Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

How parents can guide their children through terminal illness

16 April 2018 12:51 PM
Tags:
Cancer
Child
Family
terminal illness
parents
care
Having conversations about terminal illnesses like cancer can be a daunting task, clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele shares.

If a child or parent is dying, talking to children about terminal illness can be a difficult conversation.

When it comes to cancer, clinical psychologist Zamo Mbele says parents should equip and empower themselves with information about the diseases, including treatment and prognosis.

Read: Four-time cancer survivor pens memoir on her resilient journey

Mbele advises that ongoing conversations will help children make sense of the diagnosis.

He says that parents must take into account a child's fears, anxieties, age and level of understanding when broaching the subject.

Also read: 'Dream big for your child' - advice on how to care for kids with Down Syndrome

According to Mbele, the discussions should include the psychological and practical requirements needed to manage the illness.

He explains that conversations about cancer will differ and change for different child age groups.

It is a difficult conversation to have as a parent and a complex one to have with a child.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

It's not just a difficult conversation, it's a difficult series of conversations.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

A frightened parent is going to frighten the child.

Zamo Mbele, Clinical psychologist and board member of SADAG

Take a listen to his expert advice:


16 April 2018 12:51 PM
Tags:
Cancer
Child
Family
terminal illness
parents
care

More from Lifestyle

Cape Town V&A Waterfront

How a derelict harbour became the V&A Waterfront, SA’s most valuable real estate

23 October 2019 3:49 PM

Thirty years ago, it was stinky and derelict. Today, it employs 23 000 people and ranks among Africa’s most visited places.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

breaking-milk-book-coverpng

Author of 'Breaking Milk' says her book is about separations and connections

23 October 2019 2:58 PM

Cape Town-based medical doctor and author Dr Dawn Garisch describes the metaphors at the heart of her latest written offering.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Checkers supermarket

Checkers is steadily moving upmarket. And it’s working

23 October 2019 12:30 PM

Checkers is getting "better and better", says branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

hospital-drip-infusion-medicine-health-pixabay-imagejpg

I survived four rounds of the 'red devil' chemotherapy, Gail Gilbride shares

22 October 2019 4:40 PM

Gail Gilbride shares an update on her chemo journey and how she conquered aggressive treatment she thought she'd never get through.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

stutterjpg

How to overcome a stutter

22 October 2019 3:52 PM

Julia Roberts, Kendrick Lamar, and Ed Sheeran are some of the celebrities who have suffered from this type of speech disorder.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

hospital-drip-iv-pexels-photo-freejpeg

I fought breast cancer so I could survive for my daughter: Helena Vivier's story

22 October 2019 3:37 PM

Breast cancer survivor Helena Vivier says cancer is diagnosis which requires people to be brave. She shares her inspiring story.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Sandile Zungu

'I want to ensure my money delivers change to as many people as possible'

22 October 2019 12:57 PM

Black Business Council president Sandile Zungu on his attitude toward money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

flu-hay-fever-cold-sickness-pexels-free-imagejpg

Hay fever and asthma hell as Cape Town pollen count hits new peak levels

22 October 2019 12:37 PM

People who suffer from hay fever allergies and asthma have been warned to brace themselves for a tough pollen season.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Discovery, Sandton

Why Vestact is buying Discovery (JSE), Long4Life (JSE) and Booking.com

22 October 2019 8:31 AM

Portfolio Manager Byron Lotter shares his stock picks of the week with Bruce Whitfield on The Money Show.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

ethienne-reynecke-rugby-player-image-facebook-account-copyjpg

Former Lions rugby player describes surviving a stroke and some of the signs

22 October 2019 7:22 AM

Ethienne Reynecke had a stroke over a year ago, and he describes the signs and symptoms he experienced and his road to recovery.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward