How to relate when someone else is in pain

  • I have sympathy for you. I know what you’re going through.
  • You don’t have to feel a certain way just to make me happy.
  • I will help you get through this.
  • You don’t have to be afraid that you are driving me away.
  • I don’t expect you to be perfect. You aren’t letting me down.
  • This pain you are going through isn’t the real you.
  • You can have the space you need, but I won’t let you be alone.
  • I will be as real with you as I can be.
  • I won’t be afraid of you, even though you may be afraid of your pain.
  • I will do all I can to show you that life is still good and joy still possible.
  • I can’ take your pain on as my responsibility.
  • I won’t let you hold on to your pain – we are here to get through this.
  • I will take your healing as seriously as my own well-being.

From “The Book of Secrets” by Deepak Chopra

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