Here's a list of online resources, as well as downloads and recommended reading.

Links Online
Helping kids and families understand cancer
Kids Konnected, Cancer Support & Education
Helping kids who have a parent with cancer or lost a parent to cancer


Reaching Out to Your Children When Cancer Comes to Your Family: A Guide for Parents
Download PDF

Time for Me: An Activity Book for Kids When Someone in the Family Has Cancer
See a sample of pages from the Time for Me workbook for children. The full workbook can be ordered from Patient and Family Counselling Services at your nearest BC Cancer Agency regional centre:

  • Abbotsford Centre - 604-851-4733 or Toll free 1.877.547.3777, extension 644733
  • Centre for the North - 250.645.7330 or Toll free 1.855.775.7330
  • Centre for the Southern Interior - 250.712.3963 or Toll free 1.888.563.7773
  • Fraser Valley Centre - 604.930.4000 or Toll free: 1.800.523.2885
  • Vancouver Centre - 604.877.6000, extension 2194 or Toll free: 1.800.663.3333, extension 2194
  • Vancouver Island Centre - 250.519.5525 or Toll free: 1.800.670.3322

Download PDF

Recommended Reading

Goodman, M. B. Vanishing Cookies: Doing OK When a Parent Has Cancer. Downsview, Canada: The Benjamin Family Foundation, 1990.

Harpham, W. Becky and the Worry Cup. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.

Numeroff, L. and W. Harpham. The Hope Tree: Kids Talk about Breast Cancer. New York: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers, 2001.

Kohlenberg, S. Sammy’s Mommy Has Cancer. New York: Magination, 1994.