Support Groups

Bereavement Luncheon in Muscatine

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals looking to connect with others who have experienced a loss.

Details

Where: The Farmer’s Diner, 2300 Park Ave, Muscatine, IA

When: October 26th, 2017

Time: 11:30 a.m.

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 our Bereavement Counselor at 319-351-5665.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow – October Session

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: October 18th, 2017
Time: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA

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

Grieving Your Spouse – October 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.

When: Wednesday, October 11 and Wednesday, October 25

Where: Iowa City Hospice 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, 52240

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information contact Julie Bockenstedt at 319-688-4217 or julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.

Living Through Loss

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. Discussion topics vary by month.

When: Wednesday, October 4th

Time: 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Call 319-338-9171 for more information.

Sponsored by: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Services

Caregiver Support Groups – October

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 Wednesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 18, 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, polly.porter@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. 

Kamp Kaleidoscope

Please join us for a day designed to provide children a fun and therapeutic way to share with others who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Bereavement staff at Iowa City Hospice recognize the need to assist area youth through this difficult time. Kamp Kaleidoscope is staffed by professionals and volunteers trained to facilitate the camp experience.

Camp participants have the opportunity to share how they feel with their peers, as well as receive education and support. Camp participants can look forward to many activities that are selected to provide a better understanding of the grieving process and help youth recognize healthy ways to express their feelings.

There is no cost to attend. To register or for more information, contact Julie Bockenstedt or Angela Dieckman at (319) 351-5665.

**Please pre-register by October 16, 2017**

Date: October 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM (Lunch is included)

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

Who: Children ages Kindergarten – High School

September Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on September 28, 2017. Please join us for lunch if you have experienced a loss and want to connect with other bereaved.

Details

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona, IA

When: Thursday, September 28th at 11:30 a.m.

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 our bereavement counselor at 319-351-5665.

Understanding Your Grief, 7-Session Group

“I heal, in part, by allowing others to express their love for me. By choosing to invite others into my journey, I move toward health and healing. If I hide from others, I hide from healing.” – A. Wolfelt, author

Iowa City Hospice is offering a seven session grief support program open to adults in the community and surrounding area who are dealing with the death of a loved one. This group will consist of no more than 8-10 individuals who will attend and complete a seven session program together.

  • Where: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240
  • When: October 5, 2017 – November 16, 2017 (7 weekly sessions, each Thursday)
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, please contact Shannon Napier or Julie Bockenstedt at 319-351-5665.

 

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – September Session

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: September 20th, 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 – September 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 julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org.