Empath Health Blog, Jim Andrews

Suncoast Hospice Director of Spiritual Care Jim Andrews

One of the insights that we frequently hear from those in our care is the importance of friends in our lives. I remember one 90-year-old woman who once told me, “You want to learn something worthwhile? Learn how to be a good friend!” Our friends are there to celebrate and to grieve with us. We see each other at our best and our worst. We provide loyal and caring support through all of the ups and downs of life. Author Gloria Naylor offers this advice for us:

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence.

A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny.

And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it’s all over.

May we put the thought, the time, the energy, and the love that is needed into nurturing our friendships!

Have a great week, everyone!