Financial support for friends in crisis

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of "Exactly What They Need", shares advice on ideas to help with financial support for a friend in crisis
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Financial support for friends in crisis

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Oftentimes losses or tragedy are accompanied with financial difficulty and sending someone money can be a very difficult subject to broach. So there’s a couple of things you can do: The first thing is: send them cards – gift cards, gas gift cards, restaurant gift cards, just visa gift cards. The second thing you can do is you can certainly send them cash anonymously. A friend of mine sent me cash and I still don’t know who it was. The last thing you can do, you can set up a fund for them someplace, where instead of getting flowers, or instead of having them take care of the grocery bill, they can donate the money to the fund and then the person can use the fund as they need it. Don’t be shy. Asking for money is a very difficult and often shame filled experience. And you add that on top of a tragedy, it can make it almost insurmountable. So do what you can.

Kim Hamer, Widow & Founder of "Exactly What They Need", shares advice on ideas to help with financial support for a friend in crisis

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100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving A Friend Through Cancer or Loss

Kim Hamer is the author of 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend's Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss, a modern, essential how-to guide offering tips on what to say (and NOT to say), and specific ways to support and love a friend, co-worker or family member who is coping with cancer, loss or any crisis.

Kim Hamer became a widow after her 44-year old husband lost his life to cancer. Their children were 12, 9 and 7 at the time. Before and after her husband’s death, friends and supporters came up with unique, creative and simple ways to help her family. She called them “acts of love” because it’s what they felt like.

Her book is a fun, straightforward compilation of many of those acts. The mission of “100 Acts of Love” is to help everyone understand and embrace their importance in the lives of their friend in crisis and to provide the tools and courage needed to support them in a truly meaningful and helpful way.

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