Item description for Call Me If You Need Anything...and Other Things Not to Say: A Guide to Helping Others Through Tragedy or Grief by Cathy Peterson...
Overview Because they do not know what to say or do, many people feel awkward or shy away from those who are suffering from terminal illnesses or who have experienced loss or other tragedies. With insights from personal experience, Cathy Peterson turns awkward conversations into words of comfort and good intentions into real help and encouragement. She provides sensible advice on everything from sending cards to mowing the lawn to offering condolences, including advice on what not to say.
Publishers Description Many people shy away from those who have terminal illnesses or have suffered other tragedies or losses, because they do not know what to do or to say. They want to be helpful, to show their concern, but they feel awkward and afraid their actions or words will be inappropriate. Call Me If You Need Anything...and Other Things Not to Say can help even the most unsure provide care and comfort to others during the challenging times of their lives. With insights from personal experience, Cathy Peterson turns good intentions into real help and encouragement for the patient and family. She provides sensible advice, not philosophical rhetoric, on everything from sending cards to bringing food, to spending time, to sharing condolences. Peterson even includes guidance on what not to do or say. Call Me If You Need Anything...and Other Things Not to Say is straightforward guidance on how to show that you really do care.
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More About Cathy Peterson
Cathy Peterson writes from personal experience and a desire to help others. Her story-and her late husband's-became widely known when her husband's cancer treatment was complicated by his layoff from Enron. Mrs. Peterson has been a guest on The Phil Donahue Show and has been interviewed on CNN and Fox TV. She is also the author of Flashlight Walking from Ave Maria Press.
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Practical guide for grief support Jul 26, 2006
Cathy Peterson has composed a practical and effective guidebook on how to be supportive of persons experiencing loss and grief. (She also includes a number of things NOT to say or do.) Her suggestions are based on her own experience of losing a beloved husband to cancer. I was so impressed with this book that I bought a copy for each of our church's leaders, for them to read, discuss, and use.
Useful! Useful! Useful! Apr 8, 2005
What an engaging yet profoundly practical book chock-full of specifics for those who want to offer "a cup of water" in Jesus' name. I will not shelve this book.
Call me if you need anything....... Apr 4, 2005
Cathy has written a practical advice book that anyone can use. It would be good for churches to hand out to those who represent the church in their ministry to members. This book would also be good resource for trust officers, as well as the everyday person who would "do" something if they only knew what to do. The book gives the reader an insight into Cathy and her wonderful attitude on life.
Inspiring and Practical Apr 2, 2005
When a friend or loved one is coping with profound grief, we all feel compassion and want to help in any way possible. Very few of us, however, know the right thing to do and say, ultimately choosing to do nothing rather than mis-step. Cathy takes us through those emotions and provides inspiring and practical advice on the small things we can all do to emotionally support friends in their time of need. Cathy's first book, "Flashlight Walking," took readers through the emotionally gut-wrenching process of slowly losing her husband after a long battle with cancer, made more difficult and complicated by the downfall of his employer, Enron. In this book, Cathy works through the lessons learned in the grieving process.