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Moxie

Moxie, a blue raccoon, lives up to her name in this story about facing difficulty with spirit and courage. Moxie is an uplifting story for children. Ages 3-11

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Love Sick

Written by teens, this collection of feelings and experiences helps teenagers sort through their own feelings and understand that they are not alone. Ages 12-15

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External Resources

Are you not able to attend camp in Southern California? Find a camp in your state through our friends at Camp Kesem Click Here

Does your child have cancer? Then our friends at NEGU can help you Click Here

Learn more about cancer through our friends at American Cancer Society Click Here

for children

It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Had Cancer

By the American Cancer Society (800) ACS-2345. A pamphlet offering coping ideas when a parent has cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 16.

Life Isn’t Always a Day at the Beach

By Ganz High Five Publishing. A cartoon illustrated workbook for kids to color themselves to help kids learn and understand their feelings about their parent’s cancer. Appropriate for ages 4 to 13.

My Memory Bookbereavement

By Gretchen Gaines-Lane, LCSW-C. A workbook and journal that helps children explore their feelings about the death of a loved one.

Once Upon a Hopeful Night

By Risa S. Yaffe (oncology Nursing Press). A bed-time tale to help comfort kids who are struggling with their parent’s cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 10.

Our Family Has Cancer Too!

By Christine Clifford. A cartoon illustrated book that describes a family’s experience with cancer and how they coped. Appropriate for ages 3 to 16.

Someone I Really Love Has Cancer

By Dana Cohn & L.E. Murray. A cartoon illustrated book for kids to color themselves that describes a boy named Charlie and his friends who help him to understand his feelings about his Mommy’s cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 10.

The Moyer Foundationbereavement

The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope and healing to children affected by loss and family addiction.

Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest nationwide network of free bereavement camps for children and teens ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

It is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support — facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers.

Camp Erin

The Paper Chain

By Blake, Blanchard & Parkinson (800) 643-2665. A cartoon illustrated book that tells the story of how one family coped while their mother was in the hospital during her cancer treatment. Appropriate for ages 4 to 10.

When Someone Has a Very Serious Illness

By Marge Heegaard. A cartoon illustrated workbook for kids to color themselves to help kids understand their feelings when their parent is ill.

When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Griefbereavement

By Marge Heegaard. A cartoon book to be illustrated by children that teaches the concept of death and helps children understand and express the many feelings they have when someone special dies.

for teens

Guide for Teens: When a Parent Has Cancer

Great information for teens coping with their parent’s cancer diagnosis.

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/when-your-parent-has-cancer/page1

It Helps to Have Friends When Mom or Dad Had Cancer

By the American Cancer Society (800) ACS-2345. A pamphlet offering coping ideas when a parent has cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 16.

Life Isn’t Always a Day at the Beach

By Ganz High Five Publishing. A cartoon illustrated workbook for kids to color themselves to help kids learn and understand their feelings about their parent’s cancer. Appropriate for ages 4 to 13.

Our Family Has Cancer Too!

By Christine Clifford. A cartoon illustrated book that describes a family’s experience with cancer and how they coped. Appropriate for ages 3 to 16.

What About Me?: A Booklet for Teenage Children of Cancer Patients

By Linda Leopold Strauss. A book addressing the specific needs of teens when their parent has cancer.

Will I Get Breast Cancer?: Questions and Answers for Teenage Girls

By Carole Vogel. A book addressing the specific needs of girls facing their mother’s breast cancer.

for parents

Can I Still Kiss You?: Answering Children’s Questions About Cancer

By Neil Russell. A question and answer book written by a cancer patient who journaled the questions he was asked by his children during his cancer experience. Appropriate for all ages.

Cancer In the Family: Helping Children Cope with a Parent’s Illness

By Sue P. Heiney, PhD, RN; Joan F. Hermann, MSW, LSW; Katherine V. Bruss, PsyD; Joy L. Fincannon, RN, MS. This book outlines valuable steps necessary to help children understand what happens when a parent has been diagnosed with cancer. Appropriate for all ages.

Confronting the Cowbereavement

By Chris Donner. A work written by a husband and father who lost his wife to breast cancer. The author shares his struggle with becoming a single parent and dealing with his own grief while helping his young children deal with theirs. Not written as an “advice” book, but more as a “sharing” of his experience book.

Heaven’s Not a Crying Place: Teaching Your Child about Funerals, Death, and the Life Beyond.bereavement

By Joey o’Connor. A book for parents, teachers and professionals to help kids learn to trust God and celebrate life and to deal with, learn from, and have hope in the face of death.

Mom’s Don’t Get Sick

By Pat Brack. A book addressing the problems that children are faced with when their mother is dealing with cancer. Appropriate for ages 3 to 13.

Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation

Mommy and Me Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide support to young mothers who are battling life-threatening cancer who also raise minor children. Mommy and Me helps these families with financial assistance, group support, hair replacement, children’s books about cancer and more.

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Public Law Center

http://www.publiclawcenter.org/

Public Law Center provides free legal advice to those who qualify. PLC’s Medical Legal Partnerships (MLP) joins the efforts of legal services and the health care community to address legal issues which affect low-income patients’ health. On-site services to medical patients includes legal services related to conservatorships, guardianships, representation in civil and probate litigation, wills, advance health care directives, and powers of attorney.

Telling Your Child You Have Cancer

by Steve Rogers

The Grieving Childbereavement

By Helen Fitzgerald. A book for parents, teachers or professionals that explains childhood grief.

The Grieving Teenbereavement

By Helen Fitzgerald. A book for teens, parents, teachers or professionals that addresses the specific issues of teen grief.



...how Kids Konnected helps:

At Kids Konnected, we know that cancer affects the entire family. Each of your children will experience your diagnosis in a different way and with different feelings. Cancer is not an easy subject to talk about and many parents try to avoid the topic in fear that they will scare their children. At Kids Konnected, our approach is to provide a supportive environment to the children so that they can share their feelings alongside other children going through the same thing. We provide free services such as support groups, summer camps, education, and fun events that allow the children to have a break from their parents cancer diagnosis. Learn More

At Kids Konnected, we are here to offer support, understanding, community, comfort and a safe haven while you go through your parent's cancer journey. At Kids Konnected you are not alone and can share with people your age who understand what it is like to experience cancer within the family.

Through our yearly summer camps, youth leadership, support groups and events, Kids Konnected is there for you during the difficult and happy times as you go through your unique cancer experience within your family. Learn More

At Kids Konnected, we provide friendship, understanding, education, and support to children who have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent to cancer. Know that you are not alone and can share with other teens who understand what it is like to experience cancer within the family.

Through our yearly summer camps, youth leadership, support groups and events, Kids Konnected is there for you during the difficult and happy times as you go through your unique cancer experience within your family. Learn More

When a cancer touches a parent you know, it can be challenging to know what you can do to help. At Kids Konnected, we provide support, education, community and understanding to children who have a parent with cancer or have a parent that has died from cancer. We provide custom care packages for the children, resources, support groups, bereavement workshops, summer camps and special events. The generous donations made by people like you help us provide these free services to families experiencing cancer.  Learn more about volunteering, upcoming events and how you can support Kids Konnected. Support Our Programs