I'm a pre-k teacher who will soon be dealing with her father's death from leukemia. He is coming home this week (he lives with me), and he has been given at most a few months. I'm not his primary caregiver, but I'll be taking some time off to spend time with him, the funeral, then helping my mother cope. While I'm devastated, of course, I'm thinking ahead to what to tell students. My students have just been through 6 weeks without our assistant because she had surgery. They know my dad was sick and that Miss J. was sad at times because her mom and dad were far away getting medicine at a hospital (chemo). They know I spent almost a week away when we had a death scare before. I'm not worried about their curriculum--my assistant taught the class before I was hired, and they've become attached to the floater who was with our class for 6 weeks. I guess I'm just worried about what to tell them that won't tramatize them. Help?