Cancer Survivor and former elementary school teacher and school counselor, Emilio Parga is the Founder and Executive Director of The Solace Tree in Reno, Nevada, providing grief and loss support for children, teens, and adults. Over the past 15 years, he has coordinated support groups at The Solace Tree as well as in the Washoe County School District, providing on-site support to children and teens who have been identified at risk, through the Good Grief Project that he specifically created for K-12 students.
He is a lecturer for the University of Nevada, Reno in the College of Education teaching courses on death and dying and helping children and teens cope with death and All loss. A national speaker, Emilio serves as a bereavement consultant/trainer – with perspective from communities bereaved to local schools, social services, hospitals, emergency services, funeral homes, and businesses. Working alongside first responders and with families, following traumatic events such as: 9/11 (2008), Reno Air Races (2011), the IHOP shooting (2011), the Aurora movie theater shooting (2012), the Sparks Middle School shooting (2013), and the Las Vegas shooting (2017). Emilio has gained valuable insight and experience with assisting communities in the aftermath of a tragic events.
He has authored books and journals on grief and loss for both children and teens selling nationally and internationally. Emilio has co-founded four grief centers in Nevada and one in New York. He is a member of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.