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Below is a list of families whose child, ages from 3yrs and up , has died as the result of a drug overdose. The families you find here have consented to being contacted to receive and provide support in this way. Please feel free to contact as many as you would like. Every effort is made to make sure the e-mail address for each family is current. But, as it often happens, sometimes addresses change for different reasons and without notice.

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Terri
e-mail: vterri@bellsouth.net
lost her 21yr old son, Dylan, on 1/8/2006 as the result of an accidental overdose caused by mixing pain pills with valium. "We lost our oldest son, Dylan. He was a great person--very handsome, witty and intelligent. He did not want to leave us. He left behind 2 sisters, 2 brothers and 2 heartbroken parents. We miss him so much."

Dorothy
e-mail: dorothy52@optonline.net
lost her 28yr old son, Christopher, on 4/8/2006 as the result of an accidental drug overdose. "Chris was only 4 days short of his 29th birthday. He wanted to celebrate the last year of his 20's so he decided to visit his friend in Florida. While he was celebrating, he overdosed on Zanix, alcohol, cocaine and heroin. I miss him so much. I don't know how to live my life without him."
Kim
e-mail: redseville@aol.com
lost her 22yr old son, Bryan, on 3/2/2006 as the result of an accidental drug overdose. "My precious, caring and giving son, Bryan, passed away 3/2/06. He came home, we chatted for awhile, he went to bed and never woke up. It was a mixture of methadone and Xanax. I found him and tried everything to save him, but it was too late. He had so many plans for his future. I will never understand this and will never get over this. He was my baby and will forever be in my heart. If anyone has experienced finding their child like I did or are suffering like I am, please feel free to contact me. Maybe we can be a shoulder for each other."
Joyce
e-mail: joygail@comcast.net
lost her 27yr old son, Jason, on 11/10/2005 as the result of a heroin overdose. "Jason suffered from depression for many years. He became an alcoholic and went into rehab for his problem. Somehow, some time after returning from rehab, he began using heroin. I had no idea of this. So when I received that call that every parent dreads, I was completely shocked. My dear, precious and loving son apparently died of a heroin overdose. I have no one who really understands the loss I feel. I hope that you out there who have experienced this loss and the pain that accompanies it will be there for me to understand as only those who have experienced this loss can have the slightest idea of what I'm talking about."
Sherry
e-mail: sherryrossi@hotmail.com
lost her 25yr old son, John, on 7/20/2006 as the result of a heroin overdose. "I would love to talk with anyone who has lost a child from a heroin overdose. Our son was visiting us and seemed wonderful. Four days later, a police officer knocks on the door. He was found in his apartment in bed. No one understands. I am having a hard time finding support groups. When people hear a drug overdose, they don't want to be bothered."
Melody
e-mail: melody112670@yahoo.com
lost her 15yr old son, Julian, on 6/13/2006 as the result of a methadone overdose. "On June 13th, my beautiful baby boy, Julian on that day like any other, he was supposed to wake up. We were led to believe that Julian had died from thyroid disease which they found during the autopsy. To our horror, our child was sick and we didn't even know. He had many problems--sleeping, eating and with depression that year but why did he just die was the question. So one month later we had a detective show up at our home and told us that he had overdosed on methadone. I could really use some friends to talk to."
Deborah
e-mail: deebee48@windstream.net
lost her 27yr old daughter, Kimberly, on 7/20/2006 as the result of a drug overdose. "My daughter recently passed away. There will always be my good questions unanswered because she was so young. She had two beautiful children but the hunger for the drugs were so strong. She had different personalities. 1) The girl that was straight--she had a beautiful smile and loved her children. 2) The wife that was battered by her husband and her mother-in-law. and 3) The person that relied on drugs just to get through her life. I love the girl that was straight and did not use drugs. I felt for my daughter when she would cry after being mentally abused by her mother-in-law and husband. She was a beautiful woman and a great mother. I would like to hear from someone so I can deal with this. I have so many emotions build up inside me--anger, hurt and sadness..."
