A person I know online from a writing site recently had her parents get divorced. I first messaged her about a month or two ago, probably mid December before Christmas. As far as I can tell, which isn't much, she lives in Texas somewhere and is 14 years old. We don't really know much about each other, I just help her with her writing, and she probably knows my name and age IRL (16), but other than the stories I post, that's about it.
I want to be supportive and help her, but as we barely know each other, have never met, neither of us have really tried to befriend the other, and my general lack of how humans work, I don't know how to do that.
I know next to nothing about the divorce, here is the message that I was sent via the sites built in PM function;
I'm sorry, but lately my parents got divorced. I don't feel like writing anymore. I may write in a few months, but I don't feel like anything now. I'm very sorry. If you still want to be my beta, you can wait for a few months, if you don't, it ok. You can find someone else to beta read.
Here's the response I would send:
Sorry to hear that.
I totally understand you not wanting to write at the moment. Once things settle down, writing is a good way to vent a bit, even if nothing is posted. I can't say I know what you're going through, but I've seen it and know it can be tough. Just keep on keepin on.
I'll be active like I am until mid-May(when my school year ends), and after that I'll still be active, just a tad bit less, if any. If you need someone to talk to, I'll be here. Honestly... I'm not the best at comforting people, or just people in general, but for what it's worth I'm here. If you need anything, betas, advice, help with schoolwork, someone to listen, or whatever it is you need, I'm here.
Hope things work out and get better.
Now I feel like I did something wrong in the wording or something, but don't know what. I kinda feel like this is being tad bit too supportive, mainly because it's someone she doesn't really know offering quite a bit(for someone you don't really know, if we were better friends I probably wouldn't feel so weird about it.)
How can I support someone I don't really know through a divorce without overdoing it?