What is it?
Student Good Grief is a peer-peer support meeting for university students who are experiencing grief. We know that grieving at uni comes with its own unique challenges and that the right support is sometimes hard to find. Moving away from home, social pressures, and academic stresses are all examples of things that can make grief particularly lonely and overwhelming while you're a student. This is a friendly and informal space to come together with others who understand, to get stuff off your chest, listen to new perspectives, and support each other. This group is open to all students, no matter how you're experiencing grief, who you have lost (or are anticipating losing) and how long ago.
Why did it start?
This group is a collaboration between TNN and The Student Grief Network. The Student Grief Network is a non-profit organisation run by students and recent grads who have all experienced loss themselves. We know how easy it is when you're in the student bubble to feel like the only one experiencing grief and how painful that can be. But in truth, there are lots of us going through it, and it helps so much to connect with others, see that you're not alone, and that your experience is normal.
What to expect?
The meetings were created to give space to comfortably discuss experiences of grief, and everything that involves, in an understanding environment, in the knowledge that your experiences are shared with others who can relate. At the beginning of each meeting, attendees take it in turns to introduce themselves and the person or people they are in attendance for. We also share out pronouns to create a safe and open space for all. From then there is no pressure at all to speak, many people attend our meetings just to listen. The hosts of the meeting will then ask the group if anyone has anything they would like to bring into the space. Whatever a person has to say is relevant and they are welcome to bring anything to the meeting. All attendees are asked to respect the privacy of the space and treat others and ourselves with kindness throughout.
Where is it?
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Meet the hosts
Here's a selection of some of our wonderful meeting hosts. / Voici certaines des hôtes qui facilitent les rencontres.
I lost my brother and my Dad
My brother died in an accident when I was ten. I know from this that loss can really shatter someone’s world and lead to a whole host of challenges, even years down the line, and it often feels easier to shut it all out. But I’ve also seen another side to grief, when my Dad died in my final year at university. While still incredibly painful, this loss acted like a catalyst to self-discovery and connection to the world around me. Since graduating in 2020, I have been working to create empowering and caring spaces for students to move through their grief.
I lost my Dad, Jeremy, and my brother, Toby