Webinar: Understanding Grief in the Life of a Grieving College Student and the role of COVID-19
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This webinar will feature a panel of bereaved college students sharing their grief experience, pre-COVID while on campus, thoughts about the current situation, and the current affect. We will share ideas for supporting grieving college students amid these uncertain times.

9/22/2020
When: September 22, 2020
12:00pm CT
Where: Zoom Conference Line
United States
Contact: NODA
612-625-3684


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Understanding Grief in the Life of a Grieving College Student and the role of COVID-19

One in three college students is grieving a death loss, which has occurred with the last 12 months. Almost 50% are grieving a death loss that occurred within 24 months. While many were already dealing with devastating losses, how has the COVID-19 pandemic further impacted these young adults? How has changes in societal norms, and self-isolation affected the mental and emotional health of grieving college students? This webinar will feature a panel of bereaved college students sharing their grief experience, pre-COVID while on campus, thoughts about the current situation, and the current affect. We will share ideas for supporting grieving college students amid these uncertain times.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to identify the impact grief has on bereaved college students' mental and emotional health.

Participants will learn what research indicates are the potential risk factors for bereaved college students.

Participants will hear how changes to education as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting bereaved college students.

Participants will learn how bereaved college students and young adults are coping with these changes.

Panel Participants

To Be Determined – We will select three/four bereaved young adults representing various aspects of college and work life to share their perspectives.

Panel Facilitators

Andy McNiel, MA - Andy McNiel, MA, has served in non-profit leadership in a variety of settings throughout his career. He is a co-founder and an executive partner with The Satori Group, LLC, a national education, management, and consulting company, providing education and consultation to non-profit organizations. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer for The National Alliance for Grieving Children, the Executive Director for The Amelia Center at Children’s of Alabama, and the Director of Grief Counseling Services and Director of Development for Hospice of Martin and St. Lucie (now Treasure Health) in South Florida. He is the author of Understanding and Supporting Bereaved Children: A Practical Guide for Professionals.  Andy has many years of experience providing counseling and offering support groups to children, teenagers, and adults grieving the death of someone in their life. Andy lectures extensively on support group facilitation, grief and bereavement, non-profit management, and leadership. He is a trainer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and is a member of the International Workgroup on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Fran Solomon – An entrepreneur, visionary, developer, and executor, Fran Solomon’s passion lies in helping others deal with the traumatic. Fran is the Founder of HealGrief, an all-encompassing virtual platform serving the bereaved. After years in the private sector, Fran’s personal grief journey led her into the field of bereavement care. She’s a trained group facilitator and served for almost a decade as a Board of Director, former Chair for Our House Grief Support Center, where her private sector experience was instrumental in the turnaround and development of management and policy. During her tenure, Fran saw a need for bereaved family and friends to connect globally. This need inspired her vision for HealGrief. HealGrief is universally serving users from around the globe. Programs include Let’s Talk Death, Loss Project, and Actively Moving Forward, which now provides an App to support virtual connections in a way that young adults communicate best, digitally. Fran also serves on the Board of Governors for Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA.

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