Help me understand…

One of the chief reasons I wrote “Painful Blessing” is to give hope and encouragement to caregivers, survivors, and generally those who are struggling.  Our story happens to be about stroke but there are many common threads with a variety of challenges.

We have observed that hospitals do not carry books of hope and inspiration in their gift shops.  This doesn’t make sense to me.  Honestly, I can’t think of a place where more people are struggling than in a hospital.  There are cookbooks, comic books, best sellers, classic literature and even a few “bodice rippers,” but no Bibles or books of inspiration.

What do you think about that?  Help me understand…

Jill Viggiano

3 thoughts on “Help me understand…

  1. It’s a great question Jill. I’m surprised too, because I’d reach for the encouraging book myself. Purely speculation here…maybe it’s simply escapeism. No matter how uplifting or encouraging, it takes a little (or a lot) of presence and engagement to read some books. A bodice-ripper might be easier. Like it’s easier to swallow 100 calories of chocolate than 100 calories of kale, even though the kale might be “just what the doctor ordered”.

    • Good point Mike. Yesterday we met with the ladies who run the gift shops for all the Legacy hospitals. They told us that the vast majority of their customers are hospital employees! They also noted that patients and families in the hospital are usually in shock over what is happening and not ready to read anything. We talked about “exit bags” as patients leave the hospital. Not sure how that could work but that is probably when the timing is right.

      • Yes, and the truth of present day medicine is that you are “booted” out of the hospital as soon as the insurance companies can make it impossible to stay any longer. The place to inspire hope may be in the Rehabilitation facilities. Also the Assisted Living facilities may have a library/gift shop that would incorporate your book. I think of places like Mary’s Woods ,The Stafford and Hearthstone as local outreach.

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