I have been blessed to be able to be there for a friend at the worst time in her life. It's been my experience that a lot of people fade away during really trying times because they don't know what to say and don't think they can help. I probably would have done the same thing, except this friend was very dear to me and didn't have anyone else. I couldn't begin to imagine what she was going through with the death of her 3 1/2-year-old son, but I couldn't leave her alone. Turns out, she didn't need me to talk, or to know what to do. She just needed someone there, and to know that people still cared.
I couldn't agree more -- both men and women need emotional support. There have been trying times in my life, some with support and some without. Just having someone close can make so many things seem more manageable. It's the feeling of being alone, and the way that it grows when you're in a dark place, that can make those trials in life seem so completely hopeless.