Bereavement Support

June Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on June 22, 2017, at 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.  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 Donita.Hermsen@IowaCityHospice.org.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, June Group

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: June 21st, 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.

Grieving Your Spouse, June Groups

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 julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.

May Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on May 25, 2017, at J.W Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona, 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.  JW Foods 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 Donita.Hermsen@IowaCityHospice.org.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, May Group

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: May 17th, 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.

Grieving Your Spouse, May Groups

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 julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.

Living Through Loss, May 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 vary by month.

When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 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

May 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 meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month 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 Steve Siglin at 319-351-5665, steve.siglin@iowacityhospice.org or Jeff Kellbach at 319-339-6162, jkellbach@abbe.org.

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. 

Registration for Kamp Kaleidoscope is now open

Kamp Kaleidoscope is a one day camp designed to provide support and education to grieving school aged students. The goal of Kamp Kaleidoscope is to help children understand more about grief and to normalize their feelings in a caring, supportive atmosphere. The camp will offer participants the opportunity to share how they feel among others who have experienced a similar loss.

There will be a variety of activities throughout the day including small group discussions, music, memory making as well as a closing ceremony that will include family members. Kamp Kaleidoscope will be facilitated by Iowa City Hospice bereavement counselors and trained volunteers.

The camp will be held on Saturday, June 10th, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at River Community Church, 3001 Muscatine Ave., Iowa City. Registration is required.

Contact Julie Bockenstedt at 319-351-5665 or julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org for more information or to register.

You may be gone from my sight, but you are never gone from my heart! – Winnie the Pooh

April Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on April 27, 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 Donita.Hermsen@IowaCityHospice.org.