What is HUUG?
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Many adults feel apprehensive or unprepared to speak to young people about illness, dying, and death, often due to a desire to protect them from the pain of grief. However, children have expressed their desire to be informed about a family member’s diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, end-of-life care, and death. Many children and youth wished to be told the truth as fully and as soon as possible, to be included in rituals following a death, and to be recognized as grievers alongside adults.
Communicating with children about dying, death, and grief can be very challenging, but having honest, early, and open communication can benefit a child by:
- Making illness, death, and grief a safe, rather than taboo, subject
- Reducing the likelihood of hearing the news accidentally or from people less informed
- Lessening the likelihood of imagining scenarios that leave them more anxious and fearful
- Inviting children to ask questions and be open with people they trust
- Helping children understand the physical or emotional changes they may be seeing
- Inviting them to think about how they would like to be involved with the person who is ill or dying
- Giving children the chance to say goodbye in a way that is right for them
For more information on the benefits of facilitating early and honest conversations with grieving children, please visit: www.kidsgrief.ca