Home > Mental health > News 01 December 2014 How to help a grieving person this festive season Holiday joy can be lost on someone grieving the death of a loved one. 'Let them know you care,' says an expert. 0 Holiday joy can be lost on someone grieving the death of a loved one. ~ Shutterstock Ask CyberShrink » Talk Heart to heart forum » 13 hidden signs of stress Regenerative medicine: replacing brain cells lost from stroke The festive season can be hard for those who are mourning the death of a loved one. But supportive family and friends can help the bereaved cope with this difficult period, experts say.Read: What to do when someone dies"One of the best ways to help those who are grieving during the holidays is to let them know you care and that their loved one is not forgotten," J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of National Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation, said in a news release from the group.Here are some suggestions from the organisation:Be supportiveBe supportive of how the person chooses to approach the holidays. While some may wish to continue traditions, others may want to avoid them and do something new.Offer to help with holiday activities such as decorating, baking and shopping. These tasks can seem overwhelming for someone who is grieving.Invite the person overInvite the person to your home during the holidays, or ask them to attend a religious service or to volunteer with you. Doing something for others – such as working with children or helping at a soup kitchen – may help the bereaved feel better about the holidays.Be willing to listen, and never tell someone that they need to get over the death of their loved one. Read: The phases of griefStay in touch through phone calls, visits and cards, and remind the bereaved that you're thinking about them and their loved one who died."Lending an ear and holding a hand can be one of the greatest gifts we can give," Schumacher said.Read More:Children and grief How do you deal with grief? Coping with grief during the holiday season Image: Young woman in Santa Claus hat looking depressed from Shutterstock. Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved. More in Mental health Troubled childhood may boost bipolar risk More: Mental healthNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Parenting Rise in teen suicide attempts in Canada not copycat behaviour News No queues, no fuss, bringing healthcare to your door Medical SEE: 12 Things you didn't know about the brain Medical Healthy living reduces everyone's risk of colon cancer Medical Why type 2 diabetics should take a walk after dinner Lifestyle 5 summer essentials to add to your child’s school bag From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.