Behavior: Therapeutic Friendship

Suffering from a cancer that had left a gaping wound in her leg, 13-year-old Karen was sent home from an English hospital for a last visit with her family a few days before her expected death. Karen's mother, changing the girl's dressing, vomited over her child in horror when she saw what lay beneath the bandages. A week later, Karen died. But her mother lived on with her crushing sense of guilt that Karen's last thoughts had been of rejection. To ease her grief, the mother turned to the Society of Compassionate Friends, a rapidly growing organization that brings together parents...

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