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Tributes

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

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.

To my son Neil, who passed away April 18 2012. You were 26. I wish I could have saved you. I wish I could have done anything to have you here still, why did you have to try heroin, you were so amazing and so loved I think about you every day. I have a new grandson, your nephew. When I hold him it is so bittersweet. It’s like holding you and the tears just stream down my face. No mother should ever go through a death of a child especially to that evil drug heroin. I was blessed to have you for 26 years and every memory is seared in my heart. I love you so much I will see you in heaven my dear son. One million kisses – and a million more.

Mom

Love you Christopher, you are embedded in my broken heart forever. My lingering feeling is I could have done more; but in the end, it was you and you alone battling this addiction. Peace be with you and your beautiful spirit.

Mom

To: Jimmy, my son, who passed away 8/12/12 from accidental overdose.
If I only had listened to what you did not say and encouraged you to seek help. How I loved you dear son and how much we were alike. I want to know you more. I want more time. I want to see you become ALL that you had potential for. My heart is forever broken. I am honored to be your mom and I am blessed to have had the precious gift of you in my life for 28 years.

Mom

To my beloved son, who was bipolar, and over-medicated to help him “cope”…..His name was Brad and he died October 30, 2012. I was to go over that night and we were going to dye each other’s hair for Halloween. He had phoned me that morning and told me how great and good he felt, and he wanted to get together that evening. I got a migrane and didn’t go over to his home. I never got to talk with him again and tell him how much I loved him.
Brad, your dad and brother and I loved you so much. We know you struggled but we sure loved you. We miss you and will see you soon. You are with us forever.
Much love

Mom

In memory of my beautiful daughter who overdosed on sept. 23, 2013, Tabitha Gahn, she was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother of 2, avery 8 and jacob 12. she had her own dog grooming business. She died of toxicity from multi-drugs she received from a pill mill dr….check out nope task force pinellas co. i love and miss u tabi, love mom & jeremy the drugs she received created a lethal cocktail.

Mom

Dear Lucas, Not a day, and rarely a minute passes by that I do not think about you. You were an old soul, and dear friend to many, including myself. Your talent was astounding, your intelligence amazing. You had a beautiful mind, and were a quality person in this dreadfully sad life. You were devastated at your losses, yet were in recovery. You made peace with everyone, and examined your life. You were removed from the methadone program after being suddenly laid off from your job,losing your apartment, getting your heart broken, losing your baby and detoxed rapidly from a very high dose. It became clear to you that the clinic had no intention or incentive to “help you with rehab”, or detox you safely when you could no longer afford it either. You rose to the occasion of detoxing like a very brave man, and had hopes for your life. You were doing so well, it was a surprise that they say you died of an accidental combination drug overdose. You were a sensitive person, loving others deeply; and feeling pain unbearably. I am so grateful at the month we spent together last fall, and that you are in heaven with your only true father. 33 years seems too short. I am so sad I do not know if I can get through this. So very sad that you died alone (it appears) and that those around you were too chicken to get help when you needed it. I hope I can go on to live out your memory. You nieces and sisters miss you terribly. You had a sparkle in your eye and a spring in your step. I feel so lost sometimes. I loved every part of you, even though you struggled so much devastation. I am so sorry that it began to seem like the same old story, when you were trying to tell us how stressed out and depressed you were. I would give up everything material to be around you now, even though you wanted for me to keep my home, or move closer to you; which we were working on. Wish I would have gotten you back home from Colorado sooner. Did not think you would be coming home this way. Love you always and forever…Momma

Momma

Scott, I think of you every day. How could I not? Mental illness took over. I am so sorry for that and wish there was something anybody could have done for you. Yes, you were the smartest person in the room but you were also the funniest. It was a struggle that was not to be overcome. I hope you are at peace. You knew this to be your destiny. That’s sad. I hung out with you for a while at the cemetery today. Too many other young adults there for the same reason. 8/9/79-12/15/12.

Mom

To my beautiful daughter, Amy, who died on January 2, 2013 of an overdose. I am struggling every day just to stay alive because I do not want to live without you. I’m so sorry I couldn’t help you and that I was not with you when you died. I will never, ever get over it. I know I have to go on for your children, Bailey and Will, but I am hurting so much and I miss you every minute of every day. I wish I could make every young person out there understand the pain that comes with drug use, for them and for their families.

I love you my baby girl, forever,

Mom

My son passed away 1/26/2013 at the age of 24. They say cardiac arrest from accidental overdose. I love and miss you so much. You were my first born and only son. I am so lost, heart broke and feel guilty because I was not there with you and I could not help you. I love u son

Mom

To: My wonderful son Andrew. You are so loved and missed every day. Heaven is now a beautiful place with my precious son Andrew there. I feel you with me every second of each day. Until our hearts meet again! XOXO

Mom

To my son Jonathan who passed away of a overdose on 11/6/2012. I miss you so much. I miss your laugh and silly jokes. You struggled most of your life with addiction and I wish I could have done more. I feel both angry and hurt at times. I am sorry you were all by yourself that day with no help. I miss you Beetle Bailey with all my heart.You will always be the twinkle in my heart..xxxooo

Mom

To Austin, my first born……
How the pain swallows my heart from day to day living without you. I know drugs were your friend and your enemy. You tried so very very hard to stop using. The evil drugs however won you over. Luckily, God won your soul.
Please know that your life impacted so many people here, and you were so loved and so important to all of us.
May you rest in comfort and peace.
Love your family and friends.

Mom

We lost our beautiful son Matthew Kenneth P. on Sept.4, 2012. He was a shining star in our lives and will forever be missed. He only struggled for a very short time with the demon heroin and for years he helped others overcome addiction. Our lives will never be the same without this special soul, my only son. 27 yrs was not long enough for this mom’s broken heart. I love you Matthew, forever and always.

Mary P., Matthews Mom

My Dearest Son, Life is so different without you here. So much hurt daily without you here, most of all your children.
Losing you to a drug your doctor put you on is so hard for me to accept. I wish I could just see you face to face. Time is no healer to losing a child. It does not become easier, just different. And when you lose your child to a drug, it makes the heart sadden not just because of the child you lost but to all the parents who say goodbye to their child because of drugs. It seems the numbers are rising. It’s Heartbreaking.
I miss you so much son . Love to Heaven
Mom
Daris S. 11-28-1980 – 11-03-2010 forever young

Leanna Green your Mom

In loving memory of my son, Jeremy Wayne B. May 30, 1976 – May 2, 2004, I think of you every day. The pain of losing you never goes away. Your daughter Mariah is lost without you. We’ll never forget you or let your memory fade. We love you always. Mom, daughter, brothers, Jason, Joshua, Jacob

Mom