What would living with loss be like without the love and companionship of faithful BEST friends?
Definition of Best: "Good . . . most excellent"
Definition of Friend: "A person who has a strong liking or trust in another person."
After the loss of our son, Kevin, we joined the community of grievers, and in making new friends within this community, we have come to realize what it really means to enjoy the blessing of BEST friends.
Our experiences and life lessons following the death of our son have taught us so much about life and relationships, and that BEST friends are those who know us BEST and stay with us through the BEST and the worst of times.
After the death of my son, grief exposed, tested and refined every part of who I was as a person, my beliefs, and the life that I was living. Every part of me was emotionally raw and bleeding, as I struggled to find a new normal.
Relationships were tested, not that I was consciously aware that I was testing them, over time the reality of grief and mourning strained or strengthened all of my relationships, including those who I considered to be my BEST friends.
BEST friends can be family members, as well as those who companion with us through life for a time and a season or for a lifetime. I realize now, more than ever, that relationships should not be taken for granted and that we must take care and pay attention to those we consider to be our friends, and I don't use that word as lightly as I used to, either.
I have come to realize that BEST friends make a mutual commitment to one another and stay "closer than a brother/sister." Our son, Kevin, had LOTS of BFF's . . . actually, everyone who called him "friend" would say that Kevin made them feel like they were his BEST friend . . . guess that's why his life here was short . . . he learned the lesson of life all too soon . . . how to LOVE!
*Laugh at the same stupid things we do.
*Give us honest advice.
*They will be there for us, even if they're thousands of miles away.
*They celebrate with us when we're at our best.
*They still love us when we are at our worst.
Thankful for BEST friends!
Angie "a mom like you"