Artist, Emily McDowell has come up with a brilliant idea in her line of Empathy Cards! A colleague shared the post announcing them with me on Monday and I fell in love with the cards and the messages they convey. While the cards were inspired by the artist's own experience with cancer, they are written in such a way that they can apply to many serious illnesses.
Ever wonder why Alzheimer's is often referred to as a journey when the destination is death? Yeah. Me too. (I know I've been guilty of using it myself.) This card fits.
Did Alzheimer's happen for a reason? What reason is that?
Since when did coconut oil cure any form of dementia? No, eating more cholesterol will not feed the brain and reverse Alzheimer's. There's a card for that too.
Have you reached out to a care giver today? Have you let a connection to someone slip a bit because of your lack of words to address their situation? Don't let that keep you from sending love and support any longer.
I love the feel of the artwork and the honesty of the words. I like that they're able to cover so many serious situations for which we may lack our own words.
So, if you find yourself wanting to share a bit of empathy and wanting to support someone in a simple and meaningful way, consider these as an option.