As you may be aware, in January of this year, I joined the board of The Austin Center for Grief & Loss. The impact that this organization has on those experiencing the trauma of losing a loved one is a natural fit for the work Quartz does with widows across the country. I am proud to be a servant for their efforts.
Since 2007 this organization has been providing grief support groups, individual bereavement therapy and therapy groups for families who are experiencing the death of a loved one. Adults meet in small groups organized according to the type of loss they are experiencing. Children and teens are grouped according to age. Camp Red Bird is a summer day camp especially for children who have lost a loved one. Support groups and therapy are offered on a sliding scale so that no one is turned away. Besides personal support, Austin Grief provides continuing education for mental health professionals in the Austin area and bereavement education programs for the general public.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Austin Grief is meeting the challenge of continuing to serve during this time of social distancing. We are exclusively utilizing telehealth services during this pandemic and are already providing therapy to people in need. In addition, we are broadly expanding our mental health services to meet the needs of people suffering extreme stress, anxiety, trauma, and other impacts due to loss of health, loss of jobs, and loss of social connectedness. In fact, Fox News recently produced a story reflecting these expanded services.
These are extreme times and I ask, along with your regular giving, that your family consider making a donation at https://www.austingrief.org/donate to support the vital efforts of this wonderful organization. I am happy to answer questions or provide further commentary on this organization.
Thank you for your consideration and please stay well.