While Hospice of North Iowa helps prepare family and friends for the loss of their loved one, further support is provided by bereavement staff through the first year after the death occurs. Hospice of North Iowa offers help to grieving family and friends through the use of:
- Trained bereavement volunteers who provide sensitive and caring emotional support to the family through visits and phone calls
- Understanding Grief and Loss support groups for those who wish to gain understanding of their feelings and reactions through education and personal sharing. This seven-week program is offered at various times and locations throughout the year.
- Grief educational materials
- Social gatherings held periodically to provide the bereaved the opportunity to meet with other bereaved persons in a social setting
- Individual grief consultations provided as requested by the bereaved
- Memorial services held annually to remember and honor loved ones
- Bereavement Newsletters
Bereavement services are also available to community members not served by Hospice of North Iowa.
- Camp Greentree
- Youth, ages 7-14, are invited to attend an annual bereavement camp in the summer. The camp offers kids the opportunity to express their grief with peers who have similar feelings.