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Heroin Memorial - 2016/04/10 - Joshua Gauthier - Age 35 yrs - Salem, Massachusetts

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2016/04/10 - Joshua Gauthier - Age 35 yrs - Salem, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Rachel Obremski - Sibling

Name: Joshua Gauthier 
State:  Massachusetts, 01970

Date of Passing: 04/10/2016
Date of Birth: November 18, 1980
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Joshua was an extremely caring, sensitive, and dedicated father, son, brother, and grandson. Many called him a friend and knew he was someone you could rely on. His children are his pride and joy, they lit up his life. Joshua was a hard worker in all aspects of his life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Joshua did a very good job of hiding this from us. He had us all believing he was doing well. Unfortunately this was not the case and we were all blind sided when he passed.


What Made Them Smile?

Joshua loved his children more than anything in this world and wanted nothing more than to be a dad. He loved going to his son Christian's football games and cheering on his team.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His caring personality, he cared about every person he ever met. He would do anything for anyone without even second guessing it.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I am so sorry you left us the way you did, I'm sorry we weren't closer at the end, I wish I could wake up from this bad dream and have you back here with us where you belong. I love you so much big brother, forever and always.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/03/13 - Darrin Lucas - Age 21 yrs - Hillsboro, Missouri

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2016/03/13 - Darrin Lucas - Age 21 yrs - Hillsboro, Missouri

Submitted by: Jessica Barker - Spouse

Name: Darrin Lucas
State:  Missouri, 63050

Date of Passing: 03/13/2016
Date of Birth: 03/06/1995
Age: 21 

Tell Us About Them:

Darrin was the smartest person i have ever met. You could ask him any math question and he would have the right answer. He was a loving dad and fiance. His family always came first no matter what. Darrin loved spending time with his daughter. She was his whole world. He would always put a smile on anyones face. No matter if you wanted to smile or not.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Darrin has struggled with his addiction for the past three years. It started with pills, then moved on to "harder" drugs for a better "high" after we had our daughter two years ago Darrin didn't want to be a drug addict anymore. Every day he struggled with these demons he was facing. He would get clean, & "slip up". Darrin didn't know another way out of his own mind. He thought he was alone in this fight. He felt he was worthless & he wouldn't amount to anything. He was talked down to all his life he started to believe it. But to me & his daughter he was our whole world & the best person to be around. He wasn't alone in this fight. He just didn't know how to fight anymore.


What Made Them Smile?

Darrin loved to spend time with our daughter & I. Everytime she looked at him i could see him fall in love all over again. She was so priceless to him. When he was with her he could take on the world. I've never seen him as happy as i did when he held her.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss Darrins love the most. I miss seeing him dance with our daughter & is cuddling on the couch watching a scary movie & talking for hours every time. I miss him coming home & just wanting to hold us & make us laugh. I miss him big smile. I miss his perfect voice. I just miss him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I wish i could tell Darrin how much i loved him & that my world is so emtpy without him. I wish i could tell him how amazing he is & what a great dad he truly was. I wish i could tell him he does have people who love him & that would give ANYTHING for a second chance.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/12/07 - Curt Lukens - Age 34 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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2014/12/07 - Curt Lukens - Age 34 yrs - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Debbie Lukens - Parent

Name: Curt Lukens
State:  Ohio, 44221

Date of Passing: 12/07/2014
Date of Birth: 3/271980
Age: 34 

Tell Us About Them:

We lost a sweet, caring, funny loving son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He tried desperately to overcome his addiction, seemed to succeed a couple of times. But it kept creeping back into his life. Never have we witnessed this level of frustration, so sad...


What Made Them Smile?

He was an animal advocate, he loved children and his family, sports fanatic... And was a huge fan of Batman and comic related characters.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His contageous laugh i can hear in my head... Daily! I hope it never goes away !!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I need to know Curt knows how much he is lived and missed! Because he believed that hecwas unloved, due to his addiction. We will never ever stop loving him and hoping to see his beautiful face again !!

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivern - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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2015/11/05 - Patrick McGivern - Age 29 yrs - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Submitted by: Patty Ranallo - Parent

Name: Patrick McGivern
State:  Pennsylvania, 15212

Date of Passing: 11/05/2015
Date of Birth: 3-27-1986
Age: 29 

Tell Us About Them:

Patrick was so kind, thoughtful. Would do anything for anybody. Loved his family. Loved animals. Awesome manners and work ethic.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Patrick fought the disease of heroin for 7 years. Rehab and relapses, halfway houses, even being homeless. He suffered!


