Clay W. Shephard
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Clay William Shephard

November 25, 1992 - May 17, 2015

Apex

Our charismatic and beautiful son and brother died Sunday morning from a drug overdose. Clay was the youngest of four children, raised in a loving home in Apex with two brothers and one sister. Outwardly Clay looked like he had it all: Intelligence, confidence, athletic ability, height, beautiful blue eyes, broad smile, fantastic wit, and the ability to engage and forge a relationship with anyone. Inwardly Clay was sensitive and had struggles that he hid well from his close and clannish family.

We loved Clay with all of our hearts, but we now know that was not enough to shield him from the world. This note isn't an attempt to assign blame for Clay's death. It's not to vent our anger and frustration at a world where drugs can be ordered and delivered through the internet. We write this obituary in hope that it may provide an insight to those that need to change their behavior one night at a time.

Clay was a solid student, decent athlete, and a very likeable kid. With his seemingly endless positive traits, he had the potential to be anything from a captivating politician to a brilliant engineer, but drugs began to creep into Clay's life while he was in high school. As trouble hit, his father stepped in and forged an incredible bond with Clay. Although Clay could never be completely honest about the trouble he was in, his love and respect for his father became a lifeline over the last few years. He successfully completed drug rehab several times, but the craving that comes from true addiction was more than he could overcome.

While we always felt we had some grip on Clay's issues, his ability to hide and disguise his addiction proved superior to our parental (and sibling) sixth sense. The worry that we have felt watching Clay struggle, has been replaced by a deep feeling of loss that now exists knowing we will never see his smiling face again. Despite these troubles, we can smile knowing that the last communication we had with Clay was a text and answer between mother and son to say "I love you", just as it should be.

To all children, this note is a simple reminder that there are people who love you, with everything they have and no matter what you do - don't be too afraid/ashamed/scared, too anything, to ask for help. To all parents, pay attention to your children and the world that revolves around them - even when the surface is calm, the water may be turbulent just beneath. Clay's struggles have ended. He is finally at peace. We will miss his keen sense of humor, impersonations, cooking, plant advice and rhythm on the dance floor.

Goodbye Clay, we love you and miss you dearly.

Mom & Dad, Cole, Wade & Jess, Jean & Lucas

Please send thoughts, wishes, and prayers to Apex Funeral Home @ www.ApexFuneral.net

The family requests that any donations in memory of Clay be made to Carolina Tiger Rescue at carolinatigerrescue.org



