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Sudden or shocking deaths due to an accident or suicide can be traumatic and very difficult to make sense of. These sudden events can challenge our belief that life is predictable, that we are in control of our lives, and that we are safe.

Coping with Grief & LossCoping with grief 1Mental Wellness

What is Grief?

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, any loss. It can affect you emotionally, spiritually, behaviourally, physically and cognitively. Each person grieves in their own way. Every loss has a unique meaning to individuals.

Common responses:

  • Shock – disbelief/denial
  • Need to be alone/need not to be alone
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sadness – depression
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Anger
  • Guilt and remorse – if only...
  • Emptiness
  • Why? Why? Why?

Suggestions to optimize coping:

  • Take care of yourself!
  • Share your feelings with family and friends you trust
  • Know it’s okay to ask tough questions
  • Be honest with your feelings
  • Be patient with yourself
  • Eat and sleep well
  • Take time to relax
  • Exercise
  • Engage in social activities

Suggestions of things to avoid when coping with grief:

  • Resorting to alcohol of drugs
  • Engaging in risky behaviours
  • Isolating yourself – remember you are not alone

SLC Staff Support

Call the Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765

Student Support

Students, if you need help call:
Brockville 613-345-0060 ext. 3154, Room 100
Cornwall 613-933-6080 ext. 2202, Room M1460
Kingston 613-544-5400 ext. 5504, Room 01230

For crisis or after hours support:
Ontario’s Post-secondary Student Helpline: Good2Talk
1-866-925-5454 or

Good2Talk is a free, confidential and anonymous service that offers professional counselling, mental health information, and connections to local resources.