Bereavement Support

Overcoming sadness

Whether you are caring for a loved one with dementia or helping a relative with cancer, sometimes the sadness of it all feels overwhelming. Especially at the holidays. The sadness is natural, of course. But you don’t want to get paralyzed by it.

Pivoting from the sadness
As family caregivers, we need to learn how to acknowledge the sadness. But we also need to allow for joy at the same time so we have the energy to continue providing care. It’s not self-centered to be happy. In fact, researchers have found that the “happier” we are, the more we tend to give to others.

The type of happiness that nurtures our giving nature is not the thrill of winning the lottery. Quite the opposite. It’s the little smiles and chuckles of every day that create an internal reservoir of contentment. It’s the frequency—not intensity—of positives in our lives that fills our personal well.

Cultivating contentment

  • Be selective with your attention. What we focus on—or don’t focus on—has a huge impact on our mood. Ignore the things that make you feel hopeless and focus on what can be done. 
  • Give yourself two or three pleasure moments a day. What feeds your soul? A walk in the park? Listening to music? A relaxing bath? It doesn’t have to be a whoop-de-do.
  • Connect with a confidant. Research shows that a visit or talk with a close friend absolutely boosts mood and confidence. It also strengthens your immune system and improves your thinking!
  • Ease up on your expectations. Your relative may simply be in his or her natural decline. Provide the softest landing possible. Find out what they would like to do in the time that remains. Keep them as comfortable as you can and create moments of joy whenever possible.

Is the sadness of it all grinding away at your spirit?
That’s a sure sign you need help. You don’t have to do this alone. Give us a call at 1-800-897-3052, toll-free. As the Iowa City, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids experts in family caregiving, we at Iowa City Hospice can help you replenish your well and find the strength to carry on.

Coping with the Holiday Blues

Caring for a seriously ill family member can lend a tinge of blue to the holidays.

It may be sadness that cherished family rituals are no longer possible.

Or you may be worried that this year will be the last for a sick or ailing loved one.

Perhaps the thought of visiting relatives is simply exhausting.

Here are some ways to handle these common stressors.

It doesn’t have to be “all or nothing.” Even if some family customs are no longer realistic, embrace what’s still possible. And let go of the guilt-laden “shoulds.”

  • Keep it simple. Perhaps you still gather at Mom and Dad’s, but order a precooked, take-out meal. Or have everyone contribute to the meal. Try to capture the essence in a way that no one person shoulders a big burden.
  • Focus on the most meaningful activities. Your energy and your loved one’s energy are limited! Pick one ritual that truly gives you that holiday lift and consider any others an “extra gift” of the season.

Acknowledge the “anticipatory grief.” You’re not crazy if pulling out your holiday sweater brings on a bout of tears.

  • A holiday can sharpen awareness of life’s impermanence. You may feel grief about the losses you have already experienced. And grief as you realize your loved one may not be with you next year. These feelings are normal. If possible, share them with someone who understands.
  • Celebrate your loved one’s presence. Trying to “make this holiday the best” may distract you from spending quality time with your relative. Instead, take the opportunity to cherish what you have now, and revel together in shared memories of holidays past.

Maintain your normal self-care routines. In this season of extra stress, it’s especially important to get enough sleep, eat sensibly, and exercise regularly.

Do the holidays feel overwhelming?
You are not alone. As the Iowa City, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids experts in family caregiving, we get calls from many families during this season. Give us a call at 1-800-897-3052, toll-free. We at Iowa City Hospice can help lighten your load and add some lightness to your spirit as well.

When caregiving ends: Activities

Reentry
If caring for your loved one was the main focus of your day, after his or her passing, expect a feeling of emptiness to dominate your awareness. In caregiving, you may have given up many personal activities, friendships, and possibly even a career, to accommodate your relative’s needs. This is especially true if he or she lived with you or had Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s or some other long-term condition.

Take care of your health
Get a physical! Like many family caregivers, you probably ignored your own health needs—symptoms, doctor visits—because your loved one’s seemed more pressing. This pattern is so common that many caregivers suddenly come down with something serious post-caregiving! Also take care by eating well, exercising, and getting sleep.

Who am I?
Because your focus was on your ailing loved one, you may have a sense of having forgotten who you are. This is especially true if the person who died was your spouse. Be curious: What appeals to you? Rediscover your personal balance and preferences.

Reengage slowly
Start with the inner circle of your family. You may have fences to mend if those relationships were put on hold. Reach out to siblings, your spouse, your children to rebuild your connection. Then begin to engage with friends, optimally those who have experience with loss. If you were working, returning to the normalcy of your career may feel comforting.

Avoid big decisions
Grief counselors recommend NOT making big moves or lifestyle changes for the first year. Volunteering may be a great way to reconnect with the world and regain a sense of life purpose. You might draw upon your caregiving skills—give yourself a year before doing that—or do something entirely different. Keep commitments light. Take time to realize the desires and the bandwidth of the “new” same-but-deeper you.

