Saying goodbye to your kids: How do you tell your children you're dying? TVO explores this difficult question in a multi-platform event Sunday November 16, 2008, beginning at 8 pm ET



    
    -   Featuring the first episode of the three-part documentary The Mummy
        Diaries
    -   Live webchat at tvoparents.com follows. Parents get direct access to
        guest experts by phone and e-mail, and can connect with other parents
        through online chat
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - If you were dying, how would you help your kids
cope, and prepare them for life after you're gone? On Sunday November 16, 2008
starting at 8 pm, TVO combines the power of television with the immediacy of
the internet to address a painful and difficult subject: how children deal
with the loss of a parent.
    The event revolves around the extraordinary three-part documentary The
Mummy Diaries, in which a clinical psychologist helps both mothers and kids
talk about and deal with the mothers' incurable illness. Immediately following
the first episode of The Mummy Diaries on November 16, viewers can go to Your
Voice, TVO's Web-TV program at tvoparents.com, where host Cheryl Jackson and
expert guests take questions from viewers and discuss issues raised in the
film.

    
    The Mummy Diaries - NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
    Sundays November 16, 23 and 30, 2008, at 8 pm
    3 / 50 minutes
    

    The cherished joys of motherhood and the agonizing reality of impending
loss come together in this moving three-part documentary following five
families as each copes with the trauma of the mother being diagnosed with
terminal cancer. How can the mothers help their kids understand their illness,
and prepare their kids for the unthinkable: life without a parent? And how can
the kids communicate their feelings, worries and questions?
    Julie Stokes, a British clinical psychologist and pioneer in childhood
bereavement is a welcome support figure, giving the families guidance in the
face of these daunting challenges. The mothers write "mummy manuals" on
everything from schooling, relationships and even sex education, advising
loved ones on how they want their family to live when they are no longer there
to guide them, and they create poignant memory boxes to help remind children
of happier times. Julie also helps the younger kids express their emotions
through play and toys.

    
    Your Voice: Special Mummy Diaries webcast - LIVE
    Sunday November 16, 2008, at 8:50 pm ET at tvoparents.com
    

    Immediately following the first episode of The Mummy Diaries, Your Voice,
TVO's live Web-TV discussion series for parents, presents a special webcast to
bring parents and experts together on the topic and to address issues raised
in the evening's documentary. Host Cheryl Jackson will be joined by expert
guests to discuss questions such as: If you were dying, how would you tell
your children? What do kids need to know? And how you can help them grieve,
and move on? Confirmed guests include:

    
    -   Andrea Warnick, a registered nurse with a masters degree in
        thanatology (the study of death, dying and grief). She provides
        counselling to families who are coping with dying at the Max and
        Beatrice Wolfe Centre for Children's Grief and Palliative Care at
        Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
    -   Dr. Dori Seccareccia, a palliative care physician with the Harold and
        Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital
        in Toronto.
    

    Parents can join this important, live discussion by sending their
questions directly to the experts online at tvoparents.com, or by phone at
1.888.891.1195. They can also interact with other parents in an online
discussion forum.
    For interviews or for more information, please contact TVO
Communications.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts, TVO Communications: Angela
Garde, (416) 484-2600 ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org; Anne Rubenstein, (416)
484-2881, arubenstein@tvo.org


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