Newport Beach, CA, USA
This is very touching Chris. I too have been there, and I think you've said it very well.
"Sometimes I find that writing about things, whether something that happened in my life or in the life of a friend or even a casual acquaintance can sometimes help others to understand their grief, or maybe just help to realize we are all just human. "
This is one of the greatest benefits of exercising our skills and talents as writers, it provides such an outlet for us. I will look forward to reading more of your work.