If you are like Susan, you take your friendships seriously. Your friends can be like family to you. You feel like your life is safe and secure because you can count on a circle of friends for support. Different friends play different roles in your life. You do the same for them.
Then, your world gets turned upside down when you lose a spouse or a child or get divorced or end a relationship. The delicate balance in friendships can also be disrupted. All of a sudden you start to see cracks in some friendships and strong new foundations in others. And in a perfect storm, relatives are also dear friends, and the circle continues. Today she has mixed the old with the new and have found a really wonderful orchestra of relationships.