Alberta families coping with drug deaths begin own grief group

Calgary Herald, May 30, 2017

When MSTH Susyn Wagner lost her son to drugs, she discovered there are limits to the sympathy of others. At the hospital shortly after her son Zackery died, at her workplace, even from other well-intentioned parents who had lost a child, Wagner encountered a subtle form of judgment that left her cold.

“I think people sometimes look at the death differently, that they deserved it because they are doing something that’s harmful,” Wagner says.

Wagner said the experience convinced her of the need for support for families who’ve lost someone to substance abuse or addiction.

So Wagner started her own grief group.

People interested in one of GRASP’s monthly meetings in Calgary should contact calgarygrasp@gmail.com. Edmontonians can join GRASP in that city by contacting grasp.edmonton@gmail.com.

Alberta families coping with drug deaths begin own grief group