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Announce Memorial

Website Links Bereaved to Loved Ones SADOD is launching Honoring the Many, which according to a statement on the new memorial website, was created “because people who die from substance use deserve to be honored and remembered — and those who are left behind to mourn their loss deserve to know that they are not …

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Click Away

Featured Resource: Help Is a Click Away Many people who read this newsletter know or work with someone who is grieving. SADOD is dedicated to providing hope, help, and healing to anyone who is suffering from a substance use related death. We want to support you in helping others cope with their grief.  The peer-to-peer …

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DaveS Profile

Peer Grief Helper Profile: Dave Swindell By Kerry J. Bickford When Dave Swindell talks about his son Christopher, his face lights up with a half-smile and memories of good times dance in his eyes. This is heartbreaking to witness since Chris, the middle child of three, died on July 13, 2018, of an accidental overdose. …

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Grief Parallels

When Grief Intersects with Recovery By AnnE O’Neil, Guest Contributor Substance-use issues make a lot of things in a person’s life complicated.  For example, I heard a guy at a meeting the other day say that he has “oversized emotions around normal, everyday life events.” I could relate to that. So what happens when we …

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Self-care FCP

She Balances Compassion with Self-Care By Jill Shanahan, Guest Contributor I want to share two stories from my time as a harm-reduction worker at Tapestry that demonstrate the essence of harm reduction,  the power of love and human connection. I am sharing them because there was a point in my career a few years ago …

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Virtual Groups

Welcome to the Age of Virtual Groups Virtual meetings are serving a vital purpose during this highly unusual and frightening time when the COVID-19 pandemic has eliminated or altered face-to-face services. Many people are living in isolation and unable to connect with the outside world due to the social restrictions placed on all of us. …

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Peer Grief Support Locator

Find a Peer Grief Support Group When someone is grieving, they experience many different feelings, including sadness, guilt, anger, fear, isolation, heartbreak, and longing for their loved one. The stigma associated with having a loved one die of an overdose can exacerbate these feelings. With the COVID-19 pandemic, fear and isolation are becoming almost universal …

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