Here for you at Christmas

on Monday, 21 November 2016. Tags Cancer, CancerCare, Children & Young People's Service, Christmas, Here for you at Christmas, Kendal, Lakes Centre, Lancaster, slynedales

Christmas can be a really difficult time if you've lost someone you care about.  Here's some of our top tips & support information to help you through it.

1. Consider seeking professional help - talking to a trained Counsellor can help you find new ways to move forward during difficult times. CancerCare offer a FREE Counselling service for anyone who has been affected by cancer. Call us today on 01524 381 820 to speak to a member of our friendly support team and make an appointment.

2. Be prepared – If you are feeling low and urgently need to speak to someone, there are a number of support lines open over the holidays including:

Important Xmas helplines3. Don’t put yourself under pressure - try not to put pressure on yourself to either go on as normal or make Christmas special. It's ok to do something different this year.

4. Give yourself time - Acknowledge and accept that things have changed and you need time and space to process this.

5. Tell people what you need - clearly communicate with your family and friends what you need. It is OK to ask for help and support but also personal space. Keep talking so others are aware of how you are feeling.

6. Make a list - if you need some escapism during the festive period, consider some other things you could do as a distraction. Some people find it helpful to have a list of things as a back-up plan. Your list might include things like going for a walk, going to the cinema, listening to music, colouring in, arts and craft, watching films, listening to mindfulness CD’s, or baking.

7.  Know it's ok to cry – It’s good to express your how you are feeling. Allow yourself to experience these emotions; they're all part of a healthy grieving process.

8. Talk to the kids– it can be a confusing time for children & young people because Christmas can be both happy and sad after a death.  Let them know it is okay to laugh and have fun and it is okay to be sad. Same goes for adults too!

CancerCare's Children and Young People's Service offers support to children as young as three. Providing a safe and confidential space gives children the chance to express themselves. Give us a call to make an appointment.

CancerCare Centre Christmas Opening Times

Slynedales and the Lakes Centre will be open in the lead up to and during the Christmas break.  If you find yourself struggling and need to talk to  someone, or even if it’s just to get out of your house for a bit, pop in to see us for a cuppa and a chat. We’re here for you if you need us. Christmas Open hours 01CancerCare's 24 hour answering service will be in operation outwith the above opening times so if you would like to leave us a message, we will get back to you as soon as we can.