Vickie Jacques is a Langley Hospice Society volunteer who helps the public at the Celebrate a Life booth.

Langley Hospice: Grief doesn’t take holiday at Christmas

A local society is helping people grieving during the holidays.

Grieving the death of a loved one is tough enough at anytime of year but can be especially difficult during the holidays.

When everyone else is going around wishing others the best of the season and is in festive spirits, people who are grieving have a place to turn.

The Langley Hospice Society offers a variety of services and programs during the holidays.

The most public are the Celebrate a Life booths at Willowbrook Shopping Centre from Dec. 2 to 17 and Otter Co-op from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20.

People can write the name of a loved one on a memorial ornament and hang it on the hospice trees. There are trees for people as well as a small tree to put on ornaments signed in honour of a beloved pet.

Find out more about the hospice society and its grief programs at

The society’s December newsletter has tips for people in grief. They may feel greater than normal pressure to celebrate the holidays but the society suggests people adapt their Christmas routine to acknowledge the death of a loved one and to do activities that hold personal meaning.

People are encouraged to explain to family and friends if they don’t feel up to gatherings or holiday social obligations.

Other suggestions include honouring a lost loved one with a special activity or philanthropic effort; allowing oneself to change one’s mind; and asking for help.


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