Coping at Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time when you or a loved one is facing cancer, or if you’ve lost someone close to you. This time of year can amplify feelings of stress, depression, loneliness and grief, and the pressure to be cheerful all the time doesn’t help. We’ve compiled some advice and resources that may help you.

Coping with cancer at Christmas

Cancer Research’s Guide to Coping at Christmas
Practical advice on handling Christmas, covering areas such as eating and drinking, fatigue, and emotions.

Live Better with Cancer’s Guide to Coping at Christmas
Another great article with practical and emotional tips for handling Christmas.

Cavendish Cancer Care – #1 Tip for Living Well with Cancer
We asked our followers how they live well with a cancer diagnosis – applicable any time of year!

Bloodwise ‘Patient Voices’ – Living with Cancer at Christmas: at Home and in Hospital
“Christmas is just another day and you can celebrate it whenever you are able. You need to be kind to yourself and accept that getting better is the most important thing and everything else can wait.”

Being a carer at Christmas

Carers in Derbyshire’s Top Tips for the Festive Season
Tips and advice for carers at Christmas.

Marie Curie’s Guide to Caring for Someone with a Terminal Illness
A general guide on caring for someone with a terminal illness, with both practical and emotional advice.

Cancer Care Parcel – 10 Ways to Help a Friend with Cancer over Christmas

Coping with grief at Christmas

64 Tips for Coping with Grief over the Holiday Season

The Guardian – Readers Share their Experiences with Grief at Christmas
“It’s easy to become isolated and cocooned at this time of year. Make a huge effort to meet people – and don’t be afraid to talk about your sadness and loss.”

8 Tips for Supporting a Grieving Friend at Christmas

Coping with loneliness at Christmas

Campaign to End Loneliness – 12 Ways to End Loneliness at Christmas
Small, easy ways you can connect with people around you at Christmas.

10 Ways to Spend Christmas Day Alone

Advice for children

Childline’s Guide to Christmas
Tips and advice for children who may find Christmas difficult, because of loss, loneliness or other problems.

Cavendish Cancer Care is closed for Christmas from Saturday 22nd December and reopens on Wednesday 2nd January. We will not be taking calls or answering emails over this period.

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We hope that, whatever your situation, you find time for rest, leisure and connection with others this Christmas.