Harvard Health Blog
How to talk to children about the serious illness of a loved one
By: Claire McCarthy, MD, Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing Itís an inescapable truth: sometimes hard, bad things happen in life ó including that sometimes parents, or other important people in a childís life, get very sick. Itís natural to want to shield a child from news like this, but thatís not a good idea. Children pick up on more than people realize ó and can sometimes imagine things to be even worse than they are.