As a nurse working at a children’s hospital I see parents and families going through one of the hardest times in their life. The worry of having an ill child is trying. They are stressed, exhausted and scared. Rightfully so.
As a friend or family member sometimes you do not know exactly what to do to provide support. You want to help but are unsure how.
Here are 3 tips on how to be there for the parents or family of a child who is hospitalized.
- Write a little thoughtful message on a card and include a Visa gift card of any denomination you can afford. Everything adds up quick in the hospital. Such as the cost of the cafeteria food, the hospital parking and the gas!
- Set up a time to visit the family in the hospital. After spending a few hours in the hospital you can get a little stir crazy. If you cannot visit then send thoughtful texts randomly letting the family know you are thinking of them.
- Make a gift basket with travel size toiletries, magazines and a good book to read. Include some yummy snacks too!
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