MSU CARE Program
Resources for Faculty, Staff and Parents
|Under the Influence
*All linked information from the Reaching Out Handbook: Resources for Responding to Students in Distress used with permission from Boise State University's Health Services.
THE GRIEVING STUDENT
When someone suffers a loss, it disrupts their sense of the order of things and can sometimes lead to feelings that life is out of control and meaningless. People may deal with the death of a parent, sibling, family member, friend, or classmate. These deaths may be accidental, may be sudden, or may be the result of a long illness. An entire campus or academic department may grieve the death of a beloved professor or classmate. Feelings are often compounded by a sense of shock and a longing for the opportunity to "say goodbye." The loss of meaning and control adds distress to grief. Regaining meaning and a sense of control may help students endure the grieving process. Those experiencing grief tend to function better within an already established support system. Grief is a natural process but may become complicated (e.g., the person may become depressed and not able to function), and therefore needs some type of intervention.
If you are aware that someone is grieving or has experienced a loss, she/he may be
experiencing some of the common grief reactions. These reactions to loss may include:
If there is immediate risk to life or property, call 911.