As cancellations and restrictions continue to unfold, the staff at the Center for Student Wellness and Counseling Services (CSWCS) has been reflecting as a group on managing loss. Whether it has been the loss of an event, daily routine, community, or sense of predictability; emotions can be rapidly changing and appear to lack basis.
We would like to validate the many emotions you may be feeling related to grief. Many of you may be familiar with the infamous Kubler-Ross model for The Five Stages of Grief but we encourage you to explore The Wright Model for the Seven Stages of Loss.
While these models were initially used to explore grief related to death of a loved one, many clinicians apply the stages to all types of loss. We hope this Wright Model helps normalize emotions and provide psychoeducational explanation. *Please note: these stages are NOT in a linear progression (you do not have to go through stage 1 first before you can get to stage 2, etc.).
Please see the Whale Watch student newsletter below and visit our CSWCS web page for more from our staff and helpful strategies designed to get control when life seems out of control.
Please remember if you are experiencing any types of feelings or behaviors, mentioned in the attached newsletter, for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, please reach out to our office 330.325.6757, firstname.lastname@example.org, or these local crisis resources.
Dr. Jennifer Dougall, Director
Dr. Tiffany Thomas-Lakia; Staff Psychiatrist
Stephanie Orwick, Assistant Director
Jessica Lansinger, Staff Counselor
Dana Whittlesey, Program Coordinator