So sorry for your loss.
I can tell by your words & pictures how much you loved your brother and how much you were adored by him. Your story hits close to home. I am a little sister of a brother I love so much, who I've looked up to all my life. He has battled a prescription drug addiction and recently started dating a heroin addict. Just like your brother, he swore he would never touch heroin but now I fear the worst. I will pray for you that you find peace and comfort in the good memories of Tom. Thanks for sharin
Sarah, I feel the pain that you feel every single day. Like you I lost my big brother Stephen at the young age of 24 to heroin. Not only is death the hardest thing you will ever go through, but when it's your best friend and sibling on top of the fact of them being so young, and so helpless due to the drugs. I am still in denial myself even after all these months so words can't express how sorry I am. Stay strong. "If love could have saved them, they would have lived forever".
Tom would be so proud of you. I know that I am. Just being around you I feel better, you make me laugh and think of positive times and that is what is going to get me through this. I just remember him bringing home all the stray animals because he knew I didn't have the heart to say no. He had a way about him. He is and always be my bear, I miss him very much. Love you Sara.
Love you honey,
Your Brother was a great young man. I met him at the Animal Hospital when my dog had cancer. He referred to Montana (my dog) as his buddy and was with him through his illness and eventual death. He even emailed me while out on maneuvers to check on him. He comforted my wife and I and he also sent us a card when Montana died. I believe that Montana was waiting to greet Tom in heaven so he is loved and not alone. He was a very nice, respectful and great young man and I will miss him. Fred
Sara, There are so many fleeting memories of Thomas to hold on to. He was my hero the day he saved Brian's life when they were tubing up at camp. Brian was only a toddler and he and Thomas were on the tube together (against my wishes but Bernie said he'd be fine). A big wave swept him right off the tube and I lost my heart. In a very long few seconds, Thomas lifted Brian up over his head in the water and he was just fine. Thomas had that great smile going on. I'll never forget it. Cont'd...
I wanted to say how very sorry I am for your loss. I lost my son to drugs and it's been very hard on me and his family.I just cant believe the amount of deaths from these damn drugs, please tell me when it will stop. God bless you always. Much love Jennifer [Billy Wilson's Mom]
He adored all his little cousins and looked like a gentle giant when he held them in his lap. Thomas was a very loving person who got controlled by a horrible addiction. That will never take away how much he was loved by all of us. He is missed so much! Gail
Sara, I am so sorry for your loss. Addiction is a demon that hurts us all by stealing the minds, hearts & souls of those we love. You did everything you could for him and I promise you he knows that now and he is himself again with his "shy" smile. I lost my husband Joe to alcohol 23 months ago and the only advice I can give you is don't blame yourself. I never realized until after Joe was gone how truly demonic this disease is. My prayers for peace to you & your family. Hold o
Sara, you did a great job. If love could have saved Thomas, he would be here with us now. Remember that we all love YOU so much. Love, Kiki
Sara I just wanted to tell you this tribute is so beautiful and although I never met Tom I believe he knows he couldn't have picked out a better sister. You are very brave and strong in my eyes, I know you have pain and grieving but your smile and personality are priceless. You have done a big service to Tom and others that read this. Your truthfulness is admirable and you should be proud of yourself for your honesty and courage to tell your very touching story. God bless Tom...and your family.
Sorry for your loss. I lost my son Robert Winn to meth in June 2007. He dove through a window of a 3 story building, landing on his head. I understand how you feel. We need to keep telling their stories and maybe we can save another life. God Bless searchingforrobert.com
Hold on to those "best friend" memories Sara, they are his gift to you. His "shy grin" WAS Thomas. Always knowing more than he said, but enjoying the moment. I feel I didn't know the young adult Thomas. It's the memory of the little boy happily painting fall pictures on my deck that I'll hold dear. My hope is that your always candid words will help us and others learn to talk openly about the difficult times and support each other as we make our way through them.
Sara- Let me start with what an great sister you are to Thomas even now. The images I want to hold close to my heart of Thomas are of him holding each of my children with that grin on his face and at the other end of the spectrum Thomas sitting on my Mother's dining room table laughing as a baby and thinking here is the cutest, happiest,(chubbiest)baby in the world. We all loved Thomas and he will never leave us fully. Stay strong.
I am so sorry for your loss. Mom and I wanted you to know that we are there for you when ever you need us kk and we are so very sorry kk. We love you with all of our hearts.
Tina and Tasha
You are a wonderful sister, Sara, and even in the worst of times he knew that.