Weekly Tips & Insights

How to Celebrate the Holidays With a Sick Loved One

Though the holidays should be a time full of love, joy and celebration, illnesses can sometimes can get in the way of these good times. Caregivers, and the sick people they look after, may become exhausted and isolated from friends and family due to the need for constant care.

This season, it’s important for people who are dealing with illness or caring for those who are, to engage and interact with others in order to combat loneliness. Because no one should miss out on the very connections that make the holidays so special, here are some tips to help make the most of this time of year, despite unfavorable situations.

Join the Chorus

Music has the power to lift our moods and studies have even shown that music can improve overall well-being in palliative care. Furthermore, listening to classic holiday tunes can create a sense of nostalgia bring back happy memories of Christmases past. Reminisce on the good old days, while still enjoying time together in the present with some of you and your loved ones favorite songs of the season. Play your favorite holiday albums, or find a playlist of the classics online, and invite friends, family and/or neighbors to join in a sing-a-long with you and your sick loved one.