What Made Them Smile?

Family, friends camping and fishing. Playing his guitar.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Him. I miss him, my beautiful son!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I am sorry, I tried tough love and it did not work. My last words to you were, "I love you, Pat but I can not watch you kill yourself. Please son, know that I love you more than life! You were my baby, i just wanted you to stop! Forgive me! I hope you are finally happy in heaven. Gram said God took you because, you were suffering on earth. Play your guitar in heaven my beautiful son!

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/09/18 - Josh Zunick - Age 24 yrs - Newton, Massachusetts

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2014/09/18 - Josh Zunick - Age 24 yrs - Newton, Massachusetts

Submitted by: Cheri Zunick - Parent

Name: Josh Zunick
State:  Massachusetts, 02461

Date of Passing: 9/18/2014
Date of Birth: 12/21/89
Age: 24 

Tell Us About Them:

Josh was loving caring and funny


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He struggled with Heroine


What Made Them Smile?

He always had a beautiful smile when he walked into a room he lit it up


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

He was my best friend as well as my son I miss his jokes and our long talks


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you more than life itself

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/07/29 - Ryan Branscum - Age 27 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

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2015/07/29 - Ryan Branscum - Age 27 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

Submitted by: Tabatha Hughes - Sibling

Name: Ryan Branscum
State:  Kentucky, 42503

Date of Passing: 07/29/2015
Date of Birth: 6/28/88
Age: 27 

Tell Us About Them:

Very caring and loving!


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He tried so hard in and out of rehabs,he was open with his family, but we wern't able to help.


What Made Them Smile?

His Boys, his family,baseball


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His voice, his smile, him always being there when you needed him! JUST HIM!!


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I guess I love you is what most say but when me when you die where are you going to spend etrintey?

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/15 - Kevin Stuhr - Age 30 yrs - La Crosse, Wisconsin

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2016/02/15 - Kevin Stuhr - Age 30 yrs - La Crosse, Wisconsin

Submitted by: Sue Reinsvold - Parent

Name: Kevin Stuhr
State:  Wisconsin, 54601

Date of Passing: 02/15/2016
Date of Birth: 09/12/1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

Kevin was a intelligent young man that always tried to act like hard ass, but had a heart of gold.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Like many he started our with pain pills gradually going to heroin. He told me every day he was clean but clearly he wasn't


What Made Them Smile?

Being out doors, hiking, friends, family, his trantula Rose, and his pit bull Lexi.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss not seeing and talking to him everyday. I miss hugging and hanging out with him. I miss everything about him.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you, I always have, and always will. I am here to help you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/09/10 - Aaron Crook - Age 23 yrs - Thousand Oaks, California

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09/10/2012 - Aaron Crook - Age 23 yrs - Thousand Oaks, California

Submitted by: Alison Crook - Parent

Name: Aaron Crook
State:  California, 91360

Date of Passing: 09/10/2012
Date of Birth: 08/05/1989
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Aaron was an incredibly handsome, very intelligent young man with the most beautiful smile. He had a great sense of humor.He liked to dress the part, nearly always had a baseball cap on. He was very deep, a thinker but also a worrier, worried about not having enough, not being able to "make it" in life, always scheming on how to make money! He loved animals especially his tropical fish. He had compassion for the mentally and physically handicapped and when he was young it would make him sad. On the outside he appeared to be happy, confident, his friends said he joked a lot but he was often sad and anxious- he put on a brave face.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He was an AB student doing well at school.He worked in a tropical fish shop at 13. He started smoking pot occasionally in 8th grade but we were not aware until he was a freshman.He would say he was depressed, anxious couldn't sleep and we spent many hours at different psychiatrist offices. He was in his first rehab at 14 which he absconded from. In the early years he often went missing, hanging out at other peoples houses, doing cocaine and all sorts of pills mainly opiates and benzodiazepines. He got transferred to a high school for troubled teens. During this time he was often verbally abusive and violent but when not under the influence he was great to be around. He got in trouble with the police and after a lengthy court case spent time in juvenile hall- visiting him in there was heart wrenching as he was sober and looked so out of place in there,apologizing laughing about himself. I remember, walking out into the parking lot crying thinking this could not be.

