· Please be kind to yourself, whether you or a family member are living with a terminal illness.
· Try not to put too much pressure on yourselves to have a perfect Christmas day. Take it gently, and do as much or as little that feels right for you and your family.
· Schedule rest and quiet periods into the days to give you chance to rest and to focus on yourself.
· Keep a list nearby of any emergency contact details that you may need just in case.
For those that are grieving, it is important to recognise that Christmas will be different and may be difficult. There are no right or wrongs, it’s okay to grieve and feel sad, but it’s also okay to enjoy yourself and feel happy. Below are some ideas that people have shared with us over the year that helped them.
· Have a plan in place but allow that plan to be flexible to meet your needs.
· Perhaps try to find a way to remember your loved one that has died. Maybe you could light a candle, set a place at the dinner table, raise a glass to them.
· Schedule in some private time to reflect. You could write in a journal, take a walk or just sit with a cup of tea.
We are sure that many of you will have other ideas or thoughts on how to manage over the next few days. Please feel free to share them with us.
Our Support Line team will be here every day over the Christmas period if you need a listening ear. You can reach us on Freephone 0800 090 2309 and see details of our opening times here: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/marie-curie-support-line
Lastly, we would like to wish each and every one of you a peaceful Christmas.
Marie Curie Support Line Team