Throughout this pandemic, people are facing traumas of many kinds. People are facing a deadly virus, but there are still day-to-day struggles that are taking place in people’s lives. When you think about the people you love, it can be overwhelming to determine the best way to care for a loved one during their time of suffering. Although nobody can fix every problem, there are many small things you can do that brighten the lives of the people around you.
The most meaningful thing we can do for those around us is to become a good listener. Many people want to give advice, but few people are willing to sit and listen. Although there are times that people need advice, there are more times that people need someone to talk to. By practicing active listening with those you love, you can show them how much you truly care for a loved one. When people feel heard, they feel loved and known.
Write a Note
Sometimes when people are suffering, they just need to know that someone is thinking of them. Consider randomly dropping a note or a gift in the mail that would show someone how much you love them. Random acts of kindness can be extremely meaningful. In the season we are currently facing in our nation, many things cause division and isolation. Focus on what you can do to be a bridge of kindness to those around you.
Do the Right Thing
Sometimes those who are suffering do not want to do the one thing that may be best for them. It’s important not to force your opinion on others, rather, take the time to gently explain some options that may help their current situation. For example, elderly family members may need assistance determining what type of care is right for them. If you have a family member that is a veteran, they may need help accessing veterans disability benefits. By researching the things that may help your loved ones, you can help them make an informed choice about what is best for them in the long run.
When people are suffering, they are more likely to act rashly and react poorly to ideas and conversations. Take a step back and remember that the person you are talking to is currently suffering. It is important to show grace and be patient with those you care for.
Caring for a loved one can be difficult at times. It is important to be selfless in your interactions with those who are suffering. Put yourself in their shoes. Can you show extra grace to someone when you know the trials that they are facing? You can show someone you truly care for a loved one when you listen well, provide informed solutions, and allocate extra effort into caring for them. Sometimes, just one small word or gesture could make a huge difference in someone’s day! What can you do today that is meaningful to someone you love?
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