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The Power of Empathy

Struggles. Unfortunately, everyone has them. You may be struggling with a difficult work situation, a family relationship, or a financial crisis. Whatever the situation, it can feel as if you are all alone in it and that nobody can understand what you are going through. It can even feel hopeless, at times.

But, even though you might have to figure out the solution yourself, it can help tremendously to have someone in your life who comes alongside to offer emotional support and empathy. 

Someone who can encourage, help you process through the difficult circumstances, and empathize with you is invaluable through distressing life situations. This is what we do every day at Caring Network.

Caring Network is a pro-life organization comprised of six pregnancy centers across DuPage County. We’ve been walking with women through unforeseen life circumstances and unexpected pregnancies for 40 years by offering them a listening ear, factual information, and empathetic support. Reach out to us today to learn more about how you can get involved!

The How-To’s of Empathy

What is empathy and how is it displayed? Empathy is the act of being able to understand someone else’s feelings, thoughts, and experiences without actually experiencing them. Being willing to listen to and feel someone else’s situation and pain.

Brené Brown said it best when she described empathy this way, “Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”

It is through empathy people can connect in a powerful way to bridge the gap between someone feeling alone and someone feeling heard and understood.

Empathy is Essential

At Caring Network, mothers who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies come to our centers and are cared for by compassionate staff who offer emotional, spiritual, and practical help in a nonjudgmental and empathetic setting.

When we give women space to be heard and we welcome them with open arms, it helps them realize they are not alone during this intense and crucial decision-making time of their life. The way that we interact with and serve these women can help determine their next steps.

It is through these powerful sessions, mothers’ lives are changed and babies are saved!

Practicing Empathy

The spiritual practice of empathy is not just for the workplace or for nonprofit organizations. Just as Jesus practiced empathy by meeting people right where they were, we are called to practice empathy in our day-to-day lives. 

The practice of empathy is intentional and can take some work, but cultivating a lifestyle of empathy can lead to richer conversations and deeper friendships with those around us. As we step into being empathetic people, doors may open to those who need a listening ear and healing touch the most. As people who are pro-life, we are to be empathetic to all, recognizing that they are made in the image of God.

If you want to start practicing active, intentional empathy while standing up for life, Caring Network would love to welcome you with open arms. You can put empathy into practice with us by getting involved through prayer , volunteering , or support in another way. Contact us today to find out more!



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