The Ministry of Lisa Copen

Lisa Copen, Founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill, shares about mothering, illness, ministry and more.

Cheering Up Ill Kids

kids-artoonI’m currently working on a version of Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage a Chronically Ill Friend for KIDS! If you have some ideas of how to cheer up an ill child, or if you are a parent of an ill kid and you’ve seen what they’v loved (or what they have rolled their eyes at) please email me your suggestions for the book!

A recent study by UCLA found that things that make kids laugh really do work to make kids feel less pain. When the kids watched funny shows, they were distracted by the pain (not all that different from us adults, huh?)

Another study found the children with asthma who attended a camp (either a sleep over or a day camp) were more likely to be able to understand and use medication to pre-empt an asthma attack. Hospitalizations dropped 33 percent than the kids who had not been to a camp. The difference was credited to not just the training about how to understand their condition and how to treat it but also the confidence the children learned in being able to treat their asthma.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

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  Father Daniel Beegan wrote @


When I was a child some 50 years ago, I knew only one kid with childhood asthma. Now there are many. Why?

I developed asthma as an adult, along with COPD, but that was from years of cigarette smoking. I quit May 1, 2007.

Pastor Dan

  Sherri wrote @

My son has just been going through illness, diagnostic procedures (like a kidney biopsy), and associated hospitalization and recuperation. Some things that have been most meaninful to him from others are:
1. A gift bag of things to do at the hospital (like puzzle books, favorite music CD, etc.)
2. Very specific encouraging notes from the important people in his life (like his children’s pastor–my son doesn’t really like cards with only the name signed. He likes for it to be more personal, even if it’s short.)
3. When he can’t participate in an activity because of limitations imposed by his doctor or because of pain, it’s felt really good to him when he’s been given a “special job” in place of the activity like refereeing the game, judging the contest, running the sound booth for an activity, helping plan or present an activity, or even just being given the chance to select a favorite piece of candy in place of getting to play a game. Just the thoughtful consideration have meant a ton to him.
4. Emails from people who care about him…family and friends.
5. Phone calls while hospitalized or on limited activity at home.
6. Interactive computer games played with a “real” friend online from a distance.
There are many more. Just use your creativity, and go for it. It’s better to try than to worry about getting it perfect. Just be real and down to earth, and kids appreciate it.

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