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Celebrating the Holidays with a Sick Family Member

Family Comes First

‘Tis the season for family, friends, and loads of festivities. It’s definitely not the best time to get sick, but it happens. Regardless if you have been planning your holiday celebrations for months or even a year, when one of your family members suddenly falls ill, their health always has to come first.

Make Them Feel Included

Your family member may feel that they are spoiling the festivities because of their illness, and that is why it is important that you assure them that everything’s perfectly okay. Think of a plan b where you can carry on with the celebration with their health condition in mind. Ask your sick loved one what role they can partake in the festivities. Make them feel wanted and included in the holiday celebrations.

Show You Care

When your sick family member has to spend their holidays in the hospital, show them that they are missed. Call them, send a get well card, and make regular visits if possible. Put up a few decorations in their room if they’re up for it. Being confined in a hospital during the holidays may make your loved one a bit sad or frustrated, so make sure that you keep their spirits up.

Offer Your Support

There are many ways to show your support for a sick family member. You may offer to take some of their responsibilities, like baking some treats for their annual holiday bake sale or helping put up decorations in their yard. Cook them their favorite meal or volunteer to watch their kids for a few hours. Just do whatever you can do to make your loved one’s situation a little easier until they get better.

Dealing with Terminal Illness

Celebrating the holidays while one of your family members is fighting terminal illness can be emotionally challenging for the whole family. Before pursuing any celebrations, make sure that your sick family member is comfortable with your plans and the celebrations will not cause them any unnecessary stress. Keep in mind that the important thing is to spend as much time as possible with your family member and be able to create a more meaningful experience for the whole family.

Spending the holidays with a sick family member need not be challenging as long as you remember that the holidays is more about the togetherness of the family rather than the festivities.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.