Kindness Handbook: When You Want to Help, but Don't Know What to Do

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"If there is anything I can do to help, please call me." So many of us leave it at that. But how do you extend meaningful help to people in need? Author Jeri-Lynn Johnson offers specific, practical suggestions for what you can do when someone you know is struggling to cope with trauma. Here are recommendations of what to say and what not to say. Specific acts of kindness that will help relieve stress, anxiety, hopelessness, or fear. This ready reference will help anyone who has a willing heart but who might wonder, "How can I be of assistance?" ...
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Overview

"If there is anything I can do to help, please call me." So many of us leave it at that. But how do you extend meaningful help to people in need? Author Jeri-Lynn Johnson offers specific, practical suggestions for what you can do when someone you know is struggling to cope with trauma. Here are recommendations of what to say and what not to say. Specific acts of kindness that will help relieve stress, anxiety, hopelessness, or fear. This ready reference will help anyone who has a willing heart but who might wonder, "How can I be of assistance?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573459167
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
General Guidelines 1
Are You Worried about What Not to Do? Here Are the Most Common Don'ts 3
What You Can Say 5
Abuse (Spouse/Partner/Child) 6
Statistics 6
Recognize Signs of Abuse 7
What You Can Do 7
Child Abuse 9
What You Can Do 9
Suggested Reading 10
For Adult Survivors 11
For Further Information 11
Organizations 11
Addictions (Drug and Alcohol) 13
What You Can Do 16
What You Can Do to Insulate Teens against Drug Use 17
Suggested Reading 20
For Further Information 20
Adversity 22
What You Can Do 23
What You Can Say 24
Suggested Reading 26
Death and Suicide 27
Death of a Spouse 27
Death of a Child 29
To Help Children Cope with Loss 32
Death of a Teen 34
Suicide 34
Prevention 37
What You Can Do (for Someone Who Is Talking about Suicide) 37
Warning Signs 38
Myths and Facts 38
Death in the Workplace 39
The Grieving Process 40
What You Can Say 40
What You Can Do 41
"Don't Cry for Me" 46
Preparing for Your Own Death 48
Suggested Reading 49
Books on Suicide 51
For Counseling Services in Coping with Loss 51
For Further Information 51
Disability 53
What You Can Do and Say 53
Disabling Accidents 55
People in Wheelchairs 56
Things to Do with People in Wheelchairs 58
About Transportation 58
Suggested Reading 59
Books for Children 60
For Further Information 60
Diseases and Specific Conditions 62
What You Can Do 62
Terminal Illnesses 64
A Friend's Story 65
What You Can Do and Say 66
Suggested Reading Tips 68
For Additional Information on Diseases 68
Suggested Reading on Terminal Illnesses 69
For Additional Information on Terminal Illnesses 69
Divorce 70
Suggested Reading 74
Moving (Relocation) 75
What You Can Do 76
When Someone New Moves into the Neighborhood 76
Suggested Reading 77
For Further Information 78
A Word to the Wise 78
Physical Pain (Arthritis/Backaches/Migraine/Headaches) 79
What You Can Do 80
Suggested Reading 81
Additional Information 82
Service 83
Why Should We Serve Others? 83
What You Can Do 83
Suggested Reading 85
For Further Information 85
Favorite Quotes and Scriptural References 85
Surgery (Before or After) 91
What You Can Do 91
Before Surgery 92
While the Patient Is in the Hospital 92
When the Patient Comes Home from the Hospital 92
Suggested Reading 93
Juvenile Literature 93
Teenagers 94
Teenage Pregnancy 94
The Options 95
What You Can Do 97
Wayward Children 97
What You Can Do 99
Ask Yourself These Questions 101
College Students and Drugs 102
Suggested Reading for Teen Pregnancy 103
Suggested Reading for Parents of Wayward Children 103
For Further Information on Teen Pregnancy 105
For Further Information on Wayward Children 105
Unemployment 107
Homelessness 108
What You Can Do for People Who Are Unemployed 109
What You Can Do for the Homeless 110
What Not to Do for the Homeless 110
Suggested Reading to Help Those Who Are Unemployed 111
About the Author 113
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