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Telling the kids

The diagnosis of cancer can have a big impact on the whole family. Children can experience many different problems when they discover that their Mum or Dad, or grandparent, has a serious illness.

Never having been in this position before, you may feel that you do not know how to tell your children about the cancer. What exactly do you say? What do you call it? How much to tell them? Are there any children’s books that would be good to read together? What if they don’t understand? Will they be upset? Should their teachers at school be told?

At Cancer Connections there are several young mothers, fathers and grandparents who have had cancer and who bring along their young families. An experienced child minder knows just how to make the children feel at home while their mums catch up with friends and find the support or guidance they may need.

For teenagers struggling to come to terms with their parent’s cancer we also have two experienced school counsellors available.

Every family is different but if you are not sure how to talk with your children about cancer, it could be helpful to meet other families who have been through this experience, or meet with one of our counsellors.

If you think we might be able to help your family, come to Cancer Connections. We are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, or telephone 0191 456 5081.