Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Hospice To-Go

Hospice of North Iowa has been committed to community education since our inception.  Through our "Hospice To-Go" program, we cater to your needs.  You pick the topic.  You name the place.  We’ll deliver the program.

“Hospice To-Go” is available, free of charge, to churches, service clubs, associations, council meetings, businesses, nursing facilities and other community groups. 

Speakers can address a variety of end-of-life topics, including hospice care, the benefits of massage & music therapy, and grief support.

Hospice To-Go Menu


  • Dying From a Patient’s Perspective ~ Hear what patients most commonly want at the end of life and how nursing facility staff can meet their wishes
  • Letting Go ~ Supporting patients and families
  • What Death Looks Like ~ Removing the mystery of death
  • What to say (and not to) when someone is dying
  • Just One More Bite ~ Responding to changes with foods & fluids
  • Families:  Strife vs. Serenity ~ Guiding families through death’s difficult journey
  • Compassionate Communication ~ Delivering the bad news


  • >How to Deal with Doctors
  • Med Management for restlessness, nausea, and pain

HOSPICE - We're in this together!

  • Discover the value of partnerships between Hospice & Nursing Facilities
  • Hospice Jeopardy:  Learn the basics on Hospice in a game like atmosphere
  • Regulatory Rules! - Understanding conditions of participation, face-to-face encounters, costs, levels of Hospice care
  • Palliative Care vs. Hospice:  What is the difference?
  • Alzheimer's & Dementia - Our fastest growing disease
  • Hospice 101 - Worst fear meets best friend; How hospice helps
  • The Gift of Song - Learn how Music Therapy can free memories, comfort and calm
  • A Soothing Touch - The Benefits of Massage Therapy


  • Pain Management
  • Non Narcotic Pain Management
  • Methadone


  • Building Resilence & Managing Stress
  • Co-Worker Grief:  Being on the other side of the table
  • Professional Boundaries & Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care
  • Self-Care:  Caring for yourself as well as you do your patients
  • Teamwork:  It's the little things that count
  • Why alligators don't get ulcers
  • Caring for your soul

To learn more about any of these topics or to order Hospice To-Go:  Contact Judy Gritzmacher at Hospice of North Iowa, 641-428-6251 or 1-800-297-4719 or email her at