by Laura
(Scarsdale, NY)

My second born, my beautiful 22 year old son, Shawn, died of a heroin overdose on September 30,2012. We lost a beautiful soul to a drug addiction that robbed him of his promising life and robbed the rest of us of his love. You see, Shawn was absolutely loved by all. He was everybody's best friend, everybody's brother. Always the most likeable kid in the class by both the teachers and the other kids. Shawn loved fiercely and he was loved fiercely in return. His heart, even during the year he was using heroin was always the biggest, most loving, warm heart of anybody else in rhe world. Shawn's sense of humor and wit made everyone feel at home and he brightened up a room just by enterring it. We used to refer to him as "Ferris Buehller" from the movie because he was as witty and likeable as the character. We had Shawn in rehab several times, but he never stayed longer than a week. His countless number of friends tried to help him, but it was too much for them. The last time he was in rehab was the best 6 weeks we had with him in a long time. We got our old, beautiful, carefree Shawn back. I thank them in the rehab facility for giving me back my son for the last 6 weeks of his life. Three days after he came home from rehab, he was found dead on the kitchen floor by his older brother, my son Nicky, on Nicky's 24th birthday. I am numb. I am sick. I am angry. It sickens me to see how many beautiful souls are taken because of addiction. I want to celebrate his beautiful life and the love he gave and received in his 22 yeras with us. I am so thankful and proud that I got the chance to be his Mom.

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Oct 24, 2012
Our Young America
by: Rita

I feel for you both, & for the rest of our great country, suffering from this epidemic. I feel there all causalities of this war, & part of the governments population control. My beautiful daughter,Ericka Griffin, would have been 26, if it weren't for her last dose on 6/26/12. She was 3 1/2 months out of rehab, that was 7 months lock down. How my heart aches for her. She used opiates since the death of her father, 5 years ago. She had so very much promise & potential before addiction got a hold of her. Then the raves, & the sex industry, she was destroyed before 26, even though she was raised in a small town, strong baptist background. She skipped 4th grade, won the dare essay contest, completed 9th & 10 grade in 9 months, & was a hard worker. She was so loving & generous... How many more new parents will I see on here in a few weeks?

Oct 23, 2012
Our Precious Sons
by: Terri Hammons

I can say that I honestly know what you are going through because it happened to me. Our stories are almost identical, I will pray for you and ask God and Shawn to keep his arms wrapped around you and give you peace and strength to get through one day at a time. I tell myself, hour at a time, day at a time, thats all I can do and hope you will be OK

Terri Hammons
Hickory, NC

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