You may want to comfort a friend or loved one who’s struggling with cancer, but you’re not sure what exactly to say.
Lori Hope, author of Help Me Live: 20 Things People with Cancer Want You to Know, offers several suggestions:
▪ Say “I’d like to ask how you’re doing, but I don’t want to bring it up if you don’t want to talk about it. What would you prefer?”
▪ Ask, “How’s it going?” not “How are you feeling?” That allows people to talk about their illness or to introduce a different topic to discuss, if they prefer.
▪ If you do offer to help in some way, be specific. Say you’ll bring dinner or baby-sit the children.
In addition, be sure to always keep them in your prayers.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
Guide us with Your Word, Lord