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Help With Child's Difficulty Adjusting with Father's Death

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Joined: Nov 2004

My husband died in August 2005 from kidney cancer. Our only daughter (just turned 11) has been having a difficult time adjusting to life without her father. She's become on one hand, extremely needy and clingy to me, but on the other hand, we have a major power struggle. She tests me constantly and tries to be the adult, telling me what I can and cannot do. I've had her in counseling, but I don't know what else to do. I know that a lot of it is normal behavior in the grief process, but I wondered if any of you had similar circumstances and what you did to help the situation?? Thank you.

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Joined: May 2006


Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband. I encourage you to contact the American Cancer Society's National Cancer Information Center. Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day and can assist you with resources that may be available for your daughter. They can be reached at 1-800-227-2345.

Take care and be well,

CSN Dana

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