Grief Awareness Spotlights
Young Adult Grief Awareness Week Spotlight: AMF at Marshall University National Young Adult Grief Awareness Event
Written by: Kate Etter – AMF at Marshall University’s Chapter Leader
The name of our event was National Young Adult Grief Awareness Event. We wanted to make sure we were a known club and resource on campus and allow for people to take a moment out of their day to remember a loved one. We had flyers about AMF at Marshall University and “grief blows” blow pops. We had a memory wall with the prompts of “remember when” and “if you could see me know, you’d see”. We had many students and faculty members add to the wall and remember happy moments with loved ones.
We also had little chalkboards that people could write the name of a loved one on and then at the end of the day they could return, light a candle in front of the name they gave, and then keep the candle and chalkboard if they wanted. We were playing music and wearing beaded necklaces that someone donated for us.
It warmed my heart when a fellow student walked up to our table and said, “are you accepting new members right now? I would love to join”.
Young Adult Grief Awareness Week Spotlight: AMF at Georgetown University’s Young Adult Grief Awareness
Written by: Elvelyn Fernandez – AMF at Georgetown University’s Chapter Leader
In honor of National Young Adult Grief Awareness Week, we were inspired by other AMF chapters to host a social media campaign called “Share your AMF Story.” We really wanted to give our members the opportunity share their own experiences with grief and AMF to create an awareness within the Georgetown community. We provided members with sample questions for inspiration allowed them the freedom to write their story personally, only divulging whatever information they were comfortable with sharing, also giving them the option to remain anonymous. It was amazing to see the support Georgetown students had for their peers, by reacting, commenting, and sharing the stories. Several students had reached messaged us individually, mentioning their own grief and their desire to be involved in the club. We hope to find more ways be able to reach out to the Georgetown community and advocate for destigmatization of grief.
“I am so glad to have joined AMF at Georgetown because I feel like I have been able to talk about things that I have been thinking about for years but had no one to say them to. It is nice to meet people who can identify with my experience and we don’t have to be so lonely in our grief.”
Young Adult Grief Awareness Week Spotlight: AMF at Boston University’s Day of Remembrance
Written by: Allison Zuckerberg – AMF at Boston University’s Chapter Leader
From 9-3pm on Tues, April 10th, we invited the BU community to write a message to someone (either they can’t or don’t talk to), in a “If You Could See Me Now” / “You’d see…” chalkboard wall display. BU AMF tabled the event, and volunteers from AMF and other mental health organizations gave out Grief Sucks lollipops and KIND bars throughout the day.
Our goal was to to set one day of the academic year for a memorial purpose, in which the BU community was asked to honor lost loved ones – especially close to graduation, the ending of chapters and beginning of new ones.
The best part about our chalkboard walls is comparing the boards we make to the finished product at the end of the day. I know what I would say to everyone, “If they could see me now…” I’m graduating! I loved seeing what other people wrote though. Others were also celebrating graduation, some plans for afterwards- but other accomplishments were different and personal, such as finding self-love. The event was both about remembering and moving forward, which encapsulates everything AMF is about and what it means to me. Events like this connect people under a single mantra.
By the end of the day, I realized I had accomplished something new and projected a second message to those, if they could see me now – “I made a difference.”