5 Ways to Support Someone In Need
By Chris Jaeger on August 21, 2013
In moments of darkness, sometimes friends and family are the only light. When words can’t say enough consider these You Have My Support Gifts. If you know someone who has lost a loved one, suffering from ill health, or is having a tough time in life- show your support. The people who support you and uplift you during time of difficulty are beyond doubt the people who are meant to be in your life forever. If you don’t know what to say or how to show your sympathy, here are some Gifts for Support:
1) Lend Them an Ear to Listen: We all know that sometimes it feels good just to let it all out. Show your support by lending them an ear to listen. Whether they want to talk about how they feel or not, at least let them know you are always there to listen. Sometimes it can be hard to open up to others without feeling judged so if you are listening- make sure they know you’re engaged and care by giving positive body language through eye contact, nodding your head to show your listening, and even a rub on the back or hug when necessary.
2) Send a Card or a Gift to Let Them Know You Are There: Receiving a card or gift is a great reminder that you are not alone. It’s hard to know what ways to show support, but one good tip is to put yourself in their shoes. If you were sad and hurt, wouldn’t a surprise card or gift make you feel touched? It can be heartwarming to know that someone is thinking about you during your time of struggle.
3) Respect their need for privacy and space: Everyone handles grief and downfalls differently. Although you may want to say, give, and do things until there is no more hurt- sometimes that isn’t possible. Don’t be too pushy. If they know you’re there and care, let them come to you when they are ready. Ultimately it comes down to them digesting the news and making adjustments, you are there for support- make sure you aren’t adding more stress to the issue!
4) Make Them Something Homemade: If you live near someone in need, swing by and drop off a homemade meal. It may seem cliché, but if any of you have struggled- you know anything that will help make each day a little easier is greatly valued. If they don’t live close by…
5) Send Them a Gift Card and Offer Your Help. You can always offer your help, but often times it wouldn’t be taken up even if it was needed. A gift card is a forceful way to lend out a hand to of help. Whether it’s to the local grocery store, restaurant, or gift card to pamper someone- eventually it will be used and certainly appreciated.
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