Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I is the Next Letter in Our A to Z blog

Inspiration can come in all kinds of tasks and emotional support from family or friends. Be creative.

I is the letter for inspiration and insight. When you have a family member who is going through an illness providing them with inspiration may be just what the doctor ordered. I don't mean earth shattering mountain moving inspiration necessarily but more of the hand holding, come on we can do this kind of inspiration. Here are a couple of ideas:

1. Instead of coming over empty handed bring a hot casserole. Providing a hot meal for the rest of the family may just be what is needed for this family.

2. Come with windex and paper towels. While visiting offer to do a small spring cleaning project. " Let me just get this window for you so you can see what a beautiful day it is." may be a task that needs doing but the ill person just doesn't want to ask.

3. An appropriate prayer book or journal is a thoughtful gift and may be more appreciated than candy or fruit which may not be easily digested depending on the illness and treatment. Comfort books say the things that are difficult to speak out loud and the person can read and appreciate while home alone.

4. Offer to do outside errands. "Let me go to the store for you" or " I will pick up the kids for you so you can rest." are great suggestions. Often the ill person doesn't want to burden with daily tasks but if offered will usually take you up on it.

Offering your time, meals, or tasks can often be just the inspiration and insight the ill friend or family member needs to regain strength and interest in life. Please feel free to suggest other ideas in the comment section.


Susanne Drazic said...

If you can't be with the ill person due to distance, sending cards, letters, pictures, and small packages can help to brighten the ill person's day. It lets them know you are thinking of them.

terri.forehand said...

Those are great suggestions,
Susanne, It is such a good feeling to know someone is thinking of you. Thanks for sharing those ideas.