Camp Kesem – is the only national organization that recognizes and understands the overlooked population of children affected by their parent's cancer. Student leaders at UT Austin spend all year fundraising and planning a magical week-long camp during the summer, which is provided free of cost. Camp Kesem also provides year long support for these children through reunions and events.
https://campkesem.org, (260) 225-3736
Grief Share – is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Find grieving groups near you to join.
Hand to Hold – helps families before, during, and after a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay and infant loss by providing powerful resources for the whole family, and most importantly, one-on-one mentoring from someone who has been there. Their resources include in-hospital programs, articles and blogs, podcasts, social networks and trained peer mentors. All were designed with the emotional, physical and social needs of the whole NICU family – including siblings and grandparents. NICU graduate and bereaved parents are trained as certified Peer Support Specialists through the state of Texas. These Ambassadors use their personal and professional experiences to ensure all Hand to Hold programs and services work for NICU families, at every step in the journey. Visit www.handtohold.org, (855) 424-6428
Hospice Austin – As the first hospice in Central Texas, Hospice Austin was established more than 30 years ago by a group of doctors and concerned citizens for the sole purpose of serving families. Since then, they have provided end-of-life care to any person who needs it, regardless of the complexity of the illness, cost of care, or a patient’s ability to pay. Hospice Austin also offers grief counseling, free relationship specific support groups, and events to support anybody in the community who is grieving.
www.hospiceaustin.org, (512) 342-4700
The Austin Center for Grief and Loss – is a non-profit organization focused on grief and trauma with the mission to assist children and adults as they move from loss to life, transforming their grief through therapy, support, education, training and consultation. They strive to help anyone in need of hope and healing. For those in need they offer a sliding fee scale and a care assistance program when funds are available.
www.austingrief.org, (512) 472-7878
The Christi Center – offers hope after the death of a loved one by providing support networks, community education, and therapeutic activities that are free, peer-based, and ongoing. By offering free, ongoing grief support groups that connect grieving children and adults with others who have experienced similar losses, they help the bereaved find hope and support for healing as they adjust to their "new normal."
www.christicenter.org, (512) 467-2600