By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer

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By My Side: Stories from parents whose child has died from cancer is both a book and short video created for bereaved parents. You can order the book free of charge by calling (1800 733 548) or emailing

By My Side – the book

This book of quotes was produced by Redkite in partnership with Dr Leigh Donovan – a clinician, researcher and advocate in paediatric palliative care and loss, grief and bereavement.

Over 100 parents participated in a research study (2012-2016) where they generously shared the story of their child’s cancer experience, end of life and family’s journey into bereavement. The quotes and images in both the video and book represent the experience of these parents; they may not be representative of all bereaved parents.

By My Side aims to shine a light on the experience of living without your child. Many bereaved parents speak of deep loneliness. The guidance and insight in these quotes may also be helpful for the family and friends supporting bereaved parents.

By My Side – the video


In this 3-minute video we hear the experiences, feelings and opinions of bereaved parents who participated in a research study. The video has also been translated into Mandarin and Italian.

Further Reading

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on End of Life.

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