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Help for the Holidays

The holidays can be extremely painful for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Hospice Austin has developed many offerings to help loved ones get through the holidays this season. They are all free and open to anyone in our community.

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Fall Day of Renewal – A Creative & Expressive Exploration of Grief

Please join us for Hospice Austin's Fall Day of Renewal -- A Creative & Expressive Exploration of Grief on Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 am - 5 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church. This special day will include group sessions using gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing, and information on acupuncture & acupressure.

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Happy Birthday, Camp Brave Heart!

Hospice Austin’s Camp Brave Heart celebrated its 20th year of helping children by doing what it does best: laying the groundwork for healing by creating a safe and creative place for quiet transformations.

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Not just surviving, but thriving — thanks to Camp Brave Heart

I’m not sure if you know how important Hospice Austin’s Camp Brave Heart is to grieving kids and their families, but allow me to share with you a beneficiary’s point of view. For my family, the value of Camp Brave Heart was enormous. In August of 2015, my wife, Mara, died suddenly in the middle of the night. Our four kids were 8, 10, 12, and 14. We were shattered by her loss, but I swore to myself that I would raise the kids to be happy and to live fulfilling lives.

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Finding a Way Through

How do you get over losing a child? You don’t, according to grief therapist Jan Phillips. “You can get through it, but getting over it is impossible,” she said. Jan speaks from experience. Her 17-year-old son, Ian, was killed in an accident overseas while on a summer trip with People to People International. At first she was angry with the organization and its chaperones, then with God. “Why him, this child who had so much promise?” she wondered. “And why me?”

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Using All the Colors in the Crayon Box

This year will mark our 19th year of Camp Brave Heart, Hospice Austin’s four-day summer camp for children grieving the loss of someone they love. Over the years we have helped more than 2000 children in our community understand that grief and loss are a common human experience; that they have companions who will walk with them through that rugged landscape; and that they can survive such losses and perhaps even grow in unexpected and beautiful ways. A few years ago a boy named Sam came to camp who I will never forget.

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Finding My Way Back

Today is the day that Keaton died in 2001, just before his 4th birthday. November 23rd: it’s a different experience each year. Sometimes it falls on Thanksgiving, as it was that night. The emotional experience varies each year as well. That it has become easier over the years has made it harder in another way. […]

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Caring for Veterans

As a We Honor Veterans partner, Hospice Austin has implemented ongoing veteran-centered education for staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to veterans.

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A Sense of Well-Being

“On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your general sense of well-being.” Dr. Bob Friedman, the chief medical officer for CTPCA – Central Texas Palliative Care Associates – looked at my brother-in-law expectantly.

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Surviving the Holidays

With good reason, holiday seasons are among the most emotionally difficult times for people who have experienced the death of a loved one. Holidays may be difficult no matter what you try to do or where you go. Be gentle with yourself. Below are some tips that may help.

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