

Kerri sparkman

Cait’s Story

Cait was born into a large Catholic family. She had just one older brother but many aunts’ uncles and cousins. We had family dinners, attended church, CCD classes and girl scouts. She played softball and field hockey, not being into those sports she did Cheerleading from 2nd grade until senior year of High school. She grew up in a normal loving family. Cait was my only daughter, my best friend. I miss our Mother Daughter times immensely. Cait loved small children, animals and her family. She was always the friend people went to for advice and support. And she always gave it whole heartedly.
My Cait began to experience crippling anxiety in High school. She said she was never comfortable in her own skin. If this was the cause of her addiction I am not sure. It started at senior week 2009, the experimentation with drugs. Then after having some serious relationship problems she progressed to Heroin being co codependent with her current boyfriend at the time. She was lost to her addiction and family for close to two years. Finally I was able to convince and or drag her to rehab. She completed a month there. The day after she was home she over dosed. She was taken by ambulance to York Hospital where she was largely ignored because she had regained consciousness and was just a drug addict to them. This I remember clearly, having never experienced this type of ignorance.
In about a week to 10 days she was back to the same rehab, Retreat of Lancaster. After the second month of clear headedness she wanted to be clean. The Vivitrol shot helped her a lot with the cravings she had for the drug Heroin. Later, Caitlin relapsed again and went back to rehab willingly of her choice. I fear there were other relapses, small slips that I was unaware of. Finally December of 2014 she decided to be clean from everything while still being on the vivitrol shot and attending NA. She was actively working toward recovery. She was doing great. I had my daughter back. Her family had her back.
Caitlin wanted to stop the Vivitrol shot. In NA that is known as substituting one drug for another. She was clean of all drugs for almost 5 months. She relapsed on a Thursday. I know this because she wrote in a notebook that “she relapsed to the thing she cannot seem to stay away from”. That following Sunday April 26, 2015 she passed of an accidental Heroin OD on her bed in her home, doing homework. She had five classes left to graduate York College with a BA in Psychology. She wanted to work in a rehab and help other addicts. She never got the chance. She didn’t want to be an addict and never expected that would happen the first time she tried Herion. Please don’t try Heroin the first time. Addiction can happen to anyone.

Shrewsbury Pa

Dorothy

Franky Couture- 6/23/87 – 3/8/16
We all LOVE YOU FRANKLIN! Your truly missed & never forgotten! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

Methuen

Tiffany

On November 8, 2016, I lost my husband to this epidemic. He was a good man, with a kind heart and always willing to help anyone. His charm and his ability to blend well with anyone made him the life of any event. To be honest those who didn’t know him wouldn’t have a clue that he was an user. I don’t ever call him a addict because he knew when to stop but the itch that you get when you do want it was his downfall. The day he passed away he had been 5 months clean and I was so very proud that he had gone that long without using but unfortunately the demons overpowered him and led him to his death. RIP Edwin Jusino

bradenton

PEGGY JUSINO

Please help fight this issue. My son was 17 when he passed only 5 weeks after his bday witch has changed mine an my older son (21) an lil girl (8) lives jerasticly. He was the happy and out going part of our family, the best friend to each of us and our solid ground no matter what hit. Please don’t ever take one second with a loved one for granted cause you never know when it can be your last or theres. My son Brendon Nicolaus Lavrar ODed on a prescription drug called methadone witch was carelessly being sold, passed along and left freely in homes close to ours. He knew nothing about them and it took him from us in Feb 27th, 2016. Please lock your meds up, keep them up high an away from people that don’t need them, and if your not taking them dispose of them properly, save the next persons life and keep another family from goin through what we are still 17 months later….
Son, Bub damn we miss and love you, since loosing you I’m no longer afraid to go, when my time comes I know you’ll be waiting for me and that day will be our 4ever since we will never be apart again. I’d give every lil.. shoot every big thing up just to have you here….see you again one day. Fly high my perfect angel….soread them wings fly my son.❤☝😇📿😭

Red Bluff/, Ca. USA

Cassie Duffer

As a recovering alcoholic/addict, I have lost many friends to overdose. I remember them all daily. It is tragic that some find the solution and some don’t. God bless you for your efforts in raising awareness and lessening the stigma.

Charlotte, NC USA

Kathy T

I have lost countless friends and peers to this epidemic. There probably isn’t enough space provided to name them all. But it’s important to me to remember the love of my life who overdosed alone, in the back of a pick-up truck in an abandoned lot in Boston, Mass on May 24th, 2014. Jason Lavallee, 34 yrs old will be forever missed. The man I met a year after Jason’s death also died last August from a drug-related accident. I would like to recognize Christopher Merrill, 30 yrs old who died August 9th, 2016 from being electrocuted by a third rail after he wandered off the edge of the tracks at a station in downtown Boston. He was extremely high and the accident didn’t need to happen. He was my best friend and will always be remembered. And I have to also mention my best friend Melissa Riley who died of an overdose in October, 2015 after losing consciousness between her car and a gas pump at a gas station in Kingston, NH. She did not get enough oxygen for too long and went into a coma and never came back. Jason left a 9yr old son in Worcester, Massachusetts and Melissa left two young boys as well to live their lives without a mother. Every drug related death is an avoidable one. I am currently living in a halfway house in Cambridge, Massachusetts so that hopefully my mother won’t have to bury me far too young. Addiction is fierce opponent and it will get u if u let ur guard down for just a small, passing moment. The vigilance required to beat this disease can be exhausting. But I try to keep fighting so that I don’t become just another statistic myself. I feel it is up to me to keep going and live a full life in remembrance of the ones I love so they are not forgotten and their lives and their deaths were not in vain. Those of us who still remain can carry on, living with the lessons we learned from the sacrifice given by those no longer with us. Don’t let addiction win. Fight another day.

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nellie H.

Matthew, I miss you so much. I wish you could see our baby girl. Life is so different without you. Becoming a single mother and losing you. I don’t know how one day I’m going to have to tell Sienna what happened to you. She will never remember you. She was only nine months old. I am so mad at you but I love you so much at the same time. Wish you were here 💔💔

Tampa Florida

Samantha

To my beloved son, Albert Varela, you left us way too soon. FOREVER 21, 9/86 – 2/08 You are missed everyday even after 9 years. Our lives are irrevocably changed. We miss your jokes, your goofy sense of humor and your smile that could light up the darkest room. ALWAYS LOVED, NEVER FORGOTTEN…until we meet again.

Dallas, TX

Donna Hancock

My sweet boy Jared, I miss you every second of every day. Brady and Kylie miss their daddy. You will never be forgotten. You will always be in our hearts

Coal Township,Pa.17866 Northumberland

Donna

I lost my younger brother Kyle on March 13th, 2016 to heroin that was laced with fentanyl. He would have turned 30 a week later.

Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Kelsey Sheppy

April Greenwell….~~never to forget~~

Elizabethton TN USA

Brandy Shoun

To my beautiful and talented son, Brian Pollard…Mother’s Day 2016 you left this physical world. Your battle with heroin took you away, just past your 32nd birthday. I miss you so much, as do your sweet daughters, your brothers and family. When your brother Sean got married a couple of weeks ago, he scattered some of your ashes in the Frio River. Hours before the wedding I found 6 hawk feathers, so I know you were there with us. We used them in the flower arrangements on all the tables. I love and miss you so very much…it’s amazing what the heart can endure. Rest in peace, my son, and know how much you will always be loved 💖

Meadview, Grand Canyon, USA

Cindy Sijan

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

Michele Kearney

I love you Honey and I am so proud of the warrior that you were. I will keep your good memory alive. A gentle man with a kind heart and a compassionate soul. Donald P Konesky, Jr March 20, 1991 May 3. 2017

East amherst, NY

Mary Beth Konesky

My beat friend joe overdosed may 6 2016. He was a friend to everyone. He had a smile that made everyone smile. He was always positive. If you needed someone he would always be there. Joes only enemy was addiction and he tried so hard. He had goals. I love you joe we miss you so much. Fly high

Bay shore

SARAH VALLES

I lost my beautiful first-born, Aidan, to a heroin/methamphetamine overdose on July 4, 2015. I fight for him. I fight for all of us who have or love someone with SUD. No one should have to bury a 19-year-old. Ever.

Minot, ND USA

Mitzie Nay

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 my mother, who had an addiction to prescription drugs, died from an accidental OD at the age of 49 .She was actually better recently as well…. She didn’t leave much behind but me. She had one friend, and one child (me), and the rest of her family members, which isn’t many anymore, are 12,000 miles away. Rest in Peace, mom. you’ll always be in my heart . i love you

Conway,AR,USA

Hannah Grace

Lost my son at the young age of 20 to a Meth overdose..They found him in a home in colorado. I will never forget the day the cops knocked on my door. The day my heart stop, the day my whole life went dark. I love you Trystan Micheal leddy, My beautifull boy, i will miss you so much and when i die i hope its you that walks with me to meet jesus

Post,falls Idaho

Stephanie

My son, Colin, was one of the most amazing, wonderful men I have even been blessed to know. He was smart, funny, and kind. Over and over we have been told by those that knew him that he had a huge heart and would do anything for anyone. Colin struggled for many years with the demons of his addiction and mental illness- both of which brought out a dark side. But he fought to maintain his sobriety, and those were the happiest times of his life. Colin lost his battle on December 2, 2011. He has found peace at last. The heartbreaking pain we feel is always there, but I find myself smiling more often remembering the good times, and the beautiful man that I proudly call my son.

Wheaton illinois

Donna Foyle

Matt-
You were a ray of sunshine in all our lives, one of the most kind & loving people I’ve ever known. We all miss you. I’ll never forget all the things you reminded me, such as what friendship really is, true compassion and empathy.

Portland, OR, USA

Melanie

To my friend Tara. May you rest in paradise! I’ll always remember you and love you with all my heart!

Normal Illinois

Amanda

I lost my oldest child and only daughter,Rachel, to an accidental overdose of prescription medication on 3/8/2014. Rachel was 32 she battled with addiction for years, she also had long periods of sobriety, but her last relapse took her life, as well as ending my life and her kids lives as we knew it. Rachel was beautiful, smart, funny…stubborn, brave, generous…..I miss everything that was my daughter, My only daughter and my first born, Rachel Elizabeth Walton 1/22/1982-3/8/2014

CedarCity,Utah USA

Michele Duncan

My nephew, Eric, is/was a warm, loving, funny, intelligent, 26 year old. He brought joy to so many people. His addiction caused pain and suffering to so many, and to him. The family is now suffering with this loss, after trying to intervene and find help through the years. The loss is immeasurable. We have to find ways to heal and honor Eric, at the same time. We don’t know how to do that yet, as it is so raw. Our state (Florida) is lacking in resources and help groups for families who are suffering with this loss. I hope the Awareness of this group will shed some light on that need.

Miami, Florida

Paula

Forever in our hearts. Heroin may have taken you, but you are at peace with our Heavenly Father and for that I can try and find peace. Life hasn’t been the same since you left, but I know you are watching over me!
John Joseph Churchill,Jr
10/10/1987- 04/21/2009

Chesapeake, Virginia

Josephine Carmella

Paul was a very unique individual. He was kind, loving, creative, artistic, musical, had a great sense of humor, hard working, concerned for others, a wonderful Brother, Son, Father, and Friend. Paul and I were in a relationship for 10 years and had a beautiful daughter together. When our daughter was 4 we stopped dating and later became best friends. Paul suffered from both mental illness and drug addiction for most of his teenage and adult life. He had so many demens inside him that tormented him. He may have had a drug problem but he was a good and beautiful person who put himself into drug rehab several times. The final time he went to drug rehab and got out I asked him how he was going to make sure this didn’t happen again and he responded, “It’s just trial and error, that’s all we can do in life.” He was a hero to me. He perservered threw life and every time he relapsed and fell he sout out a way to stand back up and try to walk again down the road of life. He was a wounderful father to our little girl and she loved him so much. When Paul didn’t show up for work, which was very much unlike him the police were sent to his apartment where they found him on his bed. He must have been there for about a day. They couldn’t tell he had overdosed initially so an autopsy was performed which revieled that he had both Cocain and Fentynol in him. Fentynol has been going around being cut into drugs such as Cocain and Haroin but most recently specifically in the county where Paul lived. Paul didn’t know that the Fentynol was cut into his Cocain, otherwise he would still be here with us today. Paul was Paul, exactly as he was and he was loved in his entirety by his daughter, mother, sister, me, friends and God and he loved all of them back in return. I know he is finaly home were he truly is able to be happy and free. He is leaving us to love, remember, cherrish, and honor his memory and the memories we all shared with him until we can see him again when we come home to be with our Lord.

