Bereavement Support Groups
Bereavement Support Groups
Though we have postponed all in-person support groups at this time, online Drop-In Groups and 8-Week groups are taking place! Please see below for more details.
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.
Most Hospice Austin support groups meet for eight weeks at our main office unless otherwise stated (4107 Spicewood Springs Rd., 78759). 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: 1st through 4th Tuesdays (noon-1 pm)
Evening: 1st through 4th Wednesdays (7-8 pm)
8-Week Support Groups – Call us to pre-register so that you can be notified when the group is scheduled
- 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
- Loss of Adult Child Group – For those grieving the death of an adult child
- 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 fear. Participants 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 1 – 2 times a year.
- 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 1 – 2 times a year.
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, writing, and information on acupuncture & acupressure. 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 take place in Fall 2020. To get on the interest list, call the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700.