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Substance Abuse and Overdose: When a Loved One Dies

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Practicing Self-Care After Traumatic Events

Riverside Trauma Center

Grief Parallels

When Grief Intersects with Recovery By AnnE O’Neil, Guest Contributor Substance-use issues make a lot of things in a person’s life complicated.  For example, I …

Video Peer Support Group Facilitator Guidelines

GRG Site

Find Resources and Information at GRG Site SADOD is proud to be associated with two peer grief helpers with affiliations to the MA Commission on …

Reflections on Grief: Where Do We Begin?

Reflections on Grief: Where Do We Begin? By Kerry J. Bickford, Newsletter Editor  “The ABC’s and 123’s of Grief in Sobriety,” by Tami Winn, offers …

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Massachusetts Peer Grief Support Group Directory



Grieving Men Show Strength in Vulnerability By David Swindell, Guest Contributor I am a volunteer co-facilitator of a peer grief support group for men bereaved …


Peer Helper Profile: Deb Dowd-Foley By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Deb Dowd-Foley is a licensed social worker who has devoted her professional career to …

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Volunteer Testifies to the Power of Peers By Gordon Bullard, Guest Contributor  Whether you are just starting on the rocky, painful road of your grief …

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Two Brothers: A Story of Loss and Recovery By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor This is a story about the opioid crisis and how it …

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Bring Your Loved One with You By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Once upon a time, when we were innocent, there was an almost magical …



Bereaved Ask, Could It Have Been Prevented? Three key questions can affect people’s grief in the wake of a death caused by drugs or alcohol. …

Sarah Morse


“It is their voices I hear … each day” By Sarah Morse, Guest Contributor “Did you hear about Ben?”  I had been both expecting and …

Tristan and Kathryn


Peer Grief Helper Profile: Kathryn Stygles Peirce By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor In 2017, Kathryn Peirce was approached by Natick 180, “a community coalition …

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Kessler’s “Finding Meaning” Follows Loss of Son David Kessler has spent thousands of hours with people all over the world studying, witnessing, teaching, and writing …

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Meaning Is Found in Acts of Love By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Back in 1975 when I was a psychology major in college, I …

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Find a Source of Comfort on Thanksgiving Day By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor This year, traditional Thanksgiving gatherings are being altered by safety protocols …

Kathy and her son


Peer Grief Helper Profile: Kathy Leonard By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor On December 16, 2014, Kathy Leonard and Jonathan Testa, her only child, were …

Mom and Son


Mother Tells Story of Grief During COVID By Judy Kelly, Guest Contributor Losing my 28-year-old son Geoffrey to substance use disorder at the beginning of …

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He ‘Walks the Walk’ in Memory of His Friend By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor There are approximately 22 million Americans in recovery, which makes …

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Helping the Helpers Deserves More Attention In the midst of the overdose epidemic, it is troubling how little help is available for providers who support …


Did My Person Intend to Die? Three key questions can affect people’s grief in the wake of a death caused by drugs or alcohol. The …

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Free Webinar Offered to Frontline Providers A free archived webinar, Grief and Managing an Opioid Death, focuses on frontline workers in the opioid crisis and …


Groups Show Beauty of Siblings Helping Siblings By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Dealing with the aftermath of an overdose is complicated for families and …

Kristoph & Charlotte


His Recovery Honors Those Who Died By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor It is almost 7 p.m. on a Tuesday evening, and I’m sitting in …

Jenni and Christi


Bereaved Siblings Share “Instant Bond” By Jenni Colecchi, Guest Contributor Seventy-five days into my recovery and exactly six months into our brother’s, our sister, Christi, …

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Peer Helper Profile: Colleen & Gordon Bullard By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Fourteen months after Cory Bullard completed an intensive, multi-step recovery program — …

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