Support Groups

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. 

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.

Living Through Loss, April 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, April 5th, 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

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, March 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: March 15th, 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, March Group

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.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, February 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: February 15th, 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, February Group

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 February 8th and February 15th 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.

February 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.

Living Through Loss, February 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. Topics vary by month.

  • When: Wednesday, February 1st, 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

January Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on January 26, 2017, at JW Foods/Deli, 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/Deli 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.