Sometimes life hands us our a$$...and this is especially true when someone you know loses a parent. It doesn't matter if the person was extremely close or slightly estranged...the loss is crippling. There are no words for that kind of loss. Nor can you ever really understand until you've expereienced it yourself. So what to do in these moments? You feel helpless? Offer prayers. Offer help if you are nearby. Offer to walk dogs, feed cats, birds, etc. ...things that the person may forget in their grief. Get giftcards to local eats, so they don't have to cook or scrape together a meal. If they have children...offer to drive them to practices, school, the movies...whatever. Sometimes people just need a moment to curl up in a corner and sob.
What to do if you don't live nearby? Any of the above that is possible. And send a card, you have no idea what a card can do to bring a smile through tears.
I created this card for my Auntie Sandy and Uncle Alan (they are lifetime family friends of my Momma....but I have always called them Auntie and Uncle...and always will). The sentiment does not have to be profound. Or complex. Keep it simple and heartfelt. That will always mean more.
Here's a close up of some of the detail.
Sorry for the heavy of the message, but it is a part of life. Life is meant to be celebrated, no matter the weather...and sending love to someone who needs it, is a small gesture of immense kindness. ❤ Happy Tuesday!