Dear Queenie,

  My parents were friends with another couple a few years younger than them. When my mother was dying, so was the other woman’s husband and they both died about the same time.

  My father went to her husband’s funeral and she came to my mother’s funeral, and they kept in touch after that and about a year later they started going out together and now they are planning to get married.

  Queenie, what do you think of that?—Grieving daughter


Dear Daughter,

  I think your father and his friend the widow had a lot in common, especially their grief over the almost-simultaneous loss of their respective spouses and friends, and I am not surprised that their friendship evolved into something much more special.

  I wish them both the best, and I hope you do too.