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Coping with Grief and Loss

During times of tragedy, it can be hard to know how to cope and/or help others cope. Below are some resources compiled by the Counseling Center to help those in our community affected by tragedy. 

Losing Someone to Suicide

How to Help Others Cope with Suicide

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Other Traumatic Events

If You're Concerned about Another Student

How to HEAL: Getting Your Work Done When You Have Lost Someone

Sometimes it can be hard to focus on school or work when you're coping with a loss. Here are some things to remember.

H: help is not far away. Reach out to friends, mentors, and professors to get the support you need. Let people, including professors if appropriate, know if you are struggling.

E: everyone deal with loss differently. Be okay with whatever feelings you have. Give yourself permission to feel sad.

A: allow yourself a break if you are not able to concentrate as much as you’re used to. Do the best you can, given the circumstances. 

L: live your life as normally as possible. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat balanced meals and make sure to spend time with supportive friends.

Need someone to talk to?

Sometimes talking to family and friends isn't enough. If you are finding this to be true, consider getting professional help to work through your grief. We offer personal counseling at the Counseling Center. Click here to learn how to make an appointment.

Consider the Living with Loss Support Group run by Campus Ministry if you prefer a group setting with other students who have experienced loss.