KSHB: Saint Luke's Hospice House gives tips on celebrating the holiday while grieving a loss

December 30, 2018

The holiday season is upon us and many families are going through their first holidays without a loved one, which can make this time of year very difficult. Bruce Leisy, a bereavement coordinator at Saint Luke's Hospice House, shares that everyone's grief journey is different and there is no right way to grieve. It is normal and natural without a timeline. Many "firsts" may be difficult and you may have some troublesome dates, like the holidays. 

Some tips for those grieving are - go to the gravesite, make a special dish that they always made or that was their favorite, tell stories about them, don't be afraid to say their name, light a candle during get-together's, and make you time with family and friends a celebration of their life. Remembering them doesn't have to cost anything at all, but doing something meaningful can make all the difference.

If you have lost someone special and are looking for a place for grief support, Saint Luke's Hospice House has Cafe Hope every Tuesday, a support group for those in the community to come together, share and honor their loved ones.

KSHB spoke with Bruce about ways you can remember your loved one in meaningful ways.