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 in 2021 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. In 2022 the webinars will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7 pm to 8 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 and Healing: Setting Your Intentions for the New Year
Tuesday, January 11th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
There are times in our grief journey when we are ready for a change in how we grieve. Healing comes through a willingness to allow a full and honest grief experience and the courage to act. During this webinar, you’ll learn the difference between intentions and resolutions, how to identify your intentions, how to incorporate them in your life, and how to check in with yourself along the way.
- The Power of Gratitude in Grief
Tuesday, February 8th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Gratitude and grief are not two words you might think of together when talking about loss. After all, how is it possible to be grateful when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one? During this webinar you’ll learn how to become emotionally agile and experience what happens when you choose to embrace your grief with gratitude.
- Grief: The Demanding and Uninvited Guest
Tuesday, March 8th
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Grief is a demanding houseguest. It makes a mess, leaving dirty dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor and your refrigerator without food. It keeps long and strange hours, causing you to have disrupted or inadequate sleep. It lacks social skills, interrupting you when you are on the phone or trying to have a friend over for lunch. In this webinar you’ll discover how embracing your grief can lead to a deeper spiritual connection, greater compassion for yourself and others, and experience a new wholeness as you learn how to integrate your loss into daily living.
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.”