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Support group offers services for those in mourning

A grief support group is available tomorrow for anyone wanting to connect with
others about the death of Mabil “Mo” Duir.

Georgia DeKeyser, interim director of the Student Health and Counseling Center and
psychiatric nurse practitioner, said the group offers an intimate setting for people to
know they are not the only ones coping with grief at this time.

“It’s a place to come together and to support each other,” she said.

Attendees will also learn about the grieving process and the feelings they can expect
to have in the coming weeks.

DeKeyser said while everybody grieves differently, it’s important to know how to
deal with those feelings and help those who might need extra support dealing with
the loss of Duir’s life.

She also said two professional counselors are attending the grief support group,
but the Health Center has ongoing services for those wanting to speak privately or
cannot attend.

The Health Center offers free counseling services year-round for students enrolled
in at least six credit hours. The session, however, is open to all faculty, staff and
students, regardless of credit hour enrollment.

The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 112 of Rasmuson Hall.
Other events happening in commemoration of Duir’s life are a memorial service
from 4:30- 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Union cafeteria and a benefit concert
from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Student Union cafeteria.

The memorial is free and open to the public.

The benefit concert requires a $5 minimum donation. Proceeds will go to Duir’s
family.

For more information about the counseling services available on campus, contact the
Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-786-4040.

 

Written by J. Almendarez

J. Almendarez is a journalism junior who transferred to UAA this fall from San Antonio College, located in South Texas. At SAC, she worked at the national award winning student publication, The Ranger, as a reporter, photographer, Multimedia Editor and Executive Editor. After graduation next fall, she plans to work as a reporter for a daily in South Texas. Eventually, she would like to earn a Master's degree in Media Convergence. After a long career in journalism, she will go back to San Antonio College, teach a reporting class and die while preaching in front of a group of students about the importance of legit journalism and AP Style.