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Don’t abandon loved ones who are ill, grieving or going through loss

11-16-2019

I want you to meet my friend, Christina. 

Christina is beautiful woman who is raising six children, running a business, and going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. 

Of course, there is so much more to her than that. You can search her name on Amazon to find her books and learn more. But today, I very much want to encourage you to watch this short video that Christina made as a plea to people to not abandon those we love when times are tough. 

When I saw this video posted on Christina's Facebook page, it touched me so deeply. I immediately asked Christina if she would let me share it. And she generously said yes.

Here's what this video is about, in short:
What can we say or do when a loved one is going through cancer, loss, grief, divorce, depression, or any other major life change? Dr. Christina Hibbert speaks from the heart in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer and shares some thoughts on how crucial it is to reach out — even if we feel unsure or uncomfortable. 

I really want you to watch her 10-minute video

I know that many of us, myself included, can feel so unsure of ourselves when someone we know is going through a hard time.

We can wait for the right thing to say or do. And we wait. And wait. All the while, that person is truly needing our love and presence. 

Christina generously shares some actual words we can say to people so we don't wait. 

Please watch her video and use it as an inspiration to reach out TODAY to someone who needs your love. 

However, if you don't watch that beautiful video, at least please read these words from Christina: 

"Let me just encourage you, if you know someone (and I know we all do) who you feel like needs a little extra help and love —they’re depressed, they’re struggling with a new diagnosis, they are going through a divorce, they have lost someone or something dear to them, a tough anniversary is coming around, or whatever it might be — Just PLEASE SAY SOMETHING. 

Reach out and say “You are on my mind. I care about you. I love you. I am here. I don’t know what to do and I don’t know what to say but I care. And I am here. I am willing to do whatever I can for you. I love you.”

Say or do SOMETHING. Please."

A life of celebration includes authentic love and presence. A life of celebration includes the deep love we share with people and our ability to be vulnerable. A life of celebration includes showing up, even when it is uncomfortable. 

Real celebration is this: Love in action. 

Reach out today, okay? 

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,
xo Sherry