Grief counseling available on campus following student's death

In the wake of Eastern Michigan University student Julia Niswender’s death Tuesday night, the university is reminding students that counseling is available to help deal with emotions following the tragedy.

“Counseling is available for students and others in the EMU family who may want those services,” EMU president Susan Martin said in an email to students and employees.

EMU Director of Counseling Services, Lisa Lauterbach, said during a campus forum on Wednesday there’s a lot of sadness and shock people feel when somebody dies in such an untimely way.

“You may find that even if you didn’t know her, you might find that you’re feeling a little fearful or upset,” Lauterbach said. “That’s to be expected.”

Lauterbach said EMU counselors are available to students, faculty and staff to talk and help sort things out.

Free counseling services are available at Snow Health Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services website at

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