Well, one of the guys I wrote to actually did reply. He's since asked how I've been doing, which I appreciate immensely. He was away and thus the reason he wasn't able to answer my email immediately.
I know he knows how it feels because he's lost family in the past few years as well. I'm grateful that he's been a good friend, as he's always proven to be in the past. We might argue sometimes, but he always comes through in the end.
That's what friendship is all about.