allow a friend to grieve alone.

I try to attend the funeral of all my friends and loved ones and/or their loved ones. It brings about finality, whenever you do.  If we don’t, it seems like we’re always looking for that particular someone around every corner, or expecting them to call, or maybe even stop by or some other kind of happenstance upon which we will run into that person. Even though we know in the back of our minds they’re deceased. This will bring about closure.  Being there for those we care about or share a kinship with, are just an added bonus. It lets them know that you care about them. Caring is the most important part of friendship we can offer.

If you can’t make the funeral, call and/or send flowers as an emotional gesture, until you can be there in person to put your arms around them and give them a hug.

Friendship improves happiness and misery by doubling our joy and dividing our grief. ~ JOSEPH ADDISON