A couple weeks ago, a colleague asked me a personal question. Her friend had heard the worst words that a parent ever will hear…that her son had only weeks to live after his cancer returned, and would need to be placed on hospice. She asked if I had any advice since I had been in that same awful situation just three short years ago as we watched our beautiful 5 year old daughter pass away from neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, after relapsing. She wanted to know ways in which she could help but at the same time did not want to be a bother. What they are facing is insurmountable, unthinkable & a parent’s worst nightmare. Everyone reacts differently in these situations…some want to feel supported & have people around to help, and some just want to soak up every last ounce of time alone as a family. It’s such a raw time for everyone.

Here are 5 ways you can support a family facing this grim reality at the holidays.

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