Overdose loss forum: Don’t grieve alone


Staff Report



Heroin killed 131 people in Lorain County last year, according to the coroner’s office. Our reporters are exploring the effects of the deadly epidemic through a special FIGHTING HEROIN series.

The is plenty of pain and loss to bear, too much for you to handle alone.

So don’t try to handle it alone.

An open community forum on grief will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center. It’s for families and friends of those whose lives have been ended by overdoses.

Attendees will learn how to deal with emotions that occur when grieving a friend, classmate, neighbor or loved one’s substance abuse death, what to do to help manage grief, who to turn to for help, and how to restore health for themselves and others.

There will be time for sharing with others in grief and to hear from those who have first-hand experience in losing a loved one to substance abuse overdose.

The forum is sponsored by the LCADA Way in partnership with Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Speakers will include Thomas Stuber, president and CEO of The LCADA Way; Diane Snyder Cowan, director of the Bereavement Center at Hospice of the Western Reserve; Rob Brandt of Robbie’s Voice, who lost a child to an overdose; and pastor Mike Goss of One Church.

“With the overwhelming increase in heroin and prescription drug overdose deaths in our community, we decided to host a forum for people who have lost a person close to them,” said Stuber. “Attendees will learn more about the grieving process and get tips on how best to recover after their sudden loss.”

“This, of course, is a challenging topic”, said Snyder Cowen, “and one that most people find themselves dealing with on their own. We are hopeful hosting this forum and bringing this topic out in the open will improve healing and be a positive experience.”

For more information, contact Joe Matuscak at the LCADA Way, 440-989-4900.

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Staff Report

Heroin killed 131 people in Lorain County last year, according to the coroner’s office. Our reporters are exploring the effects of the deadly epidemic through a special FIGHTING HEROIN series.