During those high school years and community college years he worked on and off. It was when he was 17/18 when at work at the tropical fish shop he was introduced to Heroin. The school would constantly ring me up to come and get him cos of some stunt or other, and once because he had a withdrawal seizure. He was injecting by the time he was 18. During these early years we and the court had him attending drug counseling , anger mgmt etc. We tried every type of love , we were angry tired and frustrated a lot of the time. Both of us worked full time in professional jobs myself as a nurse working nights existing on 3-4 hours sleep, my husband in manufacturing and also part time as a reserve sheriff( Aaron loved that!). We tried tough love, we took nearly every possession from him but he still managed to get money for drugs. He told me once that he had enough rich friends to keep him in drugs for a lifetime. We had moved our daughter out of the house when she was 15 to a safer place because we didn't know what else to do. On his 18 th birthday my daughter and I found him in repot story arrest and had to revive him. We kicked him out at 19 and he lived in his car in our drive way , he couldn't drive it as we took his keys for his and others safety plus he had already had a DUI.We allowed him to come in and shower etc.

This was a very dark time as he was using all the time, he was dealing so he could get his fix. He had a few long term relationships of 1-2 years and always treated his girlfriends with respect . He was friendly with one girl and was at her house one night and called me In a panic to say she wasn't right- I told him to call EMS & drive over there with my daughter, we walked into a scene like something from "Train Spotting"the girl in full on respiratory arrest , Aaron in shock, he helped me lift her off the bed so I could start CPR and then he ran off. The girl survived and that night I gave my son up to the police - this was really one of our darkest hours. I came to find out later that my son did not supply this girl with Heroin she called him over to party and as far as he knew she had been drinking and taking pills , he did not know she had shot up Heroin before he got there, this resulted in another lengthy court case.

Aaron would complain that his hip and legs hurt and I took him to orthopedic Drs and they Xrayed and could find nothing. I noticed when he was asleep or out of it in the car he would rub his legs so I took him to a neurologist and the found he had a fractured spine which they think happened around the age of 14- 15 we narrowed it down either a fall in middle school or a car accident at 15. We felt terrible, we brought him back I the house to try and sober him up and prepare him for surgery-. He weaned himself off Heroin& had a two level spinal fusion.He did amazing in his recovery, staying off drugs. Court case was still going on and was delayed due to his spinal surgery. He now had access to a pain management dr that gave him all sorts of narotics over the next couple of years- he would sell them for Heroin. He went into 30 day rehab just before turning 21 but then relapsed. Now he was getting very sick, very thin . We took him to a methadone clinic which was very successful for a while because it dealt with his back and leg pain( surgery did not get rid of that).

Finally he got sentenced , we begged the courts to put him in rehab but they wouldn't so he weaned himself off methadone because cannot get it in jail- to this day I'm still angry about the judicial system re this because while on methadone he went back to college and worked part time. So he did his few weeks came out and wanted to try life with out it but ended back at pain dr. Then fell at college from too many pills and got a concussion. Finally his supply was cut off but instead of getting better he got worse, and dealing Heroin for his fix really took over. Ended up again with possession or under influence charge and this time got sentenced to 6 months rehab. He went into Salvation Army and because of his back and not being able to do heavy manual labor he left and went into a sober living. After 5 months sober he looked amazing , was working etc and then did Heroin at sober living and got another concussion. We pulled him out and he was truly gutted he lost his sobriety, he was back on track within 24 hours and he rented a room somewhere.He was in a relationship with a sober girl. On Aug 5 we had a surprise birthday party for him with all his sober friends and sponsor and his sister Raquel attending.

He was so happy,he and his sister finally made peace and over the next month talked and texted and for the first time had a proper brother and sister relationship. He looked so well those 6 months, it was like he was glowing. A month later he said he was depressed not happy , he was about rosy art a new job, he thought perhaps he should try antidepressants ( he had not done this in years)and he also admitted he had been taking Xanax that week. We went immediately to his old addiction specialist who had not seen him for few months- she could not get over how well he looked. She gave him a few pills to get him off Xanax to prevent withdrawal seizure and anti- depressants( he never took them) . That day he asked me to take a photo of him, which I thought odd. 3 days later on Sept 10, 2012 one month after his 23rd birthday , I got a call from LA county coroner investigator to say he had been found dead in his room from a Heroin overdose. My husband, myself and our daughter are truly grateful for the 6 months we had him back in our lives. We will never forget him, we did a lot of things wrong, said a lot of hurtful things during those addictive years but we also did a lot of things right , Aaron when sober demonstrated he was very just and kind and a beautiful boy, he will be forever in our hearts.

