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Just Knowing…

Leslie Brown

Our power was off this morning which was a bummer because it is 28 degrees! It’s back on, and I was looking for a story, and I found this one.

Yesterday was the four year anniversary of the death of my cousin’s 22 year old son. He went bed with a sore throat and never woke up; meningitis. My cousin is like my sister, and I committed to calling her, or texting her every day for that first year, so I know somewhat the depth of their grief.

A couple had recently lost their son, and was at a restaurant. Apparently the grief in their eyes and faces was so apparent that another kind couple noticed. Just knowing someone cares can mean so much.

While there is nothing worse than losing a child, kindness and support can make the nightmare a tad more bearable.

When the grieving couple stopped at a restaurant to regroup after completing their son’s arrangements, they had no idea that they’d leave crying happy tears instead of sad ones.

After noticing the visibly upset pair, another couple in the local eatery bought Kathie and Michael drinks . . . but that wasn’t all. When the anonymous couple left the restaurant, they asked a hostess to deliver a note to the mourning parents.

For Kathie McKernan of Massillon, OH, and her husband, Michael Foehrenbach, the selfless act of two strangers was encouragement on the worst day of her life.

On New Year’s Eve, Kathie received word that her 29-year-old son, Robert McKernan, had been killed by his wife . . . a shock that no mother ever wants to face. The New Year began with tears and loss for Kathie and her husband, Michael Foehrenbach, who began making funeral arrangements for their son on New Year’s Day.

When they finished the painful process of deciding how to bury a child who was taken far too soon, Kathie and Michael were understandably distraught and exhausted.

When the grieving couple stopped at a restaurant to regroup after completing their son’s arrangements, they had no idea that they’d leave crying happy tears instead of sad ones.

After noticing the visibly upset pair, another couple in the local eatery bought Kathie and Michael drinks . . . but that wasn’t all. When the anonymous couple left the restaurant, they asked a hostess to deliver a note to the mourning parents.

Inside was a $100 bill and a sweet sentiment scrawled on a napkin:

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The gift-giving couple had never been seen in the restaurant before and didn’t stay to receive any recognition for their gesture. They simply wanted to help another couple who were obviously going through a tough time.

They came and went from their lives to only bring a smile on Kathie and Michael’s faces during their tragic time – an undoubtedly angelic gesture.

While the heartbreak of a lost son is indescribable, the selflessness of others is enough to brighten even the darkest of days.

Just knowing someone “hears you” and cares makes all of the difference. When it appears no one cares, it can be like the bad dream where you scream and nothing comes out. God bless both couples.

Shared from Kindness Blog

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