MAC15372 E2 cover

Preparing a child for loss

Booklet
Published: 30 Apr 2018
Next review: 30 Nov 2021
Edition: 2
MAC15372 E2 cover

This information is for parents or guardians who are near the end of life. It aims to help you prepare and talk to a child or children about your death.

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Published: 30 Apr 2018
Next review: 30 Nov 2021
Edition: 2

This information is for parents or guardians who are near the end of life. It aims to help you prepare and talk to a child or children about your death.

About this booklet

This booklet is written with the childhood bereavement charity Winston’s Wish. It is a practical guide to help you begin to have some of the hardest discussions you will ever have. We include details of some people and organisations who can support you as you prepare to talk to your children about what is happening.

These people will be able to help you and your family now and in the future. You don’t have to face this difficult time alone.

You will find suggestions on how to:

- tell a child or teenager you are going to die soon

- understand their reactions

- help them cope

- explain what is likely to happen.

How we can help

Macmillan Cancer Support Line
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, we'll listen.
Financial guidance
Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. You may be able to claim benefits to help you in your situation. You may also be able to get financial assistance from other organisations.
Welfare rights advice and tools

There are lots of benefits that could help you after a cancer diagnosis, but the system can be confusing. Our Welfare Rights Advisors are here to help.