Feeling a bit lost?
As the Iowa City, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids experts in family caregiving, we at Iowa City Hospice can help you find support resources to ease this transition. Give us a call at 1-800-897-3052, toll-free.

When caregiving ends: Emotions

Waves of emotions
When a person you’ve been caring for dies, you are likely to have many feelings. Sometimes conflicting feelings. You may find that emotions wash over you unexpectedly, arising suddenly like a wave, and then subside. This is a normal part of life after loss.

  • Grief can be described as a combination of sadness and love. Your sadness may manifest in tears, in physical pains, in fuzzy thinking, in sleeplessness, or in oversleeping. Expect your sadness to retreat over time and on no specific schedule. The memories of love will remain.
  • Relief is another common emotion. Relief that your loved one is no longer struggling. But also relief that you no longer need to focus so intensely on their care. It’s not disloyal of you. It’s very human to feel a sense of release, even gratitude, that this chapter is over.
  • Guilt may also arise. None of us is selfless, kind, and loving at all times. We do the best we can. As you reminisce, forgive yourself for any lapses. Instead, acknowledge all that you were able to contribute.

The tender first year
There will be many “firsts” in your initial year after caregiving: first holidays, first birthdays. And if your loved one was a spouse, the first anniversary without them. As you cross these milestones, be prepared for a strong welling up of emotions. Expect this vulnerability—it is normal—and be gentle with yourself.

Overwhelm
If you find that it’s hard to get up in the morning and go through the day for a period of two weeks or more, talk to your doctor. Although depression might seem “normal” for the circumstances, it does not need to go untreated. It may be that a support group, talking with a therapist, or medication can help you through this rough leg of your journey.

Is caregiving drawing to a close?
As the Iowa City, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids expert in family caregiving, we at Iowa City Hospice know that this journey does eventually come to an end. If you see it on your horizon, you may already be experiencing some of these emotions. Give us a call at 1-800-897-3052, toll-free. You don’t need to go through this alone.

October Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, October 3

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss 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: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Susan Henry at 319-351-5665 or susan.henry@iowacityhospice.org

Wednesday, October 10

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

Saturday, October 13

Kamp Kaleidoscope –

A professionally led one-day camp for children and teens between the ages of 5-17 who have lost a loved one. Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided. No cost to attend.

When: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

Details: Pre-registration required by October 5, 2018

Contact: To register or for more information, call (319) 351-5665.

 

Wednesday, October 17

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Susan Henry at 319-351-5665 or susan.henry@iowacityhospice.org

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Thursday, October 18

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all who’ve lost someone close to them, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others. Many people who are struggling with grief and loss find it helpful to have social outlets, such as this luncheon, where support is available. You will be greeted at the luncheon by hospice staff and volunteers.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Gus’ Food and Spirits, 2421 Coral Ct. Ste 3, Coralville

Questions?: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, October 24

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

September Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, September 5

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss 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: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

Monday, September 10

Understanding Your Grief: 7-Session Support Group

A professionally led 7-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.

When: Mondays from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22

Where: New Song Episcopal Church, 912 20th Ave. Coralville

RSVP: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

Wednesday, September 12

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

Sunday, September 16

Butterfly Release Memorial Service –

Iowa City Hospice invites you to acknowledge the people who have been important to you at our Honoring Memories butterfly release event. Join Iowa City Hospice staff and volunteers for an afternoon of healing and remembrance, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the camaraderie of friendship and shared experience. We’ll have refreshments, music, a memorial service, and of course, the butterflies.

When: 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Celebration Farm, 4696 Robin Woods Lane NE, Iowa City

RSVP: Barbara Barrows, 319-351-5665, barbara.barrows@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, September 19

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Thursday, September 20

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all who’ve lost someone close to them, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others. Many people who are struggling with grief and loss find it helpful to have social outlets, such as this luncheon, where support is available. You will be greeted at the luncheon by hospice staff and volunteers.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: Gus’ Food and Spirits, 2421 Coral Ct. Ste 3, Coralville

Questions?: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, September 26

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: 319-351-5665 or info@iowacityhospice.org

August Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, August 1

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss 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: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Monday, August 6

– 23rd Annual Glenn Roberts Elks/Iowa City Hospice Golf Classic –

Join Iowa City Hospice supporters for an 18-hole, four-person best-shot tournament.

When: Shotgun starts at 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Rain date August 13, 2018)

Where: Elks Lodge #590, 637 Foster Rd, Iowa City

Contact: Judy Frits, 319-688-4213, judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org

Wednesday, August 8

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, August 15

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

– Respecting Choices First Steps® Certification –

Honoring Your Wishes hosts this workshop to assist participants in learning effective communication and interview skills for person-centered ACP facilitation. Intended Audience: Health care professionals and community health leaders.

Registration: Required. Register here.

