Sometimes, words fail — in spite of our best intentions, we may not know exactly how to express our sympathy and shared sorrow.
What can you say to a parent who has lost a child? How can you comfort a child who has lost a parent?
At such a time, we may not know what to say, but if we stand together to show our support, our actions will speak louder than words.
In times of loss, it is the love of friends and family that matters most. The knowledge that we are not alone, that we are part of a caring community, can help bring us strength and reassurance.
Our Denton County family is such a community. Today, as in past times of need, area residents are joining to support their neighbors and help them through times of loss.
And, as is often the case, our young people are showing us the way.
Area schools, some of which have endured their own tragedies in recent years, are showing their support for Guyer High School by wearing blue in memory of Nathan Maki, a high school senior who lost his life last weekend.
At a time when the interests of area high school students are typically centered on competition with neighboring schools, many old rivalries and thoughts of upcoming games have been set aside for a time.
About 100 people at Argyle High School posed for a photo in blue shirts Tuesday that was posted on the Guyer High School Wildcats Facebook page along with photos from several other area schools.
Argyle High School Principal Jeff Butts said the school knows all too well what it’s like to lose a student and they’re standing with Guyer to show support.
About 60 to 70 students at Lake Dallas High School showed support by wearing blue on Tuesday, said Cory Hailey, associate principal. He said the students at Lake Dallas High are sincere about what goes on in their community and, with Guyer High being so close, it’s “like one big family.”
“They saw someone hurting,” Hailey said. “They wanted to do their part and show their support in any way they can.”
Other area schools including Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Lewisville High School and its Killough campus, Northwest, Byron Nelson, Coppell, Denton and Ryan high schools also did something to show support for Guyer on Tuesday, according to district officials.
In a statement Tuesday, Guyer High Principal Barbara Fischer said the school was overwhelmed with the show of support.
“When tragedy strikes, it’s hard to cope ... but knowing that our friends in other school districts stood with us helped the entire Guyer family get through this tough and emotional day. The healing process will take time, so we ask everyone to continue to support the Maki family and our students as they endure through the pain this tragedy has caused.”
Thanks to all who have joined in this show of support or stood beside others who experienced a loss in recent days.
Your kindness and caring are a great example of why we are proud to call this community home.