How to prepare children for the death of a parent from cancer
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How to prepare children for the death of a parent from cancer

Allie Anderson Health journalist

Honest conversations with children about end of life when a parent is dying of cancer can help them cope with the grieving process

About in the 46,300 UK experience children the death of a parent each year, according to figures from the Childhood Bereavement Network – that is 127 children every day. And when a parent dies from a prolonged illness, such as cancer, evidence suggests their dependant children experience higher levels of maladaptive grief and symptoms of post-traumatic stress than children whose parent has died suddenly or naturally.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 23, 3, 15-16. doi: 10.7748/cnp.23.3.15.s6

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