Hope is something we always want to hold on to, and never want to give up, especially in relationship to our children.
The two meanings of hope:
- What we wish for. We may wish that the disease would just go away or that the medical problem never happened.
- What we expect will really happen. We expect medicine to work or that there will be some improvement.
Because hope has two meanings, we continue hope when we think about both what we wish for and what is realistic to expect. Changing what we hope for or giving up certain hopes doesn't mean we are abandoning all hope or giving up on a child.