Caring for people who are hurting

What resolutions did you make for this year? You may have already chosen your goals for the year, or you might still be thinking about how to make this year a little better than the last. Either way, here’s one resolution you might include on your list: Seize opportunities to care for people who are hurting.

We’re all likely to know someone facing challenging times—illness, grief, job loss, or some other life difficulty. Reaching out and being a caring presence to a person in that kind of situation can make a bigger difference than we realize.

Of course, such goals can sometimes be difficult to stick to. To help with this one, here are three resources that can enhance your care for others.

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart is an essential guide on how to care for and relate to people as they encounter difficult times in life. Forged from author Kenneth C. Haugk’s own experiences of suffering, the book draws on extensive research with more than 4,200 people who have experienced various kinds of suffering in their lives, offering key insights and suggestions of what to say and do—and what not to say or do—when people are hurting.

With its biblical foundation, compassionate approach, and concrete ideas, Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart will help you bring God’s loving presence to hurting people when they need it most.

Journeying through Grief is a set of four short, easy-to-read books that offer words of comfort and hope to those grieving the loss of a loved one. Individuals and organizations send each of the Journeying through Grief books to grieving people at specific, crucial times during that first year after a loved one dies. Each book focuses on what the person is likely to be experiencing at that time and provides care, assurance, encouragement, and hope.

Journeying through Grief is a simple yet powerful way to extend care again and again during that difficult first year.

Although the books are designed to help those in the first year of grief, people whose loss was more than a year ago have also found them extremely helpful.

Each set includes four mailing envelopes and a tracking card to help you know when to send the books.

Cancer—Now What? is a book to give to those with cancer and their loved ones, providing useful information and practical ideas for dealing with the wide range of medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings. With 74 concise chapters organized into 12 topical parts, people can read the book from beginning to end or directly to whatever chapters address their needs at any given time.

Cancer—Now What? draws on the experiences and insights Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk gained as he walked alongside his wife, Joan, during her battle with cancer. It then builds on that foundation through extensive research conducted with over 3,500 cancer survivors, loved ones, and medical professionals. The book is written in a warm, conversational style, encouraging and empowering readers throughout their journey.

Giving this book to those facing cancer is a powerful, meaningful way to offer tangible care and support during a difficult time. People who give the book include friends, relatives, pastors and church staff, oncologists and other medical professionals, business professionals, and many others.

Each copy of Cancer—Now What? includes a Quick Tips card, which offers suggestions for how readers might use the book.

You can order these books through our congregation. The cost of each book ranges from $15-25 plus shipping.