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.

For our FREE interactive hard copy support kits please contact us via the form at the bottom of the page.

The free kits are available to you if your tamariki and rangatahi are affected by serious illness or grief. We also have digital guides for parents/caregivers.
This support kit was developed with much aroha to assist our young Kiwis affected by serious illness or grief. We kindly request a koha of $5 to download the digital kit. This contribution helps ensure we can continue to expand our resources library with new initiatives to support our tamariki, rangatahi, and their whānau. Thank you for your understanding and aroha.
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