Bereavement Support Groups
Bereavement Support Groups
Groups may be available in-person, virtually or both. In addition to our 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)
New – LGBTQ+ Drop-In Group
Hospice Austin will begin a monthly drop-in grief group specifically for the LGBTQ+ community on April 6th. This drop-in group is for adults in the LGBTQ+ community who are grieving the death of a person in their life, at any point after the loss.
The group will meet virtually the first Thursday of each month from 7-8:30 pm. There is no cost to attend and no pre-registration is required. **Please note, if this is your first time to attend, 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
8-Week Support Groups – Call us to pre-register so that you can be notified when the group is scheduled
- Men’s Grief Group – For men grieving the death of someone important in their lives
- Loss of Adult Child Group – For those grieving the death of an adult child
- 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
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
This special day uses holistic and experiential techniques such as art, writing and meditation to process grief. Experience or an affinity for all of the activities is not a prerequisite! A willingness to participate is all you need. This program is offered 1-2 times a year and is designed for people who are at least two months out from their loss. Our most recent Day of Renewal was in October of 2022.
Day of Renewal includes a light breakfast, coffee/tea, lunch and snacks and registration is limited to 25 people. There is no cost to register, however we ask that if you do sign up, you commit to attending or cancel in advance so another person has the opportunity to attend. Call 512-342-4700 for more information or to be added to the interest list for a future Day of Renewal.