PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — OptionB.Org is launching #OptionBThere, a program to help people be there for friends and loved ones facing adversity this holiday season. The holidays can be particularly challenging for those struggling with illness, separated from family, or coping with loss, and sometimes it’s hard to know what to do to offer support. At optionb.org/holidays, people will find a range of resources, from holiday cards that acknowledge loved ones’ emotions to a guide for hosting an “all feelings welcome” dinner from experts who know.
“One of the most important things you can do for someone who is struggling is to simply acknowledge their pain and be there for them,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, founder of OptionB.Org, and author of Option B and Lean In. “We’re launching #OptionBThere to make it a little easier for people to reach out and let others know they’re not alone.”
At optionb.org/holidays, people will find actions big and small they can take to help friends and family who are struggling this holiday season, organized around the themes of “Just be there,” “Say something,” “Lend a hand,” “Cherish memories old and new,” and “Celebrate the good.” Experts in clinical psychology, caregiving, theology, and medicine collaborated on the materials, and members of the Option B community contributed personal insights based on their own holiday experiences. In addition to exploring the website, visitors can sign up to get information delivered directly to their phone or inbox.
Examples of actions people can take to help their friends and family include:
Be thoughtful about holiday greetings: Suggestions for what to say when tried-and-true holiday greetings don’t feel quite right Host an “all feelings welcome” dinner: A guide to hosting an event for friends who are struggling, developed by The Dinner Party, an organization that hosts meals to connect people who have experienced significant loss Play a feel-good game: A custom #OptionBThere card game to help you and your loved ones focus on moments of joy, celebrate small victories, and practice gratitude Give meaningful gifts: Holiday gift ideas that let friends know how much you care Send an #OptionBThere card: Quirky holiday cards that acknowledge how loved ones really feel, designed by well-known illustrator Emily McDowell Find inspiration in religious traditions: Reflections on what different faiths teach us about finding light when we need it most, written by Scotty