Over time things have calmed down and he has had a little contact with some of the employees that have gone through the same thing he went through, but generally he has moved on and kept his distance. Then on Friday he started seeing posts and all kinds of things going on with the company he had worked for. He started chatting some of them and realized all of these people were being put in a REALLY difficult situation. All of a sudden, the hurt feelings from when he left were gone and he wanted to stand up for his friends. It really came to light that Rick was in the better spot leaving a few months ago. I commented to Rick that I was surprised how he had changed how he was feeling and he said, "It's like family. You can be mad at them or even be hurt, but when it comes down to it they are family and when someone hurts them you are going to stand up for them."
I am grateful that these people are his friends and he feels like they are family. Sometimes, the things that hurt the most or are the hardest are because you really do care and it is just hard. People are a very important part of our lives and it's things like this that give that "wake up call."