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 When head injuries make life hard, suicide risk goes up 2018-08-28 11:00 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 Medical Should you be using feminine hygiene products? Medical 4 breast cancer myths which often affect prevention, treatment Medical Could diet affect breast cancer risk? Sex Don’t worry, your sex life will still be on fire even when you’re way, way older Lifestyle Smoking e-cigarettes could significantly slow healing of wounds Lifestyle This is exactly how to escape a botched bench press From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Healthy gut » IBS – 4 symptoms that extend beyond your stomach When you think of IBS, symptoms that come to mind include diarrhoea, constipation and gas. However, there are other symptoms that extend beyond your stomach. Sex health » Do you feel sad after sex? This is why and what you can do about it A new study published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy has revealed that 41% of the men surveyed had felt sad after sex in the previous four weeks.