The tasks, obligations, and emotions related to having a child with a serious illness can strain even a strong marriage and family. If parents are divorced or separated, they will need to try to put their personal differences aside to help their child. Single parents may need even more support from the community and outside sources.
Parents whose child has a tumor are easily overwhelmed by everything that needs to be handled. They may be physically and emotionally drained from extended hospital stays and the intensity of caring for their sick child. Other children in the family may have unavoidably been deprived of emotional support when they, too, desperately need it. They may be carrying a heavy load of fear, grief, and confusion, coupled with anger, jealousy, and guilt. They may not want to upset you further and may keep these painful feelings inside. There may be no one with whom to share these feelings.