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What Would You Like For Dinner?


What would you like for dinner? That is what I asked my friend when she was recovering from a serious infection. Then I gave her a choice: “Would you like a chicken dish, pasta, soup and salad or pork tenderloin?” She immediately responded emphatically, “Not chicken. We have had chicken three days in a row, […]

Beethoven and Caregiving


Today’s caregiving advice comes from Beethoven: Beethoven was not known for his social grace.  Because of his deafness, he found conversation difficult and humiliating.  However, when he heard of the death of a friend’s son, Beethoven hurried to the house, overcome with grief.  He had no words of comfort to offer but he saw a […]

Consider the Question


When you are caring for someone who is suffering, consider asking yourself, “What does this person enjoy doing during normal/healthy times?” David enjoyed watching and identifying birds. So when he was seriously ill and spent most of his time in bed, a neighbor built a bird feeder which fit outside his bedroom window. David said, […]

Say Three Little Words


Say, “I know you are hurting, and I really care about that. If you want to talk about it, I’ll listen.” Then let the person talk without interrupting.

Tell me, “You have been in my thoughts.” That is a greeting which will allow me to choose my response. If I feel a need to share any feelings or thoughts, I can do so, or I can choose to say simply, “Thank you,” and go on to talk of other things.

A Meaningful Sympathy Card


Receiving a note or card is like being hugged. Elsie, whose son committed suicide, said, “I especially valued those sympathy cards and notes which contained some of the sender’s personal thoughts and words remembering something that they admired or appreciated about my deceased loved one.” There are many beautiful sympathy cards available, but to make […]