Germantown,MD

Sara

In loving memory of our daughter Brittney who lost her battle to heroin April 24, 2015. She is greatly missed.

Illinois

Angela

Cranbrook BC Canada

Cranbrook B

Colleen

My name is Danielle and on July, 28 2013 his name was Kevin Michael McNeal he was 28 years old. He left behind me, son and a daughter. He was a great son, father,brother and husband. He was so much more than an addict he was the most gentle and lovable man a person could meet.

Cincinnati,ohio

Danielle

R.I.P Donald”Jaime ” There’s NoT a day goes by that I don’t think of you☆love&miss ya Jaime..♡ Nicole

Indianapolis

Nicole

My son Tommy died 11/16/10 of an accidental overdose of OxyContin. I found him in his bed. No parent should see what I saw. He was loving, caring, smart, funny and full of life. He was 22 years old. Life is unbearable without him. Every day is a struggle to go on but my daughter needs me. Drugs are evil and people need to know the damage they do to the addicts and their families. During and after. I wouldn’t wish my life on ANYONE!! My son made a poor choice and paid the ultimate price. His life and everyone else in the family too. Please parents talk to your children about drugs. Snoop, check their phones, drawers and especially their friends. Keep your eyes open and NEVER say ” not my child”. Drugs know no race, class or age. It can get anyone. God bless all of our children, in heaven and on earth. In memory of Thomas Mayer forever 22. Gone too soon xoxo 💔💙

Staten Island New York

Denise DeLuca

I miss you so much Brett.

Kitchener

Diane Scott

On May 17, 2017 I lost my only sister, Michele Lautenbach, to a heroin overdose. She was only 28 years old. She had been battling her addiction for close to 10 years and we are all extremely heartbroken that she lost. We have to spread awareness for the memory of our loved ones.

St. Louis

Megan lautenbach

RIP MIKE RYAN LOVE AND MISS YOU.

Weymouth

Kristen s

For my brother…John A. Corby 6/13/72-7/11/12…who is missed everyday. Heroin took you from us..but your memory and the love we have for you remains.

El Paso, Texas

Frances Roy

Our daughter( Randi ) age 23 passed from an overdose in Nov. 2014 after a long battle.We miss and love you so much.Rest in peace. Dad

Southbury,Conn. USA

Gary

In memory of Rob Bellows. Lost his fight with addiction April 2, 2016. I will carry your memories in my heart til we are reunited in Gods presence… I love and miss you dearly…

Garden City MI

Lily

My friend Jacob passed away due to a heroine overdose, he was such a good friend and always help be get my mind of the bad stuff. He was such a cool and relaxed dude. I’ll never forget the times we spent together playing pool, I miss you man.

kentucky

dougie

My son Ryan Dickson 25 forever lost his battle May 29 2016.

Wagener sc

Wendy

Bianca Hathaway, you were one of the strongest people I’ve ever met and I understand The struggle ypu went through each day. Even though you’re gone , I still believe in you. I love you always

Pawtucket, RI

Sierra Lessing

Travis James Wilson passed away August 5, 2015. He was in a car with people he thought were friends, they drove around for almost 2 hours before they got him help. Fast forward to May 2017….. 5 years in prison to dealer, 18 months in prison to buyer, driver got slap on the wrist because he squealed on dealer. All will be on probation for 3 years. An eye of an eye would be a better sentence. But we, Travis’ family and friends will always love and miss him, I pray I will see him again in Heaven

Medina, Ohio USA

Don & Sue WIlson

My son past away April 22 2017. I would like to make a tribute in his name.

Coram

Stephanie

In memory of my beautiful brother Tanner Edward Thorne. Born: September 27th, 1982 Died: June 2nd, 2007
Ten years gone, but never ever forgotten. I love you, sweet brother. I will carry on in your memory in all that I do. You are missed.

Everett, Washington USA

Sydney Marshall

Love you Jonellen forever and a day ❤️

Charlestown, MA

Maria

October 2015 we lost an amazing man to his addiction. My daughter lost her father and I lost one of my best friends. He was such a very talented musician and intelligent man. He had the most gentle heart of anyone I’ve ever met. His name was Christopher and we miss him everyday. Please know he was a tremendous person who had an addiction, not just some “junkie” as some might think. He was a loving man, father, brother, uncle, and his mother’s baby. I love you forever Chris.

RI / USA

Cori

To all those out there hurting from a loss, prayers for strength and healing are sent your way. Please reach out and help those struggling with addiction. Recovery is a long road, but with the right resources and support there is hope for everyone. Fight the battle and win the war with addiction.

Cleveland, OH

Recovery is possible

To my best friend joe FREITAS you will always be my best friend and We will all miss you you are in a better place with relaxation love Rosie Carlo julie Fabio Luca francesca and Gian carlo

Woodbridge Ontario canada

Carlo

SUD is a horrid disease. It is heartbreaking watching those you love become someone you don’t even know. I will never stop fighting to end the stigma. Forever my baby girl … Forever 23. Love and miss you. Mom

Southbury, Ct. USA

Randi Elissa Ross

For my favorite child for my baby boy….lost March 17th,2016. I will miss your silly sense of humor, your beautiful smile, and the way you always hugged me…..I will spend the rest of my life honoring your memory….
…mommy loves n misses Jamie
#flyhigh

East Rochester NY 14445

Victoria Welch

We lost our son Alexander on April 27,2017 to an overdose. My heart is broken, i am broken. I miss him every second of every day. He was the most intelligent person i knew. I miss you sweet boy and i love you always…Mama

Florida

Bonnie Mota

David Cimicata, not a day goes by that I don’t miss you or think of your smiling face. It broke my heart when we went our separate ways but I was ready to get better and sadly you were not. I have 1002 days clean from heroin and cocaine today & I’m 12 weeks off of methadone today as well. I like to think you are watching down over me, that you are proud & I try to take comfort in knowing that in our own ways we are now both free of the demons that we so desperately needed to escape. I wish I could have saved you. I love you always. RIP Ducky❤

Rochester NY

Emily Bobry

My Fiancé, Jason Webster, passed away on June 13, 2016. He was EVERYTHING. He was a Dad, a son, a brother, a friend, a teammate, a lawyer…HE WAS MINE. It took him 7 years of active drug addiction for him to lose everything in his life. But we met and he got clean. In two years he got his whole life back. We had everything . I will never know what changed that day. What made him need to use. He knew the risks. He knew the next time would most likely be his last time. He knew that if it was his last time his two amazing kids would be left orphaned. That I would be left to pick up the pieces. None of that mattered in that moment of weakness. What I’d like everyone to know is that he was more than just an addict. The addiction was a very small piece of him. He wAs a Dad & Fiancé first, he was a genius graduating magna cum laude from law school. He loved his nieces. He was a Mamas Boy. HE WAS EVERYTHING… there will never be anybody in our lives that will compare to him.., #14342

Plymouth/MA/USA

Kara Lotti

Always in my heart, my son, Stephen Rhett Sharpe Jr . 1-19-83 – 7-24-04 Forever 21💜💜💜

West Columbia, South Carolina

Priscilla Cooper Sharpe

Jim, you were the world to me. I can.it believe this could happen to you. So strong yet so alone. I wish I would of recognized the signs sooner. You are so loved and so very missed! R.I.P.

Des Moines Ia. USA

Angie

Sherri-Lee Shaney McRee 02-23-1977 to 09-01-2015
Not a day goes by where I don’t wish we could have one of our sister days together.
Some days I don’t even know how i survive without you.
I love you.
Us against the world.

Edmonton

Cassandra McRee

I lost my brother in 2014. He was 29. He was an amazing. He was funny. He always knew how to make you laugh. He had delt with addiction for along time. It started with pills and escalated from there. He went to rehab. But of course insurance only want to cover for so much so it was hard. He had times where he was great. He won’t need anything. He had a good heart. ❤️ He didn’t have one mean bone in his body. He was always there when you needed him. Our family life was great my parents were always there for us. It’s been tough with out him around. I still think he is going to walk through my door. I see people that from a distance that look like him. The last thing we did before he die we went to Disney World with my mom. We lost my dad a year before that to sucied. He hung him self. He had a lot of medical problems and was in pain alll the time from different surgery over the years. He was 54. I miss him so much. He was an amazing father he always so funny and fun. I miss them both. I know it’s takes time to heal all wounds. They are always in my heart. ❤️

Franklin,MA

Elisha

In memory of our dear son and brother, Neil Balmer.

Medicine Hat Alberta Canada

Kym Porter

My daughter, Gabrielle, died on January 30th, 2016. She was only 25. She had battled mental illness and drug addiction for all of her short life. Although her drugs of choice were meth and heroin, it was a combination of her one prescription medications that killed her. Gab spent many years going through detoxes and endless treatment centers. She tried so hard to fight, but the drugs were far more powerful. We’ll celebrate what would have been her 27th birthday tomorrow May 18th. She’s now free of pain and anguish. Forever young and always in our hearts!

Wake Forest, NC, USA

Dawn

I lost my son Shawn David Rardin Blumer on March 20, 2016 to a fentanyl/ heroin overdose. He was so loved by so many. I lost my son and 1/2 my heart that day. Sorry I couldn’t save you Shawn!! We love and miss you! I hope you are up there somewhere riding your “Flying Lion” and happy!!
I love you and miss you!! Fly high Son!!!!!!!!!!!!

Green Ohio

Barb Chapman

I lost my son Danny Dougherty on Aug. 31, 2016 , he was 24 years young! He battled for 6 years. 8 rehabs , I can’t even remember how many sober living houses,. This has to stop! We are failing are children ! This is an epedimic ! It can happen to anyone !

Castaic , LA calif.

Jenny

I lost my grandson Chad to a heroin overdose 12/3/15

Pulaski Va.

Mary Donald

My brother David died on Thanksgiving. ( November 24, 2016) After a ” friend ” gave him methadone. He was found dead a few hours later. He was 39. Way too young to die! I love and miss you every single day, bro!

St. Paul, Minnesota

Kelly Summers

Remembering Devin Timothy Rooney. 10/30/86-9/4/16. My only bioligical child who left behind a 3 yr old daughter, an unborn daughter (who is now 7mos old), a Fiance and many devastated friends and family members. We are having the first annual memorial walk in his honor to raise awareness on Thursday August 31st, 2017. You are so loved Devin! Love, Mom

Hudson, NH USA

Cathy Johnson

Scott Dillon
You would be so proud of the beautiful people our children have grown up to be.
I hope you’re finally at peace.
9/14/1974 – 4/24/2007

Charleston, WV USA

Alison Messer

Over a month ago the world lost one of the deepest, kindest, thoughtful and powerful hearts I’ve ever had the privilege to know. Jessica ann was in my life from the second grade until our 21st year. I’ve never had a relationship where we just clicked like that. I couldnt put it into words if i wanted to but our energies were meant to find each other. She saved my life, taught me so many things including how to let my guard down with people and just risk it all for love, and just made me a better person from the light that came from her spirit. She loved hard, fought harder and in all honesty just felt way too much for one person. She felt the feelings of everyone around her even if they didnt deserve her empathy or care, she would do anything for anyone. I still dont want to believe it because i feel like i lost my lungs with her and i start to suffocate but i want to tell the world about her and keep her love going. I owe her more than she ever would have let me repay her for and god i love her more than even she could have understood. With all of that beauty in her she didnt see any of it and i think she couldnt take it anymore. Ill regret ever letting you go for the rest of my life jessica.

