When someone you love is seriously ill
When someone you love is seriously ill many things change and lots of the changes are out of your control.
Explain clearly, simply, slowly and honestly - young people have the same worries and anxieties as adults, but they may often struggle to verbalise them.
Keep young people informed as things change - they will already be aware of tensions however hard you try to keep things/information hidden. Often when they are told what is happening it is a relief for all concerned, you no longer have to pretend that everything is normal anymore.