Have you ever had a sick loved one? This week a close family friend endured a heart valve transplant operation. It has been a roller coaster ride and I’d like to share three ways we found to help.
1. Pray – We’ve been praying asking God to guide the physician’s hands and for a quick recovery.
They set up a group chat to keep us posted on progress. It’s a very helpful way to communicate.
2. Visit – If your loved one invites you for a visit to the hospital or their home, it is an encouraging way to help him/her.
I must reiterate being invited, because I learned as a teen that you never just show up. I thought I would stop by to see how my coworker was doing at the hospital and, to my surprise, she became agitated and told me to leave.
3. Serve – We ask folks how we can help; even if it is picking up some milk at the grocery store. In this instance, our friend asked us to coordinate some meals so they don’t have to cook when they return home.
I set up a meal schedule using Meal Train that allows folks to pick a day and time to drop off a meal they prepared.
Another successful program we have used is Sonshine at church wherein volunteers make a meal and drop it off at the person’s home. We benefited from it when my second child was born. It was helpful feeding our family of mom, dad, toddler and newborn.
Another cool program my husband was a part of as a volunteer firefighter was the women’s auxiliary wherein wives cooked meals, stored them at the firehouse and after a fire call, the guys would chow down.
So, these are just some of the ways we help ill loved ones. Of course, there are little things we do to nurse minor sickness such as make them comfortable, serve soup, read to them, give a card or dispense meds to get them back on their feet.
What are some ways you help ill loved ones?