A friend I met a few months ago over online classes recently (this morning, a few hours ago) lost their father. I live around 12+ hours away from them, so as much as I would like to I cannot go and visit them.
Their relationship with their father had been strained, and they didn't live with their parents. Both I and my friend are young (high school) and I have no experience with loss.
I have never met this friend, nor any of their family in person. I started talking to them after the lockdown so it was never possible to go visit them in person, though we are very close (I feel) because we talk almost daily for lengths of time.
I want to help them out by trying to get them to focus on their studies and keep up basic healthy stuff. The studies part is important because both of us were preparing for an important entrance examination this year. They had a very good chance of getting in. This was a person who was very motivated, and very goofy, so I'm not sure how well they might be handling it. How can I help them out in this situation?
Some helpful information:
I tried looking online for information on helping people who lost loved ones. Most of it focused on older people losing parents, not on two teenagers so advice like "cook food for them!" is not really helpful
My friend does not live with their parents. They had not talked to their father in quite some time before they lost him. Now, they feel guilty for not maintaining good relations, though I think it was their father's fault.
We are of opposite genders. Calling them right now is not an option.