Facing grief in times of stress

By Editorial Staff

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This week, our community lost a beloved member with the tragic passing of Annalise Curtis ’18, a talented person who had a wide-reaching impact on the Hill and beyond. Annalise was passionate in promoting the welfare of those around her, both as a politically-engaged student and as a highly-accomplished campus leader. The Hamilton community will cherish and remember her kindness and generosity.

Annalise was particularly gifted in her ability to manage an ambitious schedule. Like many Hamiltonians, her talents found an output in a diversity of student organizations. We reflect on her ability to juggle her roles as an E.M.T., a member of the C@B E-Board, the treasurer of the Co-op and so much more with sincere admiration and respect. For many of us, the thought of finals alone sometimes stops us in our tracks. In the midst of eminent finals week stress, we remember Annalise as an inspiration who illustrated that a determined mind will prevail even in the face of monumental challenges.

Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that no matter how determined our minds may be, grief is exhausting and sometimes all-consuming. Coping with loss is different for everyone: some of us benefit from jumping right back into our routine, some need time to rest and recharge and many others incorporate a mix of both into their grieving process. No one, however, is alone in their grief. Loss has rocked our community this school year, and many Hamilton community members grieve for loved ones from other parts of their lives as well. During this stressful time of year, The Spectator encourages the Hamilton community to grieve in the ways that work best for them and to honor the memories of those that we have lost.

Help and support are available to those dealing with this tragic event. Please contact 315-859-4340 to make an appointment with a counselor. Additionally, Peer Counselors are available with walk-in hours Monday through Wednesday: 4:00-7:00 p.m.; Tuesday: 4:00-10:00 p.m.; and Saturday: 3:00-6:00 p.m., at the Counseling Center (100 College Hill Road).

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