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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.

  • Stigmas, Myths and Misconceptions
    Wednesday, September 12, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    What are the stigmas, myths and misconceptions of grief? Which ones have you and others placed on you and your grief? Are these beliefs and expectations helpful and compassionate? We believe each person has the right to define their own grief experience. We also believe that although grief is a difficult and personal experience, healing comes from exploring and talking about it in an open and non-judgmental environment.
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  • There’s Nothing Wrong With You, How to Recover from Loss When You’re Heartbroken
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    We are hardwired as humans to connect with each other and we are hardwired to grieve when we experience a loss. In grief there is no timetable, roadmap or instruction book, and unfortunately we cannot fast-forward through the pain. However by honoring and experiencing your grief, you can find healing, joy, forgiveness and hope. Join us to talk about what the experience of grief can reveal and how we can find our way through it.
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  • How to Grieve, Decorate, and Deep Fry Your Turkey
    Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    As fall begins and the holidays begin to stack up, you may find yourself wishing you could go into hibernation until after Valentine’s Day. In this webinar we will discuss how to survive the holidays with a broken heart by sifting out what is important and making a plan that works for you.
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  • Caring for Others While You Grieve
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    It can feel as though you have to choose between giving yourself space to grieve and supporting loved ones who are grieving. Join us to clarify and discern your own needs and priorities as well as how to learn about the needs and priorities of your loved ones. We will looks at ways to love, care for and listen to yourself while also caring for others.
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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.