...but you don't know what to do. Sometime, someone thinks of something and you know you can do it!
Last Sunday, tragedy struck. A true, real-life tragedy hit randomly and cruelly. It fell on the unsuspecting life of a very dear friend of mine, and my sister's best friend... Delann lost her husband to a heart-attack. A cruel twist of fate for one of the fittest men I have ever know. He was 44 years old with 3 beautiful children and wonderful wife... It has left those who know the family shocked, shaken and stunned. So sudden, so unexpected, so... unbelievably sad. I can't bear to think how it has left my friend!!
Not even the strong belief that this wonderful father and husband is in a better place now helps my heart much. I still feel like I should be doing something to help.
What I want to do is throw my arms around my friend and make the pain ease a little, but I can't... it is just too far away. I'm not even sure that is what she needs the most right now... she has an amazing network of support from her family and nearby friends, but I know in the weeks to come, as life around her tries to normalize, it's going to hit hard and be starkly 'abnormal' for my friend.
My gut reaction is that she needs something to look forward to... she needs a visit from a 'best' friend... she needs my sister there. In the weeks and few months to come, when the dust of the shock begins to settle on the reality of the loss, she is going to need the comfort you can get from a best friend. They need need to cry together, they need to sip frothy lattes together, they need draw on the depth and strength of their friendship.
Ireland and Oklahoma are as far as ever from each other... and at the moment, for my sister, I know she feels like the distance has quadrupled. So I now know what to do. I will do my damnedest to make it possible for her to visit Delann. I have donated what I can. And now, I'm going to ask you (I swear, I have never done this before!!) to help me help them. If you can and you have it in your heart to... donate at least the cost of a coffee out with a friend, or what it would cost you to treat someone dear to you to a lunch out... It's all good. I believe that what goes around, comes around. Call it love, call it Karma, call it the Golden Rule...
If you feel you want to join in and spread the love, click the donate button below... or you can go to my PayPal Widget on Facebook. I have already had some of my dear friends donate that don't know my sister or my friend and I am overwhelmed by the evident goodness in humanity.
Thank you for, you time, your monies and your prayers... They are all effective...