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I knew the time had come, his delicate state could no longer be supported. With his father and the priest present, life support was removed. I like to think that his soul was long gone from his body.
I had the hospital priest come to pray for him and to forgive his sins. He felt so horrible for using drugs and for the harms it caused him and others.
Remembering those who have died – or been injured – because of overdose is an important part of International Overdose Awareness Day. I will never forget you and I will never stop telling your story hopefully your story will leave another life.
I like to think that he is finally at peace, free from the tortures of addiction. 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. We must stay strong together to demand changes in treatment and in stigma.
That was on a Monday, on Wednesday we found him unresponsive in his bedroom.
Never ever did I suspect that my son was injecting heroin. Once we knew he was “using” we still didn’t understand. One of the last birthdays we celebrated was his, his 19th.
And, I am doing what I can to help others who are struggling.
My son Maxwell was 19 and he died of a drug overdose.
Tributes will be posted below as soon as they are approved. October 20th 2017 is still all a blur, may always be, but I’m moving forward babe. Until we meet again in our heavenly place God has made for us fly high in the sky.