Adult son died accidental OD

Kathleen - posted on 08/14/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Has any one else had a son or daughter die who struggled with mental health and substance abuse? I tried to keep him safe for 14 years. He told me once he would not have lived this long if it hadn't been for me. He was gentle and kind.

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Christine - posted on 08/15/2016

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I lost a parent to drug abuse. I can't even imagine losing a child. I will pray for you!

Anne - posted on 08/15/2016

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Momma I feel the pain in your words. I personally don't believe there is a greater tragedy to the human heart, especially that of a mother, than to lose her child. The love and selfless giving you poured into this precious child's life is immeasurable, and I hope somewhere inside your soul, you can have a peace of mind knowing you did everything humanly possible to surround your son with unconditional and unwavering love.

Many people in this world cannot fully grasp the hurt or insecurities others struggle with on a daily basis. One of life's mysteries is to get to the bottom of why certain things happen the way they do. Only God can see inside a person and only He can understand how life can sometimes take an individual in directions they would would never have imagined.

I have often times been convinced that there are some questions in life that don't have answers, at least answers I can understand. Too many things transpire in a peron's life that when tragedy hits, that individual has lost the ability to cope and it's too difficult to go back and sort things out. Trying to put your finger on that one thing that catapults a person into despair is impossible and elusive at best.

There are so many imperfections in this life, and yet we can find comfort by knowing that God in heaven is fully aware of the grief we deal with. His Son died too, so He knows full well what heartache, loss, and separation feel like. He is no stranger to grief.

"A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."
"Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,"

Those two verses are from the Book of Isaiah 53 in the Bible.

I wish I could give you a hug right now and just hold you in silence to comfort you. I cannot be there but I feel confident there are others in your surrounding area that have experienced similar pain, and can look at you in the face and say they understand. I will pray that you will find a way to surround yourself with others who have shared similar pain and can offer support.

I would like to leave you with some words that will hopefully encourage your heart and give you reason to approach God when you need to pour your heart out. In this life, I have no one else to go to who knows me better and loves me more than God does. He has heard the cries of my heart for years and years and understands like no human can.

"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Hebrews 4:16

Bye for now friend. I promise to pray for you. I will be thinking of you.

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