When my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013, we had to make a decision about how we were going to manage the disease for him, but also for our two little boys who were just four and six years old at the time.
For us, we needed to find a balance between honesty with the boys and ensuring that they didn’t become scared and anxious.
We sought advice and guidance from counsellors, and we chose to explain that their dad was unwell.
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I believe it is so important to speak to children honestly about the end of life and provide them, in a kind and respectful way, with the tools to understand the process.
We explained cancer to them using the right words, and then when they asked more questions we explained in simpler terms that it was like a computer game where there were cells floating around in…