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Mourning group

Last updated on 2 February 2023
During the second semester of 2022-'23, NEWConnective organizes two mourning groups for students who are mourning someone who has passed away: one Dutch-speaking group, and one English-speaking group.

They say death is part of life, but that does not lessen the impact it has on your life. The sadness can be so overwhelming that it may feel like your whole world has collapsed and seem like life has lost all its luster. Your concentration can drop, which in turn can affect your study results. You may feel empty and aimless, angry, withdrawn, or confused still. At first people are caring and concerned, but after a while it can seem like no one has room for your grief anymore. Sadness is something that stays with you all your life, however, and that is normal. There is no manual for mourning. Everyone grieves in their own unique way. A grief group of students who have experienced something similar can offer you support.

This closed mourning group consists of a 1-on-1 intake moment and six to eight group sessions. Every week you meet the same group of students who have also experienced loss. You may recognize the pain, fathomless sadness, anger, confusion, or fear by hearing each other's stories. We exchange experiences, support each other, and have fun (that too!). No thought or question is weird, you can discuss everything within the safety of the group. Marleen, the facilitator of the group, accompanies the group and occasionally provides background information on aspects of grief.

Is this the place for me? The group is open to every student in Amsterdam, regardless of background or belief. Prior to the start, you have a short interview with Marleen to see if the group is something for you.

You can register by sending an email to

Application deadline: February 16

Data intake moments: 20 and 27 February

Dates sessions: March 6, March 13, March 20, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1