So last March my older sister (30) was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. My 2 older kids (4.5 & 3) know she's very sick. Today we found out that chemo won't help her, only make her sicker. She spent 6 weeks in the hospital and about 3 weeks ago was able to be home. Granted she has an IV pole and tubes sticking out of her stomach. She's not getting any better obviously. My DH and I are having an extremely hard time with this because they aren't just family, they are our best friends. We understand that she doesn't have much time left. So my question is, when should we try and explain it to our kids? Our youngest is only 16 months and won't understand, I'm not sure about our 3 yo, but our 4.5 yo understands a lot. I'm scared but I feel they need to know that they'll lose their aunt at some point in the near future. Our family (outside) cat has been lost since March and I still haven't had the heart to tell them she's gone. Help!!!
on May. 8, 2012 at 4:30 PM