November 18, 2014
Join CTMC Family Grief Center for free December support group programs
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS – The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center invites the community to participate in its free support group programs. There are two different support groups that will begin in December. ###
“The holidays will be soon upon us, and preparing for them can be difficult, especially for those who have suffered a recent loss,” said CTMC Bereavement Coordinator Abel Rodriguez, LMSW, LCDC.
The “Dinner and Grief: Life After Loss” support group program will start its 5-week series on Dec. 1 from 6 to 7:45 p.m., meeting each Monday night through Dec. 29.
Life After Loss is a program designed by the American Cancer Society to help bereaved people better understand the process of their grief and how to live through it in a healing way. It also provides a place for anyone who has lost a loved one or dear friend to share their experiences and to support one another during this trying time. Survivors of non-cancer deaths are also welcome to attend the support group.
Another support group will focus on those who have been affected by a suicide. The “Life After Death by Suicide” support group specializes in helping people cope after a loved one has taken their own life. This 5-week series will begin on Dec. 3 and take place each Wednesday from 6 to 7:45 p.m. through Dec. 31.
At both support groups, dinner is offered as part of the process to recognize the empty chair. There is no cost to the participant.
Both support groups will meet at the CTMC Family Grief Center, located at 1313 IH-35 North in San Marcos. A combination of teaching, discussion and learning activities are used in the groups.
To register for a group, please contact Rodriguez at (512) 754-0322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.