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How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness Paperback – August 15, 1996

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"This practical handbook prepares parents to address children's fears with absolute honest and profound empathy."--Booklist

"Offers detailed guidance."--The New York Times

"A fine and long-needed guide."--Betty Rollin, author of First, You Cry, and Last Wish

"McCue and Bonn should earn the gratitude of generations of young people for whom the tragedy of a parent's loss will be eased by this volume's sage advice."--Walter Cronkite

"A practical, eloquent, and compassionate guide, written with enduring respect for the wisdom and strength of children."--Mary Alice Williams

"I hope you never need this book, but if you do, use it, trust it. It could help your children for the rest of your lives."--Bill Kurtis

"Clearly written and richly researched, this book is a true how-to manual, exploring specific scenarios and offering step-by-step advice. It is sensitive to the needs of different age groups, family situations, and types of illness."--Connie Chung

"I loved the book. It takes difficult concepts about a difficult subject and presents them humanely and with clarity."--Richard Thompson, Ph.D., past president of the Child Life Council, and author of the only book on the theory of child life practice

"[A] comprehensive and compassionate approach to one of the most neglected areas in psychological health care. It is a work to which I plan on referring families and professionals."--Ernest R. Katz, Ph.D., Director, Psychosocial and Behavioral Sciences, Jonathan Jacques Children's Cancer Center

About the Author

Kathleen McCue, M.A., C.C.L.S., is supervisor of the child life program at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and past president of the National Child Life Council, her profession's international association. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ron Bonn has won three Emmy awards for his work as a TV news producer and writer. He lives in Closter, New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (August 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312146191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312146191
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jerri on May 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness is a wondeful resource for professional and home use! There are so many books designed to help children and parents with a child's illness but practically nothing available to help the children of adult patients deal with an adult illness, accident, or death. Kathleen and Ron are skillful and concise in sharing dozens of pointers and case examples that will help any adult in this situation. I work in a hospital and refer to the book often. We've shared it with nurses and doctors-all have found it "right on target". I know it would be a wonderful resource for use at home too. Two thumbs up to Kathleen and Ron for filling a big gap!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shelia on May 7, 2001
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This book is a tremendous resource for families who are facing serious illness and approaching death. The book gave me helpful advice on when to seek counseling help for my children, signals of depression and failure to cope in children, how to explain about hereditary diseases, and how to help children prepare to visit the hospital. In my own situation, my husband has a progressive muscular disease that has affected his lung/breathing processes. This disease can result in immediate death and I felt that my children needed to be prepared for that. I actually handled my chidlren's first trip to the hospital badly and they both reacted negatively--I wish I would have had this resource then! From time to time I refer back to this helpful book whenever a new situation arises and after reading it, I feel that I have a better understanding of how children see an illness, how they react to it, and how to explain it to them. I'd really like to see a sequel to it that goes into areas such as what to do when the kids are in denial and don't want to know; dealing with relatives who disagree with the methods chosen on helping the child deal with the illness, and how to handle emergencies that happen at home with the ill parent. In any case, this book is a necessity for families!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By So many books, so little time on December 31, 2001
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My husband was diagnosed with cancer when our daughter was just 9 months old. We are a little over 2 years into our struggle with his illness. I found McCue and Bonn's book immensly helpful at this difficult time. It covers everything from diagnosis, to coming home from the hospital or, God forbid, the parent's death. It also covers long term illnesses. The book is filled with practical advice. If you are struggling with a very sick parent (or other loved one) in your family right now, you need all the help you can get. After reading this book, I feel like I have the tools to help my daughter through this process whatever the outcome might be. It was incredibly helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 23, 2012
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My aunt is going through terminal cancer, I knew I had to help her and her two children out but I didn't really know how to. I looked around at the local book store and found this item, while only the last 3-4 chapters really applied (she was given 1-3 weeks to live after battling cancer for 6 years) the book gave me and my wife a wealth of information. It provides real life stories, what good things to do and what bad not to do, it is a great resource for dealing with a very bad situation. I feel like the actions I took after reading this book will save years of grieving and put her children back on a road to recovery MUCH faster than had we not read this book, well worth the purchase price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on November 30, 2011
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This book was a godsend. I received it from a school psychologist when my children were in grade school and my husband was dying of cancer. I wished I had it so much sooner, but even as it was late in the illness it helped me so much and reassured me that I was doing well in how I had dealt with my children and my husband's illness so far (as opposed to scaring them for life, which is what I was afraid of) It also gave me some guidelines in dealing with the end of life and insuring that I addressed the situation and dealt with my children in as healthy a way and as clearly as possible. I have since given this book to several families who had an illness in the family even if it wasn't life threatening.

It helped me more than I can say. It was like a handbook to help guide me and my children through this awful time. It has been 11 years since my husband's death and my children are both happy, healthy and amazing adults. I have read many books on dying and grief and this is by far the most helpful and useful resource I have found.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parent, Aberdare on January 30, 2012
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I have been putting off as I had great difficulty explaining to my six year old that I have multiple sclerosis and why my legs are "wobbly", that I cannnot run and do things like other mothers' can and that from time to time I would have to spend days and nights in hospital. I was very conscious that I did not wish my child to be unduly worried with my condition. This book explained perfectly how to explain your illness to your child in ways that they will understand. Now I have explained my condition to my child and how it affects me and I am confident that my explanation was understood in a positive way - thank you!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kathy charyton on May 25, 2013
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I am a parent with a serious illness, and this book is full of great suggestions about how to help my children cope with my illness, and how to be a good parent in spite of being sick.
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