What to Do When Your Loved One Is Suffering

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What to Do When Your Loved One Is Suffering by Mind Map: What to Do When Your Loved One Is Suffering

1. Avoid letting your fear take over

1.1. Fear can make things more difficult.

1.2. It can cloud your judgment and make you choose the wrong path to help those you care about.

1.3. Ensure that fear isn’t affecting your decisions.

2. Listen to their wishes

2.1. Your loved ones may want to talk about big decisions. Refrain from interrupting them or stop the conversation.

2.2. Listen and pay attention to what they want to say.

2.3. Avoid the impulse to judge, criticize, or argue.

2.4. Your loved ones need to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts with you. You may be the only support they have right now.

3. Recognize that you can’t fix everything

3.1. Accept the limitations and try to make the best of the situation.

3.2. Understand that sometimes your loved one needs to be in charge and make their own decisions.

4. Ask for help

4.1. Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak. Many times, it takes great strength to ask for help.

4.2. To be at your best, take time to take care of yourself, too. If you’re sick, worn out or tired, then you can’t be an effective helper.

4.3. Reach out to others to grow your network of support so you can get help when it’s necessary.

5. Be careful how you try to cheer them up

5.1. Trying to cheer up your loved one may not work out well. Be sensitive to their emotions.

5.2. If you try to show them pictures or videos of happier times, they may become sadder.

5.3. If you try to invite friends over and throw a party, they may feel uncomfortable and out of place.

5.4. Before you jump in and try to cheer up others, stop and think about how they really feel.