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Sources: American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University Spring 2019. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2019 (n=2,096).
Grief is a deeply personal experience that occurs as a response to loss. The journey through grief is unique. We all go through it in our own way and at our own pace. Some examples of losses that could cause grief are:
Grief is a journey that one must navigate to reach healing. This journey includes passing through common stages of grief, which can be experienced in any order and/or multiple times.
Grief is a unique journey that requires time and energy. Everyone deals with grief in their own way, yet there may be moments when grief feels overwhelming and exhausting. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, but there are healthy and unhealthy ways to grieve. Challenge yourself to use healthy ways to cope with grief and loss, such as:
Remember to be patient with yourself and give yourself time to heal. There may be days when you feel great, but there may also be setbacks. Reminders can trigger emotions or a physical response. This is not a sign of weakness. Instead it is a sign that you are still moving through the grief journey.
Grief is a unique journey, yet we can still support each other. Let a friend know that you want to support them through the grief journey. Practice the following support strategies: