Talking to children about terminal illness

This guide is a starting point for talking to your tamariki (children) if you or someone they love has mate pukupuku (cancer), or other serious illness, that has come back, spread or is terminal.

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In this guide you’ll find tips to help you talk openly about terminal illness with your taitamaiti (child) or tamariki through all stages of your journey. You can share this guide with anyone who talks with your tamariki, like whānau, a kura māhita (teacher), kura (school) counsellors and neighbours. This will ensure your tamariki hears a consistent message about terminal illness.

This isn’t intended to replace professional help and support when needed. If you feel you and your tamariki may need help from a professional, please reach out

to Kenzie’s Gift.

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