How can I reach out to a hurting family?

Written by M. Larson

hurtingfamilyHow can I reach out to a family whose son attempted suicide and is in a coma?


1. You could send a sympathetic card, and tell them that you are praying for them and their son. You could include some comforting Scriptures such as these:

“Casting all your care upon him, because he cares for you” ( Isaiah 23:6)

“Come to me, all you who are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest” – Jesus (Matthew 11:28)

” I sought the Lord and he heard me, and he delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4)

“Be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication,with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God – and the peace of God that passes all understanding will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)

2. You could call and ask how things are going with their son, and assure them of your prayers; listen and sympathize.

3. You could find out when the mother will be at hospital and go by and keep her company in her bedside watch for a while. That would give her a chance to unload some of the heaviness of her heart to you. You could bring her a New Testament for her to read as she sits with her son.

4. And of course you can pray for the son, parents, and other relatives. I have often done things like this, and sorrowing people are usually appreciative of comfort and prayers.

May God bless you for your compassion.

In Christ’s love, Dr. Muriel

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