Archives for Iowa City Hospice

July Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, July 4

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, July 11

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, July 18

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Wednesday, July 25

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

June Event Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, June 6

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, June 13

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, June 20

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Wednesday, June 27

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, June 28

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

 

What does it mean to be a hospice volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities at Iowa City Hospice are as diverse as the patients they serve. Some provide service directly for patients and families while others do office support work, but all take part in providing dignity for patients as they near the end of their lives.

“My first experience with hospice was in the last days of my mother-in-law’s life back in 2009,” says Pam Jarvis. “I was very impressed with the warm, loving care they shared with my family.”

After this interaction, Pam decided to become a hospice volunteer herself.

“The other day I was driving home from an afternoon with a patient and I was just overcome with a sense of honor. This is a very fulfilling thing to do. It means a lot to the family for someone to be there with their loved one. It takes you completely out of yourself.”

Volunteer Coordinator Emily Moon hears stories like Pam’s time and time again in her training sessions.

“Quite a few of our volunteers came to us after a personal experience with hospice,” she says. “They feel it’s important to give back to others what they’ve been given.”

Volunteers providing direct patient care must pass a background check, take part in a 14-hour training program approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, complete time sheets, and make a one-year commitment.

“This isn’t the kind of volunteer work you do on a whim,” Emily mentions. “There’s lot of paperwork and training and a significant time commitment. But rather than deterring people, we seem to draw the most committed volunteers. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to give our patients and families what they need.”

Beyond patient and family care, there is a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at Iowa City Hospice. Some interview patients to gather photos and stories for memory books and recorded narratives as a Legacy Project Volunteer. The “We Honor Veterans” program creates opportunities for patients to share their military experiences. Other volunteers may spend their time in our office assisting with administrative or development tasks, or out in the community providing education about our services. There’s even volunteers who work exclusively to care for patient’s animals as a Pet Peace of Mind Volunteer.

Anyone interested in volunteering at Iowa City Hospice begins by completing an online volunteer application. You will indicate your areas of interest and availability. Hospice is the type of care being provided, not the location, so hospice volunteers work with patients and families wherever they are, including private homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals.

Hospice volunteers perform ordinary acts in an extraordinary time in people’s lives. For many, their volunteer time is simply spent sitting and talking with a patient, offering them a smile or a hug. But those simple interactions take on new meaning, providing dignity and joy in the twilight of an individual’s life.

May Event Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, May 2

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, May 9

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, May 16

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Honoring Your Wishes Respecting Choices Last Steps Workshop –

Honoring Your Wishes hosts this workship to help participants learn the skills necessary to initiate IPOST concversations with the frail and elderly and eople affected by a terminal illness or chronic critical medical condition, assist in making informed health care decisions, create written documents, and improve the effectiveness of the IPOST paradigm. Intended audience is health care professionals. Register here.

When: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hills Bank and Trust Company, 1401 S Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Contact: Jane Dohrmann, 319-688-4214, jane.dohrmann@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, May 23

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, May 24

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

 

Why we “Walk for Dignity”

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more determined pair than Martha Lubaroff and Mary Child in 1979. Members of both of their families had recently become seriously ill and that experience motivated them to make quality hospice care available to anyone who needed it. The women recruited a task force of community members and charged them with finding a way to provide practical, compassionate support to enhance quality of life for terminally ill people.

With widespread community support over the following years, they created a board of directors, hired a medical director and patient care coordinator, and trained their first class of volunteers. In March 1983, they cared for their first patient.

What started as a small group of volunteers quickly flourished into a certified not-for-profit hospice organization. Reimbursement from insurance covers most of Iowa City Hospice’s expenses, but they also offer programs that go above and beyond Medicare’s hospice requirements – things like music therapy, targeted bereavement programs and special volunteer programs. Donor support makes these programs possible, allowing Iowa City Hospice to be an innovative leader among hospice organizations.

Fun runs and walks are such a common fundraising method today that almost everybody has a few old 5K t-shirts in their closet. But that hasn’t always been the case. In 2000, Iowa City Hospice created one of the first events of its kind in the Iowa City community: The Walk for Dignity.

The Walk usually starts in the early afternoon on a sunny spring Sunday. People start showing up a few hours earlier to drop of the donations, chat with hospice staff and volunteers, and take part in the memorial service. Some years there’s been a dinner in the evening. Other times there’s been a musical performance before the start.

But the format isn’t what keeps people coming back each spring.

Iowa City Hospice serves around 600 patients every year. Multiply that by 35 years and you suddenly have a large community of people who’ve been impacted by hospice at intimate and pivotal points in their lives. The Walk for Dignity gives that community a chance to come together, honor those who are no longer with us, and provide means for others to receive the same care.

We hope you are able to join us this year for our 19th Annual Walk for Dignity on Sunday, April 22 at Willow Creek Park. For information on the day’s activities, walk route, fundraising, and team registration, click here. We appreciate your support in making compassionate hospice care available in our seven-county region for years to come.

April Event Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, April 4

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Saturday, April 7

Kamp Kaleidoscope –

A professionally led one-day camp for children and teens between the ages of 5-17 who have lost a loved one. Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided. No cost to attend.

When: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Where: River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City

Details: Pre-registration required by March 29, 2018

Contact: To register or for more information, contact Julie Bockenstedt or Kimberly Peterson at (319) 351-5665.

 

Wednesday, April 11

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14

Volunteer Training –

Patient and Family Volunteers provide companionship and support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. To provide this service, volunteers must go through a 14-hour training program approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

Contact: Emily Moon or Ann Coe, Volunteer Coordinators at 319-351-5665

 

Wednesday, April 18

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Sunday, April 22

Walk for Dignity –

An annual community event that fives families and friends an opportunity to remember and honor the memories of their loved ones, celebrate life and show support for Iowa City Hospice.

