Christmas can be a difficult time for those missing a loved one
State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joann Schaefer urges us to reach out to that person facing Christmas for the first time after a relative or close friend has died.
“It’s a hard time for them,” Schaefer says. “And it should be acknowledged in the right way. It’s a great thing when a community gathers around a person who knows that they’ve had that loss.”
The celebration of Christmas can make the loss more painful.
Schafer says you don’t have to have words of wisdom to provide comfort.
“There’s no proper way to grieve and everybody grieves differently, but I think it is particularly hard for someone who has lost a loved to spend that first Christmas without them,” according to Schaefer.
She suggests some simple steps that can help. Schaefer says simply being there for someone who is grieving can bring great comfort. Also, you can write a note of encouragement or even an extra hug can help.