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Bereavement Luncheon – Muscatine

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on August 24th, 2017, at The Farmer’s Diner, 2300 Park Ave, Muscatine, IA at 11:30am. Please join us for lunch if you have experienced a loss and want to connect with other bereaved.

Many people who are struggling with grief and loss find it helpful to have social outlets, such as this luncheon, where support is available. This luncheon provides an opportunity for bereaved to meet one another and share common experiences. We have tables reserved especially for this group and you will be greeted by Iowa City Hospice staff.

This luncheon is ongoing, meeting every other month. The Farmer’s Diner offers a wide variety of delicious and affordable meals.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Donita Hermsen, Bereavement Counselor, at 319-688-4206 or by e-mail at

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – August Meeting

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. It is a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: August 16th, 2017
Time: 5:15-6:30pm
Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA

For more information about Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, call 319-388-8171.

Volunteer Training

We are seeking warm and compassionate people to serve as hospice volunteers. Duties include simple acts, like sitting and talking or holding a hand, that have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. Hospice volunteers who work with patients and families go wherever the patient is, including a private home, a long-term care facility or a hospital. Hospice is the type of care being provided, not the location.

We provide the information and confidence you need through a 14-hour training program that takes place over two days, as approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we have an upcoming training session scheduled. Please visit fill out an application and call us at (319) 351-5665 to register.

Friday, August 25th and Saturday, August 26th

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mercy Medical Plaza

520 Jefferson St., Iowa City

Contact ICH volunteer coordinators Emily Moon or Ann Coe with questions at (319) 351-5665.

Grieving Your Spouse – August Programs

According to grief expert Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, there are certain needs we have when we are grieving. There is a need for the bereaved to express their grief in some way whether verbally or in another way. We need to respect what our bodies and minds are telling us and learn to nurture ourselves, whether we are experiencing a multitude of emotions or numbness.

Grieving Your Spouse is a professionally led ongoing support group for people whose spouse or significant other has died in the last three years. The group is set up to help the grieving partner reconcile the loss. In the group, we not only learn from others who are also grieving but also have an opportunity to process our own grief. This is also a great opportunity to network with others who understand what you are going through.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at the Iowa City Hospice offices at 1025 Wade Street in Iowa City 52240.

To RSVP or for more information contact Julie Bockenstedt at 319-688-4217 or

Living Through Loss – August Program

Living Through Loss (LTL) is an educational program for bereaved individuals that provides a supportive environment to receive education, support and resources to help with loss. Topic varies by month.

When: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Time: 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Call 319-338-9171 for more information about Living Through Loss.

Sponsored by: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services


August Caregiver Support Groups

Iowa City Hospice recognizes the immense value of family caregivers and strives to sustain them in their roles through support and education. Iowa City Hospice and Pathways Adult Day Health Center offer a support group for caregivers that are open and free to all community members at any point in their care giving journey.

The Caregiver Support Group offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

The group will meet on Wednesday, August 2, and Wednesday, August 16, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Hwy 218 South, Iowa City, 52246.

For more information on support groups contact Polly Porter at 319-351-5665, or Jeff Kellbach at 319-339-6162,

Free respite care is available during the support group at Pathways Adult Day Health Center, with a reservation. To make a reservation for the free respite, call 319-339-6162.