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Support for the Grieving

Navigating Grief

Pain is caused by so many different things and effects people in so many different ways that there is usually no one-size-fits-all answer. What we can say is that God loves you, and through Him, so does our team. You don't have to experience this pain on your own. Here are some resources for you or somone who love who may be experiencing grief. Assistance is also available upon request for any family, employee or department seeking help in planning and facilitating a memorial or funeral service for the loss of a loved one.

Connect with a Chaplain!

Few things compare to the pain of losing someone you love. While there’s no way to avoid intense feelings of grief, there are healthier ways to come to navigate your loss.

Our counselors specialize in working with college-age individuals and they can offer support in many ways. Counseling sessions are free to currently enrolled students.

Serious loss can be overwhelming. If you, or someone you love, needs support to work through the grieving process the University Church Counseling Center may be a helpful resource.

Join others who have experienced loss and in community find healing and hope.

Actively Moving Forward® (AMF) is a national network created in response to the needs of grieving young adults. Once on their website, you can get connected with support groups targeting college students, young adults, or professionals.

How to Support Someone Who's Grieving

Adapted from "We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults."

Empathy vs. Sympathy

Don't know what to do to help someone you love who is grieving. Extend empathy which is a skill that can bring people together and make people feel included, while sympathy creates an uneven power dynamic and can lead to more isolation and disconnection.

Organize a meal train

Organize a meal train for a colleague who has experienced loss. Check with them first to know what meals, frequency of meals, etc. is most helpful.