RIP, Henry Louis Granju
When I posted about parenting guru Katie Allison Granju's son being in the hospital and her subsequent raw writing about his drug addiction, it seemed that there might yet be a happy ending. But this morning I wept as I read the final update; after more than a month, Henry succumbed to his injuries and leaves behind a family and a community in mourning.
I don't know how to wrap my brain around what the Granju family has been through, and what they are now just starting to go through. No parent should have to bury a child. No parent should lose a child to addiction, enduring the repeated, piecemeal losses on that path, only to lose him entirely, after all.
Shane Rhyne of Ackerman PR has posted condolences along with the coordination of a fund, if you'd like to help the family monetarily during this unthinkable time.
Also, please don't let this young man's struggle be in vain; educate yourself and your children about drug abuse. Get Smart About Drugs, Seven Household Items You Didn't Know Could Get You High and Signs Your Child Might Be Abusing Inhalants are good places to start. Don't walk away from this thinking, "It could never happen to my family." It could. It could happen to any of us.
Today, I hold my own children a little tighter.
From crib chronicles:
then i read about Henry Granju, nineteen and beautiful and brilliant and drug-addicted in spite of all his mother’s love and help and hope, and i see. you do not get to pay your dues and just walk off into the sunset.
i dream of Josephine, grown and unreachable. and i wake and think of Katie Granju on this hardest morning of her parenthood, waking to the realization that it is true and Henry is gone. and i whisper to the ether, mercy.
Miss Zoot holds the family in her heart:
I want her to know that her beautiful Henry has been in my mind these last several weeks and that her family holds a place in my heart today.
My condolences go out to the Granjus. I can't say anything that makes this any less awful, so I will only say this: I am so, so sorry for your loss.