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Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement Support Groups

Online Drop-In Groups and 8-Week groups are taking place on Zoom! Please see below for more details. We will resume in-person groups when it is safe to do so. 

In addition to our online grief groups, please consider joining us for our monthly webinar Conversations on Grief.

Some people avoid support groups because they fear they’re not strong enough to hear about others’ grief, but a support group is one of the few places where you can find a community of people who really understand what you’re going through. Support groups can provide a safe, structured place where normal, healthy people bound by their experience of loss can come together to share stories and express and work through their feelings.

Groups are offered throughout the year. With the exception of our Drop-In Groups and Conversations on Grief Webinar, we recommend participants be at least 2-3 months out from their loss. However, please give us a call to register in advance even if your loss was very recent. Call (512) 342-4700 or (800) 445-3261 for more information or to register. Support groups are free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

You can check out our monthly listing of drop-in support groups here. Eight-week support groups are not listed on our events calendar; please call to register for our next series.

Drop-In Support Groups

Join us online through Zoom! Come as you are and any time you would like to be with others who are grieving. No rsvp is necessary and there is no commitment to attend a certain number of sessions. These groups are for any adult grieving the death of a loved one at any point after the loss. There is no cost to attend. **Please note, if this is your first time to attend a drop-in grief group, please call the Bereavement Dept. at least 24 hours in advance so we can provide you with information to join the group. 512-342-4700

Daytime: Tuesdays (noon-1 pm)
Evening: Wednesdays (7-8 pm)

8-Week Support Groups – Call us to pre-register so that you can be notified when the group is scheduled

  • NEW! – Men’s Grief Group – Mondays, March 7th – April 25th (6:30-8pm) on Zoom
  • Loss of Adult Child Group – For those grieving the death of an adult child – Starting early March 2022
  • Loss of Spouse/Partner Group – For those over 60 years old
  • Loss of Spouse/Partner Group – For those under 60 years old
  • Loss of Parent Group – For adults grieving the death of their mother or father
  • Loss of Sibling Group – For adults grieving the death of their brother or sister
  • Healing Grief Holistically
    For those grieving the death of someone in their lives, this 8-week group uses group support and a Chinese Medicine/5 Element perspective to help heal the wounds of loss. Using a combination of movement, acupressure, essential oils and verbal processing, we encourage healing of the whole self. Each group focuses on a particular emotion commonly felt in grief such as hopelessness, depression, anxiety or fearParticipants learn specific techniques to work with and heal these challenging emotional states, as well as ways to cultivate joy and healing. This group is offered periodically.
  • Grief and Transformation Through Expressive Arts
    This 8-week group invites participants to use various creative activities as well as group processing to make meaning in a time of loss. Expressive Arts Therapy is a form of therapy that uses the creative arts (music, poetry, theater, writing, movement, and visual arts) as a healing tool. The focus is put on the experience or process rather than on final product. No prior creative art experience is required! This group is offered periodically.

Pre-register by calling 512-342-4700.

Understanding Your Grief: 10 Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart Discussion Group

When someone you love dies, it can be hard to understand your often complex and painful thoughts and feelings. This 10- week discussion group offers you an opportunity to listen, discover and explore how to understand, and befriend these painful and complex, yet normal, thoughts and feelings after the death of someone loved. Understanding Your Grief is based on Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Ten Touchstones — basic principles to learn and actions to take to help you engage with your grief and create momentum toward healing.

Requirements for the Group – Pre-registration for this 10-week group and the purchase of two books is required. Pease let us know if the cost of the books would prevent you from attending! There is no cost to be a part of the group aside from the two books. Click https://www.centerforloss.com/bookstore/understanding-your-grief-set-2/ to learn more about the two books.

Pre-register by calling 512-342-4700.

Day of Renewal: A Creative & Experiential Exploration of Grief

This special day includes group sessions using gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, and writing. The movement practice is suitable for all fitness levels and an affinity for all of the activities is not a pre-requisite! However participants will move through the activities together in groups. Cost is $20 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available. This group is offered 1-2 times a year. The next Day of Renewal will tentatively take place in 2022 either in person or on Zoom. To get on the interest list, please call the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700.