How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured

Brain Injury Blog by Jim McBride

June 2, 2011

How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured

When my daughter sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting from a car accident, it was like a bomb exploded in our home. Everyone was immediately thrown into an emotional crisis and immersed in a medical emergency. Our lives were changed forever. The journey towards recovery was long, complicated, and uncertain. But we adjusted, helped our child adjust and held the family together.

For parents, a head injury to their minor child is unlike any other trauma. Sadly, too many of these families fall apart when a child is brain injured—parents divorce, siblings are ignored, there can be job losses, financial havoc, lawsuits and more. 

Why is it that some families stay intact and others dissolve? Professionals say it is all about the ability of the parents to cope. But coping means different things to different people. 

On behalf of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation, I interviewed parents of brain-injured children and produced a video, “How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured.” It is intended to provide specific coping methods used by parents of children who have sustained a brain injury. To view it, click here or go to:

4 responses to “How Parents Cope When a Child is Brain Injured”

  1. Paul says:

    Thank you. And I’m sorry for your families loss.
    I just found out today, and I’m at a loss.
    I loved Robin with all my heart. I don’t know what my life would have been if I could have only been with her. She is in my heart, and I will always keep your family in my heart.

    Thank you for contributing your heart to help others in a similar situation.
    Please contact me as I need closure

  2. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  3. Jim McBride says:

    Two organizations have acknowledged this video with awards for excellence: the California Brain Injury Association and the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Chapter. Feel free to share it widely, as it may help parents of brain injured children who are struggling to cope with their situations.

  4. This is simply a powerful video featuring the voices of parents as they express their anguish, loss and hopes for their sons and daughters after the trauma of brain injury. No one can express this so poignantly as the parent.

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