In the Presence of Another Person’s Pain

June 15, 2020

You suddenly find yourself in the presence of another person’s pain. Maybe it’s death. Maybe it’s divorce. Maybe it’s loss, or fear, or the unknown. Either way, you’re there, witnessing pain and sorrow and heartache. 

Proceed with grace, empathy, and a heart ready to listen. You’re in the presence of another person’s pain. This pain doesn’t need a miracle. It doesn’t need to be taken or covered. It needs noticed. It needs recognized. It needs valued.   

Be present and listen, you’re in the presence of pain.

Be a shoulder to lean on and a hand to hold, you’re in the presence of pain.

Be without judgement or advice, you’re in the presence of pain.

Be authentic and understanding, you’re in the presence of pain.

Be brave in the uncomfortable, you’re in the presence of pain. 

Give love and support and time, you’re in the presence of pain. 

You’ve been trusted with this pain. You’ve been trusted with the emotion and the moment. You are in the presence of someone else’s pain, because you are loved, admired, and valued. 

You are in the presence of pain, and while it might feel heavy and uncomfortable, it’s a gift. They chose you to listen, to help, to heal. And all you have to do is accept and appreciate your place, in the presence of  someone else’s pain. 

xox, Chels

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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