Resources for grieving a death by substance use:
- Waterloo Region Integrated Drugs Strategy – The strategy’s vision is to make Waterloo Region safer and healthier. Its mission is to prevent, reduce or eliminate problematic substance use and its consequences. This website contains lots of information about prevention and safer drug use
- Moms Stop the Harm
- Articles from What’s Your Grief?
- Drug Free Kids Canada
- 7 Ways Grief is Compounded by an Overdose Death
- Blog – Adventures in Widowed Parenting
- CBC Article – Local mom shares the story of her daughter’s overdose death
- Gone Too Soon: Navigating grief and loss as a result of substance use
- Journeys: living with a drug or alcohol-related bereavement – The guide explores the emotional, physical and psychological aspects of drug and alcohol related bereavement, what grieving means and practical ways of coping with it.
- The Grief of an Overdose Death and How You Can Support Someone
- My Daughter Died From an Overdose. I’m Sharing Her Story to Help Others
- How I Stopped Blaming Myself For My Son’s Overdose Death
- Saying the Name, Sharing the Memories
- Government of Canada resource: Stigma around substance use
- Self-Stigma in Grief: What is it and why does it matter?
- Resources for families and children – Out of the Shadows: Supporting Children and Youth Grieving a Substance-Related Death
- Webinar – Out of the Shadows: Supporting Children & Youth Grieving a Substance-Related Death
- Documentary – “Just the One Time” Watch the full documentary on YouTube
- Grief Out Loud – The Dougy Center
- What’s Your Grief Podcast: Grief Support for Those Who Like to Listen
- Grieving Overdose Death
- Melissa Etheridge: The Rolling Stone Interview – in the first 10 minutes she speaks about her son’s overdose death.
- Don’t Forget Me: A Lifeline of Hope for Those Touched by Substance Abuse and Addiction by Steve M. Grant
International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD)
Every year on August 31st, IOAD is recognized around the world as a day to raise awareness about overdose, reduce the stigma surrounding drug-related deaths, and create opportunities for families and friends to grieve those who have died from overdose.