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Bereavement is a life transition or crisis faced by a significant number of undergraduates. Researchers have found that at any one point in time, approximately 25 percent of college students are in the first year of bereavement and almost 50 percent have experienced the death of a family member or friend within the past two years (Balk, 2001; Hardison, Neimeyer, and Lichstein, 2005). Death loss experiences and grief reactions have the potential to affect the day-to-day functioning and overall development of bereaved college students. In addition, campuses experience the deaths of members of their student body. The mortality rate for individuals between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four, when combined for both sexes and all races, is about 1 per 1,000 (Anderson and Smith, 2005). The rates are even higher for the older age groups that comprise the adult learner population (Minino and others, 2007). Despite the prevalence and significance of death issues on campus, the topics of death, grief, and bereavement are seldom addressed in the studen

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