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Sudden or shocking deaths due to an accident or suicide can be traumatic and very difficult to make sense of. These sudden events can challenge our belief that life is predictable, that we are in control of our lives, and that we are safe.

What is Grief?
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, any loss.
It can affect you emotionally, spiritually, behaviourally, physically and cognitively.
Each person grieves in their own way. Every loss has a unique meaning to individuals.

Common responses:
Shock – disbelief-denial
Need to be alone/Need not to be alone
Loss of appetite
Sleep difficulties
Difficulty concentrating
Sadness - depression
Fear and anxiety
Guilt and remorse – if only….
Why? Why? Why?

Suggestions to optimize coping:
Take care of yourself!
Share your feelings with family and friends you trust.
Know it’s okay to ask tough questions
Be honest with your feelings
Be patient with yourself
Eat and sleep well
Take time to relax
Engage in social activities

Suggestions of things to avoid when coping with grief: 
Resorting to alcohol of drugs
Engaging in risky behaviours
Isolating yourself
Remember you are not alone.


Students, if you need help call:
Campus Contact Information:

Brockville 613-345-0060 ext. 3154, Room 100

Cornwall 613-933-6080 ext. 2709, Room M1460
Kingston 613-544-5400 ext. 1593, Room 01230

For crisis or after hours support:
Ontario’s Post-secondary Student Helpline: Good2Talk
1-866-925-5454 or

Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous service that offers professional counselling, mental health information, and connections to local resources.

SLC Staff support: Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765.