(Closed) NWR–what can I do for my friend whose brother is maybe dying?

posted 9 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think your thoughts and prayers count more than anything at this point.

The only thing I thought of off the top of my head was a hospital/waiting bundle.  I used to bring this to my cousin when she was in the cancer hospital with her daughter.  Candy/snacks, magazines, books, SB gift card.  It’s hard to pass the time if you’re just sitting around and waiting for news.

I will say a prayer for your friend as well.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think what you are doing is the best thing you can do. You have let him know that you are there for him, and that you very much care what is going on. The best thing you can do, is be sure to answer the phone when he calls. You have offered your help, and prayers, and that is helping him right now. Whatever happens, being there for him after the fact, will mean more to him.

Right now things are crazy, and you just kind of have to let him and his family take care of it.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@EJS: I know my cousin appreciated it immensely.  The hospital food s*cks, you don’t have change for the vending machines, and they have like 3 magazines in the waiting room.  Plus you obviously don’t want to leave the hospital to make a run to Barnes and Noble or something.  And they’re liable to get tons of flowers that they can’t do anything with. 

Also, maybe quarters for the pay phones…?  You can’t use your cell inside.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Hotchild is exactly right, when Mr. Holiday’s sister was in the hospital we just sat around.  So a waiting bundle is a good idea. I stocked it with all sorts of snacking foods and magazines, Oh and madlibs I know it sounds weird but even there you need something to smile/laugh at.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh thats great news!  Honestly, and I’m not too religious, I think posting this was a good so that some of us here can say prayers for him also.  I hope he continues to get well.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m glad he’s doing better, EJS!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh thats great news!  Honestly, and I’m not too religious, I think the prayers may have worked!  I hope he continues to get well.  

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree that praying is the best thing you can do!

But the hospital bag is a good idea too. When my mom was in the hospital with my brother for a few months, I took her a bag filled with magazines, some cheap make-up (My mom never likes to not have makeup on and i knew she hadn’t brought her nice makeup with her), snacks, soduku, nail polish, etc. Anything I could think of to keep her busy while she just stared at the wall day after day. 

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