The most important thing you can give to someone with cancer is your time
- Time to talk
- Time away from household chores
- Time away from worrying about family life and kids
Not everyone will need the same help and support, so you need to know the person that you are giving your time to, or work out from their circumstances what they may need.
To Hug or not to Hug
Sometimes cancer hurts and hugs can hurt. Sometimes, people don’t need hugs as it reminds them of their vulnerability. But sometimes, people need a hug, a bit of human warmth and contact to remind them that they are not alone. So, if you would normally hug this person, simply ask before you hug.
Take Time For Yourself.
When you find out that someone you know has cancer, it is also important to address your own emotions. It is perfectly okay to feel a range of emotions from sad, angry, scared, or even numb. Whatever you are feeling, try to be sensitive and empathetic to the person who’s ill. It’s okay to tell them you are upset but don’t let it overrun you leading to them having to comfort you.
We have a range of resources for you, if you know someone with cancer
We have many resources for people who know someone with cancer, to help and inform during various stages and treatments, which you can find in this link – When Your Friend Or Loved-One Has Cancer
- Gifts To Show Support –CancerParcel.com
- Articles To Help You Help – Cancer-Talk.com
- Explainer Infographics For Friends And Family – CancerInfoForFriends.com
- Free Cancer Empathy Cards – CancerEmpathyCards.com
- Three Days Of Tips To Help You Help Your Friend With Cancer – CancerTipsForFriends.com
- How To Support Someone Going Through Chemotherapy
- How To Help Someone Going Through Radiotherapy
- Eight Ways to Support a Friend with Cancer
- Talking About Cancer
- How to be a Friend to Someone with Cancer
- What Can I Do For My Friend With Cancer? Five Steps To Help
- Helping A Friend With Cancer: What You Need to Know