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Newborn, Child and Youth

Family Resources

Finding out that your child has a serious or life-limiting illness is a shock. At first, you may not know ​what to do. But remember that you are not alone.

There are many health care providers and services in Alberta that can help your child, you, and your whole family. They can help you make the most of your time together, and make sure your child has the best life possible.

The information here can help your family deal with a child's diagnosis, plan for a child's end of life care, and cope with grief after a child dies.

Helpful links for parents and families

  • Little Stars
    This website shares stories of very special children with serious illnesses, and the families and health care providers who love and support them.
  • Courageous Parents Network
    Using videos, parents talk honestly about caring for a sick child. Topics include making decisions and asking for help.
  • Together for Short Lives
    In this short animated video, a mother talks about finding out her child had a life-limiting illness, and how a palliative team helps her make the most of her special child's short life.​​​​​​​​