Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Joseph Cicala, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D


In this thesis, I examine the detrimental effects of bereavement on college students between the ages of 18-22, and propose an intervention that emphasizes empathy and compassion as students process their grief. College students are positioned in a sensitive time of development and learning, and as such, require increased support when engaging in the process of grief. To address this concern, I utilize Dr. Nancy K. Schlossberg’s theories of Mattering and Marginality (1989), and Transition Theory (1995). My intervention aims to utilize components of the existing campus structure to incorporate better policy and support systems for bereaved students.