En Famille

When a Parent has Cancer: Resources for families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Children have been home-bound and isolated for many weeks as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Families in which parents have compromised immune systems due to cancer or other conditions face additional challenges. Now that summer is approaching, you may be looking for safe, supervised activities and programs for your children to enjoy outdoors.  We’ve compiled a list of outdoor summer programs and backyard camps that offer smaller groups to respect social distancing. Whether you are looking for dance or music camps, backyard basketball, learning to bike or science programs, you are sure to find something that will appeal to your children.





Practical resources and support to young families coping with cancer

En famille artParenting can be challenging at the best of times. When a parent has cancer, life gets a whole lot tougher. This Hope & Cope program, geared towards the needs of young families coping with cancer, was launched officially on November 12, 2009.

Comprehensive booklets, children’s workshops, home-cooked meals (Kerry’s Kitchen) lovingly prepared by volunteers, a library with age-appropriate books and resources are just some of the components of this unique program. For information and support, please contact the En famille Coordinator at 514 340-8222, ext. 22591.

For a list of books, web sites and DVDs, please click here Bibliography 2018 – En famille


We are pleased to introduce a series of three booklets on talking to children about cancer –  a   Hope & Cope resources for young families in which a parent has cancer. Written in clear, simple language and available in English and French, these beautifully illustrated, meticulously researched booklets are available through our En famille program.  You can download your copies here: Talking to Children about Cancer; Talking to Children about Advanced Cancer: Talking to Children about the Loss of a Loved One