Barely hanging on

Barely hanging on

 Rhonda McIver screamed their names as she searched the sky and the forest. “William! Kelly!” she hollered. “I look for a sign from them,” McIver explained. “I’d do anything to bring them both back.” McIver lost her grandson and daughter over a nine-week...
Overdose deaths leave a Maine tribe reeling

Overdose deaths leave a Maine tribe reeling

Sage and sweetgrass-scented smoke rose over the reservation, marking the deaths. Across Indian Township, the sacred fires burned to honor the spirits of the Passamaquoddy tribe. Young and old gathered to pray outside homes where families kept vigil over the deceased. ...
A need for awareness

A need for awareness

In the days before William McIver ended his life, he told a few of his friends he was thinking about suicide.  His classmates at Woodland Junior-Senior High School thought they had convinced the 14-year-old not to carry out his plan.  In the middle of the night on...
Alone with the grief, alone with the pain

Alone with the grief, alone with the pain

Daniel Stewart had just bought a home on Pleasant Lake, a tranquil spot nestled in northeastern Washington County. His parents celebrated with him the night he moved in. His mother Bonnie brought chicken pot pie for dinner. “We were playing music, celebrating,” she...