It is true that following the death of a loved one, everyone mourns differently. While some of this mourning is done behind closed doors, other mourning is much more public and shared in a way in which others can learn from it.

Less than two months after the death of Kate Spade, her husband Andy shared a little piece of his mourning with the world via an Instagram post on Monday (July 30.) In the post, which featured a picture of a brightly lit Christmas tree, Andy Spade wrote about the tree’s significance to his family.

“She was born Christmas Eve, 1962,” he wrote. “She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city,” he wrote. “I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter…stay at their home through a difficult time. This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multicolored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really long extension cord and Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap (TM) like we do every Christmas.”

A simple gesture indeed. Yet, a powerful one, that’s for sure.

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