It is a place to bond and on Saturday it was a place to heal.
“I deal with it every day.“
Shawn Zuber knows about pain.
His son Kyle died five years ago from an overdose. Everyone who was with him on Saturday understands his loss and the grieving that follows.
“It’s never going to go away, we know that. But find a way to remember and to live that life that that person that you lost would have wanted you to live,“ Zuber said.
And that is why Shawn, Tim Longardner and Andrea Schroeder invited anyone who has experienced loss to 2Toms Brewing Company to honor their loved ones and try to find some healing.
All three have lost a child to overdose. It is a connection they never wanted to share, but one that reasonated with others on Saturday who have lost a loved one too soon.
“It’s an awareness, a call to awareness for losing a loved one whether it be by addiction, overdosing, suicide, it doesn’t matter how. It’s that you’ve lost somebody,“ Zuber explained.
“I mean grief can be a very dark place,“ explained Schroeder. “And this can kind of give some light to us and some hope and healing.“
The evening served as part awareness, part fundraiser.
“We have a memory wall that you can put a picture of your loved one that you lost and put it up there,“ said Zuber. “We do have a silent auction. We have our beer. It’s called G2S, Gone Too Soon. It’s a vanilla stout. And we have a lot of friendship.“
Friendships that brew through pain.
“A lot of times when people are grieving there is that guilt involved. Oh my gosh, I am having fun I shouldn’t be. And I think that our loved ones would want us to have some fun and also honor their memory,“ added Schroeder.
Proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of the G2S beer sales will benefit Fort Wayne Trails, Inc. The organizers told WANE 15 their loved ones cared a lot for the outdoors.