A best friend of mine just lost his mother. She had cancer for bout 2 years now but was doing ok, thats what everyone thought except her. She died suddenly and it was a shock although she was sick. Initially I did not hear from him for a week because he closed himself off, and still is but at least he talks now. I feel helpless since hes in another city and I dont want to mention his mother since some people get sensitive about it. Do I give him space, do I pretend it didnt happen and talk about whos gonna be President, how good the Super Bowl was, or would that make me ignorant.