A prayer for someone in the hospital

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a prayer for someone in the hospital

“You want to know what Im afraid of? Im afraid of every morning when I wake up that this will be the day when I can no longer move for myself. I know its coming. Its just a matter of time until I have no choice, except to have someone else clothe me, feed me. Change my diaper. And I cant stand it. (Adron) Then why dont you kill yourself? Why are you still here? (Livia) Because every time I think of doing that, I can hear my family praying over me while I was in the hospital. I hear my mother weeping, my father begging me not to die on them. I could never intentionally hurt them that way. It would devastate them both, and while Im a pathetic asshole, Im not that selfish. (Adron)”
— Sherrilyn Kenyon —

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Almost everyone ends up in the hospital at some time of their lives.  Even if they don’t, they will have a friend or loved one that will.  Learning how to visit someone in the hospital is not just a skill for ministers and chaplains.  It is a skill every person should learn.

a prayer for someone in the hospital

Visiting the Hospital

Many people are intimidated by the hospital, but you don’t need to be.  It is a place of healing and caring.  In most settings you will find hospital staff to be kind and compassionate.  Sometimes the hospital building can be confusing to navigate, but usually there is a front desk where you can ask someone for guidance and directions.

When you visit someone who has been admitted to the hospital, here are some “Do’s” and “Don’ts”…

First, the “Don’ts”…

  1. Don’t stay too long.  They are sick, or hurt.  They probably don’t feel like entertaining guests for long.  They want to know that people care enough to come see them, but they still need their rest.  There are some exceptions.  Family may want you to hang around awhile for comfort and help.  You have to use your best judgment.
  2. Don’t sit on the bed.  You never know what that could do.  You could move the bed and hurt the patient.  You could even sit in something you don’t want to sit in.  One time my friend sat on someone’s bed only to find he was sitting in a pool of urine.  Yuk!  I think you get the picture.
  3. Don’t compare their sickness with other people or with yourself.  This can be offensive.  People don’t want their illness or injury to be compared to others.  Just talk to them about their issue.  Sometimes it is appropriate to mention others who are going through the same thing, but be careful about this.
  4. Don’t stand off at the edge of the room, approach them.  You came to visit, don’t look like you are scared of the patient.
  5. Don’t interfere with hospital staff.  This is the health care professional’s domain.  The patient is there to receive their care first and foremost.  Your visit is very important, but it is a support and not the primary care role while they are in the hospital.

Next, the “Do’s”…

  1. Knock first and open the door slowly.  You don’t want to hit anyone with the door.  You don’t want to come in too fast and catch them in an immodest position (going to the bathroom, getting a sponge bath, dressing, or breastfeeding).
  2. Leave a note if they are not there or if they are busy with hospital staff.  The patient may be getting direct care from nurses or may be away from the room for tests or rehab.  Leaving a note lets them know you care and came.
  3. Consider your tone.  Know who you are visiting and be sensitive to their emotional needs.  It is good to default on the side of being serious rather than joking. But know and assess the person.  Sometimes jesting is in order.  But you have to be careful.
  4. Be sensitive to their modesty needs.  Protect their modest always.  People feel like they lose a lot of dignity in the hospital.  Don’t make that worse.
  5. Do ask if you may pray for them.  Prayer is powerful.  It is powerful because God answers prayers.  But it is also emotionally powerful for the one being prayed for.  When you pray for someone, they experience a connection with God during a time of weakness and vulnerability.  They are often keenly aware of their dependence and can be deeply blessed to be assured of God’s care in their lives.  Make your prayer brief and positive.

The Bible tells us to “carry each other’s burden’s.” (Galatians 6:2)  Visiting someone in the hospital can be one way to do that.

Challenge:  Next time someone you know goes to the hospital, plan on visiting them and showing you care.

Question:  Can you add any other “do’s” or “don’ts” when it comes to hospital visits?  Share them with us.  You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Prayers for Hope and Healing is officially spreading its wings to fly this week!

As I’ve talked with people about the experiences that shaped this book, I’m reminded that my life journey has been vastly unique. Many hours have been spent in the hospital, from the time I was four years old watching my sister battle cancer, to the year-and-a-half spent dealing with my own health issues, to the months watching my sister wait for a heart transplant, to the recent medical crisis of my son.

The hospital is such a strange place that brings both fear and peace, angst and hope. If you know someone in the hospital, you may struggle to recognize what they need. You want to help but don’t know how. Maybe you’re planning to visit them, but you don’t want to show up empty-handed.

Each person’s needs are different, but here are some gift ideas that can be especially meaningful for someone in the hospital. Some of these work best for a long-term stay, while others can be helpful for shorter stays too.

Whether you want to cheer up a friend or simply let them know you care, allow these ideas to be a springboard of comfort and hope.

a prayer for someone in the hospital

  1. Eye mask for better sleep
  2. Comfortable slippers
  3. Lap pillow with a hard surface for writing or setting a book on top
  4. Sugar-free gum or mints
  5. Quality shampoo, conditioner, and body soap in travel-size containers
  6. Box of ultra-soft Kleenex
  7. Chapstick
  8. Therapeutic lotion (nothing overly scented!)
  9. Magazines
  10. Crossword puzzle book
  11. Coloring cards and colored pencils (These cards are some of my favorites.)
  12. iTunes gift card so they can download music or a new game on their phone
  13. Healthy snacks
  14. Travel Yahtzee or another game that can be played alone or with someone else
  15. A novel or collection of short stories
  16. A copy of Prayers for Hope and Healing

If you want to include a card of encouragement with your gift, I offer two free printable cards at this link.

Thanks for celebrating Release Day with me, and happy gift-giving! 🙂

a prayer for someone in the hospital

*photos by Jana at Twigy Posts

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