Joey Bragg has been in my life since i was 17-22 yrs. He was my first love, my first real boyfriend. I consider his mother part of my family, and until today my cat lived with him in a sweet bromance. Most of the friends he has have also been in his life this long if not longer. He had an odd dry humor and a fierce loyalty and a sweet sensitive soul. He had an artistic spirit and a wanderlust that took him off exploring the country as teenager. He wrote songs and played guitar and ukelele and loved to turn his friends on to new music. He knew more about computers than I could ever hope to know- he loved to try to teach me but my mind would just turn to mush everytime he would start talking about them. He was patient and kind and loved taking someone under his wing. When my cat came to live with him i knew that he would be in the most loving of hands.
He was the most devoted and loyal friend. He loved his brother and his mother fiercely and protectively. And most of all he spoke of his love for his sons. He would often speak with regret about choices he had made that had prevented him from being the father he wanted to be. He struggled to get out from underneath the wreckage of a past littered with the mistakes of youth and addiction. He struggled but everyday he kept on trying, everyday until yesterday.
I remember thinking 21 years ago "you are just too beautiful and sensitive for this world my love" and like so many of us that have struggled in this life he died much too young, perhaps proving that statement to be true.
I'm posting this page to raise the money for his cremation. It will be a struggle for those of us close to him. After the cremation his family and friends will be holding an informal memorial service somewhere in the seacoast area.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S Over 33,000 died from opiates in 2015 - and that's JUST opiates. The total number of lethal drug overdoses in 2015 was 52,404.
The number of family members and friends effected is astounding- to be honest if you think you HAVEN'T been touched by the effects of addiction, you are probably just not paying attention.
A lot of us get these phone calls, they cut through you like a knife...they make you feel like your insides just got sucked out with the worlds most powerful vacuum cleaner... These are never welcome phone calls, but they are also an opportunity. A chance to reach out to each other. A chance to help. Thanks for being there.
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