This post for Overdose Awareness Day is in memory of loved ones who died from intentional or accidental substance overdose. Over the years, many have told their stories here. Others have talked about their near misses–overdoses that didn’t result in their death.
So I’m highlighting the stories here today in honor of those we’ve lost to substance use disorder. And those who have survived. Here is the official Overdose Awareness Day and Week website.
Commemorate your loved one who died from an overdose or drug-related death
If you want to commemorate someone you lost to overdose or other drug-related death, leave a comment on this blog post below.
- Tell us your relation, their name and age
- Tell us about the person. What did they like to do? What was special about this person?
- You can also link to a picture or obituary.
Comments from people who’ve not commented before are held in moderation automatically and I will be sure to approve them quickly.
Articles from Emotionally Naked Tribe Members who’ve lost a loved one to overdose
My mom lost her battle with addiction and my world fell apart by Miranda Booher (mother, accidental overdose)
Billy Derr’s Story by Jenny Derr (son, accidental overdose)
Separation, connection and my son’s death by drug overdose by Sara Daves (son, accidental overdose)
Remembering Daniel Louis Rafferty by Teri Rafferty (son, accidental overdose)
Sam’s Soul Journey. A mother’s grief by Lynda Harrison Hatcher (son, accidental overdose)
Dawson Pettit’s Story by Laurie Pettit (son, accidental overdose)
In memory of Thomas McCue by Vasiliki Canotas (son, accidental overdose)
Taylor Rhodes was from a normal family by Kerri Rhodes (son, accidental overdose, video)
JHW Foundation and Collegiate Recovery by Roz Watkins, Founder, JHW Foundation (son, accidental overdose)
Grief is like a chronic disease by Omar Abubaker, D.M.D, Ph.D. (son, accidental overdose)
Drug addiction was never in our family plan by Braxton Collier
Remembering Jeffrey Scott Maurer II by Ms. Dawn Burton (son, accidental overdose)
Jared’s last words by Jared Murphy Submitted by Maureen Mahaney (accidental overdose)
Jilly’s Hearts– #griefheart number 293 by Jayne and Anne Moss (daughter, accidental overdose)
My beautiful daughter, Brenna LeFleor, died of overdose by Marta LeFleor (daughter, accidental overdose)
What I want you to know… by Mary-ellen Viglis (son, intentional overdose, suicide)
Love, by Chaney’s Hands – #griefheart number 20 (daughter, intentional overdose, suicide)
Remembering Scott Neal Zebrowski by Jill Cichowicz (sibling/twin brother, accidental overdose)
How is grief like nesting dolls? by Susan Casey, MSW, MFA (sibling, accidental overdose)
My boyfriend died from a drug overdose by Victoria Kiarsis (boyfriend, accidental overdose)
Miss you Blake. Miss your sweet messages by Anne Moss Rogers (friend of Charles’s, accidental overdose)
In memory of Christopher Baker, a wonderful human being by Anne Moss Rogers (friend, accidental overdose)
Articles from Overdose Survivors
In April 2020, my life almost came to a halt by Jessica Donovan Amend
Addicted, pistol-whipped, raped. Help came from the most unlikely source by Courtney Nunnally
Learn what I wish I’d known before I lost my son to drug-related suicide