Loneliness around the holidays: how you can help someone who's suffering

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The holiday season should be the best time of the year, but for some, it's the worst.

"Working through grief any time of the year is difficult, but bring all the memories and the cherished traditions, that makes it even tougher," says Barbara Wiechman, who helps lead a small group at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, called GriefShare.

This weekend, the message was "surviving the holidays."

"Sometimes they say the second Christmas, the third Christmas is harder than the first," says Wiechman.

Wiechman says grief is different for everyone, but if you know someone who's grieving, something little can make a big difference.

"Time. A listening ear," Wiechman suggests. "To simply really be there for them."

The holidays can be difficult for others, for different reasons.

"A lot of the things we do right now have to do with other people, and we're finding that isolation is really deadly," says Bailey Blair, with Stop Suicide ICT.

Blair says the holidays can make people feel like they don't belong.

"We don't always see a spike right now, which is interesting. We do see a spike after the holidays," explains Blair.

Blair's advice is the same as Wiechman's--if you see someone struggling, something small can help.

"Something we can all do this holiday season is work to include other people, and don't let that stop when the holidays are over."

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