What may help
Children need to know they are loved and will be cared for. Communication is the key. Let them know what is happening and who will be taking care of them. If a caregiver can’t give their children the time they need they may like to ask another trusted adult to give them some extra attention.
It may pay to schedule in regular family meetings (perhaps a weekly meal) where everyone can air their thoughts and feelings without being judged. This may also be a good time to go over routine matters in order to maintain a sense of normality in day-to-day life.
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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.
Last updated 30 August 2015