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Conversations On Grief Webinar Discussions

Navigating Loss Through Supportive and Educational Webinars

“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.”

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 really don’t want to sit in front of other people grieving, you’d prefer the comfort of your own home. Conversations On Grief might be the support solution you’re looking for.

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.

Grief is a journey. It is our sincere hope that during each webinar you’ll find comfort, compassion, understanding, and encouragement as you heal. These webinars will be facilitated by Bereavement Supervisor Maggie Cochran and Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services Nancy McCranie.

  • Maggie Cochran, LCSW – As the Bereavement Supervisor at Hospice Austin, 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.

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.

  • Grief: A Demanding and Uninvited Guest
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Grief is a demanding houseguest. It makes a mess, leaving dirty dishes for you to wash, clothes on the floor, and your refrigerator without food. It keeps long and strange hours causing you to have disrupted or not enough 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.
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  • Finding Movement Within the Paralysis of Grief
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    The experience of grief can leave you with little energy or motivation to draw upon as you face tremendous loss and all the emotions and logistical tasks that go with it. You are grieving yet you still must pay your bills. You feel deep emotions, yet you also feel numb.During this webinar you will learn how to make space for both stillness and movement as you navigate your unique grief experience. The feelings of heartache, overwhelm and apathy are real and yet many people before us have emerged from their grief to find direction, meaning and fulfillment in life. What do they have to teach us?
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  • Help! I’m Starting to Feel Better
    Wednesday, May 8, 2019
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    In the early part of our grief journey we don’t see how it would be possible for us to ever feel happy again. Then when we do feel a moment of joy or happiness, feelings of guilt, remorse and shame often follow close behind.
    However, over time we learn to invite joy back into our life. We begin to truly believe that our loved one lost would want us to be happy and that our happiness is an important expression of the love we shared.
    During this webinar you’ll learn that feeling better is not a betrayal of your loved one nor does it minimize the importance of your relationship. We will share tips on how to engage in your life without feeling as if you are moving away from or forgetting them.
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  • Grief, Guilt and Self-Forgiveness
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    7:30 pm to 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, that’s just not how feelings work.When it comes to guilt and regret, it is important to reflect honestly on the reasons behind these feelings. Then we can use tools such as self-forgiveness to accept, integrate, and take the next steps on our journey. In this workshop you’ll learn how to soften the grip of guilt and use it to reveal what you most value in the face of heartbreak.
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Please call the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700 if you have any questions or would like more information.

What People Are Saying

"I enjoy the webinars because I can sit in my pjs and eat a bag of chips without others hearing me eat or even cry!"
"I appreciated that I was given permission to just listen. I ended up contributing a little bit but didn't feel pressured."
"I love how I can fit this program into my busy schedule...Once a month and online is perfect!"
"I received relevant information that really helps with my experience. Moderators and message were thoughtful and positive, which helped me listen and want to participate. I also liked hearing from others about their grief journey."
"The webinars are affirming. They have shown that things I am feeling are normal. There is no straight path through grief."
"Extremely helpful, thank you. Humbling to share in this profound mix of emotions with others on the path."