Cost: $189

When: Registration at 7:45 a.m. Program from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Hills Bank & Trust Community Room, 1401 S. Gilbert St. Iowa City

Contact: Jane Dohrmann, 319-688-4214, janedohrmann@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, August 22

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

July Events Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

Wednesday, July 4

– Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss 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: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, July 11

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, July 18

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

– Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Wednesday, July 25

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

Why we “Walk for Dignity”

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more determined pair than Martha Lubaroff and Mary Child in 1979. Members of both of their families had recently become seriously ill and that experience motivated them to make quality hospice care available to anyone who needed it. The women recruited a task force of community members and charged them with finding a way to provide practical, compassionate support to enhance quality of life for terminally ill people.

With widespread community support over the following years, they created a board of directors, hired a medical director and patient care coordinator, and trained their first class of volunteers. In March 1983, they cared for their first patient.

What started as a small group of volunteers quickly flourished into a certified not-for-profit hospice organization. Reimbursement from insurance covers most of Iowa City Hospice’s expenses, but they also offer programs that go above and beyond Medicare’s hospice requirements – things like music therapy, targeted bereavement programs and special volunteer programs. Donor support makes these programs possible, allowing Iowa City Hospice to be an innovative leader among hospice organizations.

Fun runs and walks are such a common fundraising method today that almost everybody has a few old 5K t-shirts in their closet. But that hasn’t always been the case. In 2000, Iowa City Hospice created one of the first events of its kind in the Iowa City community: The Walk for Dignity.

The Walk usually starts in the early afternoon on a sunny spring Sunday. People start showing up a few hours earlier to drop of the donations, chat with hospice staff and volunteers, and take part in the memorial service. Some years there’s been a dinner in the evening. Other times there’s been a musical performance before the start.

But the format isn’t what keeps people coming back each spring.

Iowa City Hospice serves around 600 patients every year. Multiply that by 35 years and you suddenly have a large community of people who’ve been impacted by hospice at intimate and pivotal points in their lives. The Walk for Dignity gives that community a chance to come together, honor those who are no longer with us, and provide means for others to receive the same care.

We hope you are able to join us this year for our 19th Annual Walk for Dignity on Sunday, April 22 at Willow Creek Park. For information on the day’s activities, walk route, fundraising, and team registration, click here. We appreciate your support in making compassionate hospice care available in our seven-county region for years to come.

April Event Schedule

Get connected at one of Iowa City Hospice’s community events this month. Visit our Events Calendar for a full schedule of upcoming events.

 

Wednesday, April 4

Lensing Funeral Home: Living Through Loss –

Living Through Loss 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: 5:15- 6:15 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Ave., Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Saturday, April 7

Kamp Kaleidoscope –

A professionally led one-day camp for children and teens between the ages of 5-17 who have lost a loved one. Lunch, beverages, and snacks provided. No cost to attend.

When: 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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

Details: Pre-registration required by March 29, 2018

Contact: To register or for more information, contact Julie Bockenstedt or Kimberly Peterson at (319) 351-5665.

 

Wednesday, April 11

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14

Volunteer Training –

Patient and Family Volunteers provide companionship and support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones. To provide this service, volunteers must go through a 14-hour training program approved by Medicare and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

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

Contact: Emily Moon or Ann Coe, Volunteer Coordinators at 319-351-5665

 

Wednesday, April 18

Caregiver Support Group –

A group for caregivers that offers emotional and educational support in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

When: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Where: Johnson County Extension, 3109 Old Highway 218 South, Iowa City

Details: Free respite care from Pathways Adult Health Center, 817 Pepperwood Lane, Iowa City. Reservations required, call 319-339-6162.

Contact: Polly Porter, Iowa City Hospice Social Worker,  319-351-5665, polly.porter@iowacityhospice.org

 

Lensing Funeral Home Group: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow –

Please join Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service for a self-help support group for any adult who has experienced a death.

When: 5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Kirkwood Room, 515 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City

Contact: Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 319-338-9171

 

Sunday, April 22

Walk for Dignity –

An annual community event that fives families and friends an opportunity to remember and honor the memories of their loved ones, celebrate life and show support for Iowa City Hospice.

When: 1:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Details: Donation drop-off starts at 11:00 a.m.

Contact: Judy Frits, 319-688-4213 or judy.frits@iowacityhospice.org

 

Spring Memorial Service –

Please join us as we honor patients cared for by Iowa City Hospice who have died during the past fall and winter. We encourage you to bring a picture, story or memento of your loved one to share during the service.

When: 12:00 p.m.

Where: Willow Creek Park, 1117 Teg Dr., Iowa City

Contact: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Wednesday, April 25

– Grieving Your Spouse –

A professionally led, ongoing support group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner within the past two years. Pre-registration required.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org

 

Thursday, April 26

– Bereavement Luncheon –

A social luncheon, open to all bereaved, provides an opportunity to connect and share common experiences with others.

When: 11:30 a.m.

Where: JW Foods, 122 E Ave, Kalona

RSVP: Julie Bockenstedt, 319-351-5665, julie.bockenstedt@iowacityhospice.org