Red Bird Center Newsletter
Red Bird Center 
     A Place of Hope and Caring
         Bereavement and Loss  Counseling 

Summer 2013
              OUR                    THERAPISTS

Marjorie A.Kosoy Ed.D.
Sheryl Levin M.Ed., L.P.C. 


Announcing our  Groups:
Loss of a Spouse
This group meets alternate Tuesdays at 12:30-1:30p.m.


Embracing Life After the Suicide of a Loved One
This group meets alternate Tuesday evenings at 6:15-7:15p.m.
When Your Best Friend Isn't Enough
This group is designed for older adolescents and young adults who have experienced losses in their lives.
This group meets alternate Tuesday evenings at 6:15-7:15p.m.




  If you would like information about our groups, please contact  us at  (713)-621-2700.

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Last weekend, a very unusual, but quite moving phenomenon occurred. Scott Simon the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday tweeted about the final days of his mother's life in ICU. He said he didn't start out expecting to do this, but he found her reactions and his own so moving that he wanted to share them. Simon commented that he did not tweet anything that he didn't think she would be totally comfortable with.


It is not new to write about death Simon pointed out in an interview, but it is new to use this very immediate form of communication. There is a different kind of power in his words and in the immediacy of his feelings. Simon's actions again raised the issue and started the discussion about what is helpful and what is acceptable to talk about in the face of grief.


So many of you have shared with us that one of the most difficult parts of the grief process is that nobody is comfortable with your pain. Many people have told us that even their closest friends do not really want to hear about their sadness and loneliness. Yet this is all the mourner really wants to talk about. Simon said that he did not share everything and that is appropriate, but he did model that it is acceptable to feel deep sorrow and to talk about deep sorrow. We thank him for this.


Simon's mother was not a young woman, but that did not matter. She was his mother, and he loved her dearly. The loss of a parent is painful no matter what our age or his or her age. Simon will mourn his mother even as he was able to appreciate her wisdom and her strength.


Simon's final tweet after his mother's death is quoted from Shakespeare. "She will make the face of heaven shine so fine that all the world will be in love with the night."


Scott Simon, thank you for helping so many of us talk about our own grief and giving voice to our own thoughts about those we have loved and had to let go into that night. We hope that our memories will help us see their lights.

Red Bird Center Provides:
Individual Counseling
Groups for Bereaved: Parents, Spouses, Young Adults, Suicide Survivors
Red Bird Center facilitators have been called on to assist in community crises. We are there when a community is mourning the loss of a child or parent or co-worker.
We have counseled: groups of school children, teachers, administrators and parents. We have helped businesses, trained hospital social workers, as well as lay ministers at various Churches.

Red Bird Center is grateful for donations recently received from:
The Walmart Foundation
The Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation Fund of the Austin Community Foundation
The Morris Glesby Foundation
The Edith and Robert Zinn Charitable Fund
Abby and Ed Grinberg
Victoria Grant
Many who come to our Center do not have the financial ability to pay. We do not turn anyone away. We need your help to continue our work and to expand our services.
Please click on Donate Now to make your tax deductible gift to Red Bird Center.
You may also send a check to:
Red Bird Center
6300 West Loop South, Suite 240
Bellaire, TX 77401

6300 West Loop South
Suite 240
Bellaire, TX 77401
Ph: 713.621.2700
 RBC is a tax exempt organization under code 501 (c) (3) of the internal revenue code.