I can’t imagine what it’s like for you …


When my son, David suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, I seldom knew what to say to him. But, over a period of time, I developed a different kind of vocabulary from the one I usually used.

I told him: “I can’t imagine what it’s like for you. I simply cannot imagine how hard it must be.”

“I have empathy for what you are going through.”

“I am always here for you. I want you to know that.”

“You are  not alone in this. I care.”

“There is no way that I can fully understand what you are feeling, but I want you to know that I feel for you.”

“I’m sorry you are in so much pain. I feel for you.”

“Would you like to talk about it? Let me hug you.”

“Dad and I will never leave you. You know that.”

“You’re not along in this.”

“When it’s all over, I will still be here, and so will you.”

“I love you David.”

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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