Tangible Joy

Tangible JoyAs we enjoy the hope and joy of the Christmas season, let’s keep in mind those who may be feeling isolated and alone.

This is especially true for patients in a hospital, residents in care facilities, or anyone separated from their family and traditions. It is hard to find the Christmas spirit when people are grieving the death of a loved one, battling a chronic illness, or overwhelmed by distressing physical symptoms.

As health care providers we are a connection to the joy of the season and to the living heart of God for each person we encounter. This holiday season reach out in tangible, caring ways to bring the love of Christmas to someone in your nursing care. Maybe it is providing a decoration for a patient’s hospital room, or warm gloves and a coat for someone in your clinic, or spending time to reminisce with an older adult about a past Christmas.

These are just a few ideas; I’m sure you’ll have other practical, caring ways to connect with patients, families, or residents during the holiday season.

Please share how you bring the tangible joy of Christmas to patients.

Merry Christmas from NCF-International!


Carrie Dameron, MSN, RNBC, who is a regular contributor for Nurses Christian Fellowship International and Journal of Christian Nursing. She provides resources for Christian nursing on her blog http://blog.carriedameron.com/.

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