Have You Ever Worked for a Parent With Cancer or a Terminal Illness?

Anticipatory GriefBy H.J. Fracaro Anticipatory grief is when a death is expected typically due to a terminal illness or the aging process. The relative could be cared for in the home, at a hospital, or hospice. Medical equipment can be frightening even to children (and teens and adults). When the child visits the patient make […]

Children Grieving Loved Ones Killed at War

Have You Ever Worked for a Military Family? By H.J. Fracaro Children that lose a loved one are bound to have a difficult time coping, but when they lose a parent fighting a war in another country, it becomes even more complicated. These kids are at risk of experiencing traumatic grief, which is very much […]

What Advice Do You Have When Caring for a Child After the Death of a Family Pet?

Losing the Family Pet By H.J. Fracaro For many children their first experience with death is the loss of a pet. Although it is devastating for children of all ages, it does allow them to understand the process of death and grieving. They observe the deceased will not be coming back and find a way […]

What to Expect if There is a Death in Your Charge’s Life

Children and Grief By H.J. Fracaro Most children have an encounter with death, whether it’s the death of a pet, grandparent, friend, or parent. Children of different ages understand death to varying degrees and express their sadness in different ways. Babies and toddlers under age two cannot comprehend death but are upset by the change […]

Do Your Charges Have Food Allergies?

Food Allergies in Children By H.J. Fracaro January 5, 2012 a seven year old girl allergic to peanuts died of anaphylaxis because her school was not prepared for an allergic reaction.  Being educated and equipped about food allergies can save a child’s life. Ninety percent of allergic reactions occur due to cow’s milk, eggs, soy, […]