Joanne Cacciatore with horse at the Selah House and Care Farm

ASU professor creates 'care farm' to help families dealing with grief

By

Paul Atkinson

Arizona State University School of Social Work assistant professor Joanne Cacciatore is building a care farm near Sedona to help families deal with traumatic grief. It was the focus of a recent story on KPHO-TV.

“This is a place for people to come and pause and be with their pain,” Cacciatore told 3TV/CBS 5's Lindsey Reiser.

Care farms are popular in Great Britian and Austrailia where they offer people a respite from their daily troubles. The Sedona care farm will focus on parents and siblings dealing with the loss of a child and veterans and their families trying to overcome post tramatic stress disorder. 

Cacciatore specializes in studying grief. She recently interviewed most of the families who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where a gunman killed 20 six and seven year olds. 

The 10-acre facility is called "Selah House and Care Farm." Cacciatore says "Selah" is a Hewbrew word meaning "to pause" or "take a break." The farm features 18 rescued animals including a pig, dogs and horses. Structures will be built for housing families once enough funds have been raised. 

To learn more about the care farm, visit the web page.