Maura Jamie thought she had experienced the worst loss of her life when her 25-year-old husband died in 2001 from a heroin overdose. Ironically, on the 20th anniversary of her husband’s death, Maura lost their 22-year-old son Carter to fentanyl poisoning.
Maura also battled her own substance use disorder for nearly two decades. In this episode of Grieving Out Loud, your host, Angela Kennecke, talked with Maura about how the drug epidemic has shattered her life in unimaginable ways.
Maura creates digital memorial frames for those who have lost loved ones to the drug epidemic. You can find out more and add your loved one to the virtual memorial wall here.
MEET THE GUEST
Maura Jamie celebrated 12 years of recovery in February 2022. The day her 22-year-old son Carter died from fentanyl poisoning, a piece of her also died. She is now advocating, educating, and spreading awareness as part of her newfound mission in life.
Maura is educating people on deadly fentanyl and advocating in Carter’s honor for stricter laws, harm reduction, and better access to mental health and drug/alcohol treatment.
Angela Kennecke is a journalist who lost her 21-year-old daughter Emily to fentanyl poisoning on May 16, 2018. Angela is “grieving out loud” to try to put an end to this epidemic by stopping the stigma and promoting the treatment of substance use disorder as the disease it is. Anyone coping with loss and looking for inspiration can benefit from listening to this podcast.