As someone who’s lived through a cancer diagnosis, I saw first-hand how people struggle with what to say to the sick person – and potentially dying. A little bit of kindness and compassion can go a long way for anyone, but especially someone who’s dealing with a serious medical crisis.
It’s understandable that healthy friends or family members might be uncomfortable facing the illness of a loved one. But rather than say or do nothing because you don’t know what to say or do, muster up your courage and vow to be supportive.
The following ice-breakers can help you get started. The suggestions aren’t heavy or deep. Your sick loved one probably spends a significant amount of time in their own head being heavy and deep. You can be a supportive diversion, while still acknowledging their struggle.
Try out these simple and handy-dandy all-purpose “I care” statements and actions:
I hope it goes without saying that whatever you say or do should be genuine. Don’t tell someone you’ll pray for them if you won’t. Don’t tell someone you’ve always admired them if you haven’t. There are plenty of genuine kind and caring things you can say or do.
You can never go wrong being supportive or thoughtful toward the sick and dying – or to anyone in life, period.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comments below!
Do you or your sick friend need some Christian inspiration to help you through? You might enjoy these book reviews for Christian books whose theme is about handling life through challenges:
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