Q: Does anybody have any advice (from experience, observation, etc.) for balancing full-time teaching with a personal crisis (in many ways normal and manageable -- we all get sick, die, etc., at some point, and watch family members do the same -- but still very hard) of this sort? In particular, I'm wondering how much to say to my students. My present thought is to say nothing until it's necessary (i.e. I have to miss class, or another major commitment such as student conferences). However, if and when it becomes necessary to mention the situation, I'm trying to figure out how to model an appropriate balance of being genuinely preoccupied, and possibly even overwhelmed, at least for short periods, by what is, in fact, a very sad and difficult life event, while still keeping/catching up with my basic responsibilities, because that's what responsible adults do.