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Hospice Support Groups 

Here, you can find a listing of support groups for men, women and children.  

Bereavement/Grief/Grieving Support Groups

Mercy offers a variety of support groups for those experiencing different kinds of death loss. Each group serves as a resource for a specific type of loss. For date, time and location of support groups, refer to the Hospice of Mercy bereavement newsletter.

  • For any bereaved adult, we offer two support groups - Morning Comfort and Conversation, and Evening Comfort and Conversation
  • For women under age 65 who have lost a spouse or significant other, we have Younger Spouse Support Group
  • Mother Loss is a multi-session support group for daughters who have lost their mothers, offered several times a year.
  • Bereavement Luncheon is a Dutch-treat fellowship for all.  Held at reserved tables at Ryan's on Collins Rd over the noon hour

Every group is here to provide support and comfort. In grieving, we need to reach out. That's where our bereavement support groups can help. We know that attending a support group for the first time can be difficult. But we have found that expressing our feelings can help heal the wound of grief. As we connect with others struggling with the pain of losing a loved one we are able to share burdens, make new friends and discover that healing can come through the power of relationship.

Our groups are small and informal. We learn together about the experience of loss and to find comfort as we journey through grief. These are not therapy groups. They are mutual, self-help groups facilitated by a trained leader who ensures that everyone has a chance to share, if they wish. Our discussions are confidential.

Call Mercy's Bereavement Coordinator, Barbara Koch, at (319) 398-6735 for resource information and referrals - or just to talk.

Resources 

The Foundation 2 Crisis Line is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A trained, compassionate listener will be happy to visit with you. The toll-free number is (800) 332-4224. The local Cedar Rapids area number is (319) 362-2174.

For more information on grieving and bereavement, visit one of the following websites:

GriefNet.org

WidowNet

Hospice Foundation of America

Living With Loss Magazine

www.sesameworkshop.org/grief