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Please Read to Me


Emily Dickinson said in one of her poems, “There is no frigate like a book to take us miles away.”  Reading to someone does just that:  It can help them forget for a little while their pain, their loneliness, their anxiety. When Jack was in his eighties his eyesight was diminished and he was too […]

Getting Out and About


Instead of lecturing my husband and me to “get out of the house and do something fun” after I had a miscarriage, some friends sent us dated coupons for a dinner at our favorite restaurant along with movie gift cards.  Those gifts helped get us out of the house and take a break from suffering. […]

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Our friend has cancer. Our neighbor is unemployed. Our parent is elderly. Individuals who need our comfort and care are all around us. The problem, however, arises when our hearts say, “Go,” but our heads say, “No.” We may tend to avoid these situations because we don’t know what to say or do. Does that […]



Do you ever wonder what foods to take to a ill friend or a coworker or neighbor who is going through a challenging time? There is a wonderful online tool which offers lots of ideas. TakeThemAMeal.com offers recipes and helpful ideas when providing meals for a loved one. For example, You may wonder what dishes […]

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, […]

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.

The Loneliest Day of the Week


Which day of the week is the loneliness day for widows and widowers? Glenda’s husband was killed in a private plane crash and she says, “I was completely devastated. It took about fifteen months before I was able to function in a fairly normal capacity without breaking into tears.” She says, “There was significant letdown […]