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What Made Them Smile?

Goofing around with his friends, silly family stuff, our pets, his favorite TV shows.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His smile, his laugh, his eyes, his hugs.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

We love you so very much and we are sorry we could not save you.

#AskMeAboutMyAngel #HeroinMemorial #GoneToSoon

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/23 - Alecia Coglianese - Age 24 yrs - Orland Park, Illinois

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09/23/2015 - Alecia Coglianese - Age 24 yrs - Orland Park, Illinois
Submitted by: Kim Novak - Parent
Name: Alecia Coglianese
State: Illinois, 60462
Date of Passing: 09/23/2015
Date of Birth: 01/05/1991
Age: 24 


Tell Us About Them:
Alecia was the type of girl you would never forget. She was always willing to help someone, talk, listen, or just put a smile on their face. She loved her Family, friends, animals (especially dogs), holiday's, the Blackhawks, sunsets and the sky, chocolate covered strawberries, cooking, eating, laughing, acting goofy, and had a deep faith all of her life. GOD was her #1 all of her life. Alecia'a smile could light up a room. She was ridiculously friendly, always willing to lend a helping hand, cared deeply for all those that she loved, she wrote poems, and inspirational quotes daily. She was never conceited, mean, judgemental, or needy. Almost every persons path she crossed she left an impression..that couldn't be forgotten. That wasn't everything ..there's So Much my babygirl had to be proud of.

Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:
Alecia's struggle was not easy to spot in the early stages. We didn't realize her own thoughts of being addicted were much earlier than we had known. On the night of my open heart surgery I was on life support. That's the night that forever changed my babygirl. She couldn't deal with sadness, and didn't know how to cope. Since she had already experimented with other drugs she dealt with her mental pain , medical pain, and fear over the outcome of my health the only way she could. She turned to heroin. That November 2009 would lay out a very sad, distructive, demoralized, and a demon took over..the path was horrible, humiliation set in. Alecia battled her way back in the fight of her life. She regained the sparkle in her eyes, a full time job, surrounded by her family and friends. A year and a half of sobriety. The demon kept knocking at Alecia's soul. After all that she accomplished she gave in to that demon for another round. She had multiple failed attempts at a sobriety and had at least 3 successful 6 month runs. From Nov 2009 until Sept. 2015 she had a little over 3 years added up together sober. The rest of the time was all that drug has to offer. Distance, disease, arrests, disgust, hopelessness, disappointment, distructive decisions, and death. She fought so hard to get back. She fought to the bitter end. Her tattoo said "stay sober or die trying" she tried with all she had. Medical problems and a bad decision from a facility that was suppose to be helping her sealed her fate.

What Made Them Smile?
Almost Everything!! She had a smile most of her life!! She was easy to please, she wasn't high maintenance, material possessions weren't a priority, she required very little and was happy from giving and helping others.

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What Do You Miss the Most About Them?
I miss it All! Her live to love motto. The laughter, the smiles, the love, the helping out way about her, the way she shared her ice cream cone w Reno her dog. Her doggie talk like a baby talk. Her family 1st way about her. Her OCD cleaning, her appreciation, her chocolate covered strawberries, her many, many, many, cards, letters, notes, and thank you's. Her hospitality, her friendly ways, her thoughtfulness, her scent, the family photo soldier, the watching the Blackhawks game yelling at the TV. Whether it was good or bad we had to get rowdy! Singing in the car, having dinner together, her compassion to family, friends, and her "puppies" her prayers out loud kneeling at her bed, her banging the razor on the shower wall so hard you wondered what the heck is she shaving?? Her surprising someone with treats, her willingness to lend a hand, her slurping her lip when you had her favorite food, her driving like a speed racer you thought the car was surely on 2 wheels when you made that turn. She's a permanent tattoo ...I may not see her but I know shes always with me. My love is where she is, was, and will alway be. I'll tell her all about it "when I see her again" I love and miss you BABYGIRL!!!

