[This interviewed was rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 10. You may submit your questions through Nov. 9.]
The holiday season is meant to be a time for joy and celebration. But for many, it is difficult period when their separation from an incarcerated family member is magnified because of the relentless message that this is a time for families to be together.
Often people do not know where to turn to learn how to cope with this period. What do you tell your children when they are sad that their parent is not there? Do you engage them in this conversation or not? Who can you turn to? How do you express what you are feeling to your spouse or children? What is the best way for children to handle this period?
To answer some of those questions, I have arranged an interview with Dr. Harland Kessaris, a psychologist who specializes in helping families adjust to life when a member is in prison.
You have an opportunity to ask Dr. Kessaris your own questions to him. I’d like to hear from you – what questions do you want to ask Dr. Kessaris?
Submit them before Nov. 6 Nov. 9 and I’ll include them in the interview on Friday, Nov. 7 Monday, Nov. 10. You’ll be able to see the answers when we post the article on Monday Wednesday, Nov. 12.
You have three options:
- Post a question in the comments section below,
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Call (646) 867-1891 to leave a message.