News of Interest: Teen Calls Death of Second Family Member “Surreal”

[June 19, 2018 — Toledo, OH] In a WTVG TV interview [story begins at the 58-second mark], reporter Melissa Voetsch talks to Charles Boiselle after the 16-year-old received a gift from the Boyk Law Bikes for Kids program. Charles’s sister, Brandi, died of a heroin overdose in May, and their father died of an overdose two years ago. “‘For awhile it starts to feel kind of surreal,’ [Charles says,] ‘like, am I in a dream right now, and this person’s going to walk through the door the next day and everything’s going to be fine?'”  He calls the gift of a new bicycle “‘one of those little lights in the darkness.'”

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

News of Interest: Agency Helps Kids After Death of Parent or Sibling

[June 26, 2018 — WGCU, Fort Meyers, FL] In Helping Kids After the Loss of a Parent or Sibling to Opioids, Mike Kiniry and Julie Glenn of “Gulf Coast Live” interview the founder and CEO of Valerie’s House, an organization working to help families and children struggling with loss that has seen a spike in the number of kids who need help following the overdose death of a parent or sibling. Also interviewed are people who have been helped by Valerie’s House, including a father of two young children whose wife overdosed a few years ago and a 15 year old who recently lost her sister to an opioid overdose.

News of Interest” links readers to stories and information related to grief after a death from substance use.

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