If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?
I will Love you forever and I'm proud of You, You fought so hard to the end.
God saved You he did exactly what you asked him to do. I'll see you when I get there babygirl.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/08/29 - Taylor Folds - Age 23 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

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2015/08/29 - Taylor Folds - Age 23 yrs - Olmsted Falls, Ohio

Submitted by: Barbara Folds - Other Family

Name: Taylor Folds
State:  Ohio, 44138

Date of Passing: 08/29/2015
Date of Birth: 09/24/1991
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

Taylor was my first grandson and lived with me for a large portion of his life. He was loving kind and sad a smile that lit up a room. He was loyal and had many friends who not only liked him but loved him. He worshipped his mom aunt and uncle. He was a hero to his younger brother.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He truly wanted to be well and struggled everyday. He finally got to the point he wanted to live and just used one more time and died


What Made Them Smile?

He was a happy and loving person and tried to help everyone


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

He was my closest and loyal grandson


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you and miss you more every day. I am glad I am the oldest in the family and will get to be with you next

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Heroin Memorial - 2013/09/24 - Shawn Hacker - Age 26 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

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2013/09/24 - Shawn Hacker - Age 26 yrs - Cincinnati, Ohio

Submitted by: Rhonda Moorehous - Parent

Name: Shawn Hacker
State:  Ohio, 45251

Date of Passing: 09/24/2013
Date of Birth: 12/20/1986
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Shawn was my Angel. Shy and backwards as a child growing into a ladies man as an adult. He loved kids. All the kids in the family loved him he was the favorite uncle,nephew and a great dad to a little girl name Ava. And a bashful little boy Donovan. Shawn love Baseball and was full of Sports Spirit For the Cinti. Reds and the Bengals. He had three brothers 1 older 2 younger. Shawn had been clean almost 1 year when he OD heroin came back in the picture. He also had a side kick the love of his life Kirsten Sheehan. Rest In Paradise baby boy.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Shawn struggled with pain pill addiction and then onto Heroin no money was enough. He began lying stealing and running from all law enforcement. So in and out of prison and jail and rehab for about 4 years. Then death.


What Made Them Smile?

Children


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

His voice and his smile and the way he smelled.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I am here for you always.

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Heroin Memorial - 2005/07/11 - Kathleen Lynch - Age 46 yrs - Bloomingdale, New Jersey

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2005/07/11 - Kathleen Lynch - Age 46 yrs - Bloomingdale, New Jersey

Submitted by: Kristin Molinaro - Parent

Name: Kathleen Lynch
State:  New Jersey, 07403

Date of Passing: 07/11/2005
Date of Birth: 3/29/59
Age: 46 

Tell Us About Them:

My mom died too young. She was 46 and was funny and loving when she was sober. She adored her grandchild and loved dancing and movies and cuddles and rescuing animals.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

My mom struggled with her addiction from a very young age, alcohol and then prescription pills in any form, uppers , downers... She then found heroin to be cheaper and while she never injected it, she snorted it and the mix was deadly when combined with her heavy drinking. She tried numerous times to get sober and sometimes it would work for a few months but she always went back to heroin and alcohol.


What Made Them Smile?

My daughter Ava made my mom smile. Watching movies together, talking, makeup and hair made her smile. Seeing her family made her smile


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss the missed opportunities of creating this life together with my new children and seeing my babies forge a bond with her is now long gone. I guess I miss the what ifs.... I miss her smell and smile, I miss her phone calls late at night drunk at a bar. I miss her chaos, her noise, her frequency. I miss the smell of alcohol and Violet's chewing gum mixed with sweat and exclamation blush. I miss her drama and her needing me for help.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Mom, I am sorry for not understanding your disease more. I wish I knew more about it. I am sorry that I didn't spend more time with you at the end. I am sorry I pushed you away to try and protect my child from seeing you like this. I want you to know that where ever you are now, you are missed and loved and thought about daily. You have left a hole in my heart that can never be repaired. I forgive you for being a sh#t mom but can you forgive me for letting you go ?

