I Will Never Forget a Stranger’s Kindness to Me

woman crying on a train

One of my best friends killed himself at the beginning of this year. For the first few weeks after it happened I was in that state of mind where you can just about manage to block it out enough to get yourself through the day, only to have it suddenly overwhelm you out of nowhere.

10-days after he died, I was on a packed commuter train out of London, squashed into a corner seat. Some little thing had set me off and before I could compose myself I started unraveling before the carefully averted eyes of my fellow commuters. I rang my Dad to try and talk it through, but couldn’t calm down. Trying desperately not to sob audibly, pressing myself into the window and willing myself to stop shaking; just thinking about my friend stepping off the ledge over and over…

Then the lady sat beside me – a well dressed, middle aged lady who turned out to be Canadian-but her arm on my shoulder and said “I couldn’t help but overhear; I just want you to know that whatever you’re going through now, I promise you it’ll be okay.”

We ended up talking about my friend the whole journey, and she chose to share with me that she lost her first husband to suicide. She talked to me about bereavement and loss, and then she made me laugh. She gave me a hug when we got to her stop, and I never saw her again.

I’ll remember her for the rest of my life.

– By Strawby.



10 thoughts on “I Will Never Forget a Stranger’s Kindness to Me

  1. It’s astonishing, really, how much we are all going through, most of us surviving…every person you see today is likely facing some sort of sorrow or hardship. Kindness is always in season. Thanks for a post that hits very close to home.


  2. Thank you for sharing and please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your friend . The lady who comforted was your guide and angel to heal your inner wounds . Am glad she was able to heal you . Have experienced such moments in my own life and can understand what you have been through and have been healed by stranger who helped me to heal online . You are blessed .


  3. A very delicate yet moving story. The loss of a loved one is never easy. My heartfelt condolences for you. With the gentle kindness and strength of a stranger you were blessed. Peace.

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  4. A beautiful post and thank you for sharing it. Sometimes it is easier to talk to strangers as they don’t judge you, as close friends and family do. They accept you for what you say at that point in time. 🙂


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