How to Support Families through Illness or Death: Live Discussion with Kim Hamer

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It’s been a year of illness and death and many friends, family and co-workers are struggling to know how best to support our people in this crisis. From Covid to Cancer, what should we do and NOT do when someone goes into crisis? When is the optimal time to reach out? For those grieving, does the pain really lessen over time? Is there a rhyme and reason for the grieving process? How can we be helpful to those who are deeply struggling?

Kim Hamer author and Founder of 100 Acts of Love is here to answer our questions.

Part of The Mother Company’s series on Parenting in a Pandemic.



On April 16, 2009, Kim Hamer watched her 44-yr-old husband take his last breath. Their children were 12, 9, and 7 at the time. While her husband had cancer and after he died, they were amazed and humbled by the creative and thoughtful ways their friends, family, and co-workers supported them. Kim started calling these kind actions “acts of love.”

Wanting to show others how simple and impactful acts of love are, Kim wrote 100 Acts of Love: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Loving Your Friend through Cancer or Loss and launched Kim currently guides HR leaders and managers in building specific strategies to support employees affected by cancer.

Kim is a business owner, professional speaker, and blogger who lives in Los Angeles.


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