Austin brims with labor-of-love stories, but sometimes one of them reaches out and clutches the heart, hitting it like 1,700 volts of an emotional defibrillator. Susan and Don Cox lost their beloved daughter Christi to a drunken driver back in 1985. Instead of internalizing their devastation, they founded For the Love of Christi, a free grief support network, in the spirit of the ever-flowing resource of love that we all carry within, and with the wisdom that sharing stories of grief assists in the recalibration of hurt for those seeking solace. Every week, a number of groups – defined by region (East Austin, Williamson County, etc.), by loss, by age, or some other commonality (e.g., groups for kids, crime victims, teens, those who've suffered loss of spouse, and so on) – meet together with a facilitator to tell the stories of their loved ones. At times intimate, harrowing, and heartwarming but always, always patient, the groups offer a platform for what's in each and every participant's heart – for the love of love.
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