Bereavement support and burial assistance for families
HOPE Support Group
The HOPE Support Group of Healing Hearts provides free bereavement support to help families that have experienced perinatal and infant loss. The complimentary six-week program is held throughout the year on Monday evenings in private spaces at the Ronald McDonald House. Session dates will vary and at least four individuals must participate in order to schedule a six-week session. To participate in The HOPE Support Group, please complete the HOPE group interest form. Please contact [email protected] for an accessible version of the HOPE form. In Austin, RMHC CTX currently partners with Jessica McDaniel, a licensed bereavement counselor.
For Brazos Valley families, RMHC CTX partners with certified bereavement counselors from Hospice Brazos Valley, and Mending Hearts Grief Center. Families will be referred to those organizations for services.
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.
For more information on 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 Healing Hearts, please contact [email protected].
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 to be placed in the memory gardens at the Ronald McDonald House in Austin and at the Rose Garden at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in College Station, Texas. Families are 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.
The HOPE Seminar -- Support for Perinatal & Infant Loss
RMHC CTX and Tatum’s Love Foundation are hosting The HOPE Seminar on October 21, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM at The Austin Stone – North Campus in Austin, TX. The seminar will explore common grief reactions, perinatal loss specific reactions and the aftermath of these losses. The complimentary event is open to couples or individuals who have suffered miscarriage, stillbirth, medically based termination and early infant death. The HOPE Seminar is secular/non-faith based. Please RSVP by completing this form by October 14, 2017.
Fathers for HOPE Candle Drive
To honor National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month in October, Fathers for HOPE are hosting a candle drive to purchase and place candles in comfort boxes that are given to families who have a lost a child. To make a donation for the purchase of the candles please visit Tatum’s Love Foundation.
HOPE Support Groups
Complimentary six-week sessions are held on Monday evenings at the Ronald McDonald House. Four participants must be registered for each session. To registered, please complete the HOPE Group interest form.
WHAT WE DO
Providing comfort and support to families with sick children