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Publication profile: Special Occasions and Celebrations fact sheet

Thursday 15 December, 2016

Cancer and Celebrating Special Occasions

The upcoming holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many people. However, it can also be a difficult time for people living with cancer including family and friends. Our new fact sheet  Special Occasions and Celebrations offers practical tips to help people manage expectations and look after themselves over the holiday season. This can include things like:

Adjusting expectations

If you are not able to attend the celebration, ask someone to take a video, or use Skype or Facetime so you can still be part of the festivities.

Being gentle with yourself

Have an exit plan prepared for times when you may find a gathering or party overwhelming. Ask a friend to be your support if you want to leave or need a break.

Celebrating in new ways

If your usual rituals or traditions are no longer possible or do not feel right, consider replacing them with new ones. For example, a festive breakfast may be better when energy levels are highest. If you have lost a loved one, find a way to celebrate their memory at this time.

Download this practical fact sheet for more tips to help you through this time of year.   

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If you would like to talk to someone about how to get through the holiday season, our experienced and understanding cancer health professionals are available for support. Call  13 11 20.

13 11 20 hours over the holiday season 

  • Monday 25 December: Closed
  • Tuesday 26 December: Closed
  • Wednesday 27 December: 10am - 6pm
  • Thursday 28 December: 10am - 6pm
  • Friday 29 December:  10am - 6pm
  • Monday 1 January: Closed

Our voicemail service will operate on the days we are closed. Please leave your name and phone number and a cancer nurse will return your call on the next working day. To speak with a Cancer Council health professional  in your own language, call 13 14 50.

Other support services available: 
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
Grief Line 9596 7799 (12pm - 3am)
Cancer Council  Online Support  
Carers Victoria 1800 052 222
Your local GP

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