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Grief & Loss

Due to the nature of counseling and safety of our staff and students during these COVID-19 times, we will be offering our same quality services virtually until the university has entered Phase Green under the Covid-19 Response Plan.  For more information and to check current phase, please visit the Covid-19 Response Page.

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one, parents' divorce, or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received (or any other situation that causes intense sadness and loss).  Loss can be such an emotional, unsettling, and confusing experience (especially loss of a loved one).  It is normal to feel very sad, in shock, angry, confused, and experience a whole range of emotions.  Grief looks different for everyone – some people may want to talk about it right away, others might want time alone to grieve.  It is up to the person experiencing the loss to decide what is best for them.

Tips for Managing Grief
  • Talk to loved ones who also experienced the loss for support and community
  • Take a break from academics, if you’re able (let your College Dean know and they can alert professors)
  • Take a walk – either with friends or alone
  • Let people know whether you want to talk about it or not – so many people will want to support you so as much as you can, let them know what is helpful and what isn’t
  • As mentioned, grief looks different for everyone but if after a few weeks, you are finding it difficult to concentrate, take care of yourself, or manage your emotions, consider the Grief Support Group at CAPS for professional and peer support.
  • You may also visit the Chaplaincy for additional support.
Campus Resources

Some resources adapted from Appalachian State University Counseling Center