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Terminally Ill Children Share the Meaning of Life

Terminally Ill Kids Shared Their Versions of the "Meaning of Life," and They Will Wreck You

When children's doctor Alastair McAlpine asked some of his terminally ill patients "what they enjoy and what has given meaning to their lives," he might not have been prepared for just how heartwarming the responses were. Sharing the kids' responses in a series of tweets, the pediatrician found that the children mostly cared about friends, family, pets, and small joys like ice cream, and much less about material things like television. See the overarching themes and touching responses below.

Social media and TV did not come to mind

The love for their pets was a top theme

The kids don't want their parents to worry

All of them LOVE ice cream

Books like Harry Potter have a special place in their heart

Real friends matter the most

Kids love the beach!

Kindness does not go unnoticed

Laughter can be the best medicine

Toys and superheroes are comforting

Above all, family means the most

Don't forget to appreciate the little things

Image Source: Unplash / Kevin Gent
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