Anne Hatcher Berenberg, Ph.D., draws from personal and professional experience when she writes about parenting grieving children. Anne has a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard University, an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from City University of New York. Anne was widowed when her two children were young, parenting them as they coped with the death of their father, then of their grandmother, and then of their 8-year-old friend in a school shooting. Formerly Director of Psychology at the Josselyn Center for Mental Health in Northfield, Illinois, Anne now has a private practice in Northfield where she sees children, adolescents, and their parents. She helps her clients deal with a variety of issues, including grief; anxiety; depressed feelings; guilt; low self-esteem; social concerns; as well as learning, processing, and attention differences. She has found that these issues often interact with each other and, if someone is grieving, can add challenges to the grieving process.

Anne is the co-author of Now: Overcoming Crushing Grief by Living in the Present (with Jack Cain); a book chapter entitled “Working with parents of children with nonverbal learning disabilities,” as well as a chapter on psychotherapy of children with nonverbal learning disabilities (both with Joseph Palombo, M.A.); a guide for parents who wonder whether their child has ADHD, written for the Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood (with Steven Vogelstein, M.A.); and two chapters on child development in The Art of Coaching Young Athletes by Rick Peterson. Anne is a contributor to Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley. She has given talks on grieving, on anxiety in children, on learning disabilities, and on ADHD.

Vicki Scalzitti, Manager of Children's Bereavement Services for Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Mt. Prospect, Illinois, began journeying with bereaved families after the accidental drowning of her five year-old son Joey in 1989. Since 1990, she has worked with grieving children and adults, providing consultation, support groups, and family camps.

Vicki is an accredited school crisis/trauma specialist with eleven years experience in supporting school communities during and after critical incidents and developing educational programming for school personnel. She regularly presents on families in grief to community organizations, mental health professionals, and clergy. Since 2000, Vicki has been a workshop presenter for The Compassionate Friends local chapters and national conferences. Topics have included: the grief process in children; talking with children about death; coping and communicating with others after the loss of a child; family communication after bereavement; grief and the classroom, and growing resilient; as well as many others. She was a founding member of the St. Emily Church Bereavement Ministry and the Lutheran General Bereaved Parent Support Network. Currently she is working on A Year of Good Mourning, a manual and activities guide for children and family bereavement programming, based on the Good Mourning model developed at Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.

Jack Cain has written 4 books, including Now: Overcoming Crushing Grief by Living in the Present (co-authored by Anne Hatcher Berenberg) and is a contributor to Open to Hope: Inspirational Stories of Healing After Loss by Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley. The survivor of 3 deaths in his family within a 20 month period--his son, his wife, and one of his daughters--he has also written articles on grief that have appeared in several publications, as well as giving talks on overcoming grief.

Jack has been a businessman, a pastry chef, and a recruiter. Currently, he focuses his attention on writing, volunteer work, and his grandchildren. At the moment, he is finishing Max and MB, a book for middle grade children and working on a new book of fiction for young adults.