My young friends wife (27) is in a coma. How do I offer support?
June 22, 2008 8:55 AM Subscribe
My friend from childhood - who I haven't really kept up with much even though we live in the same neighborhood - woke up one morning to discover his wife of less than 3 years was unconscious. She is in a coma and it's not clear if she'll ever wake up. They have one kid. How do I offer my support?
posted by seatofmypants to Human Relations (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My friend and I are both 28 and it must be terrible for him to have to deal with this. I am unsure of what I could say to him even though I feel like I should offer some support, maybe in an emotional way.
It's not like we have a regular chat so I have no reason to talk to him outside of this catastrophe. He's also a very quiet and reserved person who keeps his life to himself.
Do I just call up and say: "Hi, I'm so sorry about your wife. How are you feeling?" It sounds contrived and awkward somehow.
Do I just leave him to deal with his stuff and stay out of the way? He has a close family who are with him every step of the way.
Thanks for sharing your tips/experience.