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Support, resources available in time of grief

January 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

After hearing the devastating news that the Beloit College community lost two of its own over break, students returning to campus may be experiencing a variety of emotions as they process the loss of Justine Ringberg and Raquel Nunez.

Staff in the college’s Dean of Students and Residential Life offices want you to know that there are multiple avenues of support on campus to help you during this time.

On Monday evening, floor meetings will take place, and RAs will spend time helping your community think about and talk about this, and find some comfort. These types of opportunities have been helpful to students in the past.

There will also be times for students to gather as a group to chat/process with the college’s counselors, Laura and Kevin. These sessions can open a door to more conversations with counselors, as needed. They will be held in Weeks Lounge in Pearsons and are scheduled for:

  • Monday (Jan. 20) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Monday (Jan. 20) 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday (Jan. 22) 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Some students will want to talk about this now, and others may want to talk after they have time to think. The support will be available when you need it. Our counselors are located in Porter Hall at the health center. If you would like to schedule a time to meet individually with a counselor please call the health center at ext. 2331.

Loss and grief is tough in a community as tightly knit as Beloit College--we know that in true Beloit fashion this community will help others find the support they need. If you are worried about a friend as the days and weeks go by, please let us know so we can find support for them. You can call Teresa in the Dean of Students office at ext. 2660 or John in the Residence Life office ext. 2350. Know also that faculty, advisors, coaches, hall directors, RAs, and other staff are all ready to listen and help as they can.