It can be heart rending to work with kids. It can be heart breaking to work with kids who live in poverty. It is heart shattering to work with a child whose parent is dying.
I knew one of my student's mom had cancer. I met her at conferences in November. She has been fighting for 3 years.
I spoke with her liaison today (power of attorney, etc) She is back in the hospital and they are making arrangements for her children. The goal is for her to spend Christmas with her four children. If she makes that goal, they will set a new one. This child will be leaving in the next month or two to live with his father. I am starting a collection for the family tomorrow.
Oh and they are also homeless...I cried on the way home today. There are days that are just heart shattering.