Speaking With Children About Terminal Illnesses


Terminal Illness

Patients living with a terminal illness, and those who care for them, are confronted with a profound and difficult situation. Questions about coping, living fruitful days, interacting with loved ones, and preparing for the inevitable will certainly arise. In this guide we'll help answer these questions by connecting you to advice and information from experts around the Web.

Diagnosis of Terminal Illness

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Helping Someone Who Has a Terminal Illness

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Pain Management

If you're suffering, there are ways to manage the painful symptoms of your illness. Although much ... read more »

Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice and palliative care programs help alleviate suffering and prepare patients for the end of ... read more »

Speaking With Children About Terminal Illnesses

The difficulty of coping with a terminal illness is often exacerbated when children are involved. Whether your child is ill or simply needs to understand the illness of a loved one, you'll find resources here to help you communicate more effectively. The sites in this section explain how children see and conceptualize death, and provide age-appropriate communication tips to help you discuss the hard facts of life and death.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Most children don't spend a great deal of time thinking about the future; they live in the present, for the here and now. This fundamental difference in their approach to existence can make it difficult for them to understand terminal illnesses. Sites that discuss child psychology can be useful for helping you generate an approach to the conversation.

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Terminal Illness Legal and Financial Issues

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Terminal Illness Support

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