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5-week 'Dinner and Grief: Life After Loss' support group program begins on Sept. 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
Sept. 23, 2013
Abel Rodriguez
SAN MARCOS, TX – How do you deal with your grief when you are struggling to understand it? The Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Family Grief Center invites the community to participate in its “Dinner and Grief: Life After Loss” support group program.
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 people to share their experiences and to support one another during this trying time.
Dinner is offered as part of the process to recognize the empty chair. There is no cost to the participant.
The support group will meet for five weeks, beginning on Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. 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.
Please RSVP to CTMC Bereavement Coordinator Abel Rodriguez, LMSW, LCDC, by calling (512) 754-0322 or e-mailing To learn about other support group opportunities at CTMC, visit
About CTMC
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 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, more than 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. 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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.