Be an ally at holiday events
For people dealing with loss or other challenges, the holidays can be a tricky time. That can also be true for their friends, who want to be supportive but don’t always know how. What can we do or say during holiday gatherings to help bring our loved ones even small doses of joy—or at least, avoid making them feel worse?
The Dinner Party is an organization focused on turning what can be an isolating experience—like grief—into a source of meaningful connection, using the age-old practice of breaking bread. They’ve pulled together a list of things to try—and things to avoid—at holiday gatherings for anyone acting as a “plus-one” to someone going through a tough time. Whether you’re inviting a friend over for eggnog, raising your glass in a toast around a crowded table, or sharing a quiet moment with a loved one while doing the dishes, we hope these ideas will come in handy.