Camera Obscura, one of my all-time favorite bands, suffered some terrible heartache late last year when their bandmate Carey Lander passed from a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. Before she passed, she set up a fundraising campaign to help future victims of the affliction and got to see it reach and exceed her initial goal. With a level of support and hope seldom seen these days, the band publicly has handled the ordeal with immense class, and continues to find ways to make sure Carey's passing was not for nothing.
Just today, the band began auctioning off prized band artifacts that would be of great interest to super-fans like myself. 100% of the profits go to Carey's charity, and you can own some of their guitars, rare recordings and even clothing. Click here to see the active bidding. And even if you can only manage a dollar or two, you can send it here.
Whether it's someone we're close to, or someone we only know through music, this kind of forward-thinking effort is an excellent antidote to the helplessness that follows loss.