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. NEXT ON HEALTH24X 'The plane is going to crash': Anxiety aboard flight SAA 323 2017-10-17 07:45 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 Fitness 6 sports to take up in winter so you stay active, get fitter and build more muscle Lifestyle Why guys are spending thousands of rands a year to produce more semen Fitness ‘I finally learnt how to skip at the age of 36 – this is how you can do it too’ Lifestyle What exactly are ‘dense breasts’? Sex Can you masturbate too much? Medical What is the deadly Nipah virus? From our sponsors Win a R1 500 hamper with Alpecin Hypertension Consumer Fact Sheet Understanding diabetes self-management WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Live healthier Mental health & your work » How open are you about mental illness in the workplace? Mental health in the workplace – what you can do to help If you know that one of your colleagues suffers from a mental illness, would you be able to help them at work? Maligay Govender offers some helpful mental health "first aid" tips. Sleep & You » Sleep vs. no sleep Diagnosis of insomnia 6 things that are sabotaging your sleep Kick these shut-eye killers to the kerb and make your whole life better – overnight.