At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling) conference, I spoke with David Fajgenbaum about college students and bereavement
In the video below, David discusses how college student handle loss and deal with grief.
Here are some key takeaways from the video:
- Losing someone at any age is never easy, but losing someone while you’re in college is particularly difficult for a few reasons.
- Losing someone while in college is difficult because it’s usually the first time a young adult is away from home for the first time and away from those supportive resources.
- College students are also developing new relationships on campus, and most of the time they’re not deep enough relationships to be able to share grief experiences.
- On top of those things, when students are in college there’s also the sense that they’re supposed to be having the best 4 years of their life. With that in mind, there’s never a good time to tell someone that a loved one is dying.
- The most difficult part of experiencing loss in college is that, since no one is talking about it, every single student who is bereaved goes through their grief completely alone.
- David runs something called The Service Group, which is on 45 college campuses across the United States. The idea behind The Service Group is to get students involved in community service, often in memory or in honor of a loved one who has passed away. This provides an opportunity for students to get together and support each other.
- For further resources about college students and grief, David recommends visiting www.studentsofamf.org.
For more video interviews, please see the Open To Hope YouTube channel.