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Celadonne July 28th, 2015 4:18pm

I have a male friend in his 40s whose father is very ill. Advice on what to say to him to offer support? Seems emasculating/silly to ask if I can help in any way...?

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cmeszko99 New York
07/31/15 8:43 am

I'd just let him know that your there for him and if he needs anything don't hesitate to ask.

Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
07/28/15 5:14 pm

1. Be there for him
2. Avoid platitudes. I.e. "I know how you feel" (you don't)
3. Don't over commit or become too involved. Protect yourself.
4. Remember how important the moment is. Keep it sincere/warm. Share love openly but carefully.

Celadonne ballfield
07/28/15 8:45 pm

Very well thought out! Thank you!

allswel Minnesota
07/28/15 12:38 pm

"You are in my thoughts and prayers, let me know if there is anything I can do to help."
Greatest words to hear from someone who means it when you are going through tough times.

Maj Worth Economist
07/28/15 10:43 am

Say anything. It's better to come off clumsy and trying to be helpful, than say nothing and come off uncaring and apathetic. Bake a batch of cookies and just say something like if you need help, give me a call.

Maj Worth Economist
07/28/15 10:45 am

Caregiving takes a lot out of the caregiver emotionally and physically. So anything that might give him a smile. 😊

EarlyBird Portland
07/28/15 9:23 am

Wish I could help you but I'm terrible at this too.

Celadonne ballfield
07/28/15 9:28 am

Aww, thanks anyway!

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
07/28/15 9:22 am

You are in my prayers, if I can help in anyway just call.. Here's my number!

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
07/28/15 9:23 am

Not these exact words.. But something like this