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Should a child be told if their parent is terminally ill?
By Kate coman
When I was 6…
When I was 6 my mother was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. And while I was scared I knew what I had to do, I had to do everything I could to make it easier on my mom. Whether that was keeping quiet while she slept off the chemotherapy or by staying at the hospital because no one could take me home. I did these things because I knew I had a responsibility to my mom. connor knew that his mom was sick but not to its full extent. If he did he could have understood what was happening and helped his other family members like his grandma. Perhaps by not destroying her house.
By not being told about the extent of the illness, connor was caused more pain. He was agonizing over his desire for the pain to end and that’s why the monster appeared. I believe if he had been told sooner he may not even had needed the monster. Even his grandmother seemed to agree, at the beginning she mentions telling connor about… something. So clearly someone here had half a brain.
So on the other side
Some might say that we need to protect the children from the Idea of death, that it might make the process more difficult. I don’t think that’s true! The article I used in preparation for my original essay details the story of a girl who lost her father at a very young age and wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral. She explains that as she got older and started going to other peoples funerals she began to experience panic attacks. She had to go to a therapist who realized they were caused by an inability to grieve for her father. If that doesn’t explain my point I don’t know what does. Connor not being told the level of severity of his mothers illness caused his violent outbursts similarly to the girls problem.
A child is dependent on their parent till the day they go out into the world and when a child's life is about to change they deserve to know all the details. Connor is only 12 he needs to know everything going on with his mom so he Can begin the grieving process sooner rather than later and so he can eventually move on with his life.