Bobbi
e-mail: bobbizelinger@hotmail.com
lost her 43yr old son, Todd, on 5/25/2007 as the result of an accidental heroin overdose. "My wonderful son, Todd died on 5/25/2007 of a heroin overdose. He had struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years. Three years ago, he gave up alcohol for drugs. He called me the night before he died, clean and sober, and told me not to worry that he was going to get his life on track. Then the drug dealer text-messaged him saying that he had some "stuff." Todd could never say no to anyone. He was found the next morning by his roommate. His struggle is over, but mine is just beginning. To think that I will never see his face again or be able to talk to him again is just too overwhelming to me. I need to talk to someone who has gone through this. I don't feel I can survive. He was my son and my best friend.  I loved him to the very bottom of my soul."
Joyce
e-mail: nanny_j2000@yahoo.com
lost her 42yr old son, Tony, on 4/28/2006 as the result of an overdose of multiple drugs.
Linda
e-mail: threeblack8@aol.com
lost her 18yr old son, Patrick, as the result of oxycodone intoxication. "I lost my son on May 9th, 2006 to a drug called OxyContin."
Eleanor
e-mail: ejanebrown@hotmail.com
lost her 47yr old son, Anthony, on 8/2/2005 as the result of an accidental methadone overdose.
Nicole
e-mail: sampnr277@yahoo.com
lost her 22yr old sister, Andrea, on 3/22/2004 as the result of an overdose of methadone & Xanax. "I lost my beautiful young sister to methadone and Xanax. She was 22yrs old and a wonderful person whom everyone loved. She was addicted to pain pills. I have heard of others who have been lost to this same combination of drugs. It's been two years since her passing and I am just now starting to be able to research why this happened to her. I would like to correspond with others that have lost children/siblings to the same cause. This problem is getting worse. It is senseless and it shouldn't happen to anyone."
Bonnie
e-mail: cookie7434@aol.com
lost her 19yr old son, Larry, on 10/9/2005 as the result of an accidental overdose. "The heartache of losing my son is unbearable."
Kathy
e-mail: kakarina3@hotmail.com
lost her 17yr old daughter, Sandra, on 12/30/2005 as the result of an overdose of cocaine and heroin. "I am approaching the 1yr mark of my beautiful daughter's death. I am trying so hard to cope but I have no support from family members. She has an older sister and brother. They refuse to discuss her with me. I want to know why because I need them & believe they need me also. I realize that everyone grieves in their own way but I am their mom. They won't go to her grave with me. My heart is broken."
Laurie
e-mail: lauriesmithpc@gmail.com
lost her 24yr old daughter, Jenny, on 11/28/2006 as the result of an overdose of methamphetamine. "My beautiful, sweet 24yr old daughter, Jenny, lost her battle with meth on November 28, 2006. I truly believe she'd been doing better in the prior months and wanted so much to get healthy and move her life forward. If only I could have done more to get her out of the environment she was in and put her in a protective bubble until the demon was completely off of her back. The pain of her loss is too unbearable for words. I still can't work or enjoy any of the things I used to do because I can't predict when the next wave of grief will hit and overwhelm me. I would really like to talk to other people who have lost a child both recently and after some time has passed. I'd like to have some idea of what to expect--and to also be a shoulder for someone else."
Anna
e-mail: lolana@rogers.com
lost her16yr old daughter, Gina, on 11/14/2006 as the result of an accidental overdose of methamphetamine. "My beautiful daughter, Gina had great potential. She was intelligent, talented and loved my many. She wanted to become a child worker to help children with problems. She did not make it. At only 16 years of age and for the first time in her life, some guy injected her with crystal meth or ecstasy. The toxicology report is not in. She was my only child and I love her. My family has not been supportive at all. I am all alone in my agony. I live this agony of loss, the agony of a life taken away so soon. The world goes on but my Gina is gone forever. Please e-mail me. I need all of the support I can get."
Paula
e-mail: bumpyroadhome@yahoo.com
lost her 26yr old son, Matthew, on 7/26/2005 as the result of an accidental overdose of hydrocodone. "I lost my sweet Matthew to what they called an accidental drug overdose. I have never been convinced of it. He just went to sleep and never woke up. My life is falling apart before my very eyes. I have two other children at home who are suffering because I do not care about anything anymore. I would like to talk to someone who has been through the same."
Arleen
e-mail: mjolly46@charter.net
lost her 22yr old son, Michael, on 12/10/2006 as the result of a drug overdose. "I lost my son, Michael, to an overdose of Xanax, methadone, Vicadin and beer. Five years ago he was involved in a car accident which killed his girlfriend and his best friend. Michael refused help. He kept everything inside and became a very heavy drug user. One night he left with some friends and returned in an urn. I never dreamed I'd have my son's ashes in a cabinet in the "living room." How ironic! I am destroyed. My son was so smart, talented, and handsome. Most importantly, he had a heart of gold. My heart goes out to each an every one who has experienced the loss of a child. I know your pain. God bless you all."
Terri
e-mail: bterri@gmail.com
lost her 28yr old son, Jeremy, on 9/2/2005 as the result of a mixture of cocaine, methadone & ecstasy. "I found my son passed out and performed CPR for about 12 minutes until the ambulance arrived--only to find out he had been dead for hours. I miss him so much."
Lorry
e-mail: luvlife1951@aol.com
lost her 30yr old daughter, Sarah, on 4/16/2007 as the result of a heroin and cocaine "speedball" overdose. "My beautiful daughter, Sarah, left this world on April 16, 2007. As a child and young teen she was such a delight. She loved to laugh, dance and sing. First, she started with meth at 16 and then turned to heroin and morphine at 21. She used heroin for 9 years and just served 38 days in jail for using. She left jail cheerful and optimistic. She was due to go to a 30 day in-house rehab program on Tuesday. She died the day before on Monday. I found her dead. Anyone who would like to write to me, I would appreciate it. I have never felt so much pain. I know that she is in peace now, free of the demon heroin but I will always miss her."
Sandra
e-mail: sandee627@comcast.net
lost her 24yr old son, Cody, on 1/13/2007 as the result of and accidental drug overdose. "I am struggling each and every day tying to deal with my son's death. I would like to talk to someone who has had the same experience. I would like to know what kind of coping skills others use to get through each day. I feel sick all the time and don't want to get out of bed to go to work. Any feedback would be much appreciated."
Elizabeth
e-mail: njcooki61@aol.com
lost her 29yr old son, Micheal, on 10/5/2003 as the result of cardiac arrest and a drug overdose. "Micheal was my only son. He has 4 sisters. He was gravely ill and needing a kidney transplant. He was on tons of medications and when the pain medication stopped working, he began to use what would stop the pain. His pain has stopped but ours continues on. Please feel free to email me--speaking to someone else helps."
Joan
e-mail: steven623@aol.com
lost her 18yr old son, Steven, on 7/2/1994 as the result of a heroin overdose. "Steven was a happy, inquisitive teen who, unfortunately, believed that getting "high" was a teen thing that he would outgrow after high school. He was devastated and embarrassed when he found himself addicted to this deadly demon. After an eight month struggle to get well, a potent bag of heroin killed him instantly on July 2 1994. It was the day our life changed forever. Although we have found a way to hide the pain, we miss him every day. If anyone says "time heals" they have not lost a child."
Jean
e-mail: jean_melody@sbcglobal.net
lost her 40yr old son, John, on 9/26/2006 as the result of an infection caused by heroin use. "I didn't know he was using heroin. I knew he was using some drugs but not deadly heroin! He was 40yrs old with a very likeable personality. I love him very much and I am devastated by the death of my only son."
Lorraine
e-mail: lorrainehrt@yahoo.com.au
lost her 24yr old son, Darren, on 6/5/2006 as the result of an accidental drug overdose. "My Darren  died alone in a hotel room from a mixture of morphine and amphetamines. He became addicted to pain killers following a very bad motorcycle accident two years previous. We never dreamed he would inject anything into his body. He was a beautiful boy with a love for life. He never wasted a moment, always planning his next adventure be it sky-diving, fishing or traveling. We are totally devastated by this loss and have found strong support in our group called Compassionate Friends."
Dottie
e-mail: dvitkow@comcast.net
lost her 26yr old daughter, Niki, on 11/29/2006 as the result of an overdose of methadone and fentanyl. "My daughter, Niki, passed away in my car from an overdose of methadone and fentanyl. She left behind her two month old son who is in my custody. I am just now allwoing myself to feel the pain in my heart. I love her so deeply and miss her so much that my heart is breaking and I do not know how to begin to heal. I could use all of the help that I can in dealing with my loss. Will someone please contact me?"
Terri
e-mail: olemissmom42@centurytel.net
lost her 24yr old daughter, Ashley, on 12/30/2006 as the result of an overdose of prescription drugs. "Our 24yr old daughter left home on December 27, 2006. After searching for her for 3 days, her body was found in her car. We were told it was a prescription drug overdose but was ruled suicide. We think she may have been bipolar without being treated properly. I would like to hear from someone who can tell me how to deal with all of the unanswered questions."
Alice
e-mail: asilverman4@verizon.net
lost her19 yr old son, Daniel, on 10/20/2006 as the result of a heroin overdose. "Time is not healing....I miss my only boy."
Marey
e-mail: mlazanis2003@yahoo.com
lost her 26yr old son, Jimmy, on 7/16/2005 as the result of an accidental overdose of heroin and cocaine. "My beautiful son was perfect in all of our eyes and loved so much that we are forever changed. He was a brother, son, friend and uncle and a devil named Heroin took him from us at the young age of 26 and I will curse that devil until the day I die. Jimmy had a 2yr addiction that started with Oxycontin that was given to him by a girl named Candy (how ironic). His is soaring with the angels now and free and safe--forever loved and missed."
Edith
e-mail: nonna316@comcast.net
lost her 26yr old son, Dennis, on 1/20/2006 as the result of an accidental overdose of cocaine and alcohol. "I lost my only son, Dennis, in January 2006. He had been clean for 1 1/2 years. He was 26 at the time and left a 4yr old son who I'm now raising. This goes against everything I was taught. Parents don't bury their kids. What do we do now? Why us?"
Katrina
e-mail: kturner1999@optonline.net
lost her 35yr old daughter, Natasha, on 9/7/2007 as the result of a possible overdose.
Hanne Elisabeth
e-mail: hanne_elisabeth@yahoo.no
lost her 18yr old daughter, Birgitte, on 11/7/2007 as the result of pneumonia, inflammation in her heart muscle and heroin. "I lost my 18yr old daughter in November. We had a very close relationship. she struggled emotionally since she was 12 from anxiety and possibly MBD and I did everything I could to help her with her issues. My grief over losing her is almost impossible to overcome. I miss her so much. I would like to get in contact with others who have experienced something similar. I feel very lonely with my grief even though I have friends and family."
Lorna
e-mail: lorna_ward@hotmail.com
lost her 29yr old son, Scott, on 4/29/2006 as the result of a heroin overdose. "My beautiful son, Scott, lost his life to a heroin overdose. I would like to talk to someone that is going through the same thing as me. Some days I just can't cope."
Corrine
e-mail: corrine1956@hotmail.co.uk
lost her 23yr old son, Ellis, on 7/27/2007 as the result of cocaine toxicity. "I lost my beautiful son, Ellis, to something called cocaine toxicity which is a mixture of alcohol (3 cans of Fosters to be precise!!!) and cocaine. My son was not normally a user but starting on the 1st of July, he was doing a task for known drug dealers--putting cocaine into wraps and having a little for himself along the way. We, as a family, were totally unaware of any of this. This happened just in a four week period. I am now left without my beautiful son, my daughters without their brother and his children without their father. I cannot make any sense of this tragic waste of a young life. We know it was an accident but I have to live with this every day. I love you, Ellis!"
Gill
e-mail: gillanthony@live.ie
lost her 20yr old son, Carl, on 2/27/1993 as the result of suicide.
Cathy
e-mail: seameruok@msn.com
lost her 26yr old daughter, Camille, as the result of a drug overdose.
Lisa
e-mail: alexgraphix07@aol.com
lost her 23yr old son, Derrick, on 1/23/2008 as the result of a heroin overdose. "It has been over 3 months since I lost my son, Derrick, to a heroin overdose. Everyone says time heals all wounds--well this just gets harder with each passing day. I miss him so bad! All I do is think about him and cry. I can't function anymore. How do I get through this?"
Vivi
e-mail: vivisweets@sbcglobal.net
"My son, Sean, died on April 18, 2008--one day after his 35th birthday. In August of 2007, he fell off of a roof whil on his job and broke his back in three places. He had to move back home. Because the pain was so severe, he overdosed on oxycontin and other pain killers mixed with some beer the night before while celebrating his 35th birthday. I was the one who found him. He leaves behind a 9yr old daughter and me, his mother, who feels like I can't go on another minute."
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