FROM: Encarta Dictionary: English (North America)
1. Connection. A significant connection or similarity between two or more things or the state of being related to something else.
2. Behavior or feelings toward somebody else. The connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with one another, especially as regards the way they behave toward and feel about one another.
4. Connection by family. The way in which two or more people are related by birth, adoption, or marriage, or the fact of being related by birth, adoption, or marriage
Lean on someone, right now, this minute
Trust the professionals but ask questions and tell them your concerns
Take time to ENJOY your loved one, and continue to include her/him in your life
Gather your extended family and laugh, cry, play, pray, celebrate
When someone offers help, take it
The connection that we have with others is an essential resource. The people in our lives–whether family members, church community, co-workers or friends–give us a sense of belonging. On Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, belonging is the third tier, coming after physiological needs and safety needs. It is more important to humans to belong to a group than to be esteemed by the group. We would rather be the least valued member of a group than to not be in a group at all.
Reaching out to the people in our lives when we are in need is not always easy, but it is of vital importance that we do it. A lesson learned: “lean on someone, right now, this minute.” Let a friend be there for you, you won’t regret it.