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Ten Commandments for Communicating with Chronic Pain Sufferers

August 19, 2011

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No-one suffers alone with Chronic Pain (CP). Family members, friends, church members, counselors, employees, employers, and just about every other relationship one might have, all bear the load together with CP sufferers to some degree. Watching a loved one suffer with CP is a difficult chore. There is the desire to reach out and help but sometimes the care-giver is rebuffed by the suffering CP patient. As an individual suffers with CP, there is a real struggle to let loved ones close enough to minister adequately. Communication often grinds to a halt as CP continues to whittle away at our relationships as well as our well-being.

The “10 Commandments for Communicating with Chronic Pain Sufferers” is an attempt to guide both parties in communication to allow the healing process to progress. Written from a CP sufferer’s viewpoint, these commandments are designed to provide insight into the mind of a suffering loved one. Used in conjunction with other biblical principles dealing with communication, these commandments provide a resource that allows grace to flow freely in the conversations between sufferer and care-giver.