Bereavement and Loss Counseling
A Place of Hope and Caring

  Many people report that, while deep in grief, they have been visited by red birds. The red bird, they tell us, provided comfort and a connection to the loved one they had lost. According to a sacred Cherokee story, the sun's daughter was killed, but returned to her mother in the form of a red bird.
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Red Bird Center developed naturally, in response to a great need in our community. In the wake of loss, people in grief need a place to come where they know they will find understanding and comfort. The sensitive professionals with the Center, along with others experiencing grief, create this much needed haven. Red Bird Center is a place for children and adults of all ages, grieving the loss of any relationship. You can help support the work of the Red Bird Center - DONATE NOW

Radio Show Appearance
On Sunday, February 5, 2012, Marjorie A. Kosoy, Ed.D., Psychologist and Sheryl Levin, M.Ed., LPC from Red Bird Center were guests on Pastor David Schultz's radio show on The Word, KKHT. The discussion covered the many aspects of the grief process including: how we grieve and what to say to a grieving friend. Listen to a recording of this discussion HERE. (please allow time for the audio file to open properly, it is a large file)

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Situation-Specific Grief Groups: Situation-specific groups enable those in grief to connect with others who share similar losses. Therapists trained in bereavement couseling (also known as grief counseling) lead all groups. These groups focus on: infant loss; loss of a father or mother; loss of an adult child; loss from suicide; loss of a spouse.
Crisis Intervention- Teams of professionals are available when families, schools, businesses, or other groups are suddenly faced with loss.  The teams help those in stress situations to make appropriate decisions and to handle the complexities of the acute grief stage.
Individual and Family Therapy - Red Bird Center therapists guide those in grief through the varied tasks of grief.

Community Education - Red Bird Center therapists educate healthcare professionals, educators and businesses about the latest developments in the field of death and dying.

Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social and philosophical dimensions. Common to human experience is the death of a loved one, whether it be a friend, family, or other close companion. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement often refers to the state of loss and grief to the reaction to loss. Losses can range from loss of employment, pets, status, a sense of safety, order or possessions to the loss of the people nearest to us. Our response to loss is varied and researchers have moved away from conventional views of grief (that is, that people move through an orderly and predictable series of responses to loss) to one that considers the wide variety of responses that are influenced by personality, family, culture, and spiritual and religious beliefs and practices.

Bereavement, while a normal part of life for us all, carries a degree of risk when limited support is available. Severe reactions to loss may carry over into familial relations and cause trauma for children, spouses and any other family members. Many forms of what we term 'mental illness' have loss as their root, but are covered by many years and circumstances that often goes unnoticed. Issues of personal faith and beliefs may also face challenge, as bereaved persons reassess personal definitions in the face of great pain. While many who grieve are able to work through their loss independently, accessing additional support from bereavement professionals may promote the process of healing. Grief counseling, professional support groups or educational classes, and peer-led support groups are primary resources available to the bereaved.


Marjorie A. Kosoy, Ed.D., Psychologist has been in private practice for over 20 years working with children and adults. One of her main areas of expertise is bereavement counseling. Active in the Houston Community, she consults with several private schools.

Sheryl Levin, M.Ed., LPC has been in practice for over 10 years. Her strong developmental background provides expertise in working with children and adolescents.

Red Bird Center understands loss, and offers a variety of services related to grief.

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