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Published in The News & Observer on May 20, 2015.
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March 4, 2020
I miss you Clay
EJ
Friend
August 24, 2019
I've never in my life read something so well written that describes the battle of loving someone with an addiction. Unconditionally. Clay was beautiful and sounds like he was a great Son. Drugs are so strong now a days that even after detox the chemically addicted brain take years to heal. May the Shephard family find peace in sweet memories of their Clay, and know that they've touched countless people who needed to read this obituary.
Heidi Munder
Acquaintance
January 20, 2019
To the Shephard family,
I just re read Clay's obituary after almost 4 years. I hope you see that your love and strength has touched so many people, and is continuing to do so.
Dee Dahl
January 19, 2019
Just read Clay's obituary and it made me cry because i felt the love you all have for him and each other.
I wanted to express to you my belief that you WILL see Clay's beautiful smile again and experience all of his wit and humor and everything else about him. He will be back all new and healed because that is Jehovah God's promise to us. And God does NOT LIE. The world will be perfect and we will not have war, sickness,
Death or tears anymore.. so see, you WILL see him and hold him in your arms again always!
I just wanted to tell you that. All my love, Sara Allen Boise, Idaho. 1-19-19
SARA ALLEN
November 27, 2018
You were a great classmate and a wonderful person.
C Daussin
November 27, 2018
I went to middle school with Clay. I always admired his confidence. I was just thinking of him now and googled him. After finding this news I am crying. I am so sorry for his family. Clay was a great guy.
Carolyn D
May 14, 2018
I am just seeing this obituary on May 14th, 2018 just shy of the 17th that is coming up soon. I am a recovering drug addict (4 years and 10 months) and I am in tears because I know that struggle inside, deep within. I am praying for you all as a family as you continue to grieve your sons passing. You do not know me, I used to also live in North Carolina back when. Your message is viral because God knew HE needed this to go viral. I am sorry for the hurt and pain, even though I am not your child, as a recovering drug addict we know that we have caused lots of pain to others in our lives but I can say this with certainy that it was not intentional. We as addicts never mean to hurt anyone we love. We could not even love ourselves at the moments of doing drugs...we were trying to run from what was hurting us, our failure to feel whole. But once it starts it is NOT easy to stop. I needed God to help me and HE has. May you find comfort that Clay is at peace and may your message of love carry on for many years to come. Reading this obituary this morning brought me to tears. God is embracing you all. I am praying for you.
Lynn Butts
April 29, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May GOD continue to order your steps.
JAMES AND DEBRA SWEET
April 13, 2018
Kim Reed
Kim Reed
April 3, 2018
Your story truly touched my heart and hit very close to home. You described my nephew Danny to the tee along with your Clay.
Karen Ingrassia
March 22, 2018
SO sorry for your loss I too have trouble talking about my daughters addiction she is still with us and has been to countlesss rehabs never will know her pain all together but that is a heartful tribute prayers always for you and your beautiful family A mother in somerset Ky !!!
Kathern Wood
March 21, 2018
To the family i hug u all. I recently became caregiver of one of my younger brothers(45) robbed and beaten and Left 4 Dead .. june 2017 then our (50) sister i had no way of knowing she was on that o.d . Passed oct 5 2017. Its waird for me im (47) sorry xoxo I'd love to tell you Clay sleep, be at rest . the demon has no power over you anymore. Rest son.
MY heart is lost for you.
Shawnna Allman
March 21, 2018
So so sorry for your loss. I too lost my daughter in 2004 and part of me died with her. The pain never goes away and I still cry over her every day. I lost everything when I lost her. As I am writing this I am crying my eyes out and this was one club I never wanted to join. She just could not fight off that demon.
Anonymous Anonymous
Daughter
March 16, 2018
God has u now and ur at peace..god bless ur soul!!!..ur free now sing with the angels..God has plans for u ..AMEN
Tonya warner
March 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss of this wonderful young man. I to lost my only son, Cody. He was an addict also. He left this world Dec. 3rd 2017. He was only 32. It truly is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. There are no words to describe how horrific the pain is. I thought I was prepared to get that call. I will never be the same until I see him again. So I truly do understand your loss I am sorry.
Marvie Short
March 14, 2018
I lost my kind, loving, beautiful and sensitive son in the same way. It has been ten years, and it never gets any easier. I wish peace for you, as I trust that Clay has found his. I didn't have the courage to speak out as you have, but I wish I had. Blessings on all of you.
Phoebe Wooding
March 13, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it has been awhile but a loss like this has no boundaries. Hugs and may peace be with you.
Susan Nance
March 10, 2018
So sad but so beautiful the family is together to help others! Your family and Clay is a blessing to any others on drugs that can be safed! In my prayers I will always remember this story because I'm a recovery addict and a mother of two boys I need to be there for! Thank you so much for sharing! In Jesus in your name Lord amen
Deanna Morgan
March 10, 2018
To the family, I too live with the nightmare of a child addiction. I too was aware I'm aware and have done all I can to help. I don't have the money for rehabs but somehow we got through it and he is now clean but damaged. the drugs affected his mind he's basically a schizophrenic now and unable to really function and take care of himself .He believes he's rich and has money and children and things that he has none of. I take care of him the best I can I deal with his anger and his delusions .I can still hug him and see him smile and I am so grateful for that. My heart goes out to all of you because I know the pain. I pray for all of your comfort. We know he's good now, safe and in God's arms and you will see him again.
Chris Morris
May 27, 2017
So sorry for your loss I feel your pain this happened to my son and nobody knows your pain unless they have lost a child I will be praying for all of you for comfort
Rita Parker
May 26, 2017
I'm very sorry for your loss, I'll pass this on, God Bless your family, sending prayers.
Cynthia Lantz
May 25, 2017
So so sorry for your loss and what your family has gone thru. Addiction is very scary. Watching your own child kills your heart knowing one day they could be gone any time. Very sad, good looking kid.
Hoping he is resting in peace. No more demons to fight.
Sue Lee
May 24, 2017
Sending love over two years later from Langley, British Columbia. I am 48 days clean. My family is just like you. They waited with love and patience. Thanks for being you. You are helping me TODAY.
Monty Wood
May 24, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with Clays family very touching obituary hope this message gets across Clay sounds like a very special young man God Bless
Molly
May 24, 2017
This was my son from his handome looks, intelligence, love of family, bond with father to the demons that took him away. I know your pain all too well. I admire your ability to be honest and straightforward about your aon. We have never been able to do that. I pray for your peace, mercy and grace as you travel this road that none of us chose to be on.
Anonymous Anonymous
May 24, 2017
I'm so very sorry for your loss! I pray that God holds Clay in His arms and gives him peace.
Judy McDermott
May 24, 2017
I hope Clay's story will reach millions of people. He's resting now. He doesn't have to run from those demons anymore....
Rhonda Hood
May 24, 2017
Clay's story closely parallels that of my nephew, Morgan, who passed away on March 31, 2017, at the age of 20. As we continue to mourn their loss, and that of too many others who have been held captive by this terrible addiction, may we also boldly share their stories in an effort to somehow influence others who may be tempted to walk the same path. May God bless us as we remember and cherish the time we had with them.
Becky Buckler
May 23, 2017
Josh
May 23, 2017
With gratitude for your honesty. Addiction is a family struggle. Your strength and selflessness in sharing this is remarkable. May this reach one struggling addict and remind them they are loved. I am certain you have touched many hearts. The power of addiction is very strong. May another be spared your pain and heartache.
Lynn Benevides
May 23, 2017
I am sorry for you loss. I know how hard it is to loose a child to an overdose at 22. Please continue to share Clay's story. #tellingtorisstory
Maureen Birmingham
May 22, 2017
I'm sorry for your lost. Thank you so much for sharing his life story. I have shared his obituary with my 16 yr old daughter. I talk with her daily about school, stress, friends and drugs. This is an eye opening issue that deserves to be out in the open. Thank you for sharing a part of Clay with me. Take care
May 22, 2017
My deepest condolences. Your message of love for your son, brother touched my heart. I am a parent...I will heed your advice. Thank you. Your family is in my prayers. May God bless you.
May 22, 2017
So very sorry for the sadness you all feel. I don't know him, but I can tell from his photo that he is a loving young man who lost his way. Praying for your wonderful memories to overcome the sadness in your hearts.
Madeleine
May 22, 2017
My heart goes out to you. I created a substance abuse education fund called Hands Off Heroin for our local school in Westville, Indiana when one of my best friend's daughters passed in 2012. I also have a group page on Facebook called Hands Off Heroin. Your open obituary I believe will help the parents on my page, and also serves as education to others. God bless you.
Radine Kretlow
May 21, 2017
god bless and he ll keep you safe
mary mhairat
May 21, 2017
I didn't know Clay, either, but my heart breaks for his family and friends. Thank you for sharing this, and I hope it reaches and helps many others.
Mary Knight
May 5, 2017
i just read this on facebook and just wanted to say that i am so very sorry for your loss. words cannot describe my feelings on this. another young person gone. i will pray for the good lord to wrap his arms around you and help you with your grief.
debbie smith
May 3, 2017
Cheers,

God Bless the family...

I found this on the interweb searching for something else...

My heart goes out to family and friends...



....Willy
January 16, 2017
I did not know Clay or your family. I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss. As a mother, sister and friend I can't imagine. Hugs from me to you.
Tashina Collaro
January 14, 2017
I had met a wonderful man once, you could describe him the same as your son...we married right away and I was deeply in love...he was addicted to heroin. It didn't seem bad as he only used once in a while and I knew nothing about the drug. I never tried it and he never asked me to either...he died in his sleep and I awoke with him still holding me...I went into deep anxiety and panic attacks so much so that I thought I might die from stress itself....my children are what pulled me out of my fog...when I read about other families and what they went through I feel some what connected to them because I have felt that pain....it's been almost 4 years since my Nathan passed and now I wish I could speak out and when I read your letter I feel thankfull that someone out there has a voice and is empowered to use it. So thank you.
Tomi GUAJARDO
January 11, 2017
So sorry for your loss I hope your message reaches and touches millions. Thank you
Betty Parmer
December 22, 2016
May Clay wrap his wings around you, and may you feel his presence during this holiday season and may his spirit bring you comfort and peace.
Evelyn
December 21, 2016
May your loving memories bring you comfort.
Thank you for sharing the story of your son to hopefully help others.
J Boyce
November 2, 2016
Bless you all. Thank you for sharing Clays story. I also have four children. I tell them every day I love them. My heart goes out to all of you. I hope you find peace as your Clay has now.
God Bless. ❤
Darcie Mager
October 24, 2016
We also lost a precious young man to drugs. This is a beautiful obituary and reminds us so much of our angel Ryne. God be with you. We do indeed know your pain! And your good memories!
September 16, 2016
Very touching tribute to your beautiful, amazing son. I do not personally know your family and have not experienced this kind of grief..but know that love and prayers are for you and your family....such a loving tribute that I feel compelled to share this for others who may be struggling with an addiction or family members who struggle with a loved one going through this terrible disease....This loving tribute to your son may, just may possible save someone else..Thank you for loving your son and honoring him in this touching, loving way....My heart aches for you all......
gina brigman
August 15, 2016
So sad that a young man's life is destroyed by drugs. RIP and fly high xx
Ann Marie Miller
August 10, 2016
Your honesty has touched my heart in so many ways. I hope that this obituary can help some people who are struggling with addiction. I wish that I could of met Clay because from what you wrote he sounds like such a beautiful person. My heart goes out to the Shephard Family!
Katy
August 4, 2016
I would be grateful if someone from the Shephard family would contact me. I would like to thank them for what they wrote about their beautiful son but also about what Clay battled with his addiction. I am a substance abuse counselor and I would like to share how the story or your son is helping others to recover from this devastating disease. Even though I never knew Clay he has been in my heart since reading his Obituary. It was brave of his family to let others know how addiction is deadly. I want to thank you for sharing Clays story. With love, David Stone davids@redoakrecovery.com
David Stone
August 1, 2016
So sorry for your loss praying for your family and friends. He is a angel know he will be by yal all the time. Just look up to heaven.
Tracy Luttrell
July 29, 2016
My sincere condolences ♡
B M
July 27, 2016
Cleveland Brown
July 24, 2016
R.i.p
June 9, 2016
Thank you for your honesty and braveness in speaking with such love, acceptance, and openness about your dear Clay. I lost my own son Sam to heroin February 2014, at age 21, just before his 22nd birthday. I think your willingness to share as you have will help so many people to not feel so isolated. Blessings on Clay, and on all who loved him.
Carol
May 26, 2016
I feel your pain, and am sorry for your loss. My son is also struggling and is going to rehab for the second time. He OD'd but was lucky enough to be resuscitated.
I hope that your obit encourages others to get help. This is getting way out of hand. Prayers for you and your loved ones. We need to start educating about addiction, so our youth can understand the effects. Maybe then they won't be so eager to TRY it.
May 26, 2016
So deeply sorry for your lose! I truly do appreciate your honesty, Hope I never have to do this. You have a lot of people out hear who are hearing your message!! I hope It can help someone from suffering a lose.
Laura
May 23, 2016
Sorry for your loss. May Gob help you thru this.

Natasha
Natasha Fabiene
May 23, 2016
Next month will be 7 years since my son Zachary died from a heroin over dose. Thank you family of Clay William Shepard for being so open and sharing his life and what the loss means. Too many have died untimely deaths, too many wonderful, caring, sensitive, loving young people that found the easy way to cope with pain (emotional and physical). Blessings to you as you will always carry this loss, but your back will become stronger.
Sandy Marmar
May 22, 2016
What a beautiful young man !Thank you for sharing Clay's life as well as the love and care his family showed him during his struggle. Many families have and are struggling with the loss of a loved one like Clay. I am thankful for your message of being open about this illness that so many suffer. My prayers and thoughts are with this family .God Bless you !
Linda Brown
May 21, 2016
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son; I know the year has not taken taken the sting away. I will continue to pray for your family and thank you for sharing.
Greta Bellflowers
May 21, 2016
May the knowledge that you've touched so many hearts through sharing Clay's story help ease the pain of your loss.
Karen
May 21, 2016
What a beautiful boy. So sorry for your loss. I did not know Clay or his family, but your obituary brought tears to my eyes. This affects so many families. Thanks for sharing!!
Donna B
May 20, 2016
Just to let you know, your family is still in my thoughts and prayers as I know today marks the one year in the loss of Clay. Sending Angel hugs, love and prayers.
Angelene Venters
May 14, 2016
I wanted you and your family to know that your story still affects our family. A year ago, almost to the day, my son went to treatment. Yesterday, he not only graduated his year-long treatment, but also graduated high school. The decision to send him away and to have him complete the year-long treatment happened in part due to your story. Today, my son is sober and is looking forward to all life has to bring. Know that your story has helped to save one young man's life. Thank you for everything.
Victoria Cruz
May 13, 2016
my son John suffers with addiction and we do to as his family that loves him with our whole hearts. I am so so sorry for the loss of your son Clay my heart and prayers go out to your family. I wish for peace and for days when you can smile again little by little knowing Clay is still by your side..I can't imagine how you must feel..I can only offer you my prayers and understanding love janie llewellyn
April 25, 2016
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
linda may
April 9, 2016
I am writing this message in hopes that someone from Clay's family will reach out to me. I recently lost my beautiful 29 year son to Internet drugs as well. He has a sweet baby girl that he left behind. Together maybe we can all make a difference in someone's life. I feel like by helping others it might help ease the pain of our loss.
Yvonne Tetterton
April 4, 2016
I am touched by you sharing so open and honest. I am a recovering addict and it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I am also a mother of two teenagers and can't imagine the pain your family must feel. Please know that your son passing was not in vain, it is bc of him that another addict will have a chance at life. I love you even though I don't personally know you and will keep you in my prayers. I pray that you will find solace in knowing what you shared has helped more than you will ever know.
Patricia Baldwin
April 4, 2016
Prayers to your family clay.Not knowing u but knowing the struggle...I pray....this pic is my first flower of the spring ... For u as all will be..
Stephanie Mowery
April 4, 2016
Hey my name is mayline I don't know if you were able to pay for all of the arrangements for your son but I'd like to pay for them please contact me
Mayline
April 3, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss he sounded like a beautfil person to young to pass drugs have no enemines just take you down I pray your family stays strong for each other God Bless
yvonne gilbertson
April 1, 2016
So sorry,for your loss.Looks like large loss to all related or befriended Clay.
Gerald Roy
April 1, 2016
Clay Will be forever loved.And never forgotten.
Ester Yates
March 31, 2016
Thank you for sharing your story. I lost my 24 year old brother to drug addiction 18 years ago. Not a day passes without thoughts of him and the devastating affects of addiction on all involved. My sincere sympathies to you and your family
March 30, 2016
My most sincere condolences on your families loss. As a struggling recovering addict myself, Clay's story resonates loudly with my own....only as a late bloomer. It's going on 3 years for myself with rehab and relapse plagueing my brain. I'm so happy to have seen this post on facebook tonight as I ironically was thinking of grabbing some blow as I fell again into my self imposed cocoon. Where I forget my parents, my brother, my 2 sisters, my son, and many nieces and nephews. The real honest pain I felt reading this gives me strength and hope to really try harder to stay focused on the organic, healthy, happy, education focused, law abiding, productive citizen life I was raised to live. And a real death reminder that this drug run could very well be my last, and the lifetime heartache my family would be left to carry. Thankyou so very much for the beautiful, brutal honesty.
Ann K
March 29, 2016
Thank you for sharing your son's story, as painful as it is. Addiction is a beast that is so hard to break...and so easy to hide from loved ones. I pray that your message reaches parents/family members/kids out there who are also struggling. God bless you.
Kate Cogswell
March 29, 2016
I didn't know your son but was going through Facebook and saw his message for his obituary. I can't write as well as I'd like to explain how you did about him but as I read my feeling I haven't felt in along time rsie to my chest because of the common factor of what I as well have a problem with and deal with everyday and hate it, anyway I bawled like a baby just wanted to tell you I haven't cried in along time since my addiction and I wanted to send my codolances to his family. Thank you for your time in reading this.
anna gibson
March 29, 2016
Our daughter passed away in March 2015 from lung cancer(non smoking) Meg was 30 when diagnosed and was 32yr 10mo &10days old when she passed. I know it's not the same as your sons passing, but what you wrote in the obituary was wonderful. So many young people die and the obituaries never say why. Our family also put what Meghan passed from. We believe that is the way to educate other people. My heart goes out to you and your family
Judy OBrien
March 28, 2016
My son too is addicted to drugs and your right it is so powerful. So sorry for your loss, prayers for u and your family and thanks for sharing.
March 1, 2016
This breaks my heart. My family has also know the sadness of drugs invading our family. You will always feel grief when thinking of your beloved son , no matter how many years will pass , but eventually the loving memories will make you smile at things that he said or did. Please know that he is at peace and sitting with the lord for ever more. God Bless
Rose Stump
March 1, 2016
I am sorry for your loss. This touched me dearly.
shay bourland
March 1, 2016
Thank you for sharing Clay's life with the world. God Bless
March 1, 2016
I read this story on Proud to be an American. I'm terribly sad for your family. I pray for God's comfort and peace for you all.
February 29, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss of this young man .I truly understand the loss.as well how you spoke the truth with his obituary.My prayers for peace .Thank you
Mary Hays
February 28, 2016
Prayers to you and all your family. I want to thank you for writing what you did he hits home fr so many. I had a nephew he had a major drug addiction to so many different drugs I thank god he was able to recover but recovery is work for the rest of there lives. But I also have a brother and I worry because he still has a drug problem. May god be with you during this hard time. May all the prayers help you all thru this very hard time.
Cecilia Stevenson
January 14, 2016
I feel your hearts and want you to know that I understand and share your pain. We lost our 28 year old son to heroine addiction on August 25, 2015. The past four months without hearing his voice have been filled with heartache and grief. Like you, we miss him everyday. I pray for Peace for your family, and I send our love and prayers. I am so sad for your loss. New Bern, NC
January 9, 2016
Thank You for saving So many People by sharing Your SON Clay! As He would want it So, This is my pic I took while I was in treatment. Prayers
Darrell Vaughn Timar
January 7, 2016
It is uncanny how your son's life parallels my own son who passed away June 14th 2014 of a drug overdose. He was 31. He left behind his parents and 4 siblings. Our last exchange with him was love you. I agonize over the fact that he died alone in his room and wasn't found for 2 days. My husband and I and family have a very strong faith so we know he is finally at peace and happier than he's ever been! I know he is watching over us just as your son is watching over all of you.
January 6, 2016
I feel compelled to say "You are not alone", I too know the struggles, heartache and worry felt when you have a child, sibling, or loved one addicted to drugs. My daughter is 46 this May. She has been struggling with Heroin addiction for over 20 years. She too has successfully completed treatment programs and has relapsed. I have lost my oldest daughter to Heroin even though she is still alive. I have also lost any family gatherings with all 3 of my children and my grandchildren under the same roof. My other 2 daughters have walked away from her, her lifestyle and all the drama in her life. I am in the center of it all. My heart is saddened by your loss. I have pictured myself in your position so many times. I pray that you find comfort in knowing his struggles and all that comes with drug addiction are over. God bless you.
January 3, 2016
I am so sorry.
I am a female Veteran stuggling with drug addition.
When you said the craving were more than he could overcome That hit home,for this moment I feel someone understands.
We are not just dirt,or scumbags,we don't like the addiction.We feel dirty,and full of disgust.
For me I am putting all I have in God and everyday I worship and ask him and the people of my church for help has been a victory for me,another clean day.All together 3 weeks so far.
It's an evil only God can remove.
I will pray for all of you.
Clay's obituary doesn't have to be mine.
Clay may you Rest In Peace.
I know pain so well.
Angel Santos
January 2, 2016
God will give you complete peace. You emptied the part of your heart that grief consumed. You truly honored him by writing this. This will be used in many ways. God needed Clay more than you, so he served a good purpose and his passing will open eyes for many who are hurting in the same way. My condolences to you and his loved ones. Stay in prayer. Let go and let God. Hugs....
January 2, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. You are such brave people to share your experience with the world during your grief. If you help just one person it's worth it. Thank you and bless you for your strength. May God wrap his loving arms around your entire family and give you peace.
Terry Greer
January 1, 2016
What a brave thing to do on the midst of all your sorrow.
I hope that your message in some way will inspire others. Drug Addiction is not an easy hurdle to overcome & even with all the support from family and friends, it can be tough to convince a loved one to get help.
I pray your loved one is at peace now and free from the torment that he was dealing with. May you find peace and solace in knowing that so many others sympathize with your family.
Karen A.
December 30, 2015
You so eloquently described your beautiful son and loving family and it is so very clear that bad things happen to the best of people.

I am profoundly touched by your need to share your story in order to help others at a time when your family suffered such an incredible loss. I'm inspired by your strength. Your story will stay with me. I will share it and it will serve as a reminder to pay attention to my children even when on the surface, they are very successful like Clay. I pray they heed your warning and know they can come to their dad and me no matter what! I can only imagine how many lives you have touched!

I am so sorry for you and for Clay but confident he is at peace and your family will remain strong. God bless!
Sharyn McTigue
December 29, 2015
Very Touching! It hit home as I almost lost my brother to addiction! Stay Strong!
Prayers to you and your family.
God Bless!
Stefanie Knoerr
December 29, 2015
I also have a son who has been dealing with the same most of his life.He is in rehab again.I understand the pain and my heart goes out to you and your family.
Tammy Worden
December 29, 2015
Your story touched my heart. Our family deals with mental illness with our dear son. On the outside he looks great. On the inside I know he is not grreat. We deal with it everyday. My heart goes out to all of you. Thank you ...from Canada. M Garnier
marg garnier
December 28, 2015
I feel your frustration and pain...I lost my baby brother in the pits of addiction hell...I had him on that cliff..I had his hand...I was not going to let go...I relaxed just long enough to take a breath..he slipped away..the struggle was real..sorry for your loss
nan rickey
December 28, 2015
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