“Holidays Make End-of-Life Discussions Even More Difficult,” writes Mary Hanley, LMSW. She points to studies that show adults, including those with cancer, have a greater chance of dying during the holidays. A leading theory for this is that people in need of medical attention will put off seeking care in order to spend time with loved ones. The holidays also come with the task of consoling patients, family, and loved ones. The most important thing is to be “respectful, honest, and engaged,” she writes. “Patients may be concerned about burdening others,” and giving them space to be heard can be significant. With families and loved ones, it’s important to normalize discussions of grief. “Losing a loved one is a universally difficult experience. If loved ones are willing to engage in a discussion about end of life and bereavement, nurses can assist by offering bereavement resources ahead of time. Individual and group counseling can greatly help individuals process grief in the months after becoming bereaved.” (Oncology Nursing News, 11/14, www.oncnursingnews.com/contributor/cancer-care/2018/11/holidays-make-end-of-life-discussions-even-more-challenging)