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Heroin Memorial - 2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York

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2012/01/10 - Richie Ramirez - Age 22 yrs - Dix Hills, New York

Submitted by: Donna Ramirez - Parent

Name: Richie Ramirez
State:  New York, 11746

Date of Passing: 1/10/12
Date of Birth: 8/2/89
Age: 22 

Tell Us About Them:

Most loving son,loved going to movies with me ,we went to the Philippines he loved it there .He loved to travel with me.He was very close to me.To me the sun rose and set with him.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

He had a hard time .when he came out of a rehab once he looked so good.I brang him back to a hospital for detox I was told they only had a female bed available ,I sat back down with my son I figured I would sit for as long as it took for a male bed to be available.I could not believe it when security was called and we were told to leave ,it is hard enough to get them to ask for help but then to turn around and make them feel worthless ,I felt like we had been thrown out .In order to get them in rehab you first have to go to go through detox which is usually five days.In all reality do you really think five days is long enough no way! Then if you are lucky enough to get into detox and make it to rehab it still is not long enough.The only rehab that will work is long term.When my son was turned away the last time in a matter of a few days my son had passed away.So many times I wonder if I had called the news if it would have made them find somewhere in the hospital to put him.Does it really matter which floor they are on as long as there problem is taken care of .If someone comes in with a heart condition they will find a spot for them .But a drug addiction you will get put out . I made a very bad mistake they asked .me to rent a room to an older family friend who was in the street I made the mistake of taking that person in he is the one who started our trip to hell.my son was only trying to help someone that person to me if I had known what he was capable of I would never have let him near my prescious son.


What Made Them Smile?

Richie had many friends he loved doing things .When we went to the water park way out on the island I believe close to Riverhead we got in a water tube and went down together in it.I told him to go have fun with his friends,but he refused to leave my side,in the watertube he was laughing all the way down.We had so many wonderful times together.The Philippines,upstate New York ,Florida beaches ,snowball fights.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about him .He allways looked for me .He would call me wherever I was.weather i was working or shopping he would call me almost every hour.When I came home we always went somewhere we went to the beach winter or summer,he loved his animals.We would do our laundry together.We would go to the movies together once a week to me it did not matter what movie as long as he was happy.He was allways smiling.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I would tell him how much I love him, how much I miss him.How much I need to be with him,it is just to lonely without him.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/01/10 - Michael Gary - Age 30 yrs - Buffalo, New York

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2016/01/10 - Michael Gary - Age 30 yrs - Buffalo, New York

Submitted by: Kiesha Kemp - Sibling

Name: Michael Gary
State:  New York, 14214

Date of Passing: 01-10-2016
Date of Birth: 09-30-1985
Age: 30 

Tell Us About Them:

my brother was one one these most loving caring easily people to get along with father of three kid's that was his world. Sibling of 5 and was one of the best brothers in the world always understanding...


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

he never want to come home think he was going to be judged and want to stop but couldn't because he needed that fix to feel alive.


What Made Them Smile?

Hes personal


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

How goofy loving ,caring he was.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss and love you so much!!

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Heroin Memorial - 2011/06/09 - Jamie Church - Age 23 yrs - Beverly Hills, California

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2011/06/09 - Jamie Church - Age 23 yrs - Beverly Hills, California

Submitted by: Lynne Knowles - Parent

Name: Jamie Church
State:  California, 90210

Date of Passing: 06/09/2011
Date of Birth: 01/03/1988
Age: 23 

Tell Us About Them:

She was my only child. The love of my life.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

She became addicted to prescription pain meds during High School. By the time we found out she had progressed to IV use. She overdosed after 8 months clean. The pain she went through a mother never wants for her child.


What Made Them Smile?

Love...she was so loving and kind. That smile lit up every room.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

Jamie, I know your pain is greater than I could have ever imagined. You know you are loved. You are the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I wish I could take all of your pain. I am sorry I did not understand. I love you.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/12/24 - Amber Reineck - Age 33 yrs - Pinckney, Michigan

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2015/12/24 - Amber Reineck - Age 33 yrs - Pinckney, Michigan

Submitted by: Courtney Atsalakis - Sibling

Name: Amber Reineck
State:  Michigan, 48169

Date of Passing: 12/24/2015
Date of Birth: 05/09/1982
Age: 33 

Tell Us About Them:

She had a soul of a gypsy, heart of a angel. She was a kind heart soul who never judge anyone.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Amber struggled with addiction for years. Unfortunately she met a guy who introduced her to heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

Her two daughters.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Her smile.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/09/29 - Steven Dunworth - Age 42 yrs - Santa Cruz, California

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2015/09/29 - Steven Dunworth - Age 42 yrs - Santa Cruz, California

Submitted by: Christina Dunworth - Sibling

Name: Steven Dunworth
State:  California, 95065

Date of Passing: 09/29/2015
Date of Birth: 12/29/1972
Age: 42 

Tell Us About Them:

My brother was my first teacher; he taught me how to write my numbers/letters. He was a talented baker, and was very sensitive. He had a huge heart. Steve wanted to be loved the way he loved. He finally found that love within his own son, who he left behind at the tender age of 3.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Steve struggled with many types of drugs before Heroin, but tried it the first time at age 21. He never looked back and was hooked the first time for more than 22 yrs. He passed from severe cold turkey withdrawal. It took four days.. here is a link to the piece I wrote detailing the day he died: https://addictionunscripted.com/jails-institutions-and-death/


What Made Them Smile?

