Loss and Grief in the Black Community

As we celebrate and honor Black History Month, we are sharing a variety of resources with the goal of educating our community on the differences of grief and enhancing our efforts to better serve our communities. The following literature provides important perspectives and unique cultural considerations about grief in the Black community. The Relentlessness of …

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Grief and Sleep – It's Not Just for Kids

Recently, our Kids Who Kare Coordinator Christi Neville, LPC shared this information with the caregivers of children who attend these groups. Since grief affects sleep for all of us, not just in children, we thought it would be helpful to share with you.  Recently at one of our groups, the kids were asked how they …

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Dia de los Muertos

by Christi Neville, LPC This week’s Kids Who Kare group will be in keeping with our October theme: continuing our bond with our departed loved one, expressed in small group sharing, and creating a Dia de los Muertos “altar” to honor that special person.    Witnessing this process during our last group was inspiring.  In …

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Reading, Writing, and Lessons of the Heart

by Christi Neville, LPC Sending our kids back to school has given me the opportunity to reflect on the many parallels between the classroom and grief.  Our culture places heavy emphasis on quantifiable learning…almost daily, we teach our children valuable skills in math, reading, science, and athletics…lessons that are often visible, tangible, or at least …

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A Practice in Love: Animal Therapy

One can’t argue against the prominence of animal love around us. Between well-supported charities and the number of dog-friendly establishments in Austin, animals are obviously well-received. However, did you know that research is finding that keeping animals as company can be therapeutic? For both physical and emotional therapy, animals are … Continue reading