Resources for Cancer Patients and Families During COVID-19

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COVID-19 Information and Support Websites

Connecting through Technology Ideas

Connect with family and friends over video chat with FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype. o Have themed video chats. Do you meet a friend for coffee once a week before week? Make a cup at home, log on and get your day started together! Do you get together with family for pizza every week? Have a virtual pizza party where you enjoy a slice together chat, laugh, and catch up on your week.

  • Join Houseparty for video chat with games built in.
  • Reach out to friends you haven’t spoken to in a while on social media.

Activities at Home

Resources on How to Help Families Cope with a Sick or Deceased Caregiver

Create a memory book or box together – include pictures, items, and other things that remind you of the deceased individual. This can be used to help children look to when they are feeling down or thinking about the person.

Books for Children

  • “Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing after Loss” by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen
  • “Gran-Gran’s Best Trick: A Story for Children who Have Lost Someone They Love” by L. Dwight Holden, MD
  • “Samantha Jane's Missing Smile: A Story About Coping With the Loss of a Parent” by Julie Kaplow, Donna Pincus, Beth Spiegel
  • “Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies” by Janis Silverman
  • “Why Did You die? Activities to Help Children Cope with Grief and Loss” by Erika Leeuwenburgh
  • “When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief” by Marge Heegaard
    • Recommended for use with an adult the child has a close relationship.
  • “What on Earth Do You Do When Someone Dies?” by Trevor Romain
  • “I Miss You: A First Look At Death” by Pat Thomas (Author), Leslie Harker (Illustrator)
  • “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: 20th Anniversary Edition” by Leo Buscaglia (Author)
    • This book uses the metaphor of seasonal changes to discuss life transitions and does not include literal language about death.
  • “The Saddest Time” (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book) by Norma Simon (Author), Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
  • “How do we tell the children: A step by step guide for helping children 2 to teen cope when someone dies.” By Dan Schaefer and Chrsitine Lyons.
  • “How to help children through a parent’s serious illness” by Kathleen McCue
  • "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" by Glenn Ringtved

Books for Caregivers

  • “Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick” by Anna C. Muriel and Paula K. Rauch (a Harvard Medical School Book)
  • “Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of All Ages” by Cynthia W. Moore and Paula K. Rausha
  • “Helping Children Cope with Death” by The Dougy Center
  • “Healing a Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical ideas for Families, Friends, and Caregivers” by Alan D Wolfelt
  • “Great Answers to Difficult Questions about Death” by Linda Goldman
  • “Bereaved Children and Teens” by Earl Grollman
  • “Talking With Children About Loss” (Paperback) by Maria Trozzi

Websites

Resources and Needs

  • Greater Philadelphia Area Residents: Community Resources Connects has a compilation of websites and resources highlighting community services to support your family, such as help with food, utilities, transportation and more. 
  • New Jersey Residents: the COVID-19 New Jersey hub has resources and updates for families in the state.

If you have any questions or concerns with getting adequate resources, do not hesitate to contact your social worker.