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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, Director of Volunteer and Bereavement Services Nancy McCranie, and Hospice Austin volunteer Garrick Cowell.

  • 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.
  • Garrick Colwell – Garrick has been a hospice volunteer since 1987 and has served as a volunteer on-call hospital and hospice chaplain. In addition to co-facilitating Conversations on Grief, he is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and a Respecting Choices® First Steps® ACP Instructor and Facilitator. Garrick is the CEO and one of the Co-Creators of Kitchen Table Conversations, a non-profit providing educational workshops and resources that empower Central Texans to have end-of-life conversations with their loved ones and healthcare providers.

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.

  • Caring for Others While you Grieve
    Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Join us to talk about discerning and clarifying your own needs and priorities as well as learning about the needs of others who you care for. We will discuss how to realize and actualize the space that is available for both ourselves and others while we grieve.
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  • Grief and Healing: Setting Your Intentions for the New Year
    Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    There comes a time in our grief journey when we are ready to make changes in how we choose to grieve and heal. Change begins with choice, and choice is fueled by intention. The courage to act and a willingness to allow ourselves to adjust how we proceed will bring healing. During this workshop you’ll learn how to identify your intentions, choose the changes you want to make and how to use the “measure to learn” technique to stay on track in the year ahead.
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  • The Power of Gratitude in Grief
    Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Gratitude and grief are not two words you normally use when talking about loss. After all, how is possible you could 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.
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  • Grief: The Demanding and Uninvited Guest
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
    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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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!"
-L.C.
"I appreciated that I was given permission to just listen. I ended up contributing a little bit but didn't feel pressured."
-S.S.
"I love how I can fit this program into my busy schedule...Once a month and online is perfect!"
-S.M.
"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."
-A.H.
"The webinars are affirming. They have shown that things I am feeling are normal. There is no straight path through grief."
-L.G.
"Extremely helpful, thank you. Humbling to share in this profound mix of emotions with others on the path."
-K.N.