Grieving a Loss?
All of us grieve in our own way, in our own time. Hospice Austin can help guide you through the complicated and sometimes overwhelming grieving process. You do not have to grieve alone.
We offer the most extensive bereavement program of any hospice in Central Texas, including individual counseling, a variety of support groups, and a free summer camp for children grieving the loss of someone they love. Services are open to anyone in our community who needs them.
We offer additional support for the loved ones of our patients, including personal companion visits, holiday support and memorial services held twice a year dedicated to the remembrance of our patients.
Bereavement Support Groups
Most support groups meet for eight weeks at Hospice Austin’s main office unless otherwise stated. Groups are offered throughout the year. With the exception of our Drop In Group 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.
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
Drop In Grief Group – For adults grieving the death of a loved one, no pre-registration required
South Austin – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Noon to 1:00 pm
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (5226 W. William Cannon Dr. 78749)
North Austin – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, Noon to 1:00 pm
Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. 78759)
Conversations On Grief
Conversations On Grief offers 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 in these 60-minute webinars without having to deal with traffic, long distances or not having transportation.
Day of Renewal: A Creative Exploration of Grief
Saturday, April 1 from 8:15 am – 3:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4001 Speedway.
This special day will include group sessions that incorporate gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing/journaling & music activities. It is designed for people in our community who are grieving the death of a loved one in 2016 or prior. 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 $30 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Please contact us if registration fee is a barrier to attend. Please call 512-342-4700 to register.
Grief and Transformation Through Movement, Art & Writing
This special group combines gentle yoga with art and writing activities. Each group will include time for facilitated discussion to process the experiences of the movement, art and writing exercises. The movement practice is suitable for all fitness levels. These combined activities will help participants gain insight into their grief experience and open pathways for transformation.
The Next Step Group
This 6 week group uses the environment that surrounds us as a medium to process grief and reemerge into the world. The group is held at Hospice Austin as well as several indoor and outdoor locations in Austin including Laguna Gloria and the Blanton Museum.
Hospice Austin offers one-on-one short-term grief counseling with licensed therapists and masters level interns for adults and children ages 4 and up. Counseling in Spanish is available. Appropriate referrals to additional counseling resources are made when necessary. Please call (512) 342-4700 or contact us to learn more.
Camp Brave Heart
Hospice Austin’s Camp Brave Heart is a free, recreational overnight summer camp for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 that have experienced the death of a loved one. Camp Brave Heart 2017 will be Monday, July 31st through Thursday, August 3rd. Applications are available on our website beginning April 1st.
Hospice Austin Memorial Services
Hospice Austin hosts non-religious memorial services each year for families and staff to remember and honor those who have died. Our 2017 memorial service will take place on Thursday, October 19th at 7 pm at Westover Hills Church (8332 Mesa Dr. 78759).
Workplace/School Grief Programs
Dealing with the loss of a co-worker or classmate can bring unique challenges. Hospice Austin offers educational seminars on dealing with grief in the workplace or in the school setting.
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people who have lost someone they love. Those wondering how to get through the holidays or worrying that their sadness will spoil the celebrations for others are invited to join Hospice Austin and a panel of experts who will share tools for surviving the holidays. The nonreligious program is free and open to all in the Austin area who are grieving the death of a loved one. Surviving the Holidays will take place on November 16th, 2017 from 7-9 pm at Westover Hills Church (8332 Mesa Dr. 78759).
Questions? Contact us here or call (512) 342-4700
If you can’t attend the program, download the Surviving the Holidays packet of information.