Comfort the Sick
When you’re well, it’s easy to take your health for granted.
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You don’t have to be a doctor to help the sick in your community feel a lot better.
- Make a joke book. Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand, and laughter can be the best medicine for a lot of people. Learn more.
- Give a card. Sometimes just knowing someone is thinking about you is enough to lift your spirits. Get started.
- Help their families. Illness doesn’t just affect the sick person; it affects their whole family. Give time or space to families who are visiting a loved one in the hospital. See how.
- Find a cause you love. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up. Start your search now.
Our Nonprofit Partners
These are just a few of the inspiring partners we work with to comfort the sick:
Recommended Reading List
Want to comfort the sick in your community? Sometimes the best first step is understanding how someone with a major illness feels. As an Amazon Associate Project Giving Kids earns a small commission from qualifying purchases. *
by Dr. Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell
Additional Online Resources
Interested in learning more? Check out these organizations and their websites for more information!
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Choose the grade level below to find a lesson plan.
Elementary School Lesson Plan
This lesson will focus on the needs and feelings of people with long term illnesses and how best to comfort them.
- Students will discuss the needs and feelings of people with long term illnesses
- Students will reflect on ways to comfort sick people and complete a project to demonstrate their understanding
Middle School Lesson Plan
Students will explore the feelings of isolation experienced by those battling long-term illness, focusing on factors that contribute to isolation and ways to provide comfort and support through connection.
- Students will explore feelings of isolation among those who are battling long term illness
- Students will reflect on ways to comfort and support people who are sick through connection
High School Lesson Plan
Students will explore “illness intelligence” with regards to people battling a long term illness or facing a health crisis. Students will determine which phrases and actions are beneficial and which are harmful when trying to comfort sick people and support their families.
- Students will explore illness intelligence
- Students will examine phrases and actions to avoid as well as those that are most beneficial when offering comfort and support to sick people and their families