Wow, certainly a challenging time for you and your family, Dorrie.
I would try out something like our Relaxation & Wellness guided imagery, which has some comforting images - emotionally evocative in a positive way - and it's designed to create a sense of protection, safety and support. He also might like the Healthful Sleep imagery, for the same reasons. If he responds well to either of these, then I'd consider some others, but not until you know that guided imagery is something he likes.
This may sound a little far-fetched, but if he enjoys and/or benefits from the imagery, he might like 'helping' his Dad during his chemotherapy infusions by listening to the Chemotherapy imagery with him or for him; and if treatment does lead to a transplant protocol, he could do the same by listening to the Bone Marrow Transplantation imagery with/for him.
Both are uplifting and soothing guided meditations, and the BMT narrative uses the archetypal image of rebirth and resurrection as its central metaphor (This was the contribution of a terrific psychologist, Richard McQuellon PhD, who worked with BMT and all manner of oncology patients at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem NC at the time, and who was a wonderful help to me when I was doing the research to write that imagery).
Listening to the imagery could help him deal with his own feelings of helplessness about his Dad's situation, and help him cope with his father's absence by allowing him to be "with him" in this way. Or maybe not – it's hard to say, but I think worth a try.
And Dorrie, maybe you could at some point use our Caregiver Stress imagery?? Just sayin'.... The demands on you must be incredible.
I hope something is of use here.
My very best wishes to you and your family,
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