If you have been following this blog over the past six weeks or so, you have read several posts about my friend Dina’s twenty year old son, Tyler, who died on Halloween in a house fire. Since that tragic day, I have been absolutely amazed by the graciousness, kindness, and compassion that have been displayed by my beautiful friend and her family and friends. Today, my friend’s mother shared another touching story of kindness on Facebook, and with her permission, I am honored to share it here:
“Nicole had three of Tyler’s best friends at her Christmas concert Thursday night. Tyler would be so proud of his friends for being there for his little Coco, and so are we! You hear all about what’s wrong with the young people today, but you never hear about all the amazing ways they look out for their friends. There would have been many more if they were in town. So many of his friends are making the effort to be there for his family. I love all these young people so much!!”
Sometimes, it is difficult to know what to say or do to comfort someone who has lost a loved one, but Tyler’s friends have mastered this delicate art beautifully. Dina has shared story after story of how Tyler’s friends continue to gather at her home for dinner and game night, in addition to calling and texting Dina to offer her support and share in her grief. Facing the holidays without Tyler has been tough, but his friends’ compassion and concern have made it more bearable for his family and, even, for each other. Love never dies, and neither does true friendship.
Just one thing each day . . .