Strangers Can be Consoling Too

When Deborah Greene found out her father had died by suicide, she abandoned her full cart of groceries she had just purchased. She trembled and screamed in shock. And people she didn't know gathered around her, left her husband a message and discussed amongst themselves, all total strangers, who would drive her home.

She says, "You encountered me, a stranger, in the worst moment of my life and you coalesced around me with common purpose, to help."

And no matter how many times my mind takes me back to that horrible life-altering moment, it is not all darkness. Because you reached out to help, you offered a ray of light in the bleakest moment I’ve ever endured. You may not remember it. You may not remember me. But I will never, ever forget you. And though you may never know it, I give thanks for your presence and humanity, each and every day.
— https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/03/09/an-open-letter-to-the-whole-foods-shoppers-who-consoled-me-when-i-learned-of-my-dads-suicide/?postshare=5151457525921997&tid=ss_mail
Posted on March 13, 2016 .