10 years of turning grief into healing at Austin Center for Grief & Loss
The members of the loss of a spouse or partner support group at the Austin Center for Grief & Loss gather in a circle. They light a candle to represent what brings them together. They do a deep-breathing exercise.
“We’re holding our group,” says Lori Pelliccia, assistant clinical director and staff therapist, as she leads them. “We’re holding our loved one.”
Across the parking lot, in the center’s annex, Jake George and Marisol Pineyro, both 6, are building model volcanoes out of aluminum foil and play dough. They pour baking soda into a cup and then add paint and vinegar. They watch the volcanoes bubble up and overflow. Both children are dealing with the death of a family member, and the volunteer facilitators at the center are trying to create a safe place to teach them about feelings.
This place, and the healing it brings to so many, wouldn’t be here today if not for Khris Ford and a deeply personal loss she and her family experienced 28 years ago.