Enjoying the Holidays When a Loved One Is Ill

The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes all the hustle and bustle of differing schedules, travel, and a return to more traditional festivities that were put on hold last year.

While the holidays are meant to be a time of joy and making memories, they can be a unique challenge if any of your loved ones are sick. Depending on the type or severity of the illness, your holiday plans may change. But there are ways to address this situation and make sure everyone enjoys this time of year.

Talk things over with the person(s)

Communication is key to everything we do, and this situation is no different. It’s important and helpful to ask how the ill person may want to participate in any gatherings or festivities with family and friends. Today, there are many options available via technology, such as Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, et.al. if they cannot be around in-person. Show respect and compassion with this discussion, but gently remind them that it’s possible to partake in any events without actually being present.

Visit with them and include things they like

It’s good to visit with the ill person(s) if you can, even just a phone call to see how they are and let them know you’re thinking of them. Include things they enjoy, whether it be a favorite food, game, movie, music, book, or other tradition so that they feel included and are able to share with something familiar.

Keep everything comfortable and normal

Their illness, in any extent, is difficult enough for them and those caring for them. Therefore, it’s important to try to remain calm and go about things as normal as usual. Otherwise, words and actions can feel forced or disingenuous, which can lead to awkward feelings and discussions. The more “normal” you allow the situation to be, the more comfortable and natural every event, visit, or conversation will be.

These are just a few ways to help an ill loved one enjoy the holiday season, while feeling cared for and allowing everyone to partake in the festivities as normal as possible.

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