Just over a week after his death, Tricia Belstra found herself on a Southwest Airlines flight, flying back to bury her 24-year-old son, Kyle.
Writing on Facebook, Belstra said she wasn’t “looking or feeling good”. She sat between two strangers, a vomit bag sitting low between her legs.
“One of the flight attendants looked at me and asked if I was okay. I asked for some water and another person brought it to me. Then this young man came by; I wish I would have gotten his name. He was getting drink requests. I asked for a diet coke and another glass of water. He leaned in and asked if I was okay. I told him I was flying back to bury my son. He said he was so sorry and brought me a can of water, a glass of ice and my diet coke.”
While the young woman next to her offered to pour some water due to Belstra’s shaking hands, the young man was drafting a note.
“As I am leaving the plane the young man who waited on me was standing on the landing and as I walked off the plane he stopped me and handed me a napkin and said he was sorry for my loss and this wasn’t much. I said thank you and walked out.”