Originally posted on May 26, 2013.

Barbara Scoville, LCSW

ImageHow to Listen to a Friend Who is Hurting

Any night of the week we can turn the TV on and hear heart-breaking stories of tragedy and loss. This past week was no exception with the devastating tornado that ripped through Oklahoma.

No words can express the horror of such an event; deep feelings of compassion and sympathy go out to all who have suffered.

As that tragedy unfolded, we saw helpers in action and listened to the sufferer’s talk about their loss while tears welled up in their eyes. In their grief they expressed gratitude to all who had eased their burdens, sometimes at great personal sacrifice.

I was both touched and moved. If you are like me, you might have felt an urgency to provide aid, if only through prayers.

We don’t need the evening news to know there is suffering. We need only…

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