Mothers Who Lost Children to Overdose Find Hope

Submission Date: May 9, 2013
Attributing Author: Tessie Castillo
Source: The Fix

“The day before he died, Glen was sick. I asked him several times if he wanted me to take him to the hospital and he said no. I thought he was just detoxing.”

It’s hard to imagine a greater loss. But bereaved mothers all over the US—like these four—are bravely campaigning for change, to prevent others from suffering the same.

What does it feel like to lose a child? Thankfully most of us will never know. But for Diannee Carden Glenn of Weston, Florida, the dreaded news arrived on May 9, 2012, four days before Mother’s Day. Her 40-year-old son, Michael, had died of a heroin overdose.

“Nothing is ever the same again,” Diannee says. “Every facet of your life has a memory. You go to the grocery store and walk past a box of HoneyComb cereal and burst into tears. You beg, you bargain, you plead to wake up and find it was just a nightmare. You talk to the dead. You work on your religion because you have to believe that there is a better place.”

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