Family made Steve smile. His son Cruz made him smile. True love made him smile; the beach; the sunsets/sunrises. Laughing with my sons... Hugs..


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss everything about Steve, except Heroin. I miss his contagious laugh and hugs the most.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you, and you are not alone.

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Heroin Memorial - 2014/02/14 - Anthony Cassar - Age 35 yrs - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

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2014/02/14 - Anthony Cassar - Age 35 yrs - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Submitted by: Sheree Dostine - Sibling

Name: Anthony Cassar
State:  Michigan, 48082

Date of Passing: 2-14-14
Date of Birth: 7-2-78
Age: 35 

Tell Us About Them:

Tony was hilarious and loved to act silly to make us laugh. He had a kind heart and big dreams for his future. He loved his family with all of his heart and tried very hard to become who he always wanted to be.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Most of it was kept secret as he was always a very private person plus he lived in Virginia. I didn't even know about his addiction until his death. He suffered from anxiety and depression brought on by childhood trauma. He had a big predisposition to becoming an addict. When he passed it was due to an adverse lethal combination of cocaine and heroin.


What Made Them Smile?

His family.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything, especially the opportunity to make more memories.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you more than you will ever know and I miss you so much everyday. The only thing that brings me relief is knowing you're no longer suffering.

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Heroin Memorial - 2016/02/08 - Ceseli Fields - Age 26 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

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2016/02/08 - Ceseli Fields - Age 26 yrs - Somerset, Kentucky

Submitted by: Sheila Fields - Parent

Name: Ceseli Fields
State:  Kentucky, 42501

Date of Passing: 02/08/2016
Date of Birth: 12/18/1989
Age: 26 

Tell Us About Them:

Ceseli loved everyone, especially the broken. The more broken a person was, the more she would help, advocate for, and love them.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

Her addiction was well hidden, a functioning addict. As a family, we never even knew.


What Made Them Smile?

Everything made her smile. She loved life, always smiling.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

Everything.... I miss her smile, her laugh, her daily I love you texts.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I miss and love you beautiful Girl. I will meet you at the gates of Heaven.

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Heroin Memorial - 2015/11/13 - McKenzie Woller - Age 19 yrs - Colorado Springs, Colorado

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2015/11/13 - McKenzie Woller - Age 19 yrs - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Submitted by: Laura Burchell - Parent

Name: McKenzie Woller
State:  Colorado, 80923

Date of Passing: 11/13/2015
Date of Birth: 6/17/1996
Age: 19 

Tell Us About Them:

McKenzie was so bright. She loved reading, drawing, painting, and music. She could make an entire room laugh with just one perfectly timed look or a single word. She loved her cats and family fiercely, probably in that order. She advocated for social justice and stuck up for the underdog.


Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

McKenzie suffered from anxiety and Borderline Personality Disorder. She started cutting in middle school and then got involved with an abusive boyfriend who hurt her physically and emotionally, and introduced her to opiates. She started with dialysis pills an fentanyl lollipops and patches. She switched to heroin. She fought so hard to get clean, and we fought with her. She had just gotten out of detox and moved to CO (with her grandparents)from GA to remove herself from temptation 7 weeks before she overdosed. My mom found her in the bathtub.


What Made Them Smile?

Her brother was her favorite person. They loved listening to music together and they had a million inside jokes. I love to bake and whenever I made one of her favorites, she'd smile her megawatt smile and kiss me on top of my head and say, "It's my best day!" Her cats Biff and Sock made her so happy.


What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss her laugh. I miss her wit, and having long conversations with her about politics and feminism and everything else. I miss her scent. I miss her always perfect hair and makeup advice. I miss how whenever she or I came home, she'd lean over so I could kiss her head.


If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I love you, and I need you. You are enough. I know that you don't believe that, but you are worthy of a long, happy life, and so am I, and neither of us will have that if you leave. I love you I love you I love you.

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