The Christi Center has been a free resource for grieving Central Texans for 30 years by providing free, ongoing grief support groups. The center provides the space for you to build your support network, by connecting you with others who have had a similar loss. All faiths, backgrounds, and ages (beginning at age five) are welcome.
The organization offers 35 peer-based grief support groups a month in Austin and Georgetown for any type of death loss, with specialized groups for loss of a child, loss of a spouse, loss to suicide, and loss to crime. We also serve children (ages 5-12), teens (13-19) and young adults (18+). Each group is led by a trained peer facilitator who has also had a loss. For our kids, teens, and young adult groups, the group is led by a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
The Christi Center helps build wellbeing by offering people who have experienced the death of a loved one the opportunity to connect with others. When grief is not endured in isolation or ignored, our community is stronger, and helps our clients weather all of life’s storms. The center offers support groups where people connect and find a safe space to explore the emotions that are part of the grief process, activities to help maintain a healthy relationship with the deceased, and community education so that we are all better equipped to help the grieving people in our lives. Understanding that grief does not have a cure, but requires ongoing maintenance, services are available for however long they are needed, and are always free of charge. The Christi Center serves kids, teens, and adults, supporting people at all stages of the life cycle, in order to build a healthier culture around death and grief.
The vision of The Christi Center is that no one should have to grieve alone.
In 2017, we:
Provided 3,555 hours of free grief support - at our two locations in Austin and Georgetown and onsite at local schools.
Trained 1,138 helping professionals on grief and bereavement to better equip them to support the bereaved.
Shared 2,955 copies of our "Coping With Grief" booklet.
Helped over 600 children and adults find hope for healing through connection with others.