Disheartened

Dear sir:
I recently visited a family that has been riding an emotional roller coaster for close to a year. The father was diagnosed with cancer. He was off work for about eight months, during which time he had undergone a number of aggressive surgeries as well as radiation treatments.
The family is devout Christians, true believers. The church they attend, as well as their community, rallied behind them, offering emotional and financial support. Gifts and other items also were offered.
The family openly thanked the community and church for all the support. It meant a lot to this family that everyone knew how much they appreciated the kindness and humanity they had been showered with.
They are still strong while dealing with all the day-to-day activities, as well as the bills and this cruel disease. The mother of this family has sought training to upgrade her skills so she could return to the workforce. She holds down a number of part-time jobs.
There are still eight months of bills to be paid. But this family is strong and doing what they need to do to get by.
This could have been a wonderful story and a pat on the back for both the church and the community. But read on! The family recently was approached by persons who not only told them that they should thank more people, but also were told how they should go about it.
I don’t believe this family needs to be further burdened with guilt because a few members of the congregation didn’t feel they were showered with enough praise and thanks.
A formal thank you should not be required, as the good deed itself is its own reward.
Disheartened,
Ron Forbes