FAMILY MEETINGS

Communication can suffer when families are faced with cancer. We offer facilitated conversations to help couples, parents, and extended families address their concerns. Cancer Lifeline honors any and all definitions of family. Meetings can be done with partners, family members, groups of friends, neighbors, etc.

You and your family will meet with one of our oncology professionals, and each person will be given the opportunity to speak uninterrupted, about what they are thinking and feeling. This allows each family member to hear each others worries, concerns and perspective. This can help the whole group find a common place as they go through the cancer process. If the cancer patient does not want to be present, that is OK too.

Families may ask for these meetings to:

  • Open lines of communication
  • Clarify concerns
  • Help family members deal with the impact of cancer
  • Learn about community resources
  • Learn how to get what is needed from doctors or the health care system
  • Help parents and other family members provide the best support for children of cancer patients

While these meetings are most effective in person, out-of- area participants may be invited to attend by phone.

For more information, contact Meghan Wilkins Melanson at mwilkins@cancerlifeline.org.

CREATIVE OUTLETS FOR FAMILIES – Sponsored by EvergreenHealth

Parents living with cancer and their children and young adolescents ages 6-12 are invited to join one or several of these creative expression workshops, each with a theme designed to support family rituals, bonds, and communication while coping with a diagnosis in the family. These short workshops allow for children and early adolescents to use their creativity to communicate in ways that can surprise and help the adults in their lives understand what they are experiencing. Likewise, engaging in a form of creative play can produce insights for the parents and caregivers about the needs and hopes of the family during the challenges they face. No prior artistic or other experience is needed — just come to join the fun of exploring together what the family needs to express.

All members of the family are encouraged to attend; at least one parent must be present. To sign up, please send an email to Pamela Krueger at pkrueger@cancerlifeline.org or call 206-832-1271 letting her know the names and ages of attendees and their family roles (e.g., parent, grandparent, child, etc.).