You are obviously very caring and compassionate, and anyone would be lucky to have you as a friend. But the information you have provided seems to indicate this is someone who was careful to compartmentalize your friendship into this "virtual only" little make-believe world. This is one of the problems that society in general has struggled with in this era of virtual on-line relationships.
It used to be that people you knew were people you could touch. You lived next to them, went to school with them, sat next to them in church every week, were part of a real physical community. Only afte