When a parent is sick it can be an enormously challenging time for the whole family. The child’s reaction to and understanding of the situation may be the hardest issue for a parent to address. And helping children cope can be especially difficult when the parent is dying.
Child psychiatrists Paula Rauch, MD, and Anna Muriel, M.D. have helped many families who have had to face this painful reality through a program Dr. Rauch created at the Massachusetts General Hospital called Parenting at a Challenging Time (PACT).
This highly regarded initiative has touched the lives of parents and children who need support and guidance through the process of illness, grieving and healing. In their new book Raising an Emotionally Healthy