Ohio

Allie

To my little brother, Joey. My best friend, my guardian angel. Love you forever little bro.

Green, OH

Jackie Loftis

I lost my Robert Lee Bale 5 days before his 29th birthday the youngest of my three kids smart,funny,handsome, loving, kind gentlemen ill forever be crushed by the devastation of this drug

Holley NY

Tammi

In loving memory of Tyson Lajoie. always and forever in our hearts. #24

Pottstown PA USA

Andrea Quinter

Tyler hillman
April16 1997- July 26 2016.

Calgary

Carol-Ann hillman

Our dear sweet Ashley McKenzie. You are so missed and loved. Not a moment goes by that we don’t think of all the precious times we spent together. Singing in the car was the best times we had. You made it so easy to love you. It makes me sad that horrible disease took you away at such an early age. But I u,understand now because God wanted the most beautiful soul, so He picked you. Sleep with Angels. RIP Ashley McKenzie Lee.

Clayton, NY USA

Grampa and Gram

For Matthew LeRay LeBar: You expressed often your desire to be clean and your some 8 visits to detox/rehab facilities showed your determination but unfortunately this was not the route that provided any kind of change for you. Ironically you passed during an ibogaine treatment which was going to be the miracle cure, the last chance, the saving grace for you! Seems so unfair and to think of all of our plans we made to celebrate your success and recovery! You were so brave to make the decision to leave your addiction behind and we are all proud of you! I miss you everyday and wish that I could hold you even one more time! I hope that you know how much I love you and how much your family loves and misses you!! Watch over us and wrap your loving arms around us!

Mountlake Terrace, WA USA

Nicole Jones

I lost my son Drew, forever 24 on 12/7/16 to a heroin overdose one day after he left a step down program. As a teenager he struggled with anxiety and was prescribed anti-anxiety medication. What I know now is that if someone takes 4 milligrams of Xanax daily for a period of 12 weeks they will likely be addicted. I believe being prescribed this drug in his teens contributed to his downward spiral. Deep down Drew had a fun spirit and he liked to make people laugh. He was likable and funny. I miss him every day, I do not want his passing to be in vain. The number of drug overdoses is growing every day and we need to find a way to bring awareness to this disease.

Canton, MI

Wendy

November 21, 2016 is the day my whole life changed and I lost the love of my life. My loving husband Daniel E. Swatsworth. He was also a wonderful father to 3 beautiful children. We became victims of the disease of addiction after years of using drugs and the summer of 2016 is when we really let it take over our lives. We began using harder drugs more and more and eventually lost everything. Daniel was my best friend and my husband. He never hurt me or our children and he was always there. He had many friends and everyone adored him. We were never a day apart for 7 years and we were married for 3 of those years. Our 3 year anniversary was November 15, 2016. He was only 30 years old, still had a whole life ahead of him. I also lost my sister, Cassandra D. Taylor, 7 years ago to the disease and she is missed dearly every single day. I am currently in outpatient treatment and involved in the NA 12 step program. I go to meetings regularly and I’m doing it for me first, and then for our children and then of course for my husband. This is a tribute for my husband and my sister to spread awareness about addiction and its effects on families and friends. It’s a horrible and misunderstood disease and it’s killing people everyday. I wish that no one has to experience the loss I have went through and that many other people have went through. We all need to get together and help stop this is epidemic.

Lockport, NY

Erica Swatsworth

We miss you everyday little brother. Never forgotten, always in our hearts.

Boston, MA

Mimi

Cait’s Story

Cait was born into a large Catholic family. She had just one older brother but many aunts’ uncles and cousins. We had family dinners, attended church, CCD classes and girl scouts. She played softball and field hockey, not being into those sports she did Cheerleading from 2nd grade until senior year of High school. She grew up in a normal loving family. Cait was my only daughter, my best friend. I miss our Mother Daughter times immensely. Cait loved small children, animals and her family. She was always the friend people went to for advice and support. And she always gave it whole heartedly.
My Cait began to experience crippling anxiety in High school. She said she was never comfortable in her own skin. If this was the cause of her addiction I am not sure. It started at senior week 2009, the experimentation with drugs. Then after having some serious relationship problems she progressed to Heroin being co codependent with her current boyfriend at the time. She was lost to her addiction and family for close to two years. Finally I was able to convince and or drag her to rehab. She completed a month there. The day after she was home she over dosed. She was taken by ambulance to York Hospital where she was largely ignored because she had regained consciousness and was just a drug addict to them. This I remember clearly, having never experienced this type of ignorance.
In about a week to 10 days she was back to the same rehab, Retreat of Lancaster. After the second month of clear headedness she wanted to be clean. The Vivitrol shot helped her a lot with the cravings she had for the drug Heroin. Later, Caitlin relapsed again and went back to rehab willingly of her choice. I fear there were other relapses, small slips that I was unaware of. Finally December of 2014 she decided to be clean from everything while still being on the vivitrol shot and attending NA. She was actively working toward recovery. She was doing great. I had my daughter back. Her family had her back.
Caitlin wanted to stop the Vivitrol shot. In NA that is known as substituting one drug for another. She was clean of all drugs for almost 5 months. She relapsed on a Thursday. I know this because she wrote in a notebook that “she relapsed to the thing she cannot seem to stay away from”. That following Sunday April 26, 2015 she passed of an accidental Heroin OD on her bed in her home, doing homework. She had five classes left to graduate York College with a BA in Psychology. She wanted to work in a rehab and help other addicts. She never got the chance. She didn’t want to be an addict and never expected that would happen the first time she tried Herion. Please don’t try Heroin the first time. Addiction can happen to anyone.

Shrewsbury

Dorothy Cadden

In loving memory of my sweet brother Joe. I think of you every single day. Your laugh, your smile, I miss you so much Bro.

Beaumont Ca

Lydia Nancy

Lost our beautiful daughter at the age of 23. Miss her so much. Overdosed just one day out of treatment. She left behind her 18 month old son He is now almost 7. Marissa. 1-30-88 to 10-5-2011.

Lake Villa, Illinois

Debra

Gregory, we miss you so very much! Life has not been the same without you. Love Mom, Dad, David, & Courtney

Hydes, Md

Angela

My 24 year old son, Daniel Thompson, lost his battle with the terrible disease of addiction on December 11,2015. He left behind a beautiful little girl who turned 1 on December 17,2015. This precious baby will never know her Daddy & how he loved her with all his heart!!

Pauline SC. United States

Debra

In memory of my beautiful mother Tammy Morey. October 3, 1969 – April 12, 2016.

Poplar Bluff

Ashley Mccraig

Shawn Sperling… we lost you on Sept. 30, 2012 from a heroin overdose. Forever 22. So full of life, love and laughter. Loved by all. Our son, our brother, our friend, your legacy is the love that you left behind. Your many, many friends always going to your gravesite, still after almost 5 years. Shawnie… you are still such a beautiful part of us. Our “Ferris Bueller”. I am so lucky to be your mom for 22 years. We ❤️ You! Still I Rise

Paramus, NJ

Mom

Lost my daughter Erin on 8/22/2015. My heart will forever be broken. Missing her everyday. Please don’t let another feel this was. This illness must stop.

Homer, New York

Mary’

My Zack was an amazing kid and wonderful young adult. People loved him, he cared about everyone and would do anything for friends. That’s how we remember him. He lost his battle with addiction 12/17/14. We miss him every minute of everyday.

Maryland

Alexis Commarota

In loving menory of Colin Walker

Bristol, CT

Lauren

My son, Cody Jack Hill, died April 15, 2016 of an accidental heroin overdose leaving a devestated family including A little sister that loved him so very much w a 5 mo old baby girl that he won’t watch grow up w another one on the way. He will never be forgotten and is missed every single day!! We love u Cody Jack rest in peace my sweet precious baby boy!!

Idaho Falls

Tracy Shaul

Sambo, I miss you everyday- your brothers and your Mama miss you everyday. Not one day goes by- that I do not think of you and miss you terribly- rest easy Baby boy- Mimi is on her way to hold you. We love you- we miss you- and you will NEVER be forgotten!!

Rochester MI

Daddy

Sambo, I miss you everyday- your brothers and your Mama miss you everyday. Not one day goes by- that I do not think of you and miss you terribly- rest easy Baby boy- Mimi is on her way to hold you. We love you- we miss you- and you will NEVER be forgotten!!

Rochester MI

Daddy

We love you CJ! We are keeping your “beats” alive by helping others struggling with drug addiction keep their heart beats alive! Your loss has not been in vain. The Beat Lives On

Lindenhurst NY USS

Kathy

Michael I love and miss you sooo much I’m hurting my heart hearts please help me get better and remember the good times each day

New York

Cathy

Loving Friend.. Brother.. son. Mike Helmer, 22, was taken from us due to an overdose. He was a member of the Albrightsville Fire company for a decade. Graduated High School and had all the love and support from his family and friends. Mikey you will be missed by all of us and we will forever hold all of the memories and cherish the moments that we had with you. May 1, 2017 your body couldn’t take anymore of the pain and tearing. Watch up in Heaven over all of us with all of our Angels. You will be missed. Rest Easy

Jim Thorpe Pennsylvania

life love and laughter………. thats what you were…… my forever boy…. michael halvorsen ………… my gike…. i will always love you
your forever girl is heartbroken

boynton beach

kathy murphy

MIchael Bradford Ragone died at 30 years old on January 17,2016 of a heroin/Fentanyl overdose. He was ashamed of his disease and may have asked for help …. and been more open to it .. if the stigma around it was not so great.

Charlotte NC

Betsy Ragone

My son Peter died June 8, 2013 from an accidental overdose one day from rehab. Every minute, everyday I miss him and grieve for him. He was my only child. When I asked for help from family members he was banished and not given a second chance. I saw his heartbreak when at his grandmothers funeral not one of his cousins would talk to him. Now he is gone forever and my heart breaks forever.

Gloucester MA. 01930

Nancy

Tim, we miss you and we love you! Your humor and smile will be with us forever. ❤️

Sarasota,FL

Amanda

To my dearest Aunt, who lost her battle to addiction on 6/16/16. May you Rest In Peace now and have a home with God, free from your every day struggles. Words could not describe the amount of love I have for you. I miss you immensely and so does the family.

Philadelphia

Alexandria

To my soul mate Neil Waters who lost his battle with addiction on 14th April 2017. Missing you so very much. Love always. Shar xx

Wisbech Cambridgeshire uk

Sharon carter

On Jan 30,2017 I lost my best friend my brother mike mchenry. He has struggled with addiction on and off for years. He was just 34 years old. I Love and miss him every single minute of everyday.

Las Vegas nv

Keli mcdade

You will never know how much you were loved and missed

Raleigh, NC

Amber Johnson

I will spend the rest of my life helping people that suffer from addiction in place of the one person I couldn’t.
Rest in peace Frankie Semencar. I know you didn’t want this to happen and I will never forget about you.

Philadelphia

Alyssa

For my dear brother who lost his battle to heroin on 9/18/16, I talk about you everyday, sometimes I try to share your story in hopes of helping another so nobody else has to know this heartbreak like my family does.
I love you, and I can only wait to see you again.

West Virginia, USA

Melanie

In remembrance of Kory Simmons a bright light that dimmed too soon.

USA

Laura

I have lost a nephew (6/16) 23 yrs old.
and my son in law on 1/1/17.
I hate how this disease is spreading like wild fire.
My daughters and I have started a support group and while helping others we can help heal ourselves.
We Miss you John!

plainville, ma

deb

Rip lil Bobby

St. Louis mo

Brittany Haynes

On 2-6-17, our daughter Erica, 15 days before her 21st birthday, passed away from a Heroin overdose. We loved her so much and watched her hurt and struggle with depression and anxiety for several years. This led to her addiction. We miss her and grieve her everyday and will for the rest of our lives. She is with the Lord and is our Angel on earth now. I am certain she is one of the most beautiful Angels in Heaven! We love you Erica, Mom, Dad and Katie.

