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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 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.

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 Groups – For adults grieving the death of a loved one. No pre-registration required, please read options below:

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)

Healing Grief Holistically 
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, noon to 1:45 pm (Evening group on Tuesdays has been discontinued)
Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. 78759)
These drop-in sessions use group support and a Chinese Medicine/5 Element perspective to help heal the wounds of loss. We will work with a combination of movement, acupressure, essential oils and verbal processing to encouraging healing of the whole self. Each group will focus on a particular emotion commonly felt in grief such as hopelessness, depression, anxiety or fear. Participants will learn specific techniques to work with and heal these challenging emotional states, as well as ways to cultivate joy and healing.

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 & Experiential Exploration of Grief
This special day is held each Spring. It includes group sessions using gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing, acupressure and acupuncture. (An optional five point ear acupuncture will be offered with non-needle alternatives available.) The program is designed for people in our community who are grieving the death of a loved one 3 months prior to the Day of Renewal. The movement practice is suitable for all fitness levels and an affinity for all of the activities is not a pre-requisite! Cost is $20 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available. Register by calling the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700.

Grief and Transformation Through Expressive Arts
This 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!

Individual Counseling

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 Erin Central Texas (formerly Camp Brave Heart)

Hospice Austin’s Camp Erin 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 Erin Central Texas 2018 will be Monday, July 30th through Wednesday, August 1st. Applications are available on our website beginning March 19th.

Grief Presentations

Hospice Austin facilitates discussions and offers educational seminars on grief to groups in the community such as churches and educational settings. Please call (512) 342-4700 for more information about setting up a talk for your group.

Surviving the Holidays

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 15th, 2018 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.