Hello OTers, I was pondering this question tonight and figured OT was clearly the best place to seek guidance on it My sister-in-law's father is dying. Having watched Mum die 18 months ago from lung cancer, I don't think the old guy has that much longer to live. I am close to my sister in law and her kids, and am helping out where I can. I was talking to her tonight about things, and brought up the topic of explaining to the kids exactly what is going on. They obviously know he's sick, but nobody has sat them down and explained that he won't be around for much longer. These kids range in age from 4-9. On the one hand, I think it would be good to prepare them at least a little for whats to come. On the other hand, will it make any difference, and might it just make them more upset for longer? Anyone dealt with this and got an opinion?