Disputanta, VA

Angela Ruis

To my precious girl, Pauline, who taught me how to . You are forever missed and loved.
8/17/1978- 7/16/2000
Can’t wait to be with you again!!!

New Jersey

Liz levins

After 15 months in recovery from an opioid and heroin addiction, my daughter, my only child, Ammie passed from an accidental overdose. To say it ripped my heart out and left me reeling is an understatement. I love you and miss you always.

Mom

Franklin, KY

Tammy Reeves

Justin Aaron Davenport we love you an miss you so much your smile was so contagious your eyes would melt any heart . I was the first to hold you the day you were born an the last when you passed away but you will always have my heart with you son our lives were forever changed that dreadful Sunday but our promise to is you’ll never be forgotten see you live on in mason an Sophia forever love moma&daddy

Chatsworth

Paula Davenport

Shaq Elmes Torrella 1993-2016
To my kind caring, talented and loving son.
It want go unnoticed how my people you saved only to loose your precious life to this hideous disease called addiction/ heroine.
That did not define who you were. You could do anything you set your mind to achieve. In your short life you achieved many things.
An awarded skier, golfer, accomplished mountain biker, photographer, graphic designer and lover of the arts. You were a loving son, friend, nephew, and grandson. We all grieve that you left this world too soon. You will never be forgotten. Our love will last for ever. Untill we see each other again I will take into my life everyday the wonderful memories we had and the passions we shared, for both of us to enjoy.

Steamboat Springs Colorado

Peta Elmes

I miss you dennis everyday. I still can’t beleive your gone. I’m so mad you chose to get high that morning instead of asking for help. You left me and our son who cries over you. I forgive you for choosing to use again. It’s part of who you were. I hope you are okay and finally at peace. I’m glad ur with God instead of battling your addiction. You, we were all spared. I’m constantly bothered by your final moments. Please come to me in my dreams and let me know ur okay and went peacefully. I love and miss you and will never let you go but I can’t make myself suffer anymore. Help me and denny get passed this.

Queens, NY

Dina

My beautiful son, Jon died on July 7, 2014 as a result of an accidental overdose from illegally prescribed opioids. He was just 26 and embracing a life full of hope and dreams in Silicon Valley as he was building a start-up software company. His loss is so profound and so preventable. The waves of grief follow and impact the many family members; parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, along with Jon’s girlfriend, his puppy, many friends, and a community that lost a bright light with so much yet to give. His story needs to be told as all the others that we have lost and continue to lose. We all need to stay steadfast in our efforts to bring awareness, education, and accountability to our medical professionals/community, and offer support, empathy, and help to all those impacted by the disease of addiction.
Amy Cooper, Mother and Outreach Director with the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse

San Francisco

Amy Cooper

Nicole you always be in our hearts. Everyday is for you. Rip my butterfly.

Trenton

Crystal Drape

Corey I miss you. I can’t believe that your gone. Nothing will ever be the same and I’m so mad that you did this to me. I love you and I miss you and I hope that your okay now.

Boston MA

Holly

To my child’s father, who passed away due to a heroin overdose,
I wish you would have asked for help. Instead of denying this pain. I wish you could have came to me, without fear. I wish you could take it back, because I know that wherever you are, your heart is breaking watching the pain your son is enduring. Please know that while I am angry, and devastated, my heart breaks for you, especially you in your final moments, over and over and over. I hope you find peace along your way, as I will try to provide that for the boy that has been left behind.

Pa

Lee

I don’t know how you feel inside
I’ve never been there before
Something’s changing inside you…
and you don’t even know.You’ll feel better tomorrow just come to me and I’ll help you find the way.

Montréal Canada

Xeni Mano

My beautiful brother Paul always in my heart,always proud of you & always love you
Alli Xx

Griffith nsw Australia

Allison collis

This has to stop Lost my only child to this

St. Louis Mo USA

Joanie Shinall

To the 19 year old client who did not recognize his behaviors as problematic and overdosed a few weeks after leaving treatment against medical advice.

Detroit, MI

Substance Use Disorder Therapist

Kristie my 1st born my only daughter. She got lost after bad divorce from abusive man after 18 years of marriage. He I could say drove her, but she was weak. She told me she did a little cocaine and than was shown how to do crack. I am telling you she was only a mom to her 2 children, until she was found dead by her 17 year old daughter – something she never wanted to happen. She wanted off the drugs. She was fighting so many demons. Our life will never be the same. Her 2 children never be the same. RIP MY BEAUTIFUL daughter

EAST Taunton

Debra

Remembering Jonathan Glenn
AUGUST 27, 2015
Jonathan died from Accidental Overdose
Everyday my heart aches from the loss of my son.
Please visit
Remembering Jonathan and Jeremy Glenn on Facebook today….
https://m.facebook.com/KennyJonandJeremysMom/?ref=bookmarks

Pell City,Al

Kema Pike

Brad, your family and friends buried your body today. But your spirit lives on in your children …. and in all the words of encouragement and wisdom you gave to those around that were struggling … and in the house of your heavenly Father. You were — are — the finest man I’ve known. I was proud to call you a friend. I was honored to stand beside as you courageously faced your struggle with addiction and emotional pain. I dreamed of watching you grow into your hopes and dreams. I looked forward to watching your children grow and mature under your wise leadership. But the evil that is addiction took you away from us far too soon. I love you and will always miss you, Brad.

BILLINGS, MT USA

Kris

In memory of my 21yr old son John who sadly overdosed February 2014…Forever Young!! So sad to read these tributes from brave mums like myself who tried so hard to protect their sons and daughters

West Dunbartonshire Scotland

Mary

For Callum. My funny, clever and loving brother. I loved you from the day you were born and will miss you every day of my life.
“Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks” ? Your favourite big sis xx.

Perth, Australia

Kerriann

Damn, been looking for you all these years… and this is what I finally found… ❤️

Canton

P

My 24 year old son, Alex Fuller died of an overdose on 2/5/17 from heroin laced with fentanyl. He was a kind soul with a huge heart that deserved to live the life he had ahead of him. That was cut short. There will not be a minute that goes by that I don’t think of my sweet boy and believe that I am one step closer to being with him again.

Louisville, Kentucky

Michelle Florence

I lost my son Tayler on October 28, 2015 do to accidental overdose. He was only 21 years old. It was a combination of fentanyl patch and xanex. I lost a piece of my heart and soul that day. I miss him every day. He had his whole life ahead of him. He was loving , caring he had the most contagious laugh. He left an impression on every one he met. I wish that people would be better educated on what the effects of combining drugs can do to a person and their families

Brooklyn ny

Lisa hoff

RIP Richie. Your always in our hearts. Watch over us. Miss you Roo

Levittown pa 19054

Sue Reese

In memory of my dearest David. (David Ryan Trageser) my best friend and soulmate.
When you left you took my whole heart with you. And that’s okay, you deserved it. You forever have all of my love. I will never forget you or let you go. Rest easy, hun.
6.7.88-2.28.17 ~forever in my soul~

Baltimore, MD US

Amber Levinski

Cory had this contagious laugh and a way to make you smile even when you didn’t want to. He was my husband my best friend my soul mate for sure ! We have 2 beautiful little girls 9&6 yrs and he was an amazing daddy who didn’t care if he had pink finger nails and doing girly things with his girls yet taught them to fish and camp and enjoy life! He was a man who was so proud to serve his country and when he had to retire early for medical reasons began his nasty battle. He may have lost here on earth but I know he won in Heaven! He was the greatest man I ever knew Love you forever and more MR

Kokomo Indiana

Melissa bowers

In memory of my nephew Luis Alberto Fernandez who passed away due to an overdose on February 10,2017.
Love and miss you dearly. Be free hun

Allentown,Pa

Maritza

I miss you so much Chloe, there is not a moment in the day that I am not thinking of you. I love you baby girl. I pray that you are doing all that you loved to do up in Heaven. XO Momma Bear
02/09/1999 – 01/20/2017

Hackettstown NJ USA

TIna Bencivengo Culp

I lost my 17 year old daughter on January 20, 2017 to a herion overdose. I am devastated ?? I want to do all I can to help other families before it’s too late.

Hackettstown NJ USA

Tina Bencivengo Culp

My struggle only began 3 years ago with a injury at work many surgeries later I’m completely addicted to prescription pain meds many failed attempts to get clean and to many close calls to an overdose I reached a point I felt my life was over I’m a true believer in methadone maintenance it saved my life but not before it almost took my niece’s life she got a heavy dose of heroin and fentyl thank the LORD she made her way into a populated store before falling out and CPR was administer by a customer but she was on a ventilator and placed in a medically induced coma for weeks we were not sure what her future was to look like eventually she woke up but she will never be the same she needs round the clock care and is basically a toddler again my niece is only 29 with her whole life ahead of her she has been battling her addiction since she was a teenager it almost took her from us and I see how it has taken its toll on our family and I do not want to put them threw it also I don’t want to die or become a vegetable if you are addicted please STOP I know it’s hard get help get help now before it’s to late you are worth it you deserve to be clean and sober

Catasauqua

Becky

To my darling sister. I hope that you’re free from the pain that I know you were in. I will forever cherish the phone call you made to me exactly 1 month before you left us. I know not everyone in our family were so lucky. Thank you for looking after me when my own life wasn’t so great, I will always look up to you as my second mother. Love you always, k. xx

Australia

k.

Jon was the light of the room. He was always trying to make you smile. He had an amazing personality and cared about everyone. His presence is truly missed. He was a best friend to many.

Indianapolis

Kate Bell

My dearest son Michael Wyszynski….not a day goes by that I don’t think of you…wishing I could turn back time to that night (August 7, 2015)…if there was something I could have done differently…if I had know you started using again after 5 months clean…if I had noticed the signs…all of these if’s…there isn’t a day that I don’t cry wishing you were here…watching your children’s accomplishments and milestones…so many things you missed since you’re gone….you left behind a legacy..your children…you live on through their eyes …I see a little bit of you in them every day…they are the greatest gift you could have ever given me, my son. I love and miss you beyond words…my heart is broken and and that part of losing you will never heal…till we meet again…Love, MOM

Williamstown, NJ

Lena Diana

R. I. P. Christopher Nelson. You will be missed. I love you. You were the best boyfriend a woman could have.

Linwood PA

Theresa Beaumont

r.i.p. johnny thunders, stayley,weiland and a certain woman i know that has a serious problem and that i tried my best to helpbecause i loved her more than anything and you know who u are misty but couldnt get through to her and she thinks im the enemy but she was wrong and anyone else struggling because ive wasted about 25 of my 38 yrs with drugs

Sylacauga

jeffery Allred

There by the grace of God go I. Recovering for 8 years and it’s still a day by day struggle.
I dedicate this to Cory Monteith who lost his battle with his addiction in 2013. He was more than an actor. He used his celebrity to shed light on this cause as well as youth homelessness and raised money to help marginalized kids get out of their situations. He supported many causes Chrystalis helps people who have been addicted and are now recovering to find jobs give them the tools they need to heal themselves. Project Limelight help Candian youth find value in the arts instead of using the streets. Something good can come from his death and I will remind addicts that there is hope and there is help.

Goodyear Arizona

Kelly Hazelett

I lost my only brother suddenly on 1/29/2017 to 25 years of fighting addiction. He was just 45 and a tortured soul. But he always stayed sweet and pure. I went through wicked metastatic breast cancer and he was my biggest fan. I fought it at age 39. I always believed he’d outlive me. As I write this I remain in shock and denial. And sadly, the od was more sinister being another person with him continuing to give him drugs while sick and out of it along with “cleaning up” because he had passed before an ambulance got there. We need to fight to save the souls of our loved ones. I’m a big believer in legal methadone. I begged him to stay on. As soon as he stopped a second time he hit the downward spiral and here I am alone in this world without my brother. God speed to all our addicts and family and friends of them who struggle with A-Z. Just remember, we cannot save them. They can only save themselves. Love and peace to all. RIP brother. Seester.

Pittsburgh

Tammie

in loving memory of Cody Owen 3/13/90-6/19/16
momma misses you sweet son..

Lawrenceburg

sherry stratton-poe

Andrew MacNiven it was a privilege to love you while you were here on this earth and it will continue to be a privilege while your my angel in heaven. Rest In Peace 7/1/1990-3/14/2015

Stewartsville

Emily

Alyssa’s Story:

Alyssa was born on February 13, 1994. Alyssa was a bright and beautiful girl that shared her love, laughter, and compassion with everyone she met.

Alyssa grew up in a small community in Medina, Ohio attending Christian and Catholic elementary schools. She attended Medina High School and graduated from a private school in North Carolina. She continued to further her education attending Warren Wilson College and AB Tech, both located in Asheville, North Carolina.

Alyssa had immense talent in artistic endeavors. She was very gifted in writing, drawing, photography and painting and was an avid connoisseur of all types of music.

During adolescence, Alyssa, like many other young people, suffered numerous injuries such as a broken arm, leg and multiple oral surgeries through daily activities which necessitated medical treatment through which she was prescribed pain medication by a physician. As a result of the chemical composition of her brain coupled with the addictive component of prescription pain medication, Alyssa was predisposed to opiate addiction.

Unfortunately, Alyssa succumbed to the lure of opiates during her attendance her first year at Warren Wilson College. Alyssa was introduced to heroin by her boyfriend at the time who became addicted to the same through his previous addiction to pain medication prescribed to treat sports injuries. Despite attendance at numerous rehabilitation facilities, Alyssa addiction remained even if she was not an active user. Specifically, the physical and psychological attributes of prescription pain medication remained in her brain biologically, thus, making her desire to stay sober a daily struggle.

The story of Alyssa is one that repeatedly occurs throughout this country- an individual becomes addicted to prescription pain medication to treat legitimate illnesses and once addicted to that pain medication cannot either obtain or afford to purchase pain medication due to its high cost on the black market thus making heroin an appealing alternative as it is both cheaper and delivers a more concentrated feeling of euphoria than pain medication.

As a result of her heroin addiction, Alyssa was fighting a daily battle to maintain her sobriety and avoid the whispers in her ears to use heroin. Tragically, Alyssa lost her battle with heroin on March 18, 2015, passing away in her room-alone. She was only 21 years old. Alyssa’s tragic death has touched so many lives as many people across this country are currently battling the same challenges that Alyssa battled for years and are often losing their lives to this addiction.

Alyssa was full of life with an amazing will to live. She was extremely loving and she was loved by many. Her smile would light up the room and her laughter would fill it. She was also an excellent student with many ambitions, specifically, she wanted to help challenged children. In spite of all the beauty in her life, she was unfortunately unable to fight the ugliness…which was heroin. She did not want to be an addict. Nobody wants to be an addict.

Heroin has become the fastest growing health epidemic in this country. The State of Ohio currently ranks #2 in the nation for drug overdose deaths, Heroin does not care what race or socio-economic background you are, if you are rich or poor, young or old, male or female. It exists in all of our communities and is growing at an alarming rate. Our communities quite simply cannot handle the numerous problems with which this addiction generates.

Please join our mission….share our information….help us spread the awareness. Let Alyssa continue to educate and help people. www.fightingforalyssa.ort

Medina, Ohio

Lea Heidman

Michael Anthony you will forever be my soulmate. You loved me and my daughter with all of your heart. It hasn’t even been a month yet and I’m still trying to understand why. I will never let go of our many yrs of memories and love that we had for each other. Please continue with the signs and letting me know your still by my side. I will always love you. Love your babydoll. RIP my sweet angel

West islip/ny/united states

Gina

Christopher,
My love….I miss you more every single day. I have loved you for a thousand years, and I will love you a thousand more,
Until we meet again,
My Sun and Stars…
xoxo Always!!

Scottdale PA

Peggy

I want to say Rest with God to my angel Sean. You were the love of my life! And we will forever cherish your presence and remember you by the good times.

Irwin

KAYLA S

My husband and I were extreme heroin addicts it ruined our life.the addiction showed up in many forms, it lied to us it stole from us it told us we were worthless and could never amount to anything!
We allowed its rare form to hurt eachother and blame eachother never owning what we have made mess of.
We would choke on the enormous lump that gathers in your throat caused by the pain of our own hurts.
It became so dark that our demons were multipling by the second. Our addiction wanted us dead.
Would go to any lengths to being absolute despair and anguish
The struggle is real I am clean and sober today my husband on the other hand is finally at peace. He has been gone for two moths toda. I was with my sponcer when I got the call he was doing well but was not working a program. Im lost i don’t know how to handle this im internalizing my pain I can feel my heart ache.
God bless u Timothy O’Brien.
Xoxo sleep with the Angels

Santa barbara

Haley

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

MARINA

Tribute to my darling girl Holly who lost her fight with drugs on Boxing Day 2016. Her daughter Daisy loved her so much and we will never, ever forget her. Always in our hearts. Rest in Peace angel.

Mum, Dad and Daisy

Hervey Bay Australia

Sally

I lost my daughter Aaliyah Dawn Kenekham on 12-21-16 from an overdose to heroin. I want to promote overdose awareness in my community because we are losing so many young people with so much life left to live. My daughter was only 21 years old. I want to raise awareness to keep her memory alive. She had a heart of gold & would want me to help people struggling.

Richmond, IN 47374

Jessica Kenekham

In loving memory of my husband Donald. It’s been exactly one week since I got the call. Don is dead. What??? How??? Heroin overdose. No it can’t be!!! Somebody tell me this isn’t true!!! The first few days I was convinced I can’t live without him being in this world. After 35 years together, I just didn’t know how. But somehow I am… Our son needs me. He’s 19 and tells me I miss Daddy.

Donald and I were addicted to prescription painkillers for 16 years. We finally separated and both got completely clean for well over a year. We were planning to reunite, or so I thought. Nobody knew it then, but two months ago he went to heroin. Why and under what circumstances, I’ll probably never know. All I know is within two MONTHS of doing heroin, he is dead.

Please. If any addicts are reading this, please try as hard as you possibly can to kick it. Don’t be one of those people who thinks opiate overdose can’t happen to you. I’m sure Don thought the same, and now look. The pain of the family left behind is indescribable. Our son doesn’t understand. He keeps saying But Daddy was fine…. I just can’t overemphasize how painful this loss is. It’s hard to kick opiates, trust me I know, but please please reach out for help. Never give up!!! You’re worth it, I swear!!!!

Your comrade,
Rayray

Maryland

Rayray

In memory of my daughter, Elizabeth Suzanne Wallace. She was gone too soon. A beautiful person who loved life and it loved her back. See ya later, Liz. I love you to the moon and back!
Mama

Picayune, MS, USA

Louann Wallace

Its nearing a year that I lost my husband on March 10th 2016. Yet it still feels like just moments ago that I got the call I never ever wanted to get. Fly high babe.

Jerry Paul Fay

2/4/76 – 3/10/16

Kelly

“I’m sad but at the same time I’m really happy that something can make me feel that sad. It’s like it makes me feel alive ya know? It makes me feel human the only way I could feel this sad now, is if I felt something really good before, so I have to take the bad with the good. So I guess what I am feeling is a beautiful sadness.”

It’s been 46 days since you left this earth. It still doesn’t feel real. The world will never be the same without you. I miss you more then I could ever put into words. I will never stop fighting to bring awareness to this terrible disease. I love you. You will forever be my always. Rest easy my baby.

Quincy Figueroa 03/05/90-12/1/16

Ar

Tomorrow I have to bury one of the greatest people I have ever met due to one of the worst kinds of diseases known as addiction. I will cherish every memory I have with John and try and educate others to possibly prevent someone else’s best friend from leaving their side. Do not give up on the people you love due to their addiction, and do whatever you can to guide them to recovery because the pain of losing my best friend is like no other and I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I am so happy discover IOAD exists. I love and miss you so much John and will never ever forget you or the memories we share. You always brought brightness to every dark day and I hope you can rest in eternal peace. Love you to infinity. -Mander

Amanda

Brady lost his battle with addiction almost 8 weeks ago. My life will never be the same. He will be forever missed and loved by so many. Peace and Love to all the families suffering.   #GoneToSoon #Forever24 @AddictToAngel

Julie

Ardy I miss you already..I will continue to fight for you and now to fight for others who took/take the same journey you took..Rest easy big sisters..forever in my ❤

Dawn

I miss you more and more every day Jay…..I know you did not want this pain for us, but now with you gone I know that pain you endured every day was out of your own control. 36 was too young. Your contagious laugh and beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Love your sis, Krimmy.

Kimberly

I wish you were still here Taryn. The world is darker without you.

Neil

It will be 10 years Jay. The journey was long but your window on earth too small. It is my dream to honor you and those you touched here, more than we ever knew at the time. May your grace and kindness be with those whose struggle now.

Jill

Sammy Darwish, died at age 24, I will look for you for the rest of my life brother. Love Sarah

Sarah

I miss you so much mum, you were the strongest person I’ve ever met. I can’t even imagine how hard it was lying in that hospital bed knowing that it was the last time you’d see any of us, your children, family and friends. You did a great job as a mother and we all know that you tried your best, that you tried to get back on your feet. I will never love anyone as much as I miss you.

Angel

Rest In Peace… Christina Michelle Plaisance/ aka SUNSHINE RAINYDAY! born August 10~1990 died July.29.2016 you will always be Within me i love you bay bay! Pleše look over us¿

Kasper

I miss my handsome and sweet son, Mike, so much every day since he unexpectedly left us on Jan. 5, 2016 from an overdose at only 32. His sister and I tried to help him for years, and we were hoping he would recover. Now there is a huge void in our lives without him. Sending my Mike loads of love and hugs to Heaven. Love you Always & Forever, Mom

Arlene

You are my sunshine on a cloudy day when it’s cold outside in the month of May.

Chris

Scott,

You are remembered as who you were, by those who love you and know you. You are missed each and every day.

“Don’t look back in anger, I heard you say.”

Carson & Kristen

My sister best friend 24 year old lil sis passed away Jan 09 2016 I miss her so much life will never be the same since she gone I love you Vanessa

Heather

Christmas day 2016 . This is our third Christmas without you Jake. Ever since you have been gone the holidays have been bittersweet. Trying to be happy with  family and friends. This is the first year I’ve decorated the house for the holidays since we lost you. You are so missed and loved. If you are reading this and doing heroin PLEASE stop! My son thought he could control it, It killed him, and left his family angry, sad and always  wishing this could have had a different ending, a do over for the day you died. July 6 2013.

 

Love Always, Mom

Linda

This goes out in tribute to  Dalton Fekkes.  Dalton was everything you would want in a son.  Smart, funny, respectful, good looking…and in the blink of an eye he is gone.

Never should  have happened such a loss

Paul

Elvis,

If I would only have known how you were truly suffering, maybe I could have done something to help you. You were my first love and the father of my first child.  I had to keep her away from your troubled life and I am not sorry about that but I wish I could have done something different to change the outcome. You suffered much in your short life by the hands of a alcoholic father and step mother and suffered abuse no child should ever have to endure. I will always love you and there will always be a part of you that is alive through our daughter.

I hope you are finally at peace

Love Michelle

Michelle

Rest in Peace now my darling daughter.  Caila (Clouse) Armijo 8/15/1989 to 8/19/2016.  Mom

Kristin

My dearest Christopher –

It’s been months now, and I’ve still not really begun to deal with the pain. We are so young. We are supposed to have so much time left. But you’re gone.

I know it’s crazy but I still think about all the ways you might still be alive. Maybe it wasn’t really you in the casket. It certainly didn’t look like you. You looked so green and ill.

You wouldn’t believe how many of us are dying without you. We don’t talk to each other, but you’ve left all of us hurting.

