Small charity St Barnabas Hospice has made the guide available as Christmas can be a particularly tough time for those coping with bereavement.
A hospice has released an online guide to help people who have lost a loved one to cope at Christmas.
St Barnabas Hospice has launched the online guide as the festive period can be particularly difficult for those who are going through a bereavement.
The Coping with Bereavement at Christmas guide is being made available via a dedicated page, which lists the charity’s ‘twelve ways to cope at Christmas following a bereavement’. It is also available as an online colour leaflet.
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The tips include visiting the charity’s Light up a Life donation page that offers those giving to the charity the chance to dedicate their gift to a loved one.
Other tips include an assurance that it is ok to show emotion and to encourage people to take about your loved one by giving them permission.
“They may be frightened of upsetting you or saying the wrong thing, so let them know it’s ok to share memories, perhaps by starting a conversation or recalling a memory,” says the guide.
Accessing local groups and keeping busy, but not overdoing it, are among other tips.
Mandy Irons, Head of Wellbeing at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We understand how painful this time of year can be and would like to share our tips for coping with bereavement at Christmas. We provide free, local support throughout the year for all adults in the community who may be struggling with a bereavement, regardless of whether they have accessed our services or not.
“Many people tell us they find some relief from attending our bereavement groups, through talking to other people who are grieving and sharing their feelings in a safe place. As well as bereavement groups, we are also able to support people through one-to-one counselling and follow-on friendship groups.”
St Barnabas Hospice supports more than 10,500 people across Lincolnshire each year. The charity, which has more than 1,100 volunteers needs to raise more than £3.5m a year to provide support and care to families