At Hospice of North Iowa, we believe grief occurs as a normal, healthy response to death. We also believe grief must be expressed and shared. Hospice offers a variety of grief support services designed to assist people on their grief journey.
Support Services Include:
Newsletters - Grief education as well as information on upcoming programs is sent during the first year following the death of a loved one.
Bereavement Volunteer Support - If desired, a bereavement volunteer may be assigned to provide bereavement support by listening and assisting with role changes and major adjustments.
Remembrance Services - Remembrance and rituals are valued parts of the grief process. Special services like the Tree of Life and Butterfly Release encourage families and friends to remember loved ones in a special way.
Understanding Grief & Loss Program - This seven-week program offers support and education to individuals who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Topics include:
- recognizing normal symptoms and feelings surrounding grief
- developing a safe environment where people have "permission to confidentially discuss grief"
- providing assurance that grief can be endured and adjustments made
- developing realistic memories of the deceased
- encouraging reinvestment in life
- developing awareness of community support systems
Individual Grief Consultations - Sometimes people benefit from brief professional consultations. Hospice offers this, on a limited basis, to community members experiencing grief. Call the hospice office to make an appointment.
Changes that occur in the family structure, because of a death, can cause major stresses. Youth often need special support as they look to adults for validation of their own grief.
Newsletters - Newsletters are sent following the death of a loved one. These newsletters are intended to provide education about the grief process and to give support for the future.
Camp Greentree - Camp Greentree offers youth, ages 7-14, the opportunity to meet others who have experienced the death of a family member or friend, as well as the chance to gain coping skills. Any child who has felt the effects of the death of a loved one is welcome to take advantage of Camp Greentree activities.