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Grief is a natural, powerful and human response to the loss of someone or something close to us. It takes time to adjust or grow around grief and during this time you will need to care for yourself, while managing everyday life.
There are many experiences in life that may cause you grief. For example:
The feelings of grief can include sadness, anger, guilt, regret, relief, amongst others. You may be confused and your thoughts disorganised as you adjust to the change and loss. Studying at this time can be very difficult.
The process of grieving is a very individual experience.There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and in fact there are different styles of grieving.
When you are grieving it can be helpful to talk about how you feel and what you think with a trusted other. Talking may help you deal with the loss, help with feelings of isolation, and has the potential for others to show they care, and support you. If you do not have family or friends around to talk to, or don't want to talk to them about your loss, talking to a counsellor can be really useful.
When you grieve your ability to study can be affected. Rarely are you so overwhelmed with grief for long periods that some study is not possible. However, understand that long periods of uninterrupted study will not be possible as your grief will never be far away. Sometimes study may in fact offer a distraction from your grief.
Apply for extensions to give you the extra time needed to complete your work. Attend classes as much as possible to ensure you don't miss anything new. Have readings close by so that you can study when you feel able to.
If whilst you are grieving you speak with one of Deakin's counsellors, they are in a position to support your applications. If you consider that your study has been affected, you are eligible to seek Special Consideration
Make an appointment with a counsellor at Deakin University.