It’s the little things

A thirteen hour drive and three rolls of toilet paper later, we’re counting down to the memorial service for my brother-in-law. A friend of the family sent over toilet paper, paper towels, and Kleenex to handle the extra traffic of visits from family and friends. Only someone who’s been through it would think of those things.

Empathy is not my strong suit. I’m the typical type who doesn’t know what to do or say when a loved one is suffering. Whenever I’m told bad news, I get a stupid and totally inappropriate smile on my face and zone out. I only catch every few words, as my mind goes into some unthinking la-la land.

I just want to express my thanks to those people who have sent well wishes and who are able to provide those little comforts that go a long way during difficult times.

14 thoughts on “It’s the little things

  1. You’re so very welcome! If I could send you a roll of extra soft toilet paper, I would. (((hugs)))

  2. Don’t worry about what to say; just your being there will be a comfort. Hugs help, too. It’s difficult to lose a family member.

  3. Hi sweet friend. I wondered where you were. So sorry to hear about your loss. Sending love and hugs your way.


  4. I wish you the best Karla. Actually, TP is a better idea for these things. You can get more for less and it tends to be softer than Kleenex.

  5. Because of my particular beliefs, I see death as a joyous release from the pains and suffering this earthly life delivers to us all.

    Thing is, if I expressed this feeling to those in grief, I could be the very next person to experience a joyous release from the pains and suffering this earthly life delivers to us all.


  6. Just your presence really is enough right now; you don’t have to say anything.

  7. Isn’t it annoying when you get spammed by non-entities like the last four comments?

  8. it was a sad reunion but i’m glad we had the chance to get together – Love ya – and your smile is comforting!

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