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.