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A support program for students experiencing death or other loss

Whether reeling from the death of a loved one in recent weeks or struggling a year or more after a significant loss the Grief Net Support Network will provide a safe, non‐judgmental atmosphere for exploration, to nurture and for growth. The group experience is not about “getting over it” but rather will help one “grow with it” by integrating loss into living.

Participants are never required to share or participate in any particular group activity but are merely invited to share when it feels right. Finally, while members will be encouraged to leverage any personal religious or spiritual resources to assist with their grief process we want to make it clear that this support network, although sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, neither assumes participants are a part of any faith tradition nor will it advocate for any particular beliefs or practices.

Who can attend?

Grief Net is open to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students currently enrolled at Vanderbilt University. There is no charge to participate.

You may have suffered a recent loss or are still dealing with the effects of a death from long ago. There are no time limits on grief or for GriefNet.

Please email for more information on meeting times or to sign up.

 If you need to speak with someone regarding your grief, please contact the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life at 322-2457.

 Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Ave South (behind Branscomb dorms)

Local Crisis Hotline (24 hours a day): 615-244-7444

National Suicide Prevention Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-(800) 273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline-(800) 799-7233
Family Violence Helpline-(800) 996-6228
National Hopeline Network-(800) 784-2433
Self-Harm Hotline–(800) 366-8288
Planned Parenthood Hotline-(800) 230-7526
American Association of Poison Control Centers–(800) 222-1222
Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line–(800) 622-2255
National Crisis Line, Anorexia and Bulimia–(800) 233-4357
GLBT Hotline–(888) 843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline–(866) 488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line–(800) 221-7044



OUCRL Grief Groups are facilitated by a
Certified Grief Support Specialist

Fall Semester 2019: Thursdays 2:45-3:45 PM

October 10, 17
Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Ave. S.
Vanderbilt Univ.

November 7, 14
Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Ave. S.
Vanderbilt Univ.

Spring Semester 2020: Thursdays 2:45 – 3:45 PM

Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Ave. S.
Vanderbilt Univ.

March 14, 21, 28, and April 4 
Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life
401 24th Ave. S.
Vanderbilt Univ.

Please call 615-322-6172 with questions or to sign up.


Grief Net: Suicide Survivors’ Group

Meets Thursdays in the spring semester of 2018 at the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life (401 24th Ave. S.) from 4-4:50 PM. This is a safe, non-judgmental, confidential and gentle space. No religious/spiritual beliefs/practices assumed, required or advocated. Your loss may have been that of an immediate family member, friend, classmate or an acquaintance; it may have been recent or years ago. Questions? Call 615-322-6172. Harold Ivan Smith states, “I believe that the hardest psychological and spiritual work humans do is surviving a suicide.” You are not alone. Come and meet people who love you and are here for you.

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If faith is a resource for you, these campus prayer spaces may be helpful:

  • Prayer Spaces
    • All Faith Chapel, 411 21st Ave. S. (below Benton Chapel, next to Main Library)
    • Benton Chapel, 411 21st Ave. S. (next to the Main Library)
    • The Commons Center, Room 215, 8 AM – Noon (near the corner of 18th and Horton)
    • Hillel Center, 2421 Vanderbilt Pl
    • The Prayer Space (“Annex” at 401 24th Ave. S., behind OUCRL)
    • Rohr Chabad House, 11 23rd Avenue North
    • Sarratt Center, Room 110, 8 AM – 5 PM
    • St. Augustine’s Chapel, 200 24th Ave. S.
    • Stevenson Center, Room 6721, 8 AM – 5 PM


Grief Net: Spring 2018

Looking for Luke Documentary

Thursday, January 25, at 6:30 PM
Benton Chapel, Vanderbilt University

Luke Tang was a well-liked, passionate, and brilliant Harvard sophomore who took his family and friends by surprise when he decided to take his own life. “Looking for Luke” is a short documentary following Luke’s parents, Wendell and Christina, as they attempt to understand why he did this by reading through his journals and talking to his closest friends. As they piece together what happened, they begin to uncover the truth about their son’s death. Luke’s parents have made it their mission to help other parents, particularly Asian parents, identify and understand the signs and signals of depression and other behavioral health disorders that can lead to suicide. The film hopes to extend that mission by raising awareness of depression as an illness, and destigmatizing seeking help for mental health issues. “Looking for Luke” was produced by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH, directed by Eric I. Lu (Harvard College ’09, HMS ’16), and supported in part by a grant from the American Psychiatric Association’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Grant. According to the American Psychological Association, Asian American college students have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than their counterparts. What’s more, cultural stigma often prevents students who are struggling from seeking help. This problem is compounded by a lack of awareness and open conversations about mental health within the Asian American community.