Monthly Archives: June 2014

Andrew Cochran “Drew”

Submitted by: Stacy Cochran
Born: 1990
Died: 2013
My Tribute: My heart has not stopped aching for you since Nov 26th - the night I received the 'knock on the door' that no parent wants to get. These 7 months have been a blur, a completely empty life, just going through the motions... not living, just existing. I'm trying to check back into life for Emily & Alexandra, but my heart aches for my lost boy.... Just to hear you call me "mommoi' one more time!
My sweet Drew - You came into this world so full of life - you loved everything about nature, electronics, music, creating things. You were so bright and talented and I always believed, after the drugs took over that if I could just hold on a little longer, I would see the man I knew you could become. You would once in a while let me see that man, but mostly it was just so much rebellion..... I have come to accept you were the man you were supposed to be - I just didn't see that at the time. you were a good man!
So many friends at your service - so many unique people, from all walks of life. People you knew from your childhood, through high school, college, all your workplaces - you were a friend to so many people, and so many people loved you! Did you know so many people cared about you? I wish you had understood that when you were here.
Do you know how much your sister's miss you? You will not be there for Emily's graduation, or Alex's wedding --- I don't know how I will handle these life events without you being there.
I love you and pray your hurts are all gone and you are enjoying all the life in heaven! I love you, Mommoi

Colton Buckley

Submitted by: Lisa Buckley
Born: 1991
Died: 2014
My Tribute: My son Colton a smart , all around great kid. Was captain of his track team his senior yr in high school. Graduated and went off to college. It was like turning a light switch on. How he changed and started partying. I heard from so many , " its a stage , he'll out grow it." He was kicked out of college for selling weed . It seemed like it was one thing after another. One year ago come July I noticed a drastic change in my son . He refused rehab although finally decided to move back to NY with my family and start over. Started counciling and group therapy . Colton was there for 8 months to the day when I received the dreadful call from my mom that she found him dead. April 6th , one day shy of his 23rd birthday. God I miss him so much.. What I do to relive every moment over again and again . You left behind a beautiful daughter that is 2 years old and 3 sisters. I just wish you saw what so many saw in you.. One thing addiction can't ever take and that's Love. Love never dies

‘His Pain Was The Addiction’

TylerDate: June 3, 2014
Author: Taylor Dobbs
Source: VPR

When Colin Dekeersgieter thinks of his big brother, he sees him on the beach in Key Biscayne, Florida, where the boys

spent much of their childhood, looking out over the ocean.

“Being at the foot of the ocean, I think summarizes everything that Brennan was,” he says. “Looking out over an expanse was where Brennan belonged. Staring into the eye of an intensity sort of was where Brennan was always at in life.”

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Tyler Stansell

Submitted by: Lisa Hone
Born: 1982
Died: 2007
My Tribute: Seven years gone by and not a day has passed that I don't think about you and my question of "why" is never fully answered. You had such amazing talent and I look at the artwork from your time in rehab with the plea of "God, please take away my need for heroin..." and that is the only answer that gives me some comfort. Your disease hit your hard and the struggles here on earth seemed unbearble to you.
As you told me a week before your overdose, "Mom, some of us need to die in order that other addicts live." How profound and I am trying to be your venue to help others.

Mallory K. Maxey

Submitted by: Aunt Michelle
Born: 1987
Died: 2014
My Tribute: You were the daughter I never had--watching you grow up and become a beautiful young woman full of life and love, I will hold you close to my heart forever.

Athens woman starts support group for those grieving over people lost to substance abuse

Krista Reed
Date: May 26, 2014
Author: Allie Jackson
Source: Online Athens

An Athens woman who lost her husband to prescription drugs is starting a support group to help others who have experienced the same.

Krista Reed said it was a roller coaster ride trying to make things functional at home with a husband who struggled with drug addiction, especially with two small children and a teenager.

Unfortunately, Reed would never see the day her husband overcame addiction.

Michael Reed died of an overdose in 2011 after taking a mixture of medications prescribed to him by his psychiatrist. His mother found him in bed 10 hours after he had passed.

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Sleepy Hollow father starts local chapter of GRASP

Robert Hamilton Barstow

Date: June 2, 2014
Author: Marcela Rojas
Source: Lohud

Sleepy Hollow father Robert Hamilton Barstow lost his son to a heroin overdose in 2012. Now, he is starting a support group for people who have lost loved ones to substance abuse or addiction.

Robert Hamilton Barstow wants people to know that his son was so much more than his addiction. Robert Hamilton Barstow II was an athlete and an honors student who spent his free time reading Carl Jung, philosophy and history. His son, he said, had high morals, was good-natured, nonjudgmental and fiercely loyal to friends and family.

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