I love you so very much.

For you, I am going to try to let myself feel the pain. The real pain of losing someone I loved so much and had so many hopes and dreams for.

I’m going to try to let down the wall and allow myself to feel what I really feel – what I deserve to feel. I’m devastated, Chris. And the worst part is that no matter how much I stomp my feet, no matter how much I protest and say that it isn’t fair, it won’t bring you back.

It just feels like this should have happened to someone else. To someone who wasn’t so damn intelligent and beautiful and charismatic.

I have been looking into grieving resources specific to losing someone to addiction, and it linked me to an article about how to deal with the death of an addict.

It hit me like a ton of bricks to read that. To realize someone so unique and so powerful and so complex… fits under a heading of “addict”.

I miss you terribly, and for you, I am going to try to allow myself to grieve fully. I know you wouldn’t want me to stay stuck on this. I know you would want me to heal and move forward and accomplish more in my life.

I don’t know how, but I know I have to do it. I can’t stay stuck.

I love you so very much. I hope you’ll keep visiting me in my dreams. I cry so much in them but it feels so wonderful and so real to have you in my arms, even just in my dreams.

I love you. I miss you. Every damn day.

Sameeh

RIP Andrea Renee Demille.  BFF

Jasmine

My 26-year-old son, Kyle Fisher-Hertz, died in September of 2016, leaving behind a 2-year-old daughter still crying for her dada, a bereft girlfriend, shattered sisters, parents and other relatives, as well as countless heartbroken friends  Kyle died alone in a hotel bathroom, where he was trying to get in one more shot before being asked to leave; the toxicology report did not show Fentanyl in his system — heroin can be deadly all on its own.

Prior to becoming an addict, Kyle was a brilliant, popular student who had majored in creative writing and enrolled in a neurobiology program; he was a City Year teacher elected to give his class-graduation speech; he was a rock-climbing enthusiast who climbed Mt. Ranier; and most importantly, he was a kind, generous, compassionate young man who sought out volunteer opportunities, gave thoughtfully personalized gifts to family members, and devised delightfully inventive ways to express his tremendous romanticism and love of life.

From early childhood until he was 16 and started using drugs, Kyle performed stand-up comedy on several television shows and in multiple comedy clubs in New York City. Kyle was a gifted writer and a poet — as well as a pizza-delivery guy, a coffee shop barrista, a waiter, a tutor, a non-profit researcher, and a rental-car agent with stellar sales skills; even after he became an addict, he won accolades as every company’s best employee — right up until the time he relapsed, betrayed his employers’ and family’s trust, and let everyone, most especially himself, down — again.

Once he crossed the line and began using hard drugs (starting with crack when he was 21 and then moving on to heroin and meth after his new rehab friends gave him a taste), he was never able to find his way back to believing in his own future, despite repeatedly working a 12-step program and completing multiple inpatient and outpatient rehab programs. Kyle eventually recognized he had a brain disease and mental-health disorder but often failed to follow-through with the medical treatments that were helping him stay clean. He had been so smart, successful, and blessed throughout his life, that he believed he could outsmart hard drugs and then the recommended treatment protocols, but he couldn’t.  He thought he could beat his medical issues without medicine, but he couldn’t. He thought he could try addictive drugs that destroyed others’ lives and not become addicted nor destroy his own life, but he couldn’t. Once he was an addict, he tore pieces of his own flesh out of his once-beautiful face while on meth and betrayed all his own values, friends, and family members in order to get drugs.  Kyle thought one day he would get clean and write about his experiences, but instead he got high over and over until he wrote less and less often, and until drugs became his only subject. Even after many of his friends had died, Kyle thought he was smart enough that he could definitely avoid giving himself an accidentally lethal dose — but he wasn’t and he couldn’t, and now he is dead.

Bit by bit, all of us who loved him were forced to watch him destroy his own golden, promising life until finally he took with him the hope and joy of all of us who are crushed by his awful and permanent absence. Despite years of arrests, accidents, injuries, and disappointments, we had never stopped hoping.  Kyle was still young, lucky and hard-working — so when he died he was healthy and strong from six months of recovery; his facial scars had healed; he had once again become a caring son, attentive grandson, loving brother, sweet boyfriend, and, for the first time, a devoted and adored father; he had also mercifully retained his quick wit, razor-sharp sense of humor and keen intelligence; white privilege had kept him out of jail, and he still could have done anything — absolutely anything — with his life. He had many supportive friends; everyone in his family loved him desperately, forgave him everything, and prayed for him to stay well. Instead, he despaired of ever being able to succeed as a functioning adult free of the terrible cravings that consumed him — even though anti-depressants and opioid-blocking medicine had helped free him of those cravings in the past. So when Medicaid wouldn’t cover the medicine that had helped him stay clean and optimistic before (as Medicaid does not in 25 out of 50 states), Kyle relapsed, overdosed and died.

Despite the tragically commonplace way his life ended, Kyle was once truly special; he had a brilliance about him that everyone who knew him could see when he was a boy.  Through therapy, he’d realized that his own gifts made him feel pressured and afraid to be anything short of extraordinary — which led him to doubt himself to such a degree that in the end he died the most pathetically ordinary way, like 20,000 other overdosed addicts will die this year. Before he died, Kyle hoped he would one day be well enough to help hundreds of other addicts find their way; he hoped to set a great example.  Instead, we can only hope now that his life may serve as a cautionary tale.

Please, if you are an addict reading this, do not give up; the help you need exists, even if you have tried many things and haven’t found the thing that will work yet.  Do not believe that you have failed if any one thing — meetings, medicine, therapy, prayer — doesn’t save you; if the one thing isn’t working, keep adding things until you are living the full, rewarding life you and your loved ones deserve you to live.  I know Kyle would want that for as many addicts as possible, just as we wanted it for him.  Please, let me know someday that hearing this made a difference for you, helped you hang on another day, motivated you to move to a state that covered the medicine you needed to stay alive, kept you going until slowly you came to believe you could do it. I have to believe this can happen for some of you.  Please tell me if it can and has. More importantly, please tell another addict.  My world is so dark right now without Kyle’s bright light; I am counting on you to lead me back to hope.

Lanette

9/20/16 I lost my brother Eric to a heroin overdose. Getting that phone call to identify you was unbearable. If you just would’ve said sis I need help. I would’ve been there with you every step. I know you were ashamed. I love you eric, you took a piece of me with you when u left. I don’t know how to deal with this.  U can rest now my brother, you are free. Sweet dreams Eric.    Always n forever ~Sis~

Angie

MY HOLIDAY MESSAGE TO ALL;

Once again, it’s that time of year. Halloween is over. Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and Christmas is only a few steps behind. Will this year be different than the last? Will I find the magic again? Wait. Let me revise that question: Did I ever feel the magic?

As a bereaved parent, I have experienced only two holiday seasons. While I have physically lived through 59 holidays, emotionally, there have been only two: The holiday seasons before and the holiday seasons after my son’s death. The two categories are distinctly different. There is the black and white and the color, just like in the Wizard of Oz movie.  Remember how Dorothy steps out the front door of her house in the black and white world, and into the world of color in the Land of Oz?  Suddenly, BAM… she sees the world of “color” it was so beautiful! It made such an impression on me as a child. I eagerly awaited that part of the movie!  It was always my favorite part of the film.  Besides, color TV was new then and it was such a treat!!

Well, now, my after world is in reverse. A colorful world pre Ryan’s passing over, and then…suddenly everything was in black and white. I would like to see color again. I have to believe I can see the color again. I have to.

If memory serves me correctly, which God knows it doesn’t always do, I spent my first 10 or so years focused on material issues. Just like any other kid. Remember searching the Sears Catalog that came in the mail? Circling which things you just had to have Santa bring you? What would I get? What did I want? What would make me the happiest kid in the whole world? As I grew older and had my own little family, I spent the next several decades asking myself what I would get the boys. What did they want? What would make them love me more? How would I manage to pay for all of it? I always felt there was something missing . . . but didn’t really have the time or interest to find that missing something. Besides, why borrow trouble? Each year, by the time I realized that something was missing, the decorations were packed in their boxes and the tree was taken down. Pine needles all vacuumed.  I could always find the magic next year. There was always next year, right? I had counted on it.

In the summer of 2015, Ryan died. Suddenly, my life ended its forward march and everything I had ever regarded as important became utter nonsense. When his heart stopped, my heart was not simply broken—it was ripped into shreds, emptied of what had fueled it over the span of the past 30 years of my life. I had no hope of waiting for it to heal and had to face the reality that only a total reconstruction would suffice. I had to release him to enter eternity and I would be left here on Earth to create a new heart . . . from scratch.

That first fall was difficult. His birthday was in the fall, October 29th. We always celebrated a Halloween theme birthday when he was a youngster. Oh, what fun we had, Ryan and Joe! Dressing up together! I was still numb, still cushioned from the reality of it. The pain of Ryan’s death was just beginning to seep in.  The awful, horrible forever of it! It just couldn’t be true. Then it was Halloween, and the horror of what had happened was upon me. His first birthday in another realm, his first heaven birthday. How odd to contemplate? Thanksgiving came with Christmas on its tail, bringing an empty chair, a plate with no serving and an unbroken wishbone. A wish left unfulfilled and silence where laughter had once prevailed.  No phone calls…No, “hi, Mom, what are you doing!”

Simple questions were really difficult, like….”how many children do you have?” Simple, right? They became horrible, gut wrenching experiences. Gulp…”I have two, I would say, one is here in Tennessee with my grand-daughter and one passed away this year…” Then, it happens, you know, the “pity” look. Ok, gulp again, deep breathe, I won’t cry again, I won’t, I won’t…darn it….here it comes.

Life always surprises me. The holiday season of 2015 was devastating.  No tree was put up. I always had a tree, always. Reality had arrived, and I could not escape it. I could not out run it. I could not outcry it. I choose not to medicate it. I slept on his pillow every night and still do.  I would never again see Ryan bounce (yes, bounce!) through the front door with that mischievous grin that always made me a little nervous, thinking he was surely up to something! “Hey, Mom, what are you doing?” I would catch his little sideways glance, while tracking dirt or snow across my freshly cleaned carpet. Always telling me, “Mom, that’s the BEST TREE EVER!”  I would never again feel compelled to buy two of everything for Ryan and his younger brother, Joe.  I would never again . . . enjoy the holidays . . . or life for that matter. It was my penance, damn it! Yes, my penance for not fighting hard enough in saving him. For not protecting him! I held him in my arms as a baby and promised him. I would protect him! Oh, I tried!  As his mom, I should have saved him! It is the one thing, the one failure I will always live with.

Yes, definitely black and white. One more happy family commercial on TV and I was going to absolutely lose it. So, suffice it to say, holidays can be hard. So, that first year, I find I had only one thought on my mind.  “If I can just make it through December, I will be okay.”  I wanted it over. It was just too painful. Like pulling off a band aid….slowly.

You probably think I am going to tell you that this second year will be no different from the last.  You might even anticipate that I am going to tell you that it never gets better, that there is no such thing as healing, and that grieving parents will always be bitter and angry, especially during the times when families everywhere celebrate the season of giving and joy. Wrong. But don’t feel horribly bad; this revelation has totally shocked me also.

So, here I am, quickly approaching year two. I have decided to cope differently. I will go forward and think about buying gifts in Ryan’s name for a well-deserved local cause.  I will hang his stocking right beside the rest of ours, light candles to include him in our celebrations, and smile cheerfully at everyone who offers their joy filled Merry Christmas!  My intentions are good after all. As I try to move forward and spread my Christmas cheer and goodwill toward men, my second season of joy, my second year of decking the halls, my second year of Ryan’s very physical absence. My plan has changed. You see, I still shed tears daily, when I am alone. I think I always will. They are not as prolonged as they once were. But, still they are daily.  I have accepted them; I welcome them like an old friend. I talk to Ryan daily and they flow. I know he is close, he is in my heart. I just can’t see him. Oh, I catch glimpses once in a while. In a crowd, a young man might look like him for a moment and it literally takes my breath away, or I may hear a voice for a moment and I think it sounds like him…just the grieving process I am told. But I feel him nearby from time to time and truth be told, I just plain miss my son. God has granted me some peace and a slow healing is taking place.

