Matt was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2018, having lost his peripheral vision whilst on a dog walk. At the time Matt was 43, very fit, healthy and had never smoked. His diagnosis came as a total shock. Matt and his wife Sam’s thoughts immediately turned to their children, Josh 7 & Poppy 5. They knew straight away that they wanted to be open with their children, to allow them to ask any questions about his illness and ensure they felt informed, talking to them in an age-appropriate way.
The Ruth Strauss Foundation provided Sam and Matt with vital pre-bereavement support, including guidance on how to best inform Josh and Poppy of their dad’s incurable illness, what potential questions to expect from their children, changes in behaviour to look out for and the importance of involving their schools.