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March Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on March 23, 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. J.W. 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.

18th Annual Walk for Dignity

Come join us at our 18th Annual Walk for Dignity!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 1:00 pm at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City.

  • Donation drop-off starts at 11 am.
  • Time of Remembrance at 11:30 am.
  • Fun activities begin at noon.
  • Walk begins at 1 pm.

For more details, information or to get involved, please email or call Judy Frits at 319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052, or use any of the following resources:

MEET OUR 2017 HONORARY FAMILY: Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club of Iowa City

Every year I look forward to the participation of Classy Chassy Cruisers. They have been represented at the Walk since 2006 and team members have solicited over $12,000 outside of the donations from their organization. These wonderful people truly support us and the community.” — Judy Frits, ICH Walk Coordinator

Maybe you’ve seen a local cruise-in: an array of gleaming cars in a mall parking lot on a balmy Friday evening. The line-up includes well-loved cars and trucks of all ages and all colors, from classics sporting large tail fins to sleek convertibles to dragsters and even pedal cars.

Sound familiar? You probably saw the Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club of Iowa City. These car enthusiasts keep a busy calendar of auto shows, tours, parades, and social events all year ‘round. But in addition to sharing their enjoyment of autos and their expertise, members share a generosity of spirit toward local not-for-profit organizations. And Iowa City Hospice is chief among them.

In fact, Classy Chassy Cruisers’ long-time support of Iowa City Hospice has earned the Cruisers the designation Honorary Walk Family 2017 in the annual Walk for Dignity, planned for Sunday, April 23. Many Cruisers members will join the walk and others will volunteer to carry out the event. It isn’t the group’s first involvement with the walk, either. Members provided music and public announcements at the 2016 Walk for Dignity.

“We organized ourselves as a not-for-profit,” said CCC President Mark Heacock, “so early on, we said, ‘Why not raise money for other community not-for-profits?’”

When the Cruisers formed in 2001 with nine members, one of those charter members was living with hemophilia. In a spirit of giving, CCC chose a hemophilia-related organization as its very first beneficiary. Other worthy charities followed in the next few years, including the Arthritis Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Systems Unlimited, Elder Services of Iowa City and others.

But over the years Iowa City Hospice has earned a special place in the hearts of members and a strong commitment has formed.

“Several members of our group have been touched by Hospice,” says member Mike Drapac. “But anyone whose life has been touched by Iowa City Hospice knows why it is so special.”

There are several reasons for this long commitment, according to Drapac.

“When we donate to Iowa City Hospice, we know that our funds are used locally, that the funds specifically go to patient care, and that the services are available to everyone,” he adds. “Those factors are very important to us.”

“In turn, we get very good support from Hospice,” says Drapac. “They always send a representative to our cruise-ins and we know they appreciate our efforts. Everyone at Iowa City Hospice is enjoyable to deal with.”

The Walk for Dignity is a community event that gives friends and families an opportunity to celebrate life and honor the memories of their loved ones, while showing support for Iowa City Hospice. The best part is that funds raised support our compassionate patient care.

We invite you to join us by walking individually or forming a team. We know that everyone walking with us has been touched in some way by hospice care, whether in our seven-county service area or another community.

Walk for Dignity 2017 Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors, who make this event possible:

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 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.

February is American Heart Month!

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? This is also true for the state of Iowa. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year.

Although heart disease is the leading cause of death, it is NOT the primary diagnosis for the majority of hospice patients. This could mean that not all persons who die from heart disease are receiving hospice services, even though they may be eligible.

Iowa City Hospice can help. 

Do you have questions about hospice eligibility? Are you thinking about how you or a loved one could benefit from hospice services? Our highly trained professionals can guide, support, and educate patients to help manage their heart disease and add quality to days.

Call Iowa City Hospice at 319-351-5665 or visit www.iowacityhospice.org.

Walk for Dignity 2017

 

All are invited to join us at our 18th Annual Walk for Dignity on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Willow Creek Park in Iowa City.

Donation drop-off starts at 11 am.

Fun activities begin at noon.

The Walk will begin at 1 pm.

 

Our 2017 Honorary Family is the Classy Chassy Cruisers Car Club of Iowa City.

wreath

Memorial Wreath

This year, we will be remembering your loved ones and the loved ones of all who walk. This time of remembering will occur at 11:30 am by the Memorial Wreath. Please arrive early to tie a ribbon on the wreath and write the name of your loved one. These names will be read during a short ceremony.

For more details, information or to get involved, contact Judy Frits by email or phone (319-688-4213 or 800-897-3052), or use any of the following resources:

Collect $150 in donations and receive an Iowa City Hospice t-shirt!


Walk for Dignity 2017 Sponsors

A heartfelt thank you to our generous sponsors, who make this event possible:

February Bereavement Luncheon

Iowa City Hospice is hosting a luncheon for all bereaved individuals in the community on February 23rd, 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.

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.

Mending Hearts Celebration

Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service invites you to our annual Mending Hearts Celebration for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one or significant other. The Dinner will be held on Saturday February 11th, from 5:00 to 7:00pm, at the Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240.

There is no charge to attend.

Please RSVP by February 9th to Michael@lensingfuneral.com or by calling 319-338-8171.

Grieving Your Spouse, February 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 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.