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The SGN Blog

A mix of blogs, podcasts, videos, and creative work exploring loss and grief, in all its complexities. We share similar posts on our instagram page - come find us! If you'd like to submit something for the blog, we'd love to hear from you - email us at

Coping with Suicide Loss as a Student

Losing someone to suicide can bring up a whole array of difficult feelings that can be overwhelming to deal with all at once, especially on your own, and while you’re also balancing the pressure of university life.

14th December, 2023  ·  3 minutes read

Grief and activism in an unjust world

I want to send my love to all those mourning around the world; I want to show my solidarity with all the people caught in oppressive and violent systems; and I want to share a couple of thoughts in relation to grief.

14th November, 2023  ·  2 minutes read

Losing Young, quarter-life grief and why community matters

To commemorate her new book, Rachel Wilson shares some thoughts on grieving as a young adult. It’s a period in our lives that is ‘meant’ to be full of opportunity and exploration, but can be incredibly isolating and overwhelming when you’re facing loss.

24th August, 2023  ·  5 minutes read

Responding to the Nottingham attacks

Last week I was contacted by the BBC to speak about student bereavement. Yes, this is in response to the loss of two students in Nottingham, but it is also about the thousands of students experiencing grief every day.

5th July, 2023  ·  2 minutes read

After Tom

A creative piece based on the experience of losing my uncle, Tom, and the days that followed his death as I helped care for my grandparents.

11th June, 2023  ·  4 minutes read

Sometimes I don’t want to be hopeful

The Student Grief Network is all about hope, really, but I think it’s also important to acknowledge those times when hope it the last thing we want to hear about. When we want the utter devastation of a situation to be allowed.

27th April, 2023  ·  2 minutes read

Grieving in the Digital Age

Social media and online communities can play an important role connecting people who are grieving and shedding light on a whole range of experiences. But digital platforms can also lead to misinformation, unhealthy distraction, and increased levels of loneliness. How do we balance these pros and cons?

10th February, 2023  ·  4 minutes read

‘Our lives are in a different colour now’

Grief is not just a matter of missing a person. It can complicate our relationship with ourselves and the ways we function on a day-to-day basis. Josephine shares some of the ways that her losses impact the way she thinks and feels – from her memory to her self esteem.

5th February, 2023  ·  3 minutes read

The realities of university support systems

A recent article in The Times shows us how university welfare systems are failing bereaved students, and why we need more well-informed, compassionate and hands on support.

16th January, 2023  ·  2 minutes read

For those impacted by cancer

Fole recently founded Good Grief, a community to connect anyone who has been affected by cancer. Here she shares some of the ways she has personally been impacted, from losing her Grandma and then her Mum, to finding out the chances of developing cancer herself are significantly higher than average.

25th October, 2022  ·  3 minutes read