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March 02, 2010

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Susan

Brilliant! And even if nary a coupon is redeemed, it conveys the message: "I care; here is a safety net if you want/need it."

Wendy S. Harpham, MD

Thank you, Susan. That is the key message of the gift.

In addition, the specific items on the coupons may help to normalize needs that feel foreign to someone who ordinarily doesn't ask for help.

If you know the patient well enough, the coupons can be worded in ways that make the recipient laugh for a moment or two. For example, if you know ahead of time that the recipient will laugh, you can call it a "boo hoo" session instead of a "tear-filled" one. My only caveat when using humor is to be sure the person will welcome it. In general, it is better to be safe (and not tease) than be sorry.

With hope, Wendy

Jonnie Hickman

I really like this Dr Wendy. I don't ask for help and feel as if I burden people with too much and I know a lot of people just like me. =)I will make suggestions to friends and to my hospice nurse pals so that they can give the ideas to others. Thank you!

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