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College students deal with a variety of stressors throughout their college experience. Several major stressors that arise on college campuses have been heavily researched and publicly addressed, while other stressors are ignored. One particularly prevalent overlooked stressor is the death of a family member or close friend of a student. Research has shown that anywhere from 22-30% of college students have experienced the loss of a close friend or family member within the past year. Additional research has shown that living with loss can negatively influence a students’ GPA and social life. Due to such a high percentage of impacted students, along with the impact on GPA and social life, we believe it is important to address this issue and what resources are available to University of Dayton (UD) students. Our research has primarily focused on the resources available at other universities as well as those resources available at UD. After conducting in person interviews and reviewing survey results, we have concluded that this topic is an issue that current UD students face. While many students are impacted by this issue, we discovered limited resources on UD’s campus to assist students in coping with this problem. Due to a lack of resources, our team will propose recommendations along with a brochure for students in order to aid in the grieving process.

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Presenters: Lexi Diane Brezovec, Henry A Kuechly, John R Moresea

Living with Loss: Resources Available to UD Students Grieving the Death of a Loved One