The Effects of Bereavements on College Students: Finding Solutions for Support and Success

Positivity has been shown to naturally trigger upward spirals of professional development, and promote better social interactions, relationships, and health. Positive emotions, such broaden thought-action repertoires, which in turn builds intellectual, physical, social, and psychological factors (Otake, 2006; Bhujade, 2017. Despite the power of positivity, college students face an abundance of negativity, both inside and outside the college environment. 30% of college students encounter loss in the first year of college (Balk, 2008; Chapell, 2004; Koskie, 2018; Nutt, 2018). Bereavements result in college dropouts, failing grades, damaged mental health, and even death for students who do not receive any aid (Lake, 2019). While loss can affect all individuals, it is especially detrimental to college students when combined with the rigorous course plans and overall stress students face. Universities need to provide support services and grief outlets such as counseling, support groups, and remembrance activities to combat these effects; indirect acknowledgement of loss has often shown to be most impactful (Morris, 2017). Due to the issues loss poses not only for students, but for universities as a whole, including literature review and surveys, my research is paramount in its aim to illustrate counteraction of these effects and restoration of student productivity.