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Empathy – an invitation in any setting

Patient care, in fact pastoral care in any setting, is more than just healing — it’s building a connection that encompasses mind, body and soul.

If you could stand in someone else’s shoes . . . hear what they hear. See what they see. Feel what they feel. Would you treat them differently?

Lynn L’Heureux writes towards the end of one of her weekly columns…

Our first gifts to those we visit should be compassion, not sympathy but empathy and the compassion to care and make a difference.

We need to be kind, to be humble, and to be gentle, patient, and understanding.  Sometimes it is hard, so we call on the Trinity, Our God to lead us through to success.  God wraps His love around us.  So we may bring His lambs in need, love and a family spirit.  We are called to serve them and be Christ to each one.  I believe we have to try to put ourselves in the place of the family who has lost all, especially hope and we have to in some way bring them hope and love them as our brothers and sisters, our family.  Look to the Holy Family as a model.  Leave the family you have just served with hope and love.  I often like to give them a hug (with their permission) and reassurance for things to get better.  They often say, “It already is better!”  Then I know God made a difference.

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