A cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family, and for a parent diagnosed with cancer, there is additional stress regarding how to help their child cope. Cancer CAREpoint offers two programs designed to help parents and their child communicate and provides tools and emotional support to cope.
How Do I Talk to My Child About Cancer?
This one-hour class provides practical tips on when, what and how a parent can talk with their child about the parent’s cancer, as well as enabling parents to share experiences with each other.
How Do I Talk to My Child About Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer?
This one-hour class provides practical tips on when, what and how a parent can talk with their child about the parent’s recurring or metastatic cancer, as well as enabling parents to share experiences with each other.
Family CARE Workshop
This workshop builds upon the child’s strengths and enhances their ability to cope with and communicate about their parent’s illness. Parents and children watch a short video together that describes the basics of a cancer diagnosis. Afterwards, parents and children separate into different groups. The children are then grouped by age (5-8, 9-12 and teens). The groups are facilitated by Cancer CAREpoint social workers and staff. With the parent group, parents learn tools to communicate with their children in a supportive environment. Within the children’s groups, children participate in expressive art and games that help them to be more comfortable when talking about cancer.
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