by Sophie Danis Oberfield

Recognizing Losses at College Graduation

Graduations take place in the spring, and for students and their families who have recently lost a parent, sibling or grandparent, these ceremonies can be bitter sweet. At Yale University, the chaplains’ office has devised a commencement-weekend opportunity to recognize such losses. “Service of Remembrance,” which is part of the graduation schedule, provides a quiet space for families to stop, reflect and be sad together in the midst of a celebratory, noisy weekend.

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