Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

A wake-up call for parents on Fentanyl Awareness Day

Fentanyl—dubbed by some as America’s haunting “F” word—continues to carve a path of destruction across the nation. With the U.S. facing its deadliest drug epidemic in history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl is one of the main culprits.

But today, on National Fentanyl Awareness Day, we’re not just dwelling on the bleakness. Instead, we’re diving into conversations with parents who’ve faced the unimaginable—the loss, the struggle, the heartache. Their stories are raw, but they’re also filled with resilience and hope.

So, as we gather on this day of awareness, let’s not just focus on the statistics or the darkness. Let’s remember the power of love, community, and standing together in the fight against fentanyl. Because even in our darkest moments, there’s always a glimmer of hope, a chance for redemption. And together, we can make a difference.

  • picture of Jack Quehl who lost his life to fentanyl poisoning on September 20, 2021
  • Stephanie and Tom Quehl  founders of Do It For Jack ,pictured together
  • School picture of Zach Didier who died from fentanyl poisoning in 2020
  • Laura Didier pictured with her son Zach
  • Selfie of Josh Wolfe
  • Susan Bartz Herrick and her son Luke
  • Jenny and Jim Orr hold a picture of their daughter Kelcy