Category Archives: Explaining the Final Stages of Life to Children and Teens

Supporting Children When Someone They Love Has a Serious Illness Part 6 – Explaining the Final Stages of Life

Part 6 of our 6 part blog series sharing coping tips to help support children when someone they love has a serious illness.  Explaining the Final Stages of Life The final stages of life can be confusing and scary for children if they do not understand the changes they see happening.  Not all terminally ill people will go through these changes, but talking about them ahead of time can help children be prepared. Loss of StrengthThe disease may weaken the body so much that the person will need lots of rest.  At some point, the person may not have the strength to talk.  Explain that he or she is still able to hear their voice and feel their touch. Loss of AppetiteThe person will slowly lose their appetite until they may not eat anything at all.  It is important to tell children that because of the disease, the person does