“I believe that life is full of tragedy. Some lives more than others. But I also believe that comfort can be found with the people that love you . . . if you’re willing to let them give it.” Eliza Maxwell, The Grave Tender Many people withdraw from others when they are having a hard time instead of reaching out to those who care about them. Often we find out someone we love went through a terrible struggle and only told us when it was good and over. We do want to be there for others, don’t we? We don’t like it when people ONLY communicate with us when they need something. On the other hand, we also don’t like it when they only communicate with us when things are going well. A true relationship is made up of both, the good times and the bad times. We want to be there for both the good and the bad. We want to celebrate the good and hold their hand during the bad. To be excluded during one or the other is only half of a relationship. Social withdrawal and isolation is a huge warning sign someone may be sinking into despair. We all need to be alert to family or friends who stop calling, stop interacting on social media, or otherwise seem to have removed themselves from human connection. They may not tell us what is really going on. Some people are very private or lack trust of others. However, reaching out to someone you think might be isolating themselves at least lets them know you noticed and you care.