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

Children of all ages go through grief, sadness, and despair after the loss of a parent to cancer, even though the process might look different from that in adults. This short guide is offered to help you get started looking into deeper and ongoing resources to help a child who has lost a parent. 

This is one of 6 pieces covering topics to help children when someone in the family has cancer. The others cover things like diagnosis, treatment, recurrence or progressive illness, terminal illness, and psychosocial support services. For more on these and other topics, go to the “To Learn More” section. Even though this information is written for adults helping children who have lost a parent, it can apply to the loss of any adult who was an important part of the child’s life.