How parents can guide their children through terminal illness

If a child or parent is dying, talking to children about terminal illness can be a difficult conversation.

When it comes to cancer, clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele says parents should equip and empower themselves with information about the diseases, including treatment and prognosis.

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Mbele advises that ongoing conversations will help children make sense of the diagnosis.

He says that parents must take into account a child's fears, anxieties, age and level of understanding when broaching the subject.

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According to Mbele, the discussions should include the psychological and practical requirements needed to manage the illness.

He explains that conversations about cancer will differ and change for different child age groups.

It is a difficult conversation to have as a parent and a complex one to have with a child.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

It's not just a difficult conversation, it's a difficult series of conversations.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

A frightened parent is going to frighten the child.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

Take a listen to his expert advice:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How parents can guide their children through terminal illness


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