When: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Details: Donation drop-off starts at 11:00 a.m.

Contact: Judy Frits, 319-688-4213 or judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org

 

Spring Memorial Service –

Please join us as we honor patients cared for by Iowa City Hospice who have died during the past fall and winter. We encourage you to bring a picture, story or memento of your loved one to share during the service.

When: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Contact: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, April 25

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, April 26

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

 

A social worker’s role in hospice care

Every person has the right to decide how to live their life — even as they are approaching the end of it. It’s a freedom that social workers in hospice and palliative care organizations work hard to protect.

Generally speaking, a social worker is an advocate. They provide resources, support and education for their patients or clients in fields like health care, substance use disorders, child welfare, genetics and more. They can operate on a micro level, working one-on-one with patients, or on a macro level, working on policy proposals and strategic development.

But when it comes to hospice care, the social workers at Iowa City Hospice have a focused goal – to provide excellent end of life care to anyone.

A day in the life

Each social worker is responsible for coordinating care for a caseload of patients, as part of an interdisciplinary team. That process begins with an initial assessment where the social worker learns about each patient’s goals and wishes for their final months.

Throughout the meeting, the social worker is evaluating the patient’s emotional, spiritual, financial and legal needs. Maybe they need a caregiver. Maybe they need special medical equipment they can’t afford. Maybe they need to write a set of letters for their young children. No matter the case, the patient’s wishes are the guiding tenant for determining the type of care hospice will provide.

The social worker then coordinates with their interdisciplinary team, which includes a chaplain, nurse, aide, physician, and music therapist. They figure out how to connect with or provide the resources the patient needs. As long as a person is alert and able to make decisions, the team honors those decisions. It’s the social workers job to remind the team to focus on what the patient wants, versus what the team thinks is right.

Social workers on staff

Iowa City Hospice has a staff of 65 people including clinical nurses, aides, physicians, social workers, office staff and management. Of those 65, six are social workers, all of whom have a masters in social work. After they have been on staff for three years, Iowa City Hospice requires their social workers to apply for their advanced certification in hospice and palliative care, offered by the National Association of Social Workers and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Iowa City Hospice encourages all of their employees to pursue advanced degrees and certifications, as it allows them to better serve their patients.

Not all social workers consider themselves counselors, but hospice social workers certainly do. It’s their job to be a listening ear for patients and their families. Hospice care is about more than a patient’s physical needs. It’s about taking the difficult reality of a life ending and turning it into one final opportunity for respect and understanding.

Music Therapy

This week marks two special celebrations: Iowa Music Therapy Awareness Week and on March 1st, World Music Therapy Day. There are over 7,500 board certified music therapists currently working in the United States. According to the annual workforce analysis, completed by the American Music Therapy Association, the number of music therapists working in hospice and bereavement services has doubled in the past five years. Iowa City Hospice has three board certified music therapists on staff and has had music therapy as a part of our interdisciplinary team since 2005.

Unlike the doctor, nurse, social worker, or chaplain, the role of music therapists in hospice care may not be as well known. Music therapists are experts in the intentional use of live and recorded patient preferred music to address physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. One common misconception is that individuals require formal music training to benefit from music therapy services. However, music therapy is a present, in-the-moment experience that focuses on uncovering and growing through each person’s unique relationship to music and relationships to others through music. Patients and families can experience music therapy as a solely receptive experience by listening to the music provided by the music therapist, but commonly conversations arise and engagement through creative expression occurs.

The following are two examples of different patient experiences with music therapy in Iowa City Hospice care. Names and details have been changed to respect confidentiality.

Donna had cancer and was pleasantly confused due to dementia. The interdisciplinary team had observed her agitation and brought music therapy into her care to increase relaxation and comfort. During the first visit, she responded with a bright smile, direct eye contact, and said, “That would be lovely” to the offer of live music. The music therapist visited twice a month and used live music to enhance communication and provide access to long-term memories. Donna loved big band music. She would tap her fingers, bob her head to the rhythm, and mouth an occasional phrase to a song. Hearing the songs of her youth brought back memories, and she spoke about the many hours spent at the roller skating rink in her hometown. It was where she met her husband who had died several years ago. Music took her to happier times and allowed her to relive those memories, which in turn helped to distract her from pain and calmed her agitation. She told the music therapist at the close of one visit, “I don’t have many things I enjoy, but music is one of them.”

Mark was a husband with young children. He had cancer and his life was ending far earlier than he or his family anticipated. Music therapy provided a space for the family to continue to create special memories through making music together. A family song was written over the course of several music therapy sessions, each verse provided details about each family member and the uniqueness that they brought to the family experience. There were many emotions expressed through the creation of this song and it was intended to be recorded during the next visit. However, Mark died before this visit was able to take place. Several weeks after his death, his wife and children recorded the song as a memory in his honor.

March Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, March 7

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, March 14

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, March 21

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care: Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Thursday, March 22

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, March 28

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

 

 

February Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, February 7

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

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

When: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, February 14

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, February 21

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care: Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Honoring Your Wishes: Respecting Choices First Steps®

Honoring Your Wishes hosts this workshop to assist participants in learning effective communication and interview skills for person-centered advance care planning (ACP) facilitation. The intended audience is health care professionals and community health leaders.

When: Registration at 7:45. Program from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hills Bank & Trust Community Room, 1401 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City

Details: Course objectives and registration.

Contact: Jane Dohrmann, Director of Honoring Your Wishes, 319-688-4214, jane.dohrmann@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, February 22

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, February 28

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org