A patient asked his hospice nurse, “How can I tell my kid that I’m dying?”
And the nurse later asked me.
It’s a scary question for parents and grandparents when they enter hospice care and have “six months or less to live.”
Before attempting answers, there are several good reasons to question my responses.
First, I don’t have children. I’ll never tell my own kid that I am dying. Second, I’m not an expert, but do have experience. A minister, I’ve supported families during the time of dying and grieving. Right now, in hospice, I work in bereavement support.
Now you’re aware of my advice-giver flaws! However, with conversations involving parents, kids, and dying, being open about your weaknesses (and not forgetting your strengths) is important. Read More →by