Living with Loss

A group for the grieving to come together and share our stories, build tools to navigate grief, and learn what it means for each of us to live a meaningful life after loss.

In this compassionate space, grieving students can share and express the painful, confusing, and complicated emotional experiences in life after loss. Group discussion will be facilitated by Joel Gaffney, PhD, a CAPS psychologist and a griever with training in Compassionate Bereavement Counseling. As part of the discussion, members will learn tools to navigate grief with clarity and self-compassion. We will use a mindful approach to recognize and understand our grief, allow it to move, and figure out what living with loss looks like for each of us.

In this group, you will:

  • Approach grief as an expected and meaningful response to the loss of a loved one. You will learn tools to lessen its weight, but grief will not be considered a "problem" to overcome.
  • Find a safe environment to discuss our deeply personal, emotional, and cultural experiences of loss with others.
  • Develop tools to help navigate painful grief-related emotional experiences.
  • Gain a better understanding of your personal version of grief.
  • Deepen your understanding of what it means to live with grief.

How to Join

  • A referral from a CAPS provider and a meeting with the group facilitator are required to join this group. Ask your current CAPS provider how to join or speak with a counselor to get started.
  • This group has a $10 fee per session. If cost is a barrier for you, please call 520-621-3334
  • Facilitator: Joel Gaffney (joelgaffney@arizona.edu)
  • This group meets online. A Zoom link will be provided by the group facilitator.

What to Expect

This is a safe space for learning and discussion. Explore your personal experience of grief and learn tools to help you navigate your journey of living with loss.


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