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Day 811 - Another Reason Why I Love SparkPeople

Friday, February 17, 2017

One of the many things I appreciate about SparkPeople is the generousness and kindness that I've found in my fellow Sparkers. Everyone is here to be helpful and supportive, and that made it so easy for me to find some kindred spirits and get the support I needed to be successful.

A recent friend, whom I met last July at a conference for California Community College administrators, sent me a private message on Facebook earlier this week. Her son, only 30 years old, was found dead in his condo that morning. She was distraught and thought she could confide in me. I was so honored that she did, but I wasn't sure that I had the capacity to be much help. I don't have any children of my own, although I think I'm sympathetic enough to be able to imagine how much pain and anxiety a parent feels when that happens.

I did, however, have a SparkFriend who had been through that trauma and survived to tell her story. I am so glad she did! Because I knew her, I thought she might have some words of comfort and support for my other friend.

A couple SparkMail messages, followed by an exchange of emails, and I can't begin to tell you how moved I was to read their notes to each other. I know that they will become new friends in their shared grief, and the support that they can give each other will be immeasurable.

Something in the cosmos told my friend that she needed to let me know what happened so that I could put these two loving spirits together.

It's just another Spark.
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    That is so sweet! You were really helpful to do that, emoticon emoticon
    1520 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I have tears in my eyes! What a beautiful circumstance for both. Prayers for them. That's a loss that never ends.
    1520 days ago
    Wow...what a way to connect two souls. Thank you for sharing this story. Touched my heart.
    1520 days ago
    It's a blessing to have a thoughtful friend like you. I hope your friends find consolation in each other. May God Gives them the strength and support they need!
    1523 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Such a loss... I'm glad you could be there for your friend, can't imagine that kind of loss! The ties that bind us are amazing.... You're a good man Steve.
    My sympathies and well wishes are with you and the family! XOXOXO
    1524 days ago
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    So happy you were able to be the conduit for healing! Very tragic for all involved, but I'm confident you're friend will be a great blessing to your colleague. Prayers to all!

    1524 days ago
    That was so nice of you to go the extra mile and help both friends connect. emoticon
    1524 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12068097
    How wonderful, people helping people here Steve and YOUR among the best at it. Hugs my friend, Pat
    1524 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Your spark became a flame, allowing two people in pain to reach to each other. There is no such thing as a coincidence. You re a blessing Steve. I can tell you that never in a thousand lifetimes, did either of those women ever dream that your friendship would align to be included in such a life trauma. God Bless you.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. It is yet another example of how we never know how our words or actions will ever affect another person. We have been put here in life, to be there for each other, regardless of circumstances.
    1524 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Me and my musical brain, it just started playing "That's What Friends Are For" emoticon

    So glad your mine and that you could connect two friends who have been touched by a much too frequent tragedy.

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    1524 days ago
    You gave the best possible help to your friend, Steve.
    The kindness and understanding of your SP Friend supports her in her pain and grief.

    1524 days ago
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