Loss of a Spouse or Partner

Heart Connections: Grief –Not Something You Get Over BUT Something You Can Get Through

Willie Nelson recently released a new song with these lyrics in the chorus.  I was on YouTube when I first saw it.  I clicked on it and as it unfolded, it was as if my heart was singing to me.  I lost my husband on January 26, 2018 to Stage 4 colon cancer.  He was …

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Heart Connections: Finding Total Peace and Forgiveness

Elaine Miller’s introduction to The Christi Center started back in 1999 when her husband died by suicide. With three children under 13, Elaine found her way to The Christi Center (then called For the Love of Christi) in spring of 1999. She spent 45 minutes on the phone with the person who answered it. “I …

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Heart Connections: You May Live with Sorrow, But You Don't Have to Live Sorrowfully

By Benny Jasso, Sr. – as told to Terri Schexnayder The Charreada (Mexican rodeo) was an event for our whole family.  My sons, Benny Jr. and Dennis, whom I began to train when they were young, would participate in the rodeo’s nine events. My wife Alice cooked and raised funds for many events. I loved …

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Bringing Bereavement Out of the Closet

by Laura Barron Recently I attended the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling’s conference in San Antonio. When I saw the lineup of topics, I jumped at the chance to attend the session entitled: BRINGING BEREAVEMENT OUT OF THE CLOSET: PARTNER/SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT AMONG LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS. In my short time interning at …

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Speaking Grief

Speaking Grief: How to respond when someone in your life loses someone they love  by Shana Rubenstein I have had the privilege of being a social work intern at the Christi Center since September. In this role, I have had learned from individuals of all ages grieving the death of loved ones. After a few months of assisting …

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February- Loss of a Spouse Month

This month, in honor of all the lost sweethearts out there, we will feature some writings from those who have lost their dearest partner. Everyone’s grief journey is different, but we hope that you will find something that will resonate with you. The Christi Center offers a Loss of a Spouse/Partner group during our Monday …

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"Tidings of Comfort and Hope": What Brings You Comfort and Hope?

Last Sunday, over 300 friends of The Christi Center gathered for our Annual Candlelight Remembrance Service. We host this event each year to give families a chance to come together during the busy (and often, difficult)  holiday season to remember and honor lost loved ones.  We hang photos of loved ones on our 20-ft tall …

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