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Talking To Grandchildren About End Of Life Care

Aug 29, 2017 by Sherry James

Seniors who are told they need end of life care are faced with the difficult decision about when to tell their loved ones and how to deal with it. Some seniors are in denial and they need additional support along the way. These types of situations are serious and are unfortunately, common for many. If you have a loved one in your life that needs end of life care, one of the biggest concerns you and your loved one may have is how to break the news to the grandchildren. This is a delicate time and needs to be approached in a safe and compassionate manner.

It can be very difficult for kids to truly understand what end of life care means and it can lead to a lot of emotions about it. If you and your loved one want to discuss this situation with the grandkids, it is important that it is done in the lightest and most heartfelt and comforting manner. Here are some great tips about how parents can talk to the grandchildren about the situation their grandparent is in:

  • Do not try to patronize the person about the topic
  • Be as understanding as possible and know that children can react differently to the news
  • Talk to the kids honestly and be open about the topic
  • Answer any and all questions that may arise from you telling the children
  • Make sure your loved one is ready to have the conversation
  • Involve your loved one
  • Make sure your grandchild has some alone time with your loved one after you speak with them about the situation

You will find that talking to kids about end of life care is difficult, but always remember to be calm, patient, and do not be afraid to let them know what is going on.


Comfort Keepers of Cape Girardeau, MO provides end of life care services to support seniors and their families in the following communities throughout Bollinger County, Cape Girardeau County, Perry County, Saint Genevieve County, Scott County & Stoddard County:

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