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How to Celebrate Halloween with Hospice Patients

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

With Halloween coming up this weekend, here are a few tips on how to safely celebrate the spooky season and spread some smiles with people in hospice care.

Decorate their space.

Place a few little pumpkins on the window sill or a autumnal bouquet of orange and red flowers in their line of sight. Make the space cozy and filled with warm, seasonal colors to elicit feelings of comfort.

Read them their favorite Halloween book or watch a nostalgic fall movie together.

If they are feeling up to it, putting on one of their favorite seasonal films, playing an audio book, reading aloud, or even listening to a spooky podcast can do wonders to lift the spirits of someone in hospice care if it's safe to do so.

Do a safe craft.

While this idea may not apply to all patients, if they are willing and able, paint some pumpkins together while enjoying a cup of apple cider or warm tea.

When someone is in hospice care, it could likely be their last time celebrating the holiday. So, any way to make it special in a way that makes sense for the patient and the caregiver is always comforting and brings about a small sense of normalcy. Happy Halloween!

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