Until we experience the loss of someone very near and dear to us, it’s impossible to know the pain, anguish and feelings of sheer desolation that surround you during the grieving period.

For a while, life can appear empty and without purpose. It’s hard to do anything with any fervour,  We can go through stages of anger, blame and deep remorse, sometimes all on the one day.

It’s at these times when being a friend can mean just being there, listening and supporting each other.

Reaching out to others in need, can often simply mean just giving up some of our personal time to be with them and care for them.

A friends presence alone, often without even the need for words, can be a powerful means of support and encouragement.

Let’s make sure we are always there for each other in times of need. Having a friend’s shoulder to lean on, and even cry on, can help alleviate much of the pain.

I’m Peter Mack and that’s life.

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