Lien comforting Thuy just after her father died
Only two years later Thuy's eldest brother died in a motorbike accident because a drunk motorbike driver hit him. Fortunately he died immediately and didn't linger on with brain injuries. Mum was so traumatized by the news that she fainted and had to have treatment herself.
The shrine at home for Thuy's brother who recently died
Sometimes we feel helpless when families are suffering so much. We can only provide comfort and continue our support. We try to think of other ways to help as well and most of the time there is little we can do. In this case we were able to help a little by making a contribution to the funeral costs. Also Thuy's other brother had outgrown his bike, but it was a good size for Thuy, so we found a second hand bike for him. Her brother who died had just started contributing to family costs as he had finished his studies and now was able to earn, so to help fill that gap a little we will increase the food allowance we give this family until they are back on their feet more.
Mum and Thuy still able to smile only about a fortnight after her eldest son died.