When struggling with a major illness, Lynn Coye appreciated most the friends who didn’t try to cheer her up.

“When my dad was in his final months, friends visited him in the long-term care facility and said things like, “I have faith it will all turn out fine,” or “I know you’ll be back on your feet in no time.” I watched one woman grip his hand and remind him to keep up the positive attitude he was famous for, as though it might be a magic potion to avoid death. What I noticed was that these comments didn’t actually comfort him. They left him alone in his grief.” More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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