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 Lifestyle US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant Diet and nutrition Africa needs to address multiple food issues to end hunger News Your neighbour's backyard chickens might carry salmonella risk Diet and nutrition 10 of the most extreme and dangerous weight-loss methods News ‘I feel so honoured I was able to help save his life’: Daughter donates kidney to dying father News Mysterious illness turns energetic pole dancer into a fatigued ‘gran’ From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.