The book is unique: It deals with any kind of serious illness, not just cancer. It explains how children of different age ranges commonly react to a parent’s illness, or other family crisis. It suggests specific language in talking to children of different ages. A full chapter is devoted to advantages and disadvantages of using information technology, rarely covered in other books on this topic.
Based on extensive qualitative research. Includes excerpts from interviews with parents and children coping with illness in the family. Both authors rely on their training, but also on early life experience in which they encountered traumatic family events. As a teenager, Courtney Nathan lost her mother to breast cancer. Leigh Collins suffered a terrible accident as a young child, and was confined in hospital for many weeks. Their book reflects a dedication to other families who face such life-altering circumstances.
The book has received wide endorsement from medical doctors and social service personnel who know the urgent need for this information for their patients and clients.