Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.


In this thesis, I propose an intervention that emphasizes compassion and support that student affairs professionals must have as students process their grief. My intervention aims to create a safe and welcoming space for students dealing with bereavement. To address this concern, I utilize personal experiences along with Worden’s (2008) Four-Phase Task model, and Kübler- Ross’s (1969) five-stage framework of grief. The frameworks listed throughout this thesis have helped shape the intervention proposed. Individuals who are grieving and working toward their higher education degree need support from those around them, especially their university, faculty and staff members, and peers.