It's not always easy to be the friend of someone who is grieving - you might feel confused and helpless. You’re not expected to be able to make everything better. It’s OK to be lost for words and to find this whole situation a bit weird. But this book is here to help you understand that a friend who is grieving is still your friend – and that they will find it helpful to have you there through the ups and downs.
Hearing the news that your parent might have a limited time to live is going to be very hard for you. That's the understatement of the year.
Getting the right information, advice and support can really help. Canteen is in your corner.
You're not alone
Sometimes it might feel like your family or friends don’t really get what you’re going through, but you’re not alone. Through Canteen, you can meet and support other young people who understand how you feel because they are dealing with similar stuff. You can connect online 24/7 with Canteen Connect or attend one of our programs, like Explore.
Counselling and individual support
Cancer affects everyone differently, which is why we work with you individually to help you deal with the specific challenges you’re facing. We can help you manage school or work, changing relationships with friends or whatever is on your mind. Our counsellors are specially trained to understand the challenges cancer brings and you can talk to them (online or face-to-face) about thoughts or feelings that you may find hard sharing with others. They’ll also help you develop coping strategies – and just listen.
If their cancer can’t be cured
There is no rule-book to follow when your parent or carer is dying and there’s no right way to feel. But there is help and support.