Grieving together

Training grieving together

Getting over the loss of a parent, partner, sister, or brother can be a daunting task. Grief and loss can also be experienced in the context of health issues, being away from your homeland or loss of future perspective. Students who deal with a loss can benefit from extra attention to cope with their situation.

We offer students a safe space to grieve by creating a student support group, led by two professional trainers, who have both experienced loss themselves. Students will realize that they are not alone in this process and will find support from their fellow students, who are in a similar situation. We will make use of creative techniques, to also use our body and our senses in dealing with grief and loss.

Aim of the training

Grief is a ‘normal’ response to experiencing loss and finding support in a small group setting can make the process more manageable. In this training, you will get a better understanding of the process of grieving and how this applies to your own situation. Psychological theories and insights on grief and loss will be combined with creative assignments, so you learn how to connect the mind and the heart in your individual grief process. We create a safe space for you to give room to your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a light and non-judgmental way.

Set-up of the training

In this training, we will cover the following topics:

  • Meeting 1 – Emotions & grief
  • Meeting 2 – Your body & grief
  • Meeting 3 – Asking for help & grief
  • Meeting 4 – Giving meaning & grief
  • Meeting 5 – Resilience, hope and comfort   

The training will start on Thursday September 8, 2022 and will consist of 5 meetings, which will take place every two weeks. We expect you to work on the (voluntary) homework assignments in between the meetings. Before the start of the training, you will be invited for a short individual intake with the two trainers, so you can share your individual story before the start of the training itself.

Working method

The training consists of 5 meetings of 1.5 hours each in a small group setting (4 – 10 participants). Participants are expected to attend each session. During the meetings, materials will be provided to work on the creative assignments.

Training information in short

Target group All students, registered at Tilburg University (any study phase)

5 sessions on a Thursday from 15:45 – 17:30 hrs (8 and 22 September, 6 and 20 Ocober, 3 November 2022)

Where? On campus
Trainers Ellen Dreezens (psychologist) and Gerdien Wolthaus Paauw (photographer)
Costs Free of charge
Number of participants At least 4, no more than 10
Language of instruction English


If you are interested in taking part in this training or if you wish to receive further information, please send an e-mail to the course coordinator, Ms. Zarrea Plaisier.

Registration for this training will take place on a rolling basis and available places are limited (maximum of 10 participants). 

Are you interested in the training, but unable to attend the scheduled dates? Then please let us know of your interest by e-mail. You can send an e-mail to the course coordinator, Ms. Zarrea Plaisier. E-mail: