Thinking about you today, Phil, and sending sympathy and comforting thoughts to you and your family.
I know the pain of a son who dies of a overdose. My heart and thoughts are with you always. I understand the pain and hurt, I understand that, yea, people label your child, when they find out how they died. its always "Oh", not I'm sorry, or whatever, just "Oh". I may add my son to this site. Thank you for your sons life story.
Dear Bauer Family,
Mark was such an exceptional young man. I appreciate your story and sense the pain that you must go through daily as you miss him so much. I hope that the happy memories help you to know that you showed him great love while he was on this earth. The family love that you share will last through eternity.
Pam from California
Your mark and my Trav sound so much alike. Quiet- introverted, but loveable and funny.
My son Travis died after becoming addicted to vicodin after a back injury. Despite my pleas to to his doctors- they continued to give him more.
After his tolerance to them- he bought a fentanyl patch from a street guy and was dead an hour later.
I know your pain. They didn't arrest the guy who sold it to him despite knowing who did it? By their own words. Why didn't they?
Loving Mom of Travis
My heart goes out to you. I too lost my son to a drug overdose. His name was Scott. He lost his life at 29 years of age. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him. Some days I cant stop crying. Sometimes it is so umbearable, I don't know what to do. All we can do now is pray and hope this tragady does not happen to another family.
Mark was one of my best friends and the story written about him described him to the point. When I first met him, he was a quiet guy in the same classroom I was. Every body else was all wound up and Mark and I were the quiet ones. We had every class together and we eventually started talking. We became more and more close every day. Eventually, he started to hang out with me and my people. Everybody loved the guy and we all became a tight squad. We became more like a family (Mark and my people).
I first want to say I am sorry for your loss. I recently lost a child who was very close to me and my family. He died December 22, 2006. He was 14 years old. He overdosed on RX drugs. I know what his family and friends are going through. I saw your story on the news; you are not to far from me. I know the pain you are going through and only God can guide you through it. Every Saturday I visit his grave and it gets easier each time. His birthday is Feb 25th. Please know you are in our Prayers.
Reading this story is very sad. The good thing is he was able to play his favorite game the day before this happened. May god bless you always.
Hi, I am a 13 year old girl and I have family who do drugs and I really don’t want them to go away and I want to help them and other people who do that. I am really sorry MAY GOD BLESS YOU NOW AND ALWAYS.
I am very sorry about your loss. I know what is it like to loose someone very close to you. The pain and eveything you go through is terrible. Just remember it will always get better. And, remember that are loved ones that are now gone look down on us from above.
I know what it is like to loose a loved one. I know what it is like to think that they are your world because that is how I felt about my grandfather. He died along time ago of unknown drug causes and I still miss him. He was my best friend so I understand how it feels to loose someone you love.
I am really sorry about your son. I have a best friend that is doing drugs. Whether or not I know what kind, it doesn't matter. It is the thought that what I just read could be my best friend one day and I would not know what to do if I lost him I love him. I don't know what to do. I hope that you can email me and help me on this. I really don't know what to do. All I know is that I love him and he needs help; but he doesn't want to admit it. May god be with you. Please help me!!!!
I am glad that Mark was able to be healthy and play his favorite game and have fun before he died. God made it possible for him to enjoy life to the fullest extent right before he died and that is awesome!!
I am so sorry to read about the loss of your loving son, Mark. I too can relate to loosing a son. My son was twenty-two and took his life just this year. Finding ways to heal and overcome the emotions, mainly guilt, are very difficult. Please visit my son's memorial website at www.austin-hesse.last-memories.com
May God bless you!
I am so sorry for your entire family and the tragedy of Mark's death. Your anguish and your love for Mark is ever present in your family's story. I can only hope that perhaps a life will be saved as a result of your courage and ability to share your family's tragedy.
My mother died, when I was 25, as a result of her addiction to pain medication. A result of dependency on narcotics after being treated for months for burns from an accidental fire. I dedicate my work to her.
This story really makes a difference. It reminds me so much of the life I was fortunate to survive. It also reminds me what I am fighting for. In March I will have two years clean and sober. All things are possible through Christ who strengthens.
I am very sorry for the loss. God knows why it had to happen. Take courage and know that God is the comfort to all broken hearts.
Hey, it is me. I miss Mark. I want to live where the mantio live forever because it make me think about him all the time. Walking though here, mostly down stairs, I think about him.
Again, thank you for sharing Mark's story and keeping him alive in your life and your heart. One can never imagine the true pain our kids suffer, nor can they imagine the pain we suffer with their loss. Please continue to share Mark's story. As you said, if it only saves one other person, you have done your job. God Bless!
I am so sorry for you loosing Mark. Your description of him was beautiful. I lost my sister (54 yrs old) to a suicide (Wellbrutin). The pain is overwhelming, I know. Our loved ones are with God now, and all we can hope for is that they are at piece now. Something that they did not have here on earth. We can remember the happy times that we were given with our loved ones. God Bless you all.
I am so very sorry for your son's death. My uncle died of one too, so I can really relate to your story.
Tenille Dean Sowerby
God is all knowing and all seeing. He is able to soothe your hurt, your loss, and your pain. I pray that he continues to give you renewed strength, you and your family. R.I.P. Mark. Much thought and prayers...
I am so very sorry for your loss. I do not normally read or reply like this, but painkillers have played a bad part in my life too. I was a British army pathfinder, 2 Para. When I was in Bosnia I had a compound fracture to my left wrist. The MO gave me ibuprofens for the pain, it almost killed me. It caused my upper GI to bleed and I have since been MD from the army. I have tried to start a campaign to warn of the problems with painkillers, but I just get fobbed off. Kindest wishes, Paul
I felt the pain in every word you wrote. I lost my 21 year old son, Taylor, on December 15, 2003 to drugs. I also found my son when I went to wake him up for work. I fight anger towards my family and many of them feel Taylor was a bad boy, but he wasn't. He made the first choice, but he had an addictive personality and thought it would never happen to him. Your words were as comforting to me as I know your tribute to Mark will be for you.
I am sorry about what happened to your son. I know what it is like, and it is a horrible feeling.
I am very sorry for your loss. I also have had the pain of loosing my mom to drugs just a few short months age. She died unexpectedly and I had the grueling task fo making all the funeral arrangements..etc.. I know it does not compare to losing a child. I myself have one. What keeps me going is to remember all the good times I had with her, and how I will use them to my advantage while raising my son. Please know that your son's memory should always be one of happiness.
I am so sorry for your loss. I can not imagine the pain that you are feeling. May God wrap his arms around you and help you through this pain. Drugs steal our children from us. I wish there was some way to get through to these kids. Drugs know no barrier, they affect everybody.
I also share the grief of a parent losing a child as a result of drugs. My son was twenty-hree and was murdered two years ago during an attempt to purchase Xanax. He became just another statistic in Philadelphia, PA. I send my prayers and thoughts to you. Our sons are with us every single day, in our memories, hearts and thoughts. I thank God for the twenty-three years of memories that I have of Justin. He was a fantastic son. Kathy
Words can not convey how sorry I am for your loss. I pray that God will ease your pain each day, turning your scars into stars. Thank you for the time and courage to tell Mark's story. Maybe just one life will be saved because you chose to share your heartache. May God always and in all ways Bless your family and all those lives that Mark graced.
I personally know your heartache and pain. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I know these are just words, and nothing can make the pain go away. You see, I too lost my seventeen year old son of a herion overdose. One year ago. Each day is a struggle, but with Gods help we can tell our story and hopefully save one parent from ever feeling our pain. God Bless You.
I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you and your family.
I was not the parent, but I see my father's pain. I am the sister and thirteen months older. We were each other's protector, worst enemy, and best friend. Her spirt was captivating and her laugh hypnotic. She could light up the darkest room with a smile, but nothing could brighten her heart. We found out last memorial day that she had passed some time before, and no one found her until a neighbor called about. We hold a connection that is at times too much... My deepest sympathies.
This sounds like a very sad story and I am so sorry to hear that he died. It will be very hard for you. I do not knwo how you are feeling, I can't even imagine. But, at least he did what he loved the day before he died for one last time. He had such a short life and I dont think anyone that reads this story will ever forget Marks story. R.I.P Mark xxxxxxxx
This seems to be a very sad story. I am from Canada, and I have grown up in a house of two boys. They used to do all that stuff, like weight lift,etc. My mother has always told them not to do that stuff because one day it might happen. Then, wow, I didnt think today I would be sitting here reading this and it has actually happened, and too you. That makes my heart feel sad. I am sorry for your loss.
Everytime I read Mark's story, my heart breaks a little more. This incredible young man has helped to inspire me to want to help others. My sincere thanks to Mark's loving parents who have unknowingly been such a wonderful source of comfort to me. Mark shall forever be one the brightest stars within the heavens.....
I feel so deeply for you people that my tears are blurring these words. I share a name with your son, although I am much older. How very strange for me to read these words, and see how much I had in common with your son. It makes you wonder: I also had problems with an addictive personality, and abused both marijuana and prescription painkillers. I will pray for you and pray also for your son, that he may find in heaven the peace that so alluded him in life. God Bless You!
Im here to express my condolences to the family of Mark Bauer.
RECOVERING DRUG ADDICT
I went onto this site while I was looking for a repote for life skills class. When I read this story I almost cried. I can almost imagine, even thought I am still a child, how it must feel to loose someone you love.
I still miss you everyday. There is not a time when I do not think about you. I hope you know how much we all cared.
No one can ever begin to understand
the excrutiating pain of loosing a child. Perhaps, my humble tribute to Mark can be best expressed in a few select words from William Shakespeare,
"When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine,
That all the world will be in love with night,
And pay no worship to the garish sun."