A few days ago, on a chilly morning in October, I woke up and was amazed to see the change in leaves had arrived. Overnight, the world had gone from green to brown, to just a touch of gold, and red.  Squirrels were busy gathering nuts. Geese were flying over our house, honking loudly as they made their way south. It was beautiful! Later that day, I heard someone in my home actually humming! How dare they!

But . . . I was alone. It was me.  That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Suddenly, it hit me. And no matter how guilty I feel in acknowledging it, I have to tell you. I am looking forward to the holidays. Oh . . . my . . . goodness!  How can this be? Why is this happening?

Well, after much pondering and prayer, I think I know why. I was focused on the black and white, on the physical, on that which can be seen and physically felt. The first year was spent looking through a lens that was distorted and scarred by an intense, physical and overwhelming grief.

I had focused on what was missing rather than on what was still here. The missing is still missing and it always will be! But those still here deserve more of what is left of me. Yes, I think I get it!!

I feel I’ve learned how to not only endure—but to enjoy—a memory that can only be defined as bittersweet. I’ve come to appreciate that feeling emotional is really about feeling impassioned and alive. I grieve deeply because I loved him so very, very much. What a special person Ryan really was! So many people really cared about him. Oh, to be so loved!! And it is ok, really, that is why waterproof mascara really exists! And I think this year, as the songs start to play on the radio and the cards begin filling the mailbox, I will choose a different lens. I will choose a lens that captures that which we cannot see or physically touch, but that we know is there, just the same.  A lens that goes beyond the black and white. I will choose to see color!

I will hang Ryan’s stocking beside ours, buy gifts in his name, play Santa for my granddaughter Lottie, light candles in his memory, and put a small holiday tree by his memorial, out under the big oak tree. But this year, I hope to do these things with joy rather than with bitterness and sorrow. This year, I want to grasp the hand of a homeless mother, kiss the cheek of a newborn baby, and hold a baby goat while it sleeps and goes to the place that baby goats go to when they dream.  I will go the mall to watch Santa as he holds wiggly, crying toddlers on his lap. I will dive around to view the Christmas decorations, exclaiming“oohh and awwwe” along the way.  I want to sing “Silent Night” on a clear, cold night in mid-December when it feels as if the entire world is sleeping. I want to feel the Christmas again that we cannot see. It is about hope and faith and love.

This year, I want to remember who I really am. I want to make Ryan and his little brother, Joe proud of me. I want them to know there is a strength that comes from prayer and peaceful introspection. So, to my friends and family, please, don’t ever be afraid to say his name! Ryan lived a full life in a short amount of time.  He truly had no enemies. His life had purpose. He was dearly loved and is truly missed! He is both under my oak tree and traveling the open sea! How he would love both of those ideas!! I want to enjoy the months and years ahead. Not because I need to or because someone says it’s time to—but because—well, because I can. I can choose it. This year, I want to find the magic before it is time to put away the boxes. And I won’t stop searching until I find it. I choose to believe. So, let the tears fall from time to time, but with God’s good grace, I will choose to believe in seeing the color again. I know it is there, waiting for me. After all, it is what Ryan would want for me, of that I am very sure. Love each other, hug each other and forgive each other. Everyday!

Merry Christmas to you and yours . . . Believe in God’s grace . . . expect miracles.

Always and forever Ryan and Joe’s ever evolving Mom, Jeanne

Visit Ryan and say hello at: Ryan P Frye@virtual memorials

Ryan’s Mom

Lorie..

Sadly missed, fly high Angel.

Owensboro

My love, I wish I knew how deep was ur addiction, we miss u everyday! Is being two months… am still waiting for u to knock my door!!! I still believe that u are coming home. The best days were when u were sober, happy, I miss ur smile….  RIP George B. 05/07/77-10/13/16

Marce

Edward passed away 8/9/2016, When you were born that was the happiest Day if my life. Watching you grow was so precious. You brought me so much joy words can’t express it. I watched you grow from and infant to a handsome young man. You were such a loving and caring young man.  You always made me laugh and always had live in your heart. For others. Your death has brought me much sadness to me and your family.  U wish you has told me me you had a heroin addiction.  You were depressed and just rrues to solve the problem. Yourself. Your accidental death of overdose to heroin breaks my heart. I will always live u my son you brought we great joy. I pray u are at peace now and look forward to the Day when we will meet again and I can hold u so tight and never let u go. Rest now my sin be free and sing with the angels.

Patricia

Mom,

It’s been two weeks since you left us, and I miss you so much. I keep thinking I’ll wake up from this nightmare, but I see you in my dreams. I’m glad you are no longer suffering, but I am suffering without you. It’s hard to keep moving when I feel like my life has stopped. Fly high, Mom. Until we meet again.

Taylor

Mom,

I lost you on 12/12/12 at 2am. My life has never been the same. I wish I knew how bad it really was for you. Pills took you from me. Sadness and depression took you from me. I was so young and didn’t want to see it or believe it. I totaled my car a week ago and flipped 3 times. The state trooper said I’m more than lucky to still be alive. I know you had your arms around me. I love you momma. “To the moon and back a million times”  I need you so much. My beautiful Angel!

Jessica

Every life is worth its full potential. Life is to short for an easy way out. Be stronger than the drugs, and see the true vision of your own project.

Rip (Rene 12/06/2016)

Nicholas

254 days or a little over 8 months you’ve been gone. Mark I love you more than I ever believed possible. You were so funny and smart and you fought so hard to beat this crazy, horrific disease of addiction. You are no longer struggling and you can sing with the angels now. I love you infinity times infinity plus one sunshine.

Tricia

In  remembrance of Michael T McCarty, you were a brave soul and our hearts hurt that you are no longer with us.  We love you kid!  You are free now of all temptations and pain, God has you now.  Till we see you again,  Be the wonderful angel you were meant to be!

John & Missy

Kyle- it hasn’t even been a month since you’ve been gone, and what happened is finally starting to unravel. Everyone is hurting, and so confused. You were doing so well getting clean. You wanted to start a life with the new amazing woman and her child you met, and you were so close. Nothing will ever be the same without you.

SC

I lost my husband and my son’s father on October 30th 2016. He had 4 years clean after serving a 4 year sentence. We were going to get us all together in Boston to start over once we had the money to do so..He had a car..a great job and healthy caring friends..he decided to use again one day..it would be the last. It killed him. I fought the battle against heroin to keep him alive just to get him in that jail cell back in July of 2012..and in the end it was indeed dope that would be there for his last breathe. He had such a beautiful heart but a tortured soul..I’m at as much peace as I guess I can be..I hope he is too. Never be another you Brian…never.

Heather

Dad –

It has been 6 months since I received the news that you had overdosed and passed away.  A deadly cocktail of prescription pain pills and alcohol led you to your grave. It was accidental and that makes it all the harder to come to terms with. The memories I have of sober you – they are my fondest memories. My sober father was the kindest and most generous man I will ever know. I miss you more than words can convey; however, I know you are with Mom and the rest of the family. I hope you have found solace and peace. As for anyone else struggling with addiction, you will think it will never be you, but anyone can accidentally overdose. I pray for everyone affected by drug use.

Taylor

Sarah!  You were my oldest child, I loved you more than life itself!  I tried so hard to help you … I prayed for your healing.  You were doing so well, living in transitional housing, doing what you could to get your baby back from foster care.  The demon of heroin had you too much in its grip.  They found you on your bathroom floor.  When the coroner called me, I was in shock, couldn’t believe it, I was planning on coming to pick you up the next day to spend with me.  I will never forget you, and will never get over losing you.  So talented, so loving, so bright!  Make heaven a brighter place with your love!  I will miss you for the rest of my life.  Mama

Laura

James Donald Doyle- (JD) 2/3/90-10/25/14 My oldest son. My heart.

If before you were born, I could have gone to heaven and saw all the beautiful souls, I still would have chosen you.

If God had told me, “This soul would one day need extra care and needs”, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me, “This soul may make your heart bleed”, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me, “This soul would make you question the depth of your faith”, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me, “This soul would make tears flow from your eyes that could fill a river”, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me, “This soul may one day make you witness overbearing suffering”, I still would have chosen you.

If He had told me, “All that you know to be normal would drastically change”, I still would have chosen you.

Of Course, even though I would have chosen you, I know it was God who chose me for you….and for that I am blessed.

Paula

I love you to the moon and back, Cory. I’ve tried to understand every single day since you’ve passed, “Why?” But it always leaves me with no answers. Except I know that you were loved that day, and that you left the world with love in your heart. I am so grateful for our time together, and for the lives that you touched. I know you’re with me in Spirit, and with your family, children and friends. You’re always in our hearts. Be free and whole now! I love you so much, and I always will.

Honey

Jesse, not a day goes by I don’t think of you. I watched you suffer almost 9 years with your addiction and depression. At the age of 26 you lost Your battle with herion. november 1st, the day after Halloween will never be the same for me. I continue going back and forth in my mind of how it could have been different. I remember how much of a beautiful soul you had, so genuine, blunt, and funny. You will never be forgotten. Your little sister, Rach

Rachael

For Brandon Kyle,

 

You came into my life 30 years ago with a small whimper, a perfect, healthy baby boy.  It was an honor to be able to see you grow from infancy, to a toddler, little boy, adolescent, teenager, young man, then on to become a Corporal in the Marine Corp, a man who loved his country and the USMC, to a father of my beautiful grand daughter.  Then, civilian life and the evil in this world, hurled pain at you right and left.  Being the sensitive, loving, honest, and caring person I raised you to be, you just could not understand why life could not be ‘fair’, and you took what was recreational, and turned it into your demise, by taking pills to ‘take away the pain’.  You admitted to me you had a pill addiction months ago, we agreed you would not take pills anymore; you even promised me you had kicked your habit, but evidently it isn’t that easy.  You were days away from driving back home to TN from WA; you were looking forward to being home with Dale and me in our new log cabin home, to explore a new life of opportunities.  You loved Thanksgiving and Christmas (and my cooking).  Your friends and other family members were anxious to see you.  Our last conversations were priceless, I ordered pizza for you, and you said, “Thanks Moms, it’s really good; I love you” then you took those pills and never came home.  That was over two weeks ago.  You received military honors at your funeral and are buried 30 minutes from our home.  I will never forget you, my Angel.  I wish I knew you had such a strong addiction, I would have you home safe right now if you had only reached out to me instead of taking those pills on that fateful day.

Ginny

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.

Nikita

Matt, when you were born, I held you and thought, what have I done?  I’ve brought a person into the world that I would die if anything happened to.  You died at 22, with a needle hanging out of your leg. I am still alive.  I miss you.   Love, Mom

Julie

Kyle,

You were the love of my life and my best friend! I am so lucky to have had spent so many special and private moments with you when you were clean, sober, and happy. That is how I choose to remember you. The disease took you from me and there is not a day that goes by that I try to understand why things had to happen the way they did. There is a huge hole in my heart and life but I can still feel you with me each day. From purple to crystals to phish, I constantly am reminded what an extremely kind, smart, creative boyfriend and best friend I got to have in my life. I am so glad that its you watching over me each day. The only person I ever trusted with all my secrets. If it was not for you, I would not be alive to write this today about you.

Erica

Joshua Pride Stone……. may you always be at peace and know that we love and miss you every single day!  I love you baby brother!

