I hope this isn't a cop-out. I am not close enough with my parents to call them friends per se but, living about 20 minutes away from each other, we see each other on a somewhat regular basis. That said, I am very aware that my parents are wonderful and supportive and kind.
The last month has been really stressful and sad in some ways, but my folks and I got a bit closer through it. We talked and e-mailed back and forth but I recently had some time to visit, chat, (clean their house,) and eat a meal with them.
My parents are omnivores, and have spent a lot of time in France, so dairy, fish, or meat is often an element in their meals - even if only in small quantities. Since I've become vegan (about 7 years ago now) they've come around to enjoying the occasional meal without dairy or meat, and they certainly know how to enjoy their vegetables.
It's good to have reminders like this that while it's great that vegan food has come so far that we have almost any analogue we could ask for, there are few things nicer than real food with good people.