Children whose parents die of cancer often feel abnormal, says a University of Rochester clinical psychologist.
"These kids may feel alienated and have a tough time getting along with their peers who have not lost a mother or father," says Michael Henrichs. "Little worries bother them, such as, `Who's going to tuck me in at night?' More overwhelming concerns, such as believing they are somehow responsible for a parent's death, also plague them."Henrichs, founder and volunteer director of Kids Adjusting Through Support, thinks special programs that bring these children together can help them overcome their feelings of being different.