We've all heard that "death is a part of life." It just doesn't make it easier, does it? I've read there are 5 stages of grief –denial (this can't be happening to me), anger (why me?), bargaining (if I could change this one thing, maybe it would be different), depression, and acceptance. What makes your sadness & grief easier and get to the acceptance stage faster? I think the answer is friends.
When my father passed away when I was 12 years old which was 17 years ago today, one of my best friends Katie Cuff was with me when my mom got the news. Katie witnessed one of the hardest things in my life and we are forever bonded by it. To comfort me, she made me a card and wrote this inside – I saved it in my photo album of my dad.
When someone dies, they don't really go away
They stay with you until your very last day
Your head is filled with madness and anger of all kind.
But that doesn't mean you have to leave everything behind.
You'll always have those good times that float around inside,
And it's good to have some tear drops to help them on their ride.
Death really makes me think about the mystery of life.
And how so many things that happen can't possibly be right.
But we go on fighting and hope life brings the best
And having a close friend is better than the rest.
I love ya Libby. Katie Cuff.Pretty mature for an early teenager, don't you think? So how do you support your friends and family in tough times? Here are some beautiful sympathy cards that you can create. These ideas from our designers could be helpful the next time you want to help someone during their difficult time.
This card is from Julia Aston. She's stamped the butterflies from PSA Cupcake.
This card is from Carly Robertson– she's stamped the flowers from PSA Cupcake.
We'd love for readers to share stories of support and friendship during hard times today.