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Table 1 Examples of quotations, codes, categories and key concepts based on interview data

From: The family talk intervention for families when a parent is cared for in palliative care – potential effects from minor children’s perspectives

 QuotationsCodesCategoriesKey concepts
1It was a bit scary at first ‘cause it felt like... (silence) I got scared and didn’t know much about his (the father’s) illness then... I didn’t know if it was really bad cancer or... more okay cancer... so then I got scared... It was good talking to her (the interventionist) and, and lots of information... yeah, more about dad’s illness and if, y’know, if they could cure it and... and that (8–12 years old)Increased knowledge about the illnessIncreased knowledge about the illnessBringing knowledge about illness
2Or yeah, I thought the... arrangements we figured out were really good, especially everything about... school and all, that was such a relief and has helped me (13–19 years old)SchoolGetting help with support outside the familyAddressing the needs of the children
3They do things I can’t cope with, they’ve dealt with them instead of me, like getting hold of a psychologist and so on, showed me who I can turn to and stuff like that (13–19 years old)Professional conversational therapy  
4Because... like... you can talk about your thoughts and... and not just, like... ‘cause otherwise you might just walk around thinking about it a lot... and... you could just... you can just... like... I don’t know how to explain it but... (silence). I mean so you don’t just ignore it but you face it... yeah... so you aren’t just in your own little bubble if I can call it that (8–12 years old)A possibility to put words onto thoughts and feelingsGetting help to find strengths to maintain everyday life 
5So yeah, this is what I do about most things... things that upset me... yeah, I just try to focus on what’s good (13–19 years old)Helped to identify strengths  
6Yeah, we talked about how it’s important to still y’know... yeah but they’ve sort of given me ideas... about how you should... keep moving forward and, like, still do things and so on... yeah... (13–19 years old)The importance of continuing everyday life outside of the family  
7I guess it was so you would... so everybody would start talking to each other again... yeah, ‘cause we didn’t talk to each other a whole lot (8–12 years old)Opening up for conversation among family membersImproved or unchanged family communicationBreaking the silence together as a family
8Then we were sitting in the kitchen talking about... um... when dad... um... that time when he started coughing blood... yeah, and so it was happening while we were talking about it and then we talked about, like, what we should do if it happened again... yeah, and then we should... first of all call an ambulance (8–12 years old)Situation related to illnessPreparednessContinuing the family dialogue, moving on and facing the future
9Um... what we were talking about... um... um... what she would like to be wearing when she was buried... and, yeah, right, but... like what music and what food we should eat at the funeral and... how we should be dressed and so on... so it was like mostly that stuff, um... yeah, but... (sighs) I mean... it felt good... like we had everything under control... or not everything, but... most things... (8–12 years old)
That was I guess we went through your will and a bit about your funeral and how you want that to be (13–19 years old)
Funeral and will  
10Um... ‘cause if you start talking late (the interviewer has asked if FTI came at the right time) then maybe you’re sort of a bit more prepared, you might say... for what’s going to happen... (8–12 years old)Death  
11But me, I notice we’ve started cleaning up more and so on... we already knew how but it wasn’t something we had to do... back then a few years ago, but now we have to... now, when it’s messy we have to clean up (8–12 years old)
And we talked about Dad’s sickness and things we divided up that we had to do at our house so it wouldn’t be too much stuff for Dad that he usually did or if he got mad if he had to do things he didn’t want to do so we made a schedule — Yeah really! (8–12 years old)
Helping more with household choresContinuing everyday life with the family 
12That we got to talk to each other... and maybe... yeah, not just talking but being together (8–12 years old)Starting to spend more time together  
13But then they gave us tips about... that we should go out for walks and talk (13–19 years old)How to integrate communication in everyday life