Serenity Rock Garden Opens in Mahopac


Top: Four-year-old Liam Brandon and his 9-year-old sister, Natalia, write messages on rocks that were placed in the garden in memory of their dad who passed away as the result of a drug overdose. Above: The ribbon is cut by Supervisor Ken Schmitt and vigil organizer Lauren Privitera which formally opens the garden. Photos by Eric Gross

Top: Four-year-old Liam Brandon and his 9-year-old sister, Natalia, write messages on rocks that were placed in the garden in memory of their dad who passed away as the result of a drug overdose. Above: The ribbon is cut by Supervisor Ken Schmitt and vigil organizer Lauren Privitera which formally opens the garden. Photos by Eric Gross

A ribbon was cut and Putnam County’s Serenity Rock Garden was officially opened Friday evening along the shores of Lake Mahopac.

The garden consists of a bench, table and individually placed rocks by those who have lost someone to the scourge of opioids and other narcotics.

Lauren Privitera, a Mahopac woman who lost her son to a heroin overdose in February 2015, decided to remember her son in a positive light while helping other families left behind from loved ones overdosing on illegal substances. She formed a Mahopac chapter of GRASP, a national support group that assists families following the sudden drug related loss of a loved one.

‘Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing’ has chapters across the United States.

Privitera hosted the Hope and Healing Memorial where in addition to the garden opening, tribute readings and a banner/book signing occurred.

The event was celebrated in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day.

 

 

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