As a parent, there is only so much you can do to train your child in the way they should go.
At some point, your child will become an adult, make their own decisions and have to take responsibility for those choices.
The mother in this video, who is not named, could not stop her daughter from using heroin.
We don’t know much about the girl’s story, other than that her name was Kristen, and she was 26 years old when she overdosed on heroin.
But we do know that this mother loved her daughter deeply, and with a broken heart, had to watch her child’s life come to an end.
The brave mom decided to share the controversial video, which shows her daughter being kept alive by life support in a hospital.
“Now for anybody who thinks that they want heroin, this is how you’re going to eventually end up,” the mother said.
“With your mom next to your bedside, crying and saying goodbye.”
The video is fixated on Kristen, lying helpless in a hospital bed. Her body has been devastated by drugs.
The mother has some heart-wrenching paperwork to fill out on behalf of her daughter: a “Do Not Resuscitate” form, ready and waiting for mom’s signature.
With a heavy heart, the mother knew nothing more could be done.
“And then we have to watch and let you go,” she sobbed, speaking to her unresponsive daughter.
Kids don’t always listen to their own parents’ warnings when it comes to substance abuse, but sometimes, they will listen to the words of somebody else’s parents.
The reason Kristen’s mom decided to share the video was to try and reach those who might reject the advice from the adults in their lives, yet may just dial into the heartbreaking reality that Kristen’s family had to face.
At the end of the video, Kristen’s mother had a message for her viewers: “So if you’re thinking about trying it, don’t.”
Reactions to the video have been across the spectrum, but many families who have also been shattered by drug use said they could relate.
“I lost my son to an overdose when he was 26. God bless this mother,” wrote Chris Boyer. “My heart knows what her heart is feeling.”
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