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We Get It: Book for Grieving Young Adults

“We Get It,” a book for grieving college students and young adults is available! After 4 years of working on the book, co-authors David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc and Heather Servaty-Seib, PhD are so pleased that the book is available to order.

The book, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, includes a unique collection of 33 narratives by bereaved students and young adults. “Our goal for this book is to reach grieving young adults, help them to connect with others going through similar experiences who ‘get it,’ and offer guidance to those who seek to support them,” said Dr. Fajgenbaum.

Inspired by the experiences of Dr. Fajgenbaum losing his mother during college, which inspired the founding of AMF, and Dr. Servaty-Seib dedicating her career to college student bereavement, this book will be a lifeline for students and young adults who have lost a loved one. It will also be of immeasurable value to counselors, college administrators, grief professionals and parents.

“These young adults contributed to this book because they wanted to make a difference in the lives of future grieving students through sharing their stories. Rather than providing a prescription for how grief should be done, they genuinely describe the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors they experienced throughout their grief journeys.  The power of this book is in the candid, engaging, and heartfelt sharing contained in these stories,” said Heather.

Why this book is so important:

There are no current books of narratives by grieving college students, for grieving college students. Grieving young adults  are an under recognized group of grievers who are struggling with unique challenges—developmentally and in a context often separate from their friends and family.  At any one point in time, 40% of college students are within two years of the death of someone close to them.  Starting college is also a significant developmental milestone/transition which often prompts life review and reflection of earlier death losses. A primary struggle for grieving students is a feeling of isolation—and a sense that no one understands what they are experiencing.  This book of narratives will provide a much needed resource for young adults and those who seek to support them.

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About the authors:


David Fajgenbaum, MD, MSc, is the co-Founder of the National Students of AMF Support Network, a support network for college students grieving the illness or death of a loved one. He founded the organization in 2006 in memory of his mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum (“AMF”), who died from brain cancer during David’s sophomore year of college. Under David’s leadership, National Students of AMF has grown into a national movement that has impacted the lives of greater than 3,000 grieving students on 200+ campuses and pioneered college student grief support as an important national issue. His work has been highlighted on the Today Show, Reader’s Digest, and the New York Times. David received his MSc in Public Health from Oxford University and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently studying for an MBA in Health Care management at the Wharton School of Business and he leads the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Students of AMF.


Heather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, is a counseling psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University.  She is considered a leading authority in the areas of adolescent bereavement, social support, and grief.  She is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and was co-principal investigator of ALIVE @ Purdue, a three-year, campus suicide prevention grant received from the Department of Health and Human Services. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in area of college student bereavement including a co-edited volume (published by Jossey-Bass) entitled Assisting Bereaved College Students and empirical articles published in journal such as The Counseling Psychologist and Death Studies. Dr. Servaty-Seib received the Death Educator of the Year Award in 2013 from ADEC. She is committed to translating research into action. As an example, she contributed to efforts at Purdue to create a bereavement leave policy for students (implemented the summer of 2011) and has served as a resource for other campuses that have approved such policies (e.g., University of Wisconsin-Green Bay).

Servaty-Seib and Fajgenbaum, We Get It, 9781849057523 (1)

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