Grief

One of the important characteristics of a Jesuit education is the magis, from the Latin word for the ‘more’ or the ‘greater.’ As James Martin, S.J. says in The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life, “When you work, give your all…” The resources below give you more so you can live the Jesuit magis towards a fully thriving GU experience in wellness and in health.

Whether you're seeking resources for yourself or for a friend, remember that part of being in community, especially at a Jesuit institution, is the call for us to engage in conversations and dialogues around these topics. We hope you will use this Wellness Toolbox as a way to learn more about concerns Zags often face in order to reduce stigma and create open dialogue around those challenges.

To seek magis by learning more about Grief, see the resources below:

M – Meaning and Description

 Learn more about Grief, including signs and symptoms and ways to manage it

A - Apps and Downloads

 Apps and downloads that can help you with your Grief

G - Great Resources

Articles, handouts, worksheets and other resources to help with Grief. Also includes information on support groups and hotlines.

I - Interactive Media

 Video, audio, and podcasts to help you understand and navigate Grief

S - Supporting a Friend

 Information and resources for how to help a friend who is struggling with Grief


M – Meaning and Description

"Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. The reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of health, or the letting go of a long-held dream. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life." (University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center, 2015)  The below resources give more information on Grief--what it is, signs and symptoms, the many potential causes, and steps you can take to grieve in a healthy manner.

From the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center

From the University of Washington Counseling Center

From the UW Oshkosh Counseling Center

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A – Apps and Downloads

This is just a sampling of apps available to support you through the grieving process.  On-campus and off-campus resources are also available to help support you with any concerns you may have in this area.

Headspace - Meditation made simple. Guided meditations suitable for all levels from Headspace. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.  

 Free on Android and iTunes 

Grief Support Network - Social networking app connecting and supporting people who have grieved.  Includes Walls to post messages, chat features, and information about grief health and grief attacks.  Also includes videos, photos, and activities to help you process when feeling overwhelmed by grief.

 Free on Android and iTunes

Virtual Hope Box - Contains simple tools to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.  Users can include family photos, videos and recorded messages from loved ones, inspirational quotes, music they find soothing, and positive life experiences.

 Free on Android and iTunes

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G - Great Resources

Healthy Grieving - Healthy grieving results in an ability to remember the importance of our loss—but with a newfound sense of peace, rather than searing pain.  Learn more about how you can take the time to grieve your loss in a healthy and helpful way.

Mental Health Screening - Sometimes we struggle to move past our grief and it can become something more.  This check up from the neck up is a brief, anonymous and confidential screening that helps you determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.  Immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources. 

About Grief & Loss - When we lose someone close to us, we go through a process of grieving and mourning. When the loss is sudden or tragic, that process can be made even more difficult. As we go through the grieving process, it important to recognize it and know the ways to best help yourself get through it. 

Losing a Classmate - Losing a member of our Gonzaga student community is never easy.  This resource may help you better understand and process the loss of a fellow Zag.

Hotlines That Help - There are a number of local and national crisis hotlines that can help you 24 hours a day.  Learn more in this resource with specific hotlines numbers (including texting options).

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I – Interactive Media (videos, audio, podcasts)

Brene Brown on Empathy - What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.

Coping with Grief:  Guided Meditation for Healing - A healing guided meditation to help you with the grieving process over the loss of a loved one.

Guided Meditation for Grief - Meditations to help you to relax deeply, be more present and flow more easily with life.  This meditation is focused on helping you with the grieving process.

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S – Supporting a Friend

Tips on How to Help a Friend - When we’re having a hard time, the first place most of us turn is to family and friends.  If you have friends who have come to you for help, we've got tips to help you with those conversations.

What Do I Say? - Having difficult conversations with friends is never easy.  This is a quick resource to help you find the right words.

Refer Form - This is one way you can share that you are concerned about a student. Someone from the Center for Cura Personalis, or their designee, will reach out to provide the student with support and resources.

Campus Resources List - There are so many resources available on campus to support Gonzaga students.  The campus resources we have available can support you at each phase in their journey.  This page includes list of commonly used resources, including contact information and a little information about what each office does.

Campus Resources Matrix - If you still aren't sure which office might be the best place to go, take a look at our which identifies offices that can help with specific questions or concerns.

What is CCP? - This video shares more about the Center for Cura Personalis, which serves students in many ways including through proactive outreach and educational programs about healthy choices and interventions for students who may be struggling. 

What is Health & Counseling? - Health & Counseling Services functions as your private physician's office and counseling center. Learn more about the services available through this office.

What To Expect - This video gives an overview of what to expect when scheduling and coming in for your first visit at the Center for Cura Personalis or Health & Counseling Services.

Community Resources - In addition to the great resources available on campus, there are a number of resources available in the Spokane community to assist you with your personal well-being while you are at Gonzaga.

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