When bad things happen to the people we care about, we feel helpless. No matter how much we want to, we can’t take their pain away. We can’t take their place.
It feels unfair, and it is. There are no magic words that make everything ok.
Sometimes they need us to try and understand their pain. Sometimes they just need us to validate it. As in, “You’re not crazy to cry about this, go on and let it out.”
Other times they need us to be strong for them. To be a pillar when everything else is crumbling around them.
We usually can’t fix their problems but we can at least make sure they don’t face them alone.