Good friends are important to have when life gets tough, I know from experience. When I was 18 years old I unexpectedly lost someone very close to me. I had a handful of friends who weren't afraid of the messy and walked with me through the healing process. I am teaching my kids how to choose good friends and be ones themselves but as they get older they may need to know more. Will they know what to do when they may encounter a friend who’s hurting and needs help or support? Will I know what to tell them when they come to me for advice?