Mary is the proud mom of three children, Carrie, Matthew and Raechel. She has been a stay at home mom with her own small business sewing slipcovers for over thirty years. In April of 2011 Mary found her son overdosing and had no idea what was happening or that Matthew was a heroin addict. Eighteen months later on Sept. 4, 2012 she found Matthew dead from an overdose.
After months and months of grieving alone and living the brutal reality of the stigma of this disease, Mary connected immediately with Cheryl through an online FB group, and then through phone calls. In 2015 Mary went with Cheryl and other grieving parents to the Fedup Rally in Washington DC to have their voices heard and to spark change in this fight to end addiction and the stigma.
After becoming a part of Team Sharing, Mary was encouraged by Cheryl and nudged by God to start her own in-person grief support group. In October of 2015 she created “ Matthew’s Candle”, in Hanson, MA a group that meets the third Tuesday of every month for anyone who may have lost a loved one to addiction. In August of 2017 she joined with another mother in grief and together they started “We are their Candles” in Plymouth. That also meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday.
Mary has brought much joy to members of loss as she uses her talent to sew memorial bears made from loved ones clothing as a tribute to her son Matthew and as part of her own healing journey.
Mary has participated in the Opioid Summits in Lowell MA and Manchester NH in support of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation with James Wahlberg and his “If Only” presentation. She has traveled to Washington DC with other grieving parents and again with James Wahlberg to present the short film “If Only” to the Interim Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration as they voiced their concerns about this ongoing epidemic and ways to help.
Mary also participates 4 nights throughout the month in the EB Hope and PCO Hope outreach centers with a grief resource table. Mary lives with her husband Gregg and their daughters and granddaughter Abigail in Halifax MA.