My sister lost both her children 28 years old & 30 years old less than 90 days apart.

by Cheryl
(Huntsville, AL.)

I am grieving not only for myself but for my sister & my brother-in-law and their unbearable grief. They lost their 28 year old son to an overdose in February. He lived in a different state & in May they lost their daughter from a drug overdose in their home. They went to tell her dinner was done and she was dead in her bedroom (see what can happen in 2 hours). My sister had 2 children and lost both of them, my grief is for my sister and the pain that she is in.
How can I help her get through this along with myself.

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Jun 14, 2020
Coping with Deaths from Overdose
by: Lesley from

Dear Cheryl

First of all, may we send you our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your niece and nephew. This is a terrible tragedy for your whole family at such a difficult time.

You are doing the right thing in reaching out to ask for help.

The first thing you can do, is let your sister know about our site. There are lots of pages that can help. The emotions of grief are similar no matter the cause of death, even though multiple losses and from such a tragic cause can bring more complications. I will recommend some specific pages and resources for you and your sister below.

The main thing is just to be there. To listen, to give practical help and let her know that someone cares.

Also make sure you look after yourself too. Self-care is very important when you are supporting someone else as it takes a lot out of you.

Grieving Multiple Losses

Emotions of Grief

Helping Others Cope with Grief

This last one is one I found for you from the Center on Addition site which seems very good:

How to Support Someone Grieving Substance Use Loss

We wish you peace and strength on your grief journey.


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