Yesterday, through a crowd of people, I saw a man fall down heavily on the pavement. As I walked towards him, I could see that he was old, but not that old. He tried, as everyone always does, to act as if nothing had happened, in an effort to preserve his dignity. People passing him also acted as if nothing happened, as did I.
In such a situation I feel that what is required is real attention to what has just occurred:
The question " Are you all right? " asked with genuine concern by a passer-by. A cup of tea and a chair perhaps offered by a nearby friendly cafe.
Too late to prevent a fall, but not too late perhaps to cushion the blow.