Categories: News and Events, Stephen Ministry


“Practical Tools for Befriending Those in the Neighborhood Who Are Ill or Grieving”

Speaker: Rev. Nancy McCranie, M.Div.
Director of Volunteer and Bereavement
Services at Hospice Austin

Monday, February 20
7:00 PM
Room 101

Nancy returns in February for a FRED Talk to speak about concrete tools for helping people. She will also discuss the role of caregiver and care for the caregiver.

The FRED Talk in March will be a road trip to visit Hospice Austin’s Christopher House at 2820 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. in Austin. That will be on Monday, March 20. Watch for more details in upcoming FirstWord issues and the weekly emails.

Nancy McCranie

She began working for Hospice Austin as a chaplain in 1996. She has been in her present position since 2009. The Volunteer Department—with more than 300 volunteers—touches almost every aspect of Hospice Austin, from direct patient care and bereavement to administrative support and special events. The Bereavement Department offers a wide array of grief support services to the community including Camp Brave Heart, Surviving the Holidays, Grief Support Groups, Grief Webinars, individual counseling, and community bereavement education. Nancy is a frequent speaker for area groups, leading discussions about end of life issues and the process of grieving a loss. (

Nancy is an ordained PCUSA minister and holds an M.Div. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is Chair of the Clinical Pastoral Education Committee at The Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals; on the board of The Griffin School; a member of Mission Presbytery; and Parish Associate for First Pres in Elgin.

The program is sponsored by FPC’s Stephen Ministry.