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Anyone’s heart would go out to bereaved father Alan Collier right now.

Just two months after his wife Deborah’s two-year battle with cancer sadly came to an end, he has now found himself mourning the death of his 15-year-old son Liam.

The Star reported the discovery of the grief-stricken Wombwell High School pupil’s body this week; an inquest will establish the cause of death. You can’t begin to know Alan’s pain.

But maybe you could try. Friends and family will, I’m sure, be by Alan’s side. But maybe this is also a time for all of us to show we care. In this day and age, we shy away from holding out a hand of support, or offering a few words of condolence. We tell ourselves sympathy from a stranger would be of little use. But what if it isn’t?

What if every single kindness made a tiny difference to someone’s feelings of total devastation?

It’s got to be worth a try.