Kevin and his two young sons were helped by Daisy's Dream when Philippa, his wife and their mother, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011. A friend had told them about us, and they had contacted us for support with how to talk to their boys about what was going to happen.

One of our family workers met with the family to discuss their needs and concerns, and went on to support them with regular 1:1 sessions over the coming weeks and months. It was important to Kevin and Philippa that the boys felt comfortable to talk and ask questions - that they were given a chance to understand what was going on.

Sadly, Philippa died on Mother's Day in 2013; her sons were just 7 and 5 years old at the time. Our Family Worker continued to support the family after the death, and Kevin has remained an advocate of Daisy's Dream ever since.

He was happy for us to share with you his family's experience of using our service at that difficult time.

"Daisy’s Dream were amazing. Our family worker visited our sons at nursery and at school so she could support them in their own environment. She really helped with explaining things and gave us the confidence to know that what we were doing was right; that we were using the appropriate language.

I think instinctively we knew what to do, but it was useful to have a sounding board - sometimes we wouldn’t have known exactly how to say things but we would have muddled through. Without the support of Daisy’s Dream, we would have got things wrong and had a lot bigger waves of emotion.

Thanks to their help, we knew that the kids were going to be OK in the long run and, for Philippa, this was the most reassuring thing of all.