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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.

Documentary film screening of “Being Mortal”

Honoring Your Wishes, a program of Iowa City Hospice, invites the public to the screenings of the PBS documentary film Being Mortal. It will be shown on the following occasions:

  • Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Sanctuary Community Church, 2205 East Grantview Drive, Coralville, IA. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City
  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at The Senior Center, 28 South Linn Street, Iowa City, IA. Sponsored by the Senior Center

In conjunction with Dr. Atul Gawande’s widely acclaimed book, Being Mortal, the film follows renowned New York writer and Boston surgeon Dr. Gawande as he explore the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how to best care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a person’s true wishes can be known and honored.

Following the screening, audience members will be invited to participate in a discussion about the film. Tips on how to have conversations with family, friends, and health care professionals will be presented and community resources will be identified.

Thank you to the John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America for its support.

Questions? Contact Jane Dohrmann, Director of Honoring Your Wishes at 319-688-4214 or jane.dohrmann@iowacityhospice.org.

Reminder: Volunteer Training January 2017

What: Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training
When: Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
Where: Mercy Medical Plaza, 540 E Jefferson St, Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in being a volunteer, click here and please fill out a volunteer application.

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, January 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: January 18th, 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, January 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 5:15PM 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.

Understanding Your Grief, Seven Session Support 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. Pre-registration Required.

WHERE: Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade St., Iowa City, Iowa 52240

WHEN: January 10, 2017 – February 21, 2017 (7 weekly sessions, each Tuesday)

TIME: 3:30 – 5:00 PM

For more information and to register, please contact: Julie Bockenstedt or Donita Hermsen at 319-351-5665.

January 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, January 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, January 4th, 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