Often times what we need is just someone kind to say, “I’m thinking of you and wondering how you’re handling life right now. I’m keeping you here, in my heart.”
Part of the reason I created the You Are Here guided cancer binder was so that others could give an actual gift to someone they loved who had been recently diagnosed with cancer. To be able to do something when they feel at a loss.
First let’s talk about the moment you first hear the news of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis. The moment that causes a sharp intake of breath. It’s hard navigating what to do next. How to respond and how to show up for that person in a meaningful way.
Along with the binder, here are some other ideas of what you can do:
Send a thoughtful card. Hand written is best and via snail mail is next level. These Em & Friends cards are my go-to for many reasons. My love for genuinely real and witty empathy cards knows no bounds!
The gift of groceries. In the form of a gift card, delivery or a bag of basics just left on the porch — this will always be a welcome gift. Grieving families need to be fed. Bonus points for non-toxic and healthier options like a gift card to Thrive Market.
Affirmation reminders. Thoughtful positivity can be everything when life feels especially heavy. These mirror decals provide an instant boost.
Music is medicine. Am I right? Create a healing playlist with songs that make you think of them or let them make their own by gifting a Spotify subscription.
Words. In any form. Often cancer treatment can bring with it a lot of isolation and down time. Books can offer so much – an escape, learning and hope! My favorite way to “read” is actually by listening so I loved when a friend gifted me with an audible subscription.
These are just a handful of ideas to get you started. Really something as simple as a regular text, just checking in, can be the best gift of all. People love to know that they matter you.
These gift guides will be a continuing series so stay tuned for more thoughtful ideas in future posts!