Gretchen Saari talks about her grown sons, Jeffrey, who died of a heroin overdose in 2009, and Edward, who despite her efforts to help him died from his heroin addiction in 2017. As she makes her way through the shadows of grief, the 76-year-old Everett woman looks toward healing. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Gretchen Saari talks about her grown sons, Jeffrey, who died of a heroin overdose in 2009, and Edward, who despite her efforts to help him died from his heroin addiction in 2017. As she makes her way through the shadows of grief, the 76-year-old Everett woman looks toward healing. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Everett mother mourns two beloved sons who died from heroin

From grief’s dark shadows, she knows other families suffer from addiction and loss.

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