Curing and Healing. It is not the first time or the last time. People have been dying, are dying, and will continue dying. Illness and death are bedfellows. The first thing that comes to our mind when someone falls sick is to take medical help. The doctor prescribes some medicines and the patient gets cured. In difficult cases, more investigations are needed and treatment can prolong before the patient is back on feet. In extreme cases, the doctor knows the illness is not curable like terminal cancer and even indicates the time frame. At this point, a good doctor becomes a healer too. His comforting words give hope to the patient and in many cases, he is in a position to take his position positively. Friends and relatives come, talk to him, say comforting words, narrate stories of how "xyz" survived X number of years after the disease was diagnosed, and so on. Such healing words make the patient less fearful and a smile returns to his face. But then, nothing, cure, or healing stops death when it strikes. Those left behind to mourn the death of the patient need healing now. A few words of sympathy, sharing the grief, and help in any manner can reduce the grief and bring smiles to the faces of the mourning members of the family. Times are difficult. No hugging, no pat on the shoulders. Do whatever best we can if it brings some relief to a grieving family. Some are sending cooked food. Some are attending to the infants and small kids. It is not advisable to visit but maybe there are ways of doing something. Curing involves the resolution of illness but not always possible. Healing can happen whether the illness, physical or emotional, is curable or not.