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How do I tell my young children their grandma has cancer and may die soon?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Death

This depends on many factors.
The age of the children, their relationship with grandma, what grandma would like. No one knows exactly how long a person will live with cancer so it is difficult to tell the children. There are several books on the subject. Find a support group with your church or hospital to find help. Talk to friends who have lost loved ones and ask how they handled it.

In brief: Death

This depends on many factors.
The age of the children, their relationship with grandma, what grandma would like. No one knows exactly how long a person will live with cancer so it is difficult to tell the children. There are several books on the subject. Find a support group with your church or hospital to find help. Talk to friends who have lost loved ones and ask how they handled it.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Children do well with the truth ...without grizzly details. They may ask questions which you can answer honestly. I often reflect the child's question back to them.."what do you think" to see how they are thinking so I can frame an answer better for them.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Agree

But most importantly, talk to grandma and see how she wants it handled.

In brief: Agree

But most importantly, talk to grandma and see how she wants it handled.
Dr. Bryan Levey
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