Comforting and supporting families while honoring the lives of their children
Since 1993, RMHC CTX has helped families who have lost children due to illness or injury. Suffering the loss of a child is a devastating sorrow. At times, families faced with this tragic loss do not have the financial means to cover the cost of properly interring their child. Through our Healing Hearts program, families are provided burial assistance to help ease the financial burden.
Helping Families Cope
In Austin, RMHC CTX hosts bereavement counseling programs in a private space to help families who have lost children. Held in our Community Room, a certified counselor hosts six-week sessions for families at no cost.
Honoring the Lives of Children in our Memory Garden
To honor the life of the child, RMHC CTX presents families who have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms or who have participated in the bereavement support group with an engraved river rock. The rocks are placed in a tranquil memory garden at the Ronald McDonald House in Austin and at the Rose Garden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station, Texas. Families are always welcome to visit their child’s stone at both locations. We are deeply grateful to Carved Stone, Inc., T&L Stones, and Aggieland Grass and Stone for engraving and donating the memory garden stones for our families.
For more information on how to apply for burial assistance funds on behalf of families, contact a hospital social worker or chaplain where the child was receiving treatment. If the child passed at home, please contact the local police department’s victim services representative for information on the application process.
For more information about the bereavement support group in Austin, please contact Worth Kilcrease.
For more information about bereavement support in Bryan-College Station and surrounding areas, contact Katy Scott, our Director of Community Engagement Brazos Valley at [email protected].
Did you know?
- Since inception, Healing Hearts has provided more than $850,000 in burial assistance funds and bereavement support groups
- In 2016, Healing Hearts supported 156 families
WHAT WE DO
Providing comfort and support to families with sick children