What to Say to Someone Who’s Sick

This NY Times article speaks to the sense of vulnerability felt by the one who is sick, especially for a long time, and the desire to help felt by those around him or her.

‘You Look Great’ and Other Lies

What do you think?

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4 responses to “What to Say to Someone Who’s Sick

  1. I love Bruce Feiler’s writing. Once again, he has offered great help on a difficult subject. I think his “nevers” are pretty much on target, although some of us really do think and pray about people for real (and mean it.) Also, I think it doesn’t hurt to leave room for what someone most needs, if they can articulate it. I also know that offering to help in a tangible way can be more powerful than the open-ended “What can I do to help?”
    What did you think of the article?

    • I think he is spot on. What is needed is action to help with everyday things like food, cleaning, household maintenance. If the person can’t articulate it, it doesn’t mean he or she still doesn’t need that. Offering extremely practical help is the best thing to do.

  2. AMEN!!

  3. Got it. Thank you.

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