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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)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Grief Net offers Study-Break Puppy Lab events with the delightful and loving certified therapy dog, Kinsey, pictured at the left. Take a study break on Thursday, September 28, between 1 PM – 2 PM at the Office of the University Chaplain and Religious Life (401 24th Ave. S)  to get a hug from Kinsey.

Kinsey is also available for group or individual Grief Net sessions.


Grief Net: Suicide Survivors’ Group

Meets Thursdays in the fall semester of 2017 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 615-322-2457. 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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