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Grief group for young adults returns to UA

Tu Nidito is reaching out to college students and other young adults who may need support as they cope with the death of a loved one.

More than 31,600 students will be returning to the University of Arizona this month, and odds are more than 6,300 of them will be grieving the death of a loved one, such as a parent or sibling, says Ciara Garcia, chief of operations at Tu Nidito, a nonprofit organization that provides support to children and families whose lives have been impacted by serious illness and death.

The Young Adult Grief Support Group, which takes place on the UA campus, gives young adults ages 18-29 who are grieving a safe place to go for support and understanding. Tu Nidito created the group in 2008, after finding that adult grief support services are not always effective for young adults. The group is facilitated by Tu Nidito staff support specialists and trained volunteers.

“At all ages it is really important for people to connect with others who have similar experiences,” says Program Director Linda Hardy. “Given that many students or young adults are away from their traditional support system, it is important they know this program is available to them during their time of grief.” The Young Adult Grief Support Group meets the first and third Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at the UA Campus Christian Center (715 N. Park Ave.).

The group is free but registration is required. Contact Hardy at 322-9155 or