Melbourne father-of-two Scott Bennett was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.
“I’ve since had brain surgery, undergone six weeks of radiation therapy, and am now undergoing 12 months of chemotherapy to keep this cancer dormant for as long as possible,” he says in a blog post.
“When I awoke within the ICU department of The Alfred two days after my seizure with my wife and family by my side, my mind turned towards my two children, Henry and Sadie, and how it would have been explained to them where I was, had I not been fortunate enough to wake up – which at the time, was a harsh reality.”
But after searching for the right words for his “grim reality”, he decided to write a story to explain his own death to his two children.
“Reading is big in our family,” he says.
Scott Bennett with his family. Image supplied.
"Mostly through great children's literature and illustrations, but also sometimes after a long day at work, Henry would give me some topics and characters and I would pluck a story out of the depths of our imagination and make it up as we went along."
The Melbourne dad hopes that through his story his children will be able continue to "see him in everyday occurrences", after he passes away.
"It was always about knowing that I'm, and in other children's cases, their loved ones are / am still with them, they just have an important job to do."
Bennett's crowdfunding has raised enough to print 1,000 copies of the book, titled My Daddy's Important New Job, but he hopes to print more copies to raise money for charity and explain death to other children.
An illustration from the book. Image supplied.
"The first email copy of the book was sent out to a little four-year-old boy whose dad has been diagnosed with secondary cancer and isn't expected to make it through the week," he said on Facebook.