“College life is a period of drastic change, with a tremendous amount of growth and maturity at times tinged with confusion, fear, pressure and the thrill of newfound independence. Throw grief into the mix, and it’s easy to understand how difficult it can be to handle the huge spectrum of emotion that a college student might experience. This guide aims to provide a solid rock of support for grieving students and those who care about them.”
The article includes practical advice for not only those in college but anyone separated from their loved ones during a time of grief.
Some of the topics covered are:
- steps to take immediately after a loss
- tips on taking care of your mental health
- symptoms of grief and how to recognize them in yourself and others
- when and where to seek help, the importance of addressing and treating grief
- how to help a friend of loved one struggling with grief
- links to additional resources
In particular it highlights that grief is different for everyone and that it is important to be aware of how you are feeling and to get help if you need it. It’s a great piece for siblings, extended family, and friends to read if they are moving away from their support community.