Youth + Family Resources

To help with questions you may have about communicating about cancer with the young people in your life, the Healing Tree has compiled suggestions and advice from experts in the fields of child life, mental health, and oncology. Providing open and honest information as early as possible will help your child or adolescent to feel safe and involved and will establish the trust he/she will need to deal with unavoidable stress now and in the future.

Below are some helpful resources from the Healing Tree:
Title + LinkAdditional Information
Guided Meditations for ChildrenFrom Annaka Harris
Mindfulness for TeensInformation, tools, and resources to help teens build a mindfulness practice
Teenage Cancer Trust: Support for FamiliesInformation and support for families when a young person has cancer
Cancer Really SucksSupport for teens by teens with music playlists, resources, a wall to post on and read encouraging thoughts
RiprapHelps teens cope when a parent has cancer
Camp KesemIn 2020, in response to COVID-19, Camp Kesem held virtual summer camps for kids impacted by a parent's cancer diagnosis
Super SibsSupport and resources for children of all ages who have a sibling with cancer
Guided Meditation for KidsA short meditation to help kids reduce anxiety and stress
Yoga for Teens20-minute yoga session from Yoga with Adriene
Yoga for Kids: Play in the Park30-minute vide from Yoga with Adriene
Someone in My Family Has CancerA video for kids and parents, appropriate for elementary school-age children and up
Kid to Kid: Your Parent Has CancerA 15-minute video that explains what cancer is and how it is treated
You're Not AloneIn this short video, teens share their stories of having a parent with cancer.
When Your Parent Has CancerA downloadable guide for teens