It is just as important for friends, family and other loved ones to help the grieving during the holidays as it is for the bereaved to take steps to help themselves during this time of year. Bereaved individuals need the support, encouragement and time of others during this stressful season to help sooth their worries, comfort their souls and encourage their hearts. Those that are grieving a lost loved one during the holiday season will typically try to maintain the same level of activity as they have in the past. However, they may not be mentally and physically ready to do all of the decorating, attend all of the holiday parties and do all the holiday shopping that had done in previous years. It is important that their friends and family help them take care of themselves and alleviate their concerns about meeting expectations.