Family Centered Grief Services

Free Community Programs

UnityPoint Hospice Bereavement Services are open for all children and the families that support them.  Supporting children through grief can be a challenging task especially when many adults are unsure of how to grieve themselves.  Our services incorporate the whole family system as we recognize that most of a child's questions will come up when professionals are not present.

We hope to provide parents and caregivers the tools to support kids through the entire grief journey which will continue on as the child grows and their understanding of death continues to change.

Click here to download a brochure of all the upcoming events.

Movie showing of Disney's Inside Out • Saturday, February 25th 

Experiencing a wide range of feelings is a normal and expected part of the grief process.  Join us for a child friendly movie showing of "Inside Out" about a girl named Riley whose emotions guide her through a significant move in her life.  Movie will be a private showing at a local theater, popcorn and a drink provided.  We will have a brief informational gathering after the show to answer any grief related questions and offer support. 

Love Lanterns • Saturday, May 13th

Join us for an evening bonfire and s'mores in a remembrance gathering for loved ones who have died.  We will have traditional campfire songs as well as a music therapy session for the whole family.  In closing we will let off "Love Lanterns" in memory of our special persons.

Cookies and Canvas • Saturday, July 22nd 

We will meet at New Bo City Market for a painting event and cookies.  Art can be a great tool in expressing emotion and grief.  Each child will create a painting guided by an group instructor.  Caregivers are invited to work with the kids on their creation.  Cookies and grief information will be provided after our painting session.  

Camp Embracing Memories • Saturday, Sept. 30 & Sunday, Oct. 1

Camp Embracing Memories is a unique overnight camp for children ages seven through 16. UnityPoint Hospice is excited to offer this free children's grief camp for a ninth year. The only overnight camp of its kind in eastern Iowa, Camp Embracing Memories is designed to help children and families effectively cope with the death of a loved one or friend in a safe, accepting environment. 

Our services are free and open to anyone in the community, events and activities are more appropriate for some ages so please call to verify an event will meet your family's needs. RSVP is required for all events.

To register, please call (319) 369-7744