Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With a Parent`s Terminal Illness

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More information from your American Cancer Society

We have some related information that may also be helpful to you. These materials may be read on our website or ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345.

More on helping children with cancer in the family

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: When a Child Has Lost a Parent

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis (also in Spanish)

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Recurrence or Progressive Illness (also in Spanish)

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Understanding Psychosocial Support Services

It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Has Cancer (booklet for elementary school children)

Managing advanced cancer

Advanced Cancer (also in Spanish)

Bone Metastasis (also in Spanish)

Caring for the Patient With Cancer at Home (also in Spanish)

Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)

Advance Directives

Advanced cancer and end of life

Nearing the End of Life (also in Spanish)

Hospice Care

Coping With the Loss of a Loved One (also in Spanish)

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: When a Child Has Lost a Parent

Books from your American Cancer Society

The following books are available from the American Cancer Society. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order. The books for children are intended to be read to and discussed with the younger children in the age range.

Cancer in the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness (for adults)

When the Focus Is on Care: Palliative Care and Cancer (for adults)

Because...Someone I Love Has Cancer: Kids’ Activity Book. (best for children ages 5 to 10)

Our Mom Has Cancer (best for children ages 5 to 10)

Let My Colors Out (best for ages 4 to 8)

National organizations and websites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
Website: www.caregiveraction.org

    Information and support for family caregivers from peers and CAN volunteers

Kids Konnected
Toll-free number: 1-800-899-2866 (If you get voicemail, leave a message to get a call back)
Website: www.kidskonnected.org

    A support network for children and teens who have a parent with cancer as well as for those who have lost a parent to cancer

Caring ConnectionsNational Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Toll-free number: 1-800-658-8898
In other languages: 1-877-658-8896
Website: www.caringinfo.org

    Information on making plans for end of life (advance directives), hospice care, and finding hospice care. Also has information on caring for a very ill loved one, managing pain, grieving, and more.

Hospice Foundation of America
Toll-free number: 1-800-854-3402
Website: www.hospicefoundation.org

    Has end-of-life resources and information for patients and families, a hospice locator service (at www.hospicedirectory.org), and bereavement support groups referrals are available in some areas

The Centering Corporation
Toll-free number: 1-866-218-0101
Website: www.centering.org

    Information, books, and many other resources on bereavement and loss for children and adults; also has materials in Spanish

GriefNet
Telephone: 734-761-1960
Website for adults: www.griefnet.org
Website for children: www.kidsaid.com

    Information on grief and bereavement; online and email groups for adult grief support; separate online support groups for children under 12 and for teens (with consent from parent or guardian)

The Dougy Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-775-5683
Website: www.dougy.org

    Information, books, DVDs, and online activities for grieving children, teens, adults, and their families. They refer to programs across the country and around the world that serve to help children in grief. Some support groups offered, even for very young children.

Fernside
Telephone: 513-246-9140
Website: www.fernside.org

    Offers phone support to parents and guardians with questions or concerns about the needs of grieving children; also has “How to Help” booklets to help adults assist grieving children

National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-228-6332
Website: www.nfda.org/public.html

    Offers information on grief and mourning, working with kids and teens, funeral planning, understanding cremation, “green” burials, and more

You may also want to contact your local hospice or hospital for bereavement support groups in your area.

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.


Last Medical Review: 01/14/2015
Last Revised: 03/20/2015