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My hope is that when you visit this page it’s a step towards connecting with people who share your pain.  It’s those connections with a true understanding without even having to say so that somehow makes it a bit more bearable. When we lose someone we love, our pain never goes away, we just learn how to live or survive every day with it. 

People often try to give advice or their opinion with good intentions, sometimes that advice or opinion can make us feel worse. Particularly when our loss is due to the disease of addiction or Suicide. 

I share your pain losing two very special people in my life to addiction, my brother Jimmy in 2011 and my niece Jeannine in 2018. I am grateful to have people to relate to and that know there is no “getting over it” or timetable for it to end. 

I am proud that through our collaboration with Franklin Cook (LTC's consultant on peer grief support) we can provide appropriate support and lots of LTC love to our bereaved LTC families.

Please take solace in knowing you are never alone.

Stay Strong,

Joanne & Jeanine (1)
Grief Support

Please contact LTC's consultant for peer grief support, Franklin Cook, to learn more about grief resources and assistance. Franklin collaborates with SADOD (Support After a Death by Overdose) and other community partners to offer bereaved people extra help after a substance-use death. SADOD also offers Learn to Cope Members from Massachusetts one on one peer grief support through its Peer Grief Ally Program (Massachusetts only).

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Email Franklin at or call him at 857-760-0310.