En famille

Parenting 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 families with young children where a parent has cancer, was launched officially on November 12, 2009.

The “En famille” program offers a comprehensive suite of resources designed to support you and your children during the daunting challenge of cancer.

This includes a collection of illustrated booklets that provide valuable tips and strategies for discussing cancer with your children in a straightforward, age-appropriate manner, ensuring communication remains open and honest. Additionally, we have curated a selection of videos aimed at guiding conversations about cancer with both young children and teenagers.

Our program also features telephone outreach and peer support from empathetic volunteers with personal cancer experience. For families coping with the exhaustion that comes with cancer treatment, “Kerry’s Kitchen” offers home-cooked, nutritious meals prepared by volunteers following strict COVID-19 guidelines.

We conduct workshops for children and adolescents to express their emotions creatively through art, theatre, and other activities, facilitating connections with peers in similar situations—some workshops welcome parent participation too.

Our library is stocked with age-appropriate materials, including books and journals, and dolls to help very young children understand hair loss from cancer treatment, alongside professional support and referrals to additional community resources.

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