HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge meets the First Saturday of each month at 11am at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. For more info call Jan: 225-337-1633. We welcome all faiths or none.
13 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend
1. Just listen until it hurts to not say anything…. and then listen some more.
2. Ask, ” What one thing can I pray about for you today that no one else is praying for?
3. Accept that the illness may not go away. If he’s learning to accept it, don’t say, ” your illness is winning!”
4. Purchase matching coffee mugs for you and your friend and them commit to pryaing for one another every time you use them or wash them.
5. Remember the family of your chronically ill friend. Offer to take the kids to a park or bring a pizza and movie over one evening.
6. Be a refuge. Don’t share all the latest cures or new medications you’ve heard. Have faith that she is making well-researched decisions about her treatment.
7. Ask, “Would you be comfortable having your name on a prayer list. Don’t assume it’s okay.
8. Understand that Christians and everyone do get depressed.
9. Affirm that she is coping well, even when she doesn’t feel like it. tell her she inspires you.
10.Ask your church to add more disabled parking spaces. and to let the chronically ill have free access to sermons on CD/Web.
11. Instead of saying, ” Let me know if you need anything.” Offer specific ways to help. Like, “I’d like to bring you dinner next week, Would Monday or Tuesday work better? Do you have any special dietary needs?”
12. Let him know he is in your thoughts. Call to say hello, send a short note, email him a comic or a devotional. Little things mean a lot..
13. Bring her something that will make her laugh.