Return to Skip Menu

Main Navigation

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

Student starts grief support group


   

Connie Henshaw Connie Henshaw


Nov. 13, 2015 – When Connie Henshaw of Henrico, Virginia, lost her father to brain cancer during her freshman year, she felt completely alone in her grief. Now, the senior natural resources conservation major has channeled that grief into action by taking steps to establish a Virginia Tech student chapter of Actively Moving Forward, a national organization dedicated to offering student-led support to those suffering the loss or illness of a loved one.

Professor Dean Stauffer, who dealt with his own loss during his undergraduate years, serves as the staff sponsor for the group, which will count on him as a resource for university issues such as bereavement policies and private counseling.

Though the group’s membership is currently fairly small, Henshaw is hopeful that more will join as it becomes better known on campus. Actively Moving Forward’s national website reports that between 35 percent and 48 percent of college students have lost a family member or close friend within the last year. Weekly, closed-door discussion sessions serve as the members’ main outlet, while events like group outings and community service projects offer an opportunity for members to bond in a more positive environment.

“My main goal this year is to make AMF a permanent organization on campus,” Henshaw said, acknowledging that her time in Blacksburg is limited. “Yet, I will find the club successful if just one person is helped through the grieving process while in school. Students should know that this club is here on campus and that they can come any time. In the spring, I hope to find someone who is just as passionate about AMF as I am to take over the organization in the coming years.”


25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Summer Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017


Select a Major

We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.