The holidays can be difficult for those who have lost a loved one. Especially if it is the first holiday season without that person. Sometimes family and friends don’t know what to say or do to support the one grieving.
Joliet Area Community Hospice offers these suggestions from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:
1. Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to change their rituals. Remember, there is no right way or wrong way to handle the holidays.
2. Offer to help the person with baking and/or cleaning.
3. Offer to help him or her decorate for the holidays.
4. Offer to help with holiday shopping.
5. Invite the person to attend a religious service with you and your family.
6. Invite your loved one to your home for the holidays.
7. Help your loved one prepare and mail holiday cards.
8. Ask the person if he or she is interested in volunteering with you during the holiday season. Doing something for someone else, such as helping at soup kitchens may help your loved one feel better about the holidays.
9. Make a donation in memory of the person’s loved one. Remind the person that his or her special person is not forgotten.
10. If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with
the loss, LISTEN. Active listening is important to the healing process.
In general, the best way to help those who are grieving is to let them know you care. Joliet Area Community Hospice bereavement services are available if you are having a hard time handling the holidays after the death of a loved one. Contact them at 815.740.4104. Joliet Area Community Hospice is our community’s choice for quality hospice, palliative care and bereavement services. A United Way Agency.
Joliet Area Community Hospice
250 Water Stone Circle, Joliet, IL 60431
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