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Communal grief

April 5, 2024

This piece represents the opinion of the Bowdoin Orient Editorial Board.

After this past week, it is difficult to find the words to encapsulate our communal grief. K was a beloved friend, classmate and member of the Bowdoin community, and her loss has impacted us all.

While processing this ourselves, we want to encourage everyone to find whatever strength and support that they can from those within our community. As a greater campus community, let’s continue to honor, remember and celebrate the ways that K touched the lives of everyone around her.

Reach out to your friends, professors, teammates, proctors, colleagues and classmates. Many people are intimately familiar with grief and loss on this campus, and there is an endless amount of empathy, compassion and love to be found from those around you. They will be a shoulder for you to lean on, and you for them.

Additionally, please don’t hesitate to utilize the resources that the College has provided: Counseling, Health Services, the Center for Multicultural Life and the Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life are a few of the options available.

More than anything else, find whatever it is that keeps you grounded. Following your routine as usual, taking a step back or finding something in between—these are all reasonable options. Give yourself, and others, grace. Everyone’s response to this loss may look different, but you are not going through this alone.

Bowdoin is a small, loving, tightly woven web of beautiful, incredible and caring people. It’s a close community—one that we hold so dearly. We are at our best when we rely on each other, when we show up for one another and when we hold each other close.

A memorial gathering will be held for K tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Kanbar Auditorium in Studzinski Hall.

This editorial represents the view of the Editorial Board, which is comprised of Miles Berry, Abdullah Hashimi, Kristen Kinzler, Jane Olsen, Sam Pausman and Juliana Vandermark.

Campus resources available:

During the counseling center’s business hours (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), call Counseling and Wellness Services at 207-725-3145, email ljacobs@bowdoin.edu or walk into 32 College Street. Outside of office hours, you can call 207-725-3145 and press “I” to be connected with a counselor. You can also call Security 24/7 at 207-725-3500.

Students can also utilize Telus Health Student Support for virtual counseling support.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to utilize WellSpace@Work.



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