A true friend, Busy Philipps knew what to do on the 10-year mark of Heath Ledger's death.

Actresses Michelle Williams and Busy Philipps have been best friends for decades.

Philipps (left) and Williams. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

They met on the set of "Dawson's Creek" in the late 1990s and have had each other's backs ever since.

So on Jan. 22, 2018, Philipps knew where she'd be needed most: right at Williams' side.

In a touching Instagram post, Philipps shared a photo of her and Williams embracing with the note, "It's OK."

A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on

Jan. 22 marked 10 years since actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in New York City at age 28.

After having met on the set of 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," Ledger and Williams dated and shared a daughter together, Matilda, who is now 12 years old.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Ledger's death is the kind of loss that maybe never truly heals entirely. But Philipps was there to help.

Philipps caught a flight to be with her friend on that trying day this year, according to Us Weekly.

A few hours prior to seeing Williams, Philipps shared a photo of a beautiful sunset with no caption, but for a heart emoji.

No words were needed to get the sentiment across.

❤️

A post shared by Busy Philipps (@busyphilipps) on

Losing Ledger has been tough for Philipps too.

“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friend Heath, who died 10 years ago, and this song came on,” Philipps had explained in her Instagram story, referencing the song "Time to Pretend" by MGMT. “It came out after he passed away, and I remember when it came out, because ... it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song. And for some reason, every time I hear this song ... it’s weird."

Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images.

Philipps showed the world exactly how to be a friend.  

No, you shouldn't tell a grieving loved one that "everything happens for a reason." They also probably don't want to hear well-meaning but hurtful platitudes, like, "they are in a better place," or any sentence that starts with, "well, at least [an unhelpful reason why they should still be grateful]."

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for a grieving friend is quietly be at their side and reassure them that "It's OK."

Most Shared
Courtesy of Houseplant.

In America, one dumb mistake can hang over your head forever.

Nearly 30% of the American adult population — about 70 million people — have at least one criminal conviction that can prevent them from being treated equally when it comes to everything from job and housing opportunities to child custody.

Twenty million of these Americans have felony convictions that can destroy their chances of making a comfortable living and prevents them from voting out the lawmakers who imprisoned them.

Many of these convictions are drug-related and stem from the War on Drugs that began in the U.S. '80s. This war has unfairly targeted the minority community, especially African-Americans.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture

Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

Keep Reading Show less
Nature
via James Anderson

Two years ago, a tweet featuring the invoice for a fixed boiler went viral because the customer, a 91-year-old woman with leukemia, received the services for free.

"No charge for this lady under any circumstances," the invoice read. "We will be available 24 hours to help her and keep her as comfortable as possible."

The repair was done by James Anderson, 52, a father-of-five from Burnley, England. "James is an absolute star, it was overwhelming to see that it cost nothing," the woman's daughter told CNN.

Keep Reading Show less
Heroes

I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

Keep Reading Show less
popular