Support group for parents who have lost a child to addiction or overdose
Our grief support group is for parents who have lost a child to an overdose or addiction. We meet bi-weekly by Zoom to discuss our grief, share memories of our children, and support one another.
As parents, we share a unique language forged by having loved and lost an addicted child. We want to cope with our anguish and grief and honor our children.
Losing a child to a substance use disorder can be lonely, isolating, and painful. LITT is here for you.
What to expect from a LITT support group
There is no fee to join any of our groups and no obligation to attend regularly.
All groups currently meet by Zoom and once you have been placed in a group you will receive a Zoom link to attend meetings.
Group leaders are also available for one-on-one confidential conversations and support.
Your privacy is important to us and your information will not be shared.
Meet our support group leaders
Lisa Bertucci lost her son, Alex, on July 16, 2016, to an accidental overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl. He was 24 years old. Lisa, her husband, daughter, and large extended family did their best to support Alex as he fought his illness. They were devastated by their loss, knowing that Alex deeply wanted a life in recovery.
Three years after the loss of Alex, Lisa started her work with LITT as a grief group leader. Lisa believes that if something good can come from something so tragic, it is most certainly the people she has met along the way.
Sarah Sartipy lost her son, Bijan, on October 11, 2019, to a fentanyl overdose. He was 21 years old. The five years preceding Bijan’s death were chaotic and tumultuous for his parents and sister. Bijan’s addiction ravaged the family emotionally, financially, and spiritually. Sarah joined the LITT grief group not long after losing Bijan where she found a safe place to share and process the trauma around addiction and grief.
Sarah considers the parents in LITT an extended family and a soft place during the hardest times. She lives in Baltimore with her partner, daughter, and two dogs. As a grief group leader, she finds meaning in helping other parents navigate this painful journey.
Lisa Filer lost her son, Aidan, on July 22, 2020 to fentanyl poisoning. Aidan was 22 years old. Lisa and Aidan’s dad struggled for years helping Aidan deal with his mental health issues and subsequent substance abuse disorder. Aidan completed his third rehab in 2020 and passed away six weeks later. Lisa, Aidan’s dad, and his older brother will always be devastated by their loss. For Lisa, the year following the loss of her son was one of confusion and soul searching. Eventually, Lisa returned home to Maryland and found LITT to be the community of parents she needed to process what had happened to her son and her family.
Lisa wants to help others process their loss through sharing and connecting. She believes that no one should be alone through this difficult journey and that through education and communication we can recognize that the sons and daughters we have lost to this illness were so much more than their disease. We can move forward and help destigmatize substance abuse disorder.