How to Help Kids of Parents with Cancer
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Last week, I blogged about how to help the actual person diagnosed with cancer. Sometimes, we can be so distraught by the diagnosis. and in such a quandary about how to help the one affected with the illness or disease, that we forget about the little victims: the children of cancer patients, or their families as a whole.
Here are ways to help children during these difficult times:
Learn how kids process the diagnosis at different ages (while it pertains to their cancer, it is still an insight into what they understand)
If the cancer is terminal, understand that there will be many other steps to take for their well-being.
While there are never the perfect set of words you can say to help a family coping with this type of news, you can just be there for them. If you're at a loss for what to say or do, simply share your love. Hug them, tell them you love and care for them. Let them know they can depend on you when they need something or someone. Sometimes that is all we can do. And, if they know this of you, they will call on you when they need help.