Monthly Archives: December 2014

Garret James Bethke

Submitted by: Deb Noethe
Born: 1986
Died: 2014
My Tribute: My beautiful 28 year son died of an heroin overdose on October 28, 2014. This is the most devastating experience of our lives. He was my youngest child and I still think that this is all just a bad dream.

Garret had just completed another rehab program in October. He had a new job to start and was looking forward to moving forward with his life. Until the relapse. I will never really know what happened those hours or days before his death. . Do we ever know why?

Garret loved music and art .He was a talented artist and musician. . His gift of love for every human being and his love of nature was incredible. He never judged anyone and taught me so much in his short life.

His 10 year struggle with this disease has been the most heartbreaking thing I have witnessed. His pain and struggle is now over. He is at peace and is finally happy and joyful forever now.

Garret did not die in vain. We have started a foundation to try and help others struggling. That's what he would have wanted.
The We need to talk about this disease. I'm sick of the stigma and guilt and shame,. Enough! The heroin addiction in this country is an epidemic. Everywhere. Your town too. No one is left out. Awareness of what's going on is essential.

I love and miss you my beautiful boy more than there are words. Peace and love to you always my son.

Your loving Mom xoxoxo

Ernest Wayne Rouse II

Submitted by: Linda Rouse
Born: 1979
Died: 2014
My Tribute: I love and miss you more than you will ever know. The bond between a mother and her son can never be broken and I know that we will see each other again someday. Love Mom.

The Spike in our Veins

Date: 2014
Author: Gordy Megroz
Source: Mountain Magazine

"Get Your Feet Off The Table!" Did you do your chores?? Brennen Dekeersgieter shouts at a friend, playfully imitating an authority figure they know.  At six feet, three inches tall and athletic, Brennen's imposing enough to command respect when barking orders.  But his kind blue eyes and goofy demeanor invite the dinner table to erupt in laughter.  With a grin, Brennen wraps his arm around his younger sister Caitlin and hugs her.

 It's Thanksgiving 2012 and the Dedeersgieter family have come to Portland, Maine to celebrate the holiday with Brennen, know to friends as Bo.  There's cause for joy.  The 26 year old has been clean for 10 weeks.......

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Indiana (Indy) Rain Wells

Submitted by: Brigette Wells
Born: 1994
Died: 2014
My Tribute: Indy - I am missing you every moment of every day, but you are alive in my mind and heart. I am moving forward each day living the best life that I can in honor of you and the beautiful, loving and compassionate boy that you were in the 19 beautiful years that you shared with us. The days just keep passing by, and I cannot wait for the moment that I can hold you in my arms again. I love you so much!

Love, Mom

My brother, Matt

Submitted by: Sister
Born: 1980
Died: 2014
My Tribute: I hope you know somehow that although i was mad, I always always loved you. The incredible crushing weight of this guilt that i bear sadly does little to tribute your life.