What To Do When a Loved One Is In Pain

support for a friend in needWhat do you do when a family member or a close friend is in pain, I mean really suffering, and there is nothing you can do to change their situation?

I find myself in this place where my heart breaks for my friend but I am helpless in making any kind of difference in her circumstances.

Here’s what I know, however, it’s that when someone reaches out to you because they trust you, they are not looking to you to fix the problem.  They are just looking for a safe place to land and get support and encouragement.

You can’t change their reality, but you can remind them of all the things you love and admire about them.  Their strength, their courage, their resilience.  You can tell them how much you care about them and that you know they will come out of it, or get through it and be even stronger because of it.  You can just listen while they cry and let them know you are deeply sorry they have to go through it, that you will be there for them whenever they need to let down.

That’s what true love is, in my opinion.  A friend or family member who can be trusted, who never judges, who listens and who reminds them of the incredible person they really are.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation?  What have you done to help someone in need?

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