More times than I can count, people have told me they want to see more positive news in the newspaper, no matter which newspaper it is I was working for at the time.

I understand the sentiment, especially in the last couple of years. The world is on fire and 746,000 Americans have died in a global pandemic. It would be much easier to escape reality and pretend life is like a Hallmark movie.

It’s not.

That becomes painfully obvious when there’s a shooting in your neighborhood that injures a teenager. Or when you’re on the scene of a deadly wreck in which lives are instantly taken.

Life isn’t always positive, and surely isn’t always fair. News should reflect that.

But quite often, there are silver linings to be found and perspective to be gleaned.

In the case of the death of Miasia Coles and Kenneth Taylor Jr., the response of this community has been heartening. That’s the silver lining.

Before their identities were even released, folks flooded social media with kind words and prayers for the family.

On Sunday at Fox Pond Park, tears rolled down Black and white faces, and young and old faces alike. When tragedy strikes, we tend to think of ourselves as being on the same team. There’s nothing there to divide us.

Some don’t need to be reminded of that, but some do, and that’s part of a lesson Miasia and Kenneth can help teach: how a community can unite regardless of individual backgrounds.

Another lesson is perseverance. How can a family possibly find the strength to overcome such a loss?

There’s no one-size-fits-all option, but for this family and its supporters, the answer appeared on Sunday to be clear.

Miasia’s and Kenneth’s uncle James Kearney imagined the siblings to be playing ball together in heaven. Their former elementary school teacher Hope Howard had a similar thought, envisioning Miasia’s and Kenneth’s lives as part of a longer journey.

“Having a very strong faith,” Howard said. “Faith is the only thing that gets us through, believing that they just started living. That’s the only way to process something like this is to know this isn’t the end. It’s the beginning. And believing that. It’s not easy.”

Neither is confronting matters that are less than ideal or positive. But it can be valuable.