How to Comfort Someone Before Their Open Heart Surgery

Posted by Heart Hugger on Aug 25, 2015 9:28:00 AM

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No matter how young or old you are, surgery can be a scary thing. If you're the friend, close relative or even nurse of someone about to go in for surgery, how do you comfort and reassure them? It isn't always obvious!

Encouraging Words for Surgery Patients

We think comforting words like "it'll be okay" can a bit useless, but the truth is that they're not. Put yourself in the place of your friend or relative. They're nervous, trying not to think about it, but still trying to prepare.

They might like to hear these positive words before surgery:

  1. "How can I help?" - This shows them that you care and want to be there for them
  2. "What are you feeling right now?" - This shows concern and understanding. They're feeling a lot of tough things, and talking about it helps!
  3. "It'll be okay." - It may feel stupid, but sometimes that's all someone needs to hear. Grab their hand, look them in the eye, and say it.
  4. "I'll be waiting for you after surgery!" - This helps them think about after surgery instead of focusing on the surgery itself.
  5. "Can I give you a hug?" - This may seem trivial, but it can be so comforting for someone before surgery.
  6. And if you two are close, don't forget to say "I love you" before they leave for surgery.

What Not to Say to Someone Before Surgery

Don't say "I know how you feel" and go into a story about that one time you broke your arm and had to have it reset. That isn't comforting, and it sends the person you're supposed to be comforting back into their thoughts and worries. Focus on their future, not your past.

Encouraging words for patients and a supportive attitude can go miles, and it'll set the stage for how to help out once the surgery is over and recovery starts. 

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