When your child won’t get better

There may come a time when you are told that your child isn’t going to get better. There is no normal way to deal with such devastating news. There is no right or wrong way to react. You might feel your world is falling apart, you might feel angry, you might not believe what you are hearing, or maybe you knew that this moment was coming. Everyone will experience grief for the life they thought their child would have.

For some, the process is less straightforward. You may not have been told what the outcome is in black and white terms. It could sink in at different stages, as time goes on and you get a better sense of how the treatment is going.

You need to know that you won’t be alone. If you need support, or just want to talk, ask your CLIC Sargent Social Worker or speak to someone in the team caring for your child.

What is palliative care?

Busting myths about palliative care, exploring the benefits and looking at where it can be given.

How do I talk to siblings about their brother or sister dying? 

How to tell siblings that their brother or sister will not get better.

How do I talk to my child about dying?

Telling your child they will not get better and how to talk about it.