The people of Nashville as well as Tennessee and the country send their condolences and prayers out to our beloved mayor, Megan Barry, and her family. It is with deep sincerity that we as parents and community family members feel devastated and saddened as if we had lost a member of our own immediate family.
It is inconceivable for anyone to imagine losing a child, much less an only child. We can only pray that your faith and religious convictions can aid you in the time ahead to fathom this momentous loss.
As you mourn, we your constituents and extended family mourn. I know you must feel the collective extent of our numerous prayers asking to help cushion you and your family and give you the strength to make it through this ordeal. This is a time when unrelenting love and your unwavering faith are needed to help console you during your period of grief.
I know it doesn’t make sense, and there are questions you’ll never know the answer to.
But take solace in knowing that you were blessed in having the gift of Max for 22 years in your lives. Never forget him, but smile when thinking of the happiness he bought to your lives. It is those memories that will sustain you and keep him alive. Think of him as a loan from God to brighten your lives and help you understand and realize the true sense of giving and unconditional love. Such a bond is holy, divine and sacred.
I didn’t know Max personally, but from the testimony of friends and loved ones, it is evident he was a special and loving person with a heart as big as all outdoors. One can also gather that he was a kind and giving spirit with a jovial sense of humor. I can only imagine that the world is a better place because he lived.
His was a heart that manifested love and compassion. He was the bearer of a smile that brought light to the gloomiest of days. No doubt those who knew him were fortunate and blessed to have had him as a friend.
I hope I speak for all Nashville and the country when I say we appreciate and thank you and your husband, Bruce, in being straightforward and candid in sharing the truth of the cause of Max’s death with the public. No doubt you and Bruce have experienced the pain, hurt and agony of watching the child you love battle drugs. It is a hurt and struggle you share with many families with loved ones suffering from drug dependency.
You have done a great service for other families in helping them realize that we must work harder in awakening our children to the dangers awaiting them in the world, hoping and praying that they can make the right decisions or choices that may save their lives. Unfortunately, sometimes one must share their pain to help others avoid devastating outcomes.
Max, like many of his peers, was introduced to a mundane world where one wrong choice can have dire consequences. Let’s be mindful that good children can make bad choices that don’t always offer them an alternative. Such was the case with Max with his untimely death from a drug overdose. Max doesn’t have the luxury to recover from his ill-fated decision, but it can act as a lesson to deter others. I am sure he would like for his death to be a reminder to others of what can happen when you experiment with drugs.
Once again, we the people of Nashville, would like for you, Meagan Barry, to know we are with you and your family and are here to do anything we can to help you navigate through this tragedy. Although no one can honestly tell you they know exactly how you feel or that you will ever get over this loss, know you are loved and we are here for you. Hopefully our collective prayers are carried to you and your family.