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Grief & Loss

Grief is experienced when you lose something or someone that is important to you. It refers to the complex human reaction to this loss, which can involve a variety of stages ranging from denial to anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance. Individuals differ in terms of how they respond to loss, and there is no one correct way or length of time to grieve.

How does it impact academics?

Grief can negatively impact concentration and, by extension, academic performance, because coping with a significant loss takes priority. Alternatively, a grieving individual might try to avoid dealing with grief through hyper-focus on studies. However, the feelings must be examined in order to achieve resolution.

How does it impact relationships?

Grief can cause one to withdraw from loved ones or to rely heavily on friends and family. A balance of solitude and social support is often the best way to cope with loss.

How does it impact the workplace?

Grief can impede occupational functioning in the same way that it can impede academic functioning. It is important for grieving individuals to remain attuned to issues of self-care and to ask for time off and/or support when needed.

What resources are available?

JHSAP can help students dealing with grief and loss through individual sessions and/or support groups.

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