“After my sister passed away the summer before my senior year, I had a lot of difficulty coming back to school and feeling comfortable in the college environment where people either didn’t know about my sister’s death or didn’t know how to talk to me about her death.”
Carolyn, class of 2010, University of Pennsylvania
“I lost my mom to cancer at age 18, in my last semester of high school. Despite the relatively sudden loss, I was able to finish my year successfully and enjoyably because of the support from my friends and teachers. However, when I came to college, I lost that support base and found it hard to relate to other freshmen. I often felt the need to share about my loss, but I hesitated because I didn’t want to be judged or simply make a conversation awkward. As a result, it was hard to build new friendships and, at the same time, I had to care for my brother and dad, who were struggling on their own at home.”
Stacey, class of 2013, University of Georgia
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