8 Ways to Be There

Teacher, writer and coach, Heather Plett found herself in the role of student when her mom was dying and her family brought her home to do so.

With the help of a skilled palliative care nurse, Heather Plett and family learned how to “hold space” for their mom as she was dying.

Plett defines holding space as being “willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome.”

“When we hold space for other people,” she says, “we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control.”

Plett offers eight tips on how to be there for whomever in your life needs such support.

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