Care package for someone with a life-threatening illness
February 22, 2012 7:06 PM Subscribe
A wonderful friend was just diagnosed with life-threatening cancer recurrence. What can I send as a care package to support her and her family?
posted by goggie to human relations (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
One of my oldest friends just learned that she has what will likely be a terminal cancer recurrence. Her entire approach to fighting this has been awe inspiring up to this point and I'm gutted for her and her family. Unfortunately I'm also many states away and unable to be useful in a day-to-day way for her or her family right now. A group of her friends have organized gift cards for prepared meals and are working on arranging for a cleaning service and I've been talking with her and listening as much as possible. I'd also like to send her a good old fashioned care package, but am at a loss about what to send. Reading is hard for her, and she and her family are weighing treatment options, so are not certain where she will be in the coming weeks.
I'm looking for ideas about things that might be silly and take her mind off things for a little while, without being too flip. I'm also trying to think of little comforts she could have with her either at home or in the hospital. I'd also love ideas for things I could include for her early school-age son and wonderful husband.
Ideas I've had so far include funny old pictures of us, music mixes, chocolates and beyond that I'm just getting stuck. She's not able to read well right now, so books and magazines are out.
If any of you have faced similar circumstances with friends or loved ones, what kinds of things did you wish you had at hand?