Christmas and any major holidays are usually a time for reflection. While many are out celebrating, for many of our families it can be a lonely and difficult time. The limited support that they do receive becomes even more challenging and the additional expectations of them to get food in, cook and buy presents become an overwhelming chore to add to their ‘to do list’. Spreading holiday cheer One small thing that Boyes Turner Court of Protection do is send a Christmas card of the team to each of our clients. It takes quite a bit of effort as we need to get a picture of as many of the team as possible in one place at the same time! However, we manage it. The response has been phenomenal. We have found clients who keep the cards from year to year and one said that they liked the fact that there was a team supporting their daughter, which reassured them. Others felt that it was great to see the whole team, particularly where so much work is now virtual. Many enjoyed seeing my dog Bo dressed up as a reindeer. It added a sense of fun. In addition, we sent a card to a mother whose child passed away earlier this year, and she said she was ‘over the moon’ as she felt supported especially at this very difficult time. We were just so pleased to see that so many of the clients have appreciated and have enjoyed receiving our annual greeting card. Tips for dealing with loneliness So my tip for loneliness at Christmas is to try and reflect on the good things that have happened throughout the year and, if possible, go out for a walk on the day itself, no matter how short. Try and smile and wish passers-by a Happy Christmas as it can make all the difference not only to your own mental health but also for those that you meet. We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and we wish you a peaceful 2024. Our Court of Protection team at Boyes Turner has the specialist knowledge to support and advise clients in the most inclusive and person-centred way possible. For further information, please contact the Court of Protection team on 0800 124 4845 or email us.