Positive reinforcement works wonders on a WS who is really trying. I know we don't have a ton of heart and energy to give, but if you feel that hope in your chest it's ok to make small gestures back without feeling totally vulnerable.
For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. - T.S. Eliot
Comes a point, when it's no longer waiting for them to get it -
We get it.