Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grieving college students.....





I believe an overlooked group of people who suffer through grief would be college age students. These young men and women often come home from visits with terminally ill parents or siblings and are sent back to college to study hard. They are expected to go on with their lives. Most think this is a good distraction. Some think it will keep their minds off of what is happening at home or it will make their loss less because they are so focused on school.

Wrong.

These young men and women hurt, they grieve, and sometimes they feel very alone. That is what is so awesome about the organizations sprouting up on college campuses all across America. David Fajgenbaum started the first group after his own mother passed away. The National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers Support Network (http://www.studentsofamf.org/) has grown and expanded to support college students and empowering these students to grieve.It allows them to go beyond the grief to do something positive like raising funds to fight diseases like cancer and AlS. Visit their website for more information about these great young men and women and the impact they are making on campuses today.

They also recommend a book on their website titled: Always Too Soon...by author Allison Gilbert. This is an intimate collection from celebrities and other young men and women about how to deal with the death of a loved one and how they have coped. Visit the authors website for more about this moving book. It is very touching and heartfelt. I would recommend it as a thoughtful gift for others experiencing the deep loss of a parent or loved one. It is something that could be reread throughout periods of the grieving process. The site is http://alwaystoosoon.com/


The National Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers Support Network has a free newsletter that students can receive via email when they sign up on the website. You can also see other ways to get involved with the group or to start your own chapter on your college campus. Kudos to David Fajgenbaum and his members for filling a need when they saw it and going beyond their grief to help others.


1 comment:

Cynthia Reeg said...

Terri,

Thanks for your information on this topic. I'm sure many are not aware of the organizations that can help students deal with these difficult issues.

Cindy
www.cynthiareeg.com