Professor releases book of personal stories by grieving young adults

June 12, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Heather Servaty-Seib, professor of counseling and development at Purdue University, has co-authored “We Get It: Voices of Grieving College Students and Young Adults,” a collection of 33 narratives by bereaved college students and young adults.

The book aims to help young adults who are grieving and to provide guidance for people who seek to support them, including parents and non-bereaved peers, counseling center clinicians, faculty members and residential life employees.

“If you take a group of college students and ask them if they had a significant death loss in the last two years, 40 percent of them will say yes,” said Servaty-Seib. “Yet, often, people don’t think about college students having to face significant life challenges like a death loss. College has such a positive, growth, fun kind of focus, and because of that, when a student does experience a truly challenging life experience, it's hard for them to talk about it and to find support. This book is intended to be a source of support.”

Co-written with David Fajgenbaum, the book will be released by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and will be available through Amazon.com on June 21.

Source: Heather Servaty-Seib, professor of counseling and development, 765-494-0837, servaty@purdue.edu 

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