I don't have a lot of patience with self-help books, usually -- and I might not admit it if I read one -- but this one drew me in after I heard this interview with the authors on NPR. One of them is a breast cancer survivor who started a new line of non-traditional greeting cards (like this one) ...
...all of which are making me smile right now. :) Her co-author runs empathy workshops (and offers ideas about exercises you can do, yourself or with friends).
The general idea is that none of us are very good at saying the right thing, and there are very simple things we can do -- like listening more than talking, or waiting (I liked this one!) a full three seconds before responding to something a friend in difficulty has said. What I liked about this book, most, is that it's down-to-earth and very reassuring -- and it has resonance both for people who are trying to offer comfort and for people who might be needing it. Aren't we all, sometimes, both?
I ended up listening to the audiobook, because that's how it came in first from the library -- it's not very long, and this was a great way to read it; the narrator, XE Sands, has the perfect style for it -- but apparently it has lovely visuals (as you might guess from its origins) so I'm going in search of the print version.
There is no good card for this: what to say and do when life is scary, awful, and unfair to people you love, by Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. and Emily McDowell
Harper Collins, print and audiobook, 2017
Borrowed from the library