Nashville Mayor Megan Barry returned to work Monday, more than a week after her 22-year-old son died.

Her son, Max Barry, died from an apparent overdose on July 29, the mayor and her husband, Bruce, said in a statement last month.

The mayor began her first day back at work by greeting children who were on their first day back to school, according to CNN affiliate WKRN. She handed out supplies and backpacks to the young students.

Barry told reporters that the first day of school was always “meaningful and special to me.”

“The first day of school in our household was always a joyous occasion. Max loved school and our ritual was that we would always take a picture every day of the first day of school,” she said.

“I was really happy that he continued that tradition for me when he went to college. Freshman year, sophomore year, junior year and senior year, he would take a picture and send it back to me.”

She spoke, often emotionally and with tears welling in her eyes, about how she was coping with her son’s death.

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SOURCE: CNN, Madison Park

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