My Friend is Dying – What Do I Do?
As a friend you too will feel the shock and mixture of emotions that come when we learn someone we love is nearing the end of life.
Facing a dying friend can be very uncomfortable. We don’t know what to say or do. We feel like we are walking a razor’s edge trying to find the “correct” way to support. Too intrusive? Not helpful enough?
Sometimes someone else’s dying process can force us to confront our own mortality. Some will remove themselves all together, saying it is in the patient’s best interest.
Well, I hate to admit it, I have been there too. The longer I stayed away the guiltier I felt, and the harder it was to make an appearance.
Take time to process your own emotions, but do try to be there as a friend.