Losing a loved one near the holidays can be especially difficult. The Hospice Foundation of America has five tips we've found to be helpful to many people who face loss at this time of year.

Here's a summary of their five tips:

1. Plan for the approaching holidays. Be aware that this might be a difficult time for you. It's not uncommon to feel out of sorts with the celebratory tone of the season.

2. Recognize that holidays won't be the same. If you try to keep everything as it was, you'll be disappointed. Doing things a bit differently can acknowledge the change while preserving continuity with the past. Different menus, changing decorations, attending a different service, or even celebrating in a different location may provide that slight but significant shift.

3. The holidays may affect other family members. Talk over your plans. Respect their choices and needs, and compromise if necessary.

4. Avoid additional stress.

5. Do the right thing: not what others think is right, but what you need and want to do.

If you'd like to see the full article, you can find it at www.hospicefoundation.org.