My Dad passed Nov 5, 2009 (age 79) and my Mom Feb 20, 2010 (age 77). My Dad was a greeter at Wal-mart for over 14 years. Dad's fellow co-workers were his friends.
I drop by the store, not because it's the closest Wal-mart, but to visit with
his co-workers who miss him so dearly. After he passed, I had Mom contact the local newspaper and reporter phoned and they ran a very nice article about Dad.
My Mom had 1 very close and dear friend who lives in the same town that she did.
Over the past year, I have called that friend at least once a week.
It's helped us both over the past year. I love to hear Mom's friend reminisce
about their bingo outings, or trips to the doctor. I gave this friend a copy
of a photo of both my parents. She is a widow herself and lives alone.
She tells me that she tells "the old geezers" g'night every night and g'morning
every morning. She LOVES the photo.
If you've not reached out and connected with any of your parents friends,
give it a try. Perhaps first by sending a card or note in the mail letting them know
anytime they would like to talk, you are there for them. (Include your number)
Not only will you be helping them, you will be helping yourself too.
I've attached a photo of Mom and 'S' from the day of my Dad's funeral.
Mom invited 'S' to ride with the family in the limousine. 'S' is originally from
West Virgina and that morning she said.... 'My goodness, I've never ridden
in a limo before'. It was so sweet. I jumped up right after she said that and snapped this photo of my Mom and her. Mom is in red and 'S' is in blue.