It's a very big word. Even to an adult it's a big, scary word.
Many of us have sat with a parent, friend or relative as they've edged towards the end of life. It's big and it's scary. As an adult we grasp that 'death' is the end word. We don't understand it, but on a certain level we grasp it.
Imagine you're six. Mum made your fancy dress outfit for Halloween, mum knew how to get in touch with the tooth fairy, mum knew what your favourite sandwich filling was in the packed lunch she made for you every day you've ever been at school.
But mum is dying, in a strange place which smells funny. Grownups tell you that you have to sit there and not get in the way. Sit there and be quite. Do your homework but be quiet. It's scary and it's the biggest thing to ever happen to you.
'I'll be right here' is Cabaret Vs Cancer's month long campaign to help support children who are losing a parent to cancer. Working with St Joseph's Hospice and The Fruitfly Collective, we are working on a support box for children to be given when their parent is admitted to the palliative care unit. The box won't replace mum or dad but it will help them through a really scary time in their lives.
We need your help to raise £4,000 to get the first 100 boxes done, to make sure they are right, to make sure the literature for adults helps them talk about death, to help the children when the inevitable happens, and to help them cope without one of the most important people in their lives.