Online Bereavement Support
Someone you love has died and you’re looking for support but can’t find a grief support group that fits into your busy schedule. Or perhaps you don’t feel comfortable grieving in fronts of others; you’d prefer the comfort of your own home. And especially in these times of social distancing, webinars offer a way to connect with others who are grieving. Our webinars Conversations On Grief and Healing Grief Holistically may be the support solution you’re looking for.
Our webinars offer monthly online access to grief support and education through your phone, computer or mobile device. From the comfort of your home, you’re welcome to participate without having to deal with traffic, long distances or childcare. Grief is a journey. It is our sincere hope that during each webinar you’ll find comfort, compassion, understanding, and encouragement as you heal.
Conversations On Grief webinars are facilitated by Bereavement Supervisor Maggie Cochran and Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services Nancy McCranie. Conversations On Grief webinars are offered the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You’re welcome to attend one, several or all webinars.
- Maggie Cochran, LCSW– As the Bereavement Supervisor at Hospice Austin since 2013, Maggie oversees the grief support offered to families of patients that Hospice Austin has served as well as anybody in our community who is grieving. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Maggie came to bereavement work through her combined experience in pediatric oncology as well as having loved ones receive hospice care at the end of their lives. Maggie is grateful to work for Hospice Austin and enjoys volleyball, running and animals of the feline persuasion.
- Nancy McCranie, M.Div – Nancy began working for Hospice Austin as a chaplain in 1996. Since 2009 she has served as the Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services and is a frequent speaker for area groups, leading discussions about end-of-life issues and the process of grieving a loss. Nancy is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and holds a M.Div. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Nancy is married to Bill, an organic/bio-dynamic farmer and rancher who raises blueberries and beef. They have two sons, four dogs, and two cats.
Upcoming Conversations on Grief Webinars
- Grief, Guilt and Self-Forgiveness
Wednesday, June 9th
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Feelings of guilt or regret are common and often powerful in grief. They are feelings that demand acknowledgement and exploration. We can’t simply stop feeling guilty because we or someone else tells us to. If only it was that simple! When it comes to guilt and regret, it is important to reflect honestly on the feelings as well as the roots beneath them. Then we can use tools such as self-forgiveness and writing to accept, integrate, and take the next steps on our journey. In this webinar you’ll learn how to soften the grip of guilt and use it to reveal what you most value in the face of heartbreak.
- How to Recover from Loss
Wednesday, July 14th
7:30 – 8:30 pm
Recognizing and fortifying our inherent ability as humans to find resilience in the face of tremendous grief is key to recovering from loss. The death of a loved one most certainly breaks you open but it doesn’t have to break you apart. This experience of breaking open leaves us forever changed. However if we allow ourselves to feel the breadth and depth of our grief, we will also have a chance to know ourselves and others on a deeper and more compassionate level. In this webinar you will learn to trust in and use your capacity to survive the loss of a loved one. We will offer tools and exercises to explore this topic both during the webinar and on your own going forward.
- Buckle Up: The Emotional Roller Coaster of Grieving
Wednesday, August 11th
7:30 – 8:30 pm
The experience of grief can feel like being on a roller coaster that you have no control over. Key steps to surviving such a painful and rough ride are adjusting expectations, developing coping strategies and choosing how to experience your grief. Also important is recognizing that the ups and downs of grief are normal and healthy. Join us to learn what we know about grief, how to exercise choice when possible, and how to lean into the unexpected and unwelcome parts.
- Stigmas, Myths and Misconceptions
Wednesday, September 8th
7:30 – 8:30 pm
What are the stigmas, myths and misconceptions of grief? Which ones have you and others placed on your grief? Are these beliefs and expectations helpful and compassionate? We believe each person has the right to define their own grief experience. We also believe that although grief is a deeply personal experience, healing comes from exploring and talking about it in an open and non-judgmental environment.
Please call the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700 if you have any questions or would like more information.
“It was good to be in the company of others, yet comfortable at home. I wouldn’t attend a meeting at night and if I had to battle with Austin traffic.”