According to inquirer.net, actress Liezl Martinez has passed away on Saturday morning after years of battling lung cancer.
Liezl’s mother, actress Amalia Fuentes, confirmed her daughter’s passing. Liezl was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 but recovered in 2011. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer the same year.
The report goes on to say that Cheng Muhlach, father of Liezl’s cousin, actor Aga Muhlach, said that Liezl has been confined in the hospital for a week. Her wake will be at Arlington Memorial.
Despite her condition, the wife of multi-awarded actor, Albert Martinez, was still able to serve as one of the members of the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). She and Albert have three children: Alyanna, Alfonso and Alissa.”
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Issay Tanabe with husband Doods and daughters Andi, Toni and Joey
Issay Tanabe is a wife and mother of three who is bravely battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer. Since being diagnosed with the disease in May 2012, she has undergone a slew of cancer-fighting treatments and procedures including a double mastectomy.
Her three daughters were 9, 13 and 15 years old when she first learned of her condition, and Issay remembers telling them about it separately and sans her husband.
“I didn’t think much about it. Maybe I did it that way because I wasn’t ready to deal with everybody’s emotions at the same time. I was alone.
“I assured all my daughters that we will do everything to get the healing that I need, but if death does occur, they shouldn’t let go of their faith in God,” she recounts.
Break the news gently
According to social psychologist Ces Bulos, who used to teach at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City, the dying parent should inform her child of her condition from the point of view of family communication, honesty, transparency, and other values, but the key is how the message is given to the child.
“It should be given in a manner that the child will understand what has happened and what will happen or the implications of the illness or situation to the child and the family.
The child should not feel that it was his fault or that the parents are dismissing or sweeping it under the rug.”
Bulos explains that for some, the task might entail a series of disclosures – depending on the ability of the child to understand – as giving the information in one fell swoop might overwhelm a youngster.
It is also important for the parent to be prepared regarding how the child will react to the news. “The time, circumstance and the manner will matter a lot in the communication,” she reiterates.
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How to tell your child you’re dying
Guidance counselor Mark Laurence Que, who works at Xavier School in San Juan, suggests the following steps for when a parent is dying:
- Explain the truth to your child first. This will help him prepare for what happens next. The pain of losing mom or dad is bound to be worse if a child is not prepared. Moreover, the child may feel hurt or angry if something this significant was kept from him.
- Have a dialogue with the child about feelings. Let him ask questions and voice his fears. Answer any question that he may have. When she was diagnosed with cancer, Issay says it was unfortunate that her youngest daughter heard it accidentally from another person. “I just had to comfort her when she told me about it,” she recalls.
- Help the child to avoid self-blame. Reassure kids, especially the young ones, that they are not the reason or the cause of a parent’s illness and nothing they did or said made mom or dad sick.
- Take the remaining time to have closure and make the most of these last moments with your family. Spend time with your spouse and child. Create photo albums, scrapbooks, videos and similar souvenirs to keep the memories of loved ones alive.
“In the end, there will still be grieving,” says Que, “but the child can always be prepared for it.”
Issay and her husband Doods are doing all these with their children. “I think we are coping well as a family. We make sure to have fun. We often do something together, even if it’s as simple as just eating together, but we make sure to build fun and meaningful memories with our girls.”
Issay goes on to say, “We talk about the situation and not hide anything from them. I want them to be educated about the disease. I want them to think about it and not just feel the emotions that follow in knowing that the disease exists within the family.”
Issay strives to remain positive and realistic at the same time too. “We are all faced with the risk of dying. I try not to think of my situation as unique which helps me get away from self-pity and discouragement. I feel even more blessed because I take care of myself better now, and our family has become closer, friendships have become stronger, and my spiritual life has become even more real and vibrant,” she shares.
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Provide for your child and secure his future
If you are a parent with a terminal illness and wish to leave your son or daughter with funds and other assets, here are some wise moves you can make as recommended by Jenny Ferriols, branch head of EastWest Bank in San Juan.
- Turn over everything to the husband or surviving closest adult relative who will manage the funds.
- Draw up a last will and testament and discuss this with a lawyer. Ferriols says this is ideal for a dying parent who wants the allocation done according to her request. The lawyer will execute the distribution of funds. If property is involved, the lawyer will also be in charge of taxation procedures.
- Open an account under the child’s name. The child can handle the account himself when he turns 18.
- If the child is still very young, the mom or dad can open a living trust account for the child. The Trust Department of banks can handle the investment of the funds and distribute them according to the parent’s specifications even after the parent has passed away.
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