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How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness

Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist

Kathleen McCue, M.A., C.C.L.S., with Ron Bonn

St. Martin's Griffin

How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness has become the standard work on an important subject. A classic for over fifteen years, it continues to be a go-to book for supportive, practical advice, based on the lifetime experience and clinical practice of one of America 's leading child life practitioners.

Fully revised and updated, this new edition also explores the major issues and developments from the last decade that affect children today, including the dangers and opportunities of the Internet, a deeper understanding of how hereditary diseases affect children, the impact of the nation's explosive growth in single-parent families, and new insights into how family trauma and a parent’s mental illness may affect children.

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How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness
ONEThe First Day of the Rest of Your LifeCalvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
You hear the words: “You have cancer.” “You have M.S.” “You have a brain aneurysm.” “You need a heart transplant.” The first thing you think about is your own life. And the second thing is: “What will happen to my children?”
BALANCING YOUR NEEDS AND YOUR CHILDREN’S NEEDSHere are two things that happened in our program at the Cleveland Clinic:A young mother was being treated for cancer. She
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Praise for How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness

Praise for How to Help Children Through a Parent’s Serious Illness:

"Prepares parents to address children's fears with absolute honest and profound empathy."--Booklist
"Offers detailed guidance."--The New York Times
"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
"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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kathleen McCue, M.A., C.C.L.S., with Ron Bonn

  • KATHLEEN MCCUE, M.A., C.C.L.S. pioneered the care and treatment of children stressed by a parent’s grave illness in her renowned clinic and playroom at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She then founded and continues to direct the children’s program at The Gathering Place, a support center for families touched by cancer, in Cleveland.

    This book is based on her lifetime of experience in the field she helped create.

     

    RON BONN, a three-time Emmy Award winning television journalist for CBS News and NBC News, now teaches journalism at the University of San Diego.

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How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness

Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life Specialist

Kathleen McCue, M.A., C.C.L.S., with Ron Bonn

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