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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 and holiday support.

Surviving the Holidays – Thursday, November 21st, 2019 (7 – 9 pm)
The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for people who have lost someone important in their life. Those wondering how to get through the holidays or worry that their sadness will spoil the celebrations for others are invited to join us from 7-9 pm on Thursday, November 21st, 2019. Surviving the Holidays is an evening of support and guidance for people who are grieving during the holiday season. No rsvp required. Surviving the Holidays takes place at Westover Hills Church (8332 Mesa Dr.) You can also click here for guidance and suggestions on how to get through the holiday season.

Tapping for Grief WorkshopSaturday, December 7th (10 am – 2:30 pm)
Tapping, sometimes called the emotional freedom technique, or EFT, is a wonderful tool for grief. The technique utilizes tapping a series of acupressure points on yourself while saying specific phrases. It has been proven to bring relief for common grief issues such as cyclic, repetitive thought patterns and traumatic memories, as well as overwhelming feelings. It’s a useful and effective tool to support healing during the holidays! No cost to attend but rsvp is requested. Please call (512) 342-4700 for more information or to rsvp.

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. More information, topics, and registration links available here.

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

Healing Grief Holistically Group
For those grieving the death of someone in their lives. This group uses 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.

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!

Drop-In Grief Groups For adults grieving the death of a loved one. No pre-registration required. Come as you are and anytime you would like to be with others who are grieving.

Daytime – Groups will meet as listed unless noted as cancelled due to upcoming holidays
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) – This group will not meet on December 24th 

Evening – Groups will meet as listed unless noted as cancelled due to upcoming holidays
North Austin – 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm –  Hospice Austin (4107 Spicewood Springs Rd. 78759) – This group will not meet on January 1st 
South Austin – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm -Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (5226 W. William Cannon Dr. 78749) – This group will not meet on November 27th or December 25th 

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.

Day of Renewal: A Creative & Experiential Exploration of Grief
This special day takes place 1-2 times each year on a Saturday. It includes group sessions using gentle movement, aromatherapy, art, writing, and meditation. The movement practice is suitable for all fitness levels and an affinity for all of the activities is not a pre-requisite! The program is designed for people in our community who are grieving the death of a loved one 2 months or more prior to the Day of Renewal. Cost is $20 and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Scholarships are available and pre-registration is required. The next Day of Renewal will take place in Spring 2020. For more information or to place your name on the interest list, call the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700.

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 2020 will be held Wednesday, June 10th through Saturday, June 13th. Applications available in English and Spanish beginning February 17th, 2020.

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.