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Make Your Offer Specific


Make your offer specific.  Say, “I would like to come over Monday at 3:00 to bake cookies,” “read you a book,” “clean your kitchen,” “…wash your windows,” or whatever.  If you say, “Call me anytime for anything,” I won’t know what you want to do or when you are free, so I probably won’t ask. […]

Thoughtful Gifts

The following are suggestions from families who have received thoughtful gifts that helped them cope.
■Our family greatly appreciated the gift of restaurant gift cards when we were going through a crisis. No one felt like cooking, and going to a restaurant got us “up” and “out.”
■Cook a dinner for my family. (Bring the food in disposable containers or include your name on the returnable containers.)

Special Spirit Lifters

Be our dinner guests. When I was critically ill and confined to my home, it was the highlight of our day when friends not only brought dinner, but also joined us for dinner and conversation. (The dinner-guest schedule was arranged by a caring friends and by my parish nurse.) A friend typed my favorite Bible verses in large print on her computer. I posted one verse in each room of my home, so that when I walked into a room I had something positive to read and think about. Ask the person for their favorite verses or use my favorites; Proverbs 3:5; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 115:1; Isiah 49:15,16; Jeremiah 29:11-14.


Everyone has times during the week when they tend to feel most alone. Evenings – weekend evenings in particular – can be tough.  Make a standing date with me to go to a movie or out for dinner, or invite me to join you in taking a fun weekly class. I’m lonely.  Invite me to your […]