It is physically impossible to maintain a state of emotion (whatever it is) indefinitely. In one sense, it is natural that we don’t feel very sympathetic any longer.
Parents of chronically ill kids are the best people. They’re the best at encouraging without offering advice, at listening without trying to one-up with their own story. And they’re the best at offering empathy that comes from having walked a similar road. I could learn from these parents.
Watching long-distance, we must regularly, intentionally and actively confront ourselves with their suffering, choosing to see their pain.
Long-distance watching changes the paradigm — we cannot physically help our loved one anymore. Yet we can still be a blessing.