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What if a grandparent or other family member that has been diagnosed, can we participate in a Pathways group?

Please contact a Pathways Coordinator if your child’s grandparent is living with you full time and has been diagnosed with an advanced serious illness to determine if Pathways is appropriate for your family, 503-775-5683 or pathways@dougy.org.

What if my kids don’t know that their person has been diagnosed with an illness that will significantly shorten their life? Can they still attend?

Yes, they can attend. Often adults find it difficult to find the words to start these challenging conversations with their children. However, talking with the other adults in the peer support group and the Pathways Group Coordinators can bring some ease to these tough conversations. Contact a Pathways Coordinator at 503-775-5683 or pathways@dougy.org for more information.

Does the children’s family member diagnosed with an advanced serious illness need to be in hospice to attend the group?

Your family member does not need to be on hospice to participate in Pathways. Pathways is here to support your family after the diagnosis of an advanced serious illness (late stage cancer, ALS, and advanced neurological disease) through that journey. Your family member can continue to seek treatments, medical care, and maintain hope. Families have shared that having support earlier on the path helps with anxiety and not feeling so alone.

Do we have to wait long before we can attend a Pathways group?

The Pathways Coordinator will discuss the group with you and send forms to complete prior to attending the group. Once the forms are received by the coordinator, your family can participate in the next Pathways group that meets.