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David’s story – One year later

December 13th, 2014 will be the one-year anniversary of my son David’s death

Since this time, we have all been struggling to understand:  anger, disbelief and sadness has surrounded our home. 

My 16-year-old son cannot say his brother’s name, and his 14-year-old sister just blocks it out. My son is in grade 12.  Recently I had a parent-teacher night to discuss how my son is doing; all teachers told me they liked him, he is doing well but they all mentioned one thing, ” It seems that Adam has something bothering him, he has become very quiet, compared to previous years.” When I explained about the loss of his brother none of the teachers knew about that, Adam can not mention his brother’s name.”

I cried in the teacher’s room, I knew my kids are constantly thinking about their brother’s death, I just didn’t know how much.

There has been a lot of talk in the schools about legalizing marijuana. My two children are doing a lot of talking about this subject; they are angered and confused.

I hear comments from them like, “Dad, didn’t you write to them about David, and how he started with Marijuana then escalated to Oxycontin and then Fentanyl?   “Dad, don’t they understand what it does to kids? Dad, don’t they understand how many people are affected by the death of one person, like David?”

These are comments from high school children.

Do people have to live through a life experience as terrible as we did to finally understand the repercussions of legalizing marijuana?

We understand that some people can benefit from this drug, help them with chronic pain etc. But, as far as this family is concerned, the potential legalization of marijuana is a reckless move that in the long run will surely cost revenue and cause more emotional pain.

Just one family’s opinion.


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