I stumbled upon this article while trying to research how to help my friend. He And I have been friends since grade school and have started kinda dating this year. I say kinda as it is hard to describe our relationship at the moment. He lost his 17 yr old daughter, who was his only child and he raised as a single dad, 10 years ago. We have spent hours just talking about her and his pain of losing her He doesn’t know how to get past the pain and allow himself to be happy again. I’m at a loss on any advice to give him as I don’t know his pain and pray I never have to I truly love him and have for years I just kept my distance out of fear of not knowing how to handle all this. But I’m ready to be there and want to help as much as I can I’m not finding much online to help me not say the wrong things to him. I never want to cause him anymore heartache than he already has. If anyone reading this has anymore links to articles and such I’d appreciate the links I truly want to be there for him and want to make him as happy as I can I’m so sorry for your loss of Ella and sorry for the pain you have to live with daily. My heart breaks for any parent who has to experience this. Your article was very helpful and I’ve bookmarked it so I can read agin in the future.