Our experience with the support group for single fathers due to cancer suggests that there is a pressing need for psychosocial support for these men. In fact, this clinical scenario has been largely ignored in the clinical literature. We hope to facilitate the formation of support groups for single fathers due to cancer to help them, and by extension their children, through their bereavement. We are available for consultation with medical and mental health providers at other cancer centers who are interested in establishing support groups.
The following manuscript published in Psycho-Oncology, offers a literature review and preliminary perspective on the challenges facing single fathers due to cancer:
Yopp, J. & Rosenstein, D. (2012). Single Fatherhood Due to Cancer. Psycho-oncology, 21, 1362-1366.
A separate manuscript describing the formation and operation of our support group has been publsihed in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. Article courtesy of the Oncology Nursing Society:
Thanks to the contributions of fathers visiting this website who were willing to answer a series of difficult and personal questions, we have published the largest data set on the experiences of single fathers due to cancer
Yopp, J., Park, E., Edwards, T., Deal, A. & Rosenstein, D. (in press). Overlooked and underserved: Widowed fathers with dependent-age children. Palliative & Supportive Care.