Friendship and laughter are two of the best medicines I know. Being there to encourage or just being there is great and letting them know you are praying and reminding them God is in control. Mostly just be yourself and support as you can.
Bring joy and happiness. I do voluntary work with cancer patients and when I visit, I always leave my problems at home and get myself into a positive frame of mind. Mind you, perhaps they mutter "That bloody cheerful Darren, I want to punch him sometimes." when I'm not around.
Just be there for him/her. Listen, understand, love. That's all you can do. Whatever you do, DO NOT tell them everything will be ok, because, unless you can guarantee that it will, it's both useless, and a cop out, and in the end can really piss him.her off inside. Whetever you do, don't give unsolicited advise. None of us are really qualified. Insteat of trying to "fix things", try just being supportive, and understanding.
I would talk to them more often and assure them that they are not alone and we are with them. Make them laugh and keep them in our prayer.
By supporting them, being there for them, doing all that you can to help them out in time of need, especially when they ask for your help. Being sincere in what you say so that you actions will coincide with your words. Just really making yourself available whenever you can do so. Unconditionally behavior goes a long way as well as comes with an energy that is extremely beneficial in ways unimaginable to both parties.
Disclosure: btw This energy is universal and both parties must be sincere in giving as well as receiving. This isn't one of those well I'll do a good deed so that I can receive something good in return "acts". Although you may be sincere in your actions I'm not speaking directly to you, I'm just stating this with my answer CiaO
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