Sis

To my beautiful boy, who very nearly died this week on an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. Thank God you were revived. I will be requesting Narcan kits  – one for my car and one for my home – from my doctor. But, please please never give me a reason to need them. Love forever and always, Mom

Janet

My only child and #1 Son passed away on August 10th, 2016, of an Accidental Heroin/Meth OD in Phoenix, AZ….He was buried Sept 23rd……at National Cemetery of Arizona… Navy veteran…there were no family or friends in attendance at his funeral as no one in the family was notified….There will be a Memorial Service held in his honor today. My heart is broken into a thousand pieces and some days I don’t know how I will get through this but for in his honor.   I listen and watch for your messages to me, my Son. And when we meet again I know you’ll be there waiting for me , we will run through the wildflowers and Daisy’s holding hands and laughing ,( your incredible laugh & smile,)…Until we meet again R.I.P

from your #1Mama…

Tammy

My mother passed away two years ago when i was nineteen. She struggled her whole life to come to terms with sexual, physical, and emotional trauma she experienced as a child. Unfortunately when my mother lost her fight with the past throughout our lives my siblings and i would suffer until we finally lost her.

 

It’s still doesn’t feel real. I’m still hoping she’ll call and talk to me about my life.

 

Here’s to you mom, you were one hell of a lady.

Amanda

May you now find the peace that you were seeking.  We love you, Will.

Tracy

A video tribute in honor of my brother, Jack Brown of Roselle Park, NJ.

Jack died on the morning of October 8, 2016 due to a heroin overdose.

https://animoto.com/play/FxNGZFfKu3TR5f8zfF81Kw

David

Two years today (2/9) since you died Martin  from a combined drug toxicity of cocaine and over the counter sleep aid. Aged 19. Too many unanswered questions.

The pain of loosing you is worse than ever. The total loss & uselessness of your passing. The gaping hole in our family. You should still be here, enjoying your wonderful nephews & niece. We miss you so much. We can only hope that your death has given others the warning they need to never touch illicit drugs again & give your death some meaning.

Still travelling. Mum xxxx

Jennifer

For my big brorther

missed each and every day

by the people who truly knew him

you took a piece of my heart the day you went away.

how i wish i could spend  another day with you.

sadly missed

never forgotten

Christopher Michael Blake ( Blakey)

Kelly

Sammuel you are greatly missed by so many. Your son especially. Not a minute goes by that you aren’t in our thoughts. Love you always

Brittany

Andrew- you were taken too soon, you have left an enormous black hole of grief and pain that your entire family is being sucked into. You are an amazing young man, an incredible father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, and friend. Your addiction killed you but does not define you. Your empathy, kindness, intelligence, generosity, and capacity for limitless love does. We are struggling to learn how to live without you…

All my love,

Mom

Donna-Marie

Steve — you had a unique ability to see beauty in the ugliest of situations. I had no idea you were hurting so badly, of course, it typified “you” to never let the world see your sadness. I love you man – no matter how many years or miles separated us. You were my best friend. You are my best friend. I’ll carry your memory with me for the next 25 years bud, and well beyond. Rest easy Steve – we miss you.

Kevin

My son Ryan will have been 32 this coming October 29th. I promised him I would keep him safe when I held him in my arms as a baby. I lied. I could not protect him. Not from the addiction. I tried. God, knows I tried. I am just a mom. My heart broke that day. I have not recovered. Oh, I get up and I put on my make up. I go to work. I talk to people. I smile. I say I am ok. I lie to them. I cry every day. Truth is, I just plain miss my boy. He was funny, sweet, quirky, sensitive. He brought home a homeless person for Thanksgiving dinner when he was 11 one year. Yes, he actually brought home a homeless person. Said “Look who followed me home, Mom?”…..not a puppy, not a kitten…. a person. That was our Ryan. He was in recovery, then relapsed. He couldn’t sleep and used….that was all it took. He never woke up. He just drifted away from us. I would take his place in a heartbeat. He was only 30….so much life left to live. I miss him so. Wait for me at the gate son….Mom Visit him at Ryan P Frye virtual memorial.com say hello…. thank you!

Jeanne

Stewart bulmer, you left us to early, you left us to young, Your forever in my heart and mind, Never far away. Your an angel now Rested and free We will meet again one day my love, Forever missed and dearly loved, love leah xxoo

Leah

The energy in the room was so raw and sincere. I did not personally know him, other than a quick hello once or twice, and through your stories. Like the rest of us, he had his flaws and could have, at times, made better decisions. However, it appears that his heart was in the right place and that he gave more in his short lifetime than many do in 80 years. It was clear that he demonstrated love and kindness to many in need. God granted him a very special gift so that he can use his talent to touch many in a short time. You should be proud to know that he did what he was meant to do with his talent. Another thing that I found beautiful was that there was no attempt to hide the cause of his demise. I’m glad it was an honest presentation to express the importance of awareness of drug use and its consequences. Hopefully, his message from beyond will encourage others to get the help that they need so that they may focus their own talents in the manner that they’re meant to. Yet even so, his short life span, should make the rest of us reflect and wonder if we’ve accomplished even a quarter of what he did in his short time. He brought a smile and joy to so many that because of their life’s circumstances makes them even more vulnerable and in need of expressions of love and joy. God used Tyler as a blessing to many. That should definitely bring some level of comfort to you and your family. In sympathy,

Drug overdose is up 300% this is crazy, If you know someone that needs help, offer it, let them know someone cares. Rest In Peace Tyler Katarsky

Andres

Michael, my beautiful, beautiful 20 year old son lost his battle early in the morning of October 1, 2016. I am a writer by profession; I should be able to come up with some small, profound nugget of inspiration to express what this has meant for our family. It should also console the many thousands of others who are trying to find their path back to any peace/joy they may have once had in their lives. But  as I quickly learned, there is simply no way of describing the indescribable. My first born baby is now at peace, but my message to his friends that were lucky enough to survive that night’s ‘batch’: from this point on, my prayers will be for your parents instead, who still have no idea of what is probably in store for them as well. God bless you Michael, you’re completely in his hands now. I love you, Mom

Suzanne

Tyler James Naso 7/24/91-9/24/16  Died too young!  Tyler was found by his cousins in a hotel room the morning of his big brother’s (my oldest son’s) wedding.  He had a bright smile and sparkling eyes, but could never seem to find his way.  Each day without him seems like a thousand yet it seems like yesterday that he died.

I love when people talk about Tyler to me, but it does make me sad.  We miss him immensely, but we are so grateful for 25 years of so many wonderful memories and times together.

It doesn’t matter how many times we tell them drugs lead ultimately to death they never believe it will happen to them.  Rest in Peace my precious son, and may others live because you have died.

Love, Mom

Sandi

Todd the best son, father, grandfather,brother and uncle will never ever be forgotten. I listen to your voice and giggle every day and your big smile on your Harley. I will never forget that terrible phone call a mother never wants to get. You were such a special big hearted great man. I just sit and cry every day wanting you to say hey Mom what’s for dinner. You loved your family, great food and riding your Harley. We miss and love you so much. At Logan’s football game the other day something happened and Tami said Todd would say dum… You should know that. You were 47 years old it’s not fair you had so much going for you. I was looking at pictures of your house today k owing you built it with your own hands and how happy it made you. I will never ever get over this!!

We love and miss u every minute of everyday. Remembering calling you the night before we lost you and you answered saying hey Mama what’s up”…Love and miss you forever sweet Todd it’s been four months and it just gets worse…..xxoo

Nancy

Daddy, I miss you more and more every single day. I wish more than anything that you could look into the eyes of your grandson who looks so much like you, he’s even named after you. You would love him. You’d love all of your grandchildren. 4 weeks before my 12th birthday, you were gone. I was supposed to see you that day and you never made it. I love you more than I ever told you and for that, I’m sorry. But I’ll always be your baby girl. ♥

Christina

On October 8th, 2016 my grandma came to my house and woke me up to tell me my mother had passed away at 2:00am at her fiancé’s house. I was in complete denial. There was no way my best friend and mother had been gone, she was only 42. But she is. I know she is watching over me and is my guardian angel now. It’s just hard to believe she’s gone, she won’t be at my high school graduation this year and she won’t be there when I get married or have kids but I know she’ll always be watching over me. We had an unbreakable bond, I could tell her anything as if she was just another friend, whether it was about my relationship or school I knew I could tell her. She was literally my best friend since I was born, I’m 17 now, her oldest child and I have to take care of my 9 year old brother, 6 year old sister, graduate high school, and work. But I’m doing it for my mom and I know she’s watching my success. She struggled with drug and alcohol addiction since 2004, and on October 8, 2016 passed from heroin overdose. I never thought a day would come so soon where I’d be without my best friend. I love you mom and I know you’re watching over me, Liam and Sami. We all love you and will see you when our times come ❤️

Leila

My little brother Matthew was a great man he died so young but with so many people that he touched he had more experiences then someone who is twice his age default for two years with this addiction and one constantly but in the end it was the graveyard or the Juilliard and it really pains me that the first one was chosen for him but he donated his organs my family and myself new that his love and strength could help another person and their families I am so very proud of him Gunner his dog misses him so much every single night he walks up those years and not just Matthews tour it is bittersweet the New Jersey sharing network was wonderful me and my family were there to the end the color he turned was a hard hard site and if Crayola ever made a color like that there would be no Crayola company ever again it took me a long time to understand and realize that this is not just an addiction is a disease and anybody who judges do not deserve to know the person who went through this the family who love them the person who went through this and it’s love him or her so in the end love conquers all and his love for life and other people’s lives shaved head people I got twenty three years with him that is more than most people get I love you Matthew trengrove mommy daddy AJ Gunner Chicco Mia Kenny Dante DG Misty girl Houdini those are all the pets please share if anyone needs to to talk or needs help please contact me mtrengrove@google.com  big guns misses you and loves you and is so very proud of you love you xoxoxoxo

Maureen

On October 8th, 2016 my grandma came to my house and woke me up to tell me my mother had passed away at 2:00am at her fiancé’s house. I was in complete denial. There was no way my best friend and mother had been gone, she was only 42. But she is. I know she is watching over me and is my guardian angel now. It’s just hard to believe she’s gone, she won’t be at my high school graduation this year and she won’t be there when I get married or have kids but I know she’ll always be watching over me. We had an unbreakable bond, I could tell her anything as if she was just another friend, whether it was about my relationship or school I knew I could tell her. She was literally my best friend since I was born, I’m 17 now, her oldest child and I have to take care of my 9 year old brother, 6 year old sister, graduate high school, and work. But I’m doing it for my mom and I know she’s watching my success. She struggled with drug and alcohol addiction since 2004, and on October 8, 2016 passed from heroin overdose. I never thought a day would come so soon where I’d be without my best friend. I love you mom and I know you’re watching over me, Liam and Sami. We all love you and will see you when our times come ❤️

Leila

Daddy, I miss you more and more every single day. I wish more than anything that you could look into the eyes of your grandson who looks so much like you, he’s even named after you. You would love him. You’d love all of your grandchildren. 4 weeks before my 12th birthday, you were gone. I was supposed to see you that day and you never made it. I love you more than I ever told you and for that, I’m sorry. But I’ll always be your baby girl. ♥

Christina

For my sweet babygirl Danielle Jo who died on Oct 1st, I will always love you and will think of the wonderful times we had together. You were a beautiful person inside and out. I will miss you so very much! I am in sp much pain right now but I take comfort in knowing that at least you are at peace and free from the torture of addiction. I know you’re in heaven with grandma smiling down on me. Please watch over me and give strength to get through the pain of losing you. Rest in peace babygirl❤????

Michelle

My daughter was clean for years and on March 3 ,2016 I found her in the floor dead. I tried cpr everything nothing worked. The autopsy report stated that it had fentanyl in it she passed instantly.

Lorri

My beautiful boy.Mark died 9/25/2016.he was 36 years old.Too soon!  He ad struggled for 2 decades..had been clean 7 mos.Looked so promising for first time….then his addicted ex girlfriend showed back up. faced with the stress of work,school,internship he fell back to making the stress and hurt go away. He was very loving and wanted to fix every one.We set up memorial fund in his name(mark loyd memorial narcan rescue fund) to provide narcan rescue kits free of charge to users,friends,parents,those who come into contact with life saving situations.  First responders should ALL carry the drug but time is primary..there should be a kit for every person connected with addiction. Fundin