November 2017
How To Have A Great Visit With A Sick Loved One/Friend

Last week I was reminded again how difficult it can be to pass the time meaningfully when visiting a sick loved one or friend. While silence is important, I often observe visitors sitting with a loved one or friend, saying nothing, the body language of both suggesting a combination of anxiety and boredom. Even worse, allowing the television to fill the time during visits creates zombies of everyone.

I think most of us feel anxiety visiting someone who is ill. In many ways, visiting a sick person is unusual, as the experience is, by necessity, filled with concern for the future, often thinking about what might happen next. What to do? Can we plan for this visits?



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