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Grief Support

EveryStep Grief & Loss Services offers a variety of grief support opportunities provided at no cost for anyone in the community. Available to individuals and families of all ages, our services include: our Amanda the Panda program’s grief camps, monthly or quarterly support groups, eight-week educational support groups, memorial gatherings, family nights, peer support and mailed resources.

Events and support groups are hosted at EveryStep Hospice locations in eight Iowa communities and at the EveryStep Grief & Loss Services office (home of Amanda the Panda) in West Des Moines. 

EveryStep Grief & Loss Services' bereavement counselors are available to meet with families or visit by phone throughout the first year following a hospice patient's death. The counselor can provide families with information or simply lend a friendly ear. 

Life after the loss of a loved one is a difficult time of adjustment. At EveryStep we are honored to listen to your story and walk with you during your time of sorrow.

Following are some common emotional reactions to grief. All feelings are normal. Talk to an EveryStep bereavement counselor or staff member to learn more.

  • Sadness
  • Shock and numbness
  • Anger 
  • Frustration
  • Denial
  • Guilt
  • Emotional distancing
  • Lack of interest
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety or feelings of panic
  • Lack of confidence

Click here to view our upcoming Grief & Loss Groups and Events

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March 15, 2019 Three EveryStep Volunteer Leaders Named to Forty Under 40

EveryStep Foundation trustees Melissa Knutson and Brandon Foldes, along with Angela Kruse, Amanda the Panda advisory board member and grief counselor, are among Des Moines Business Record's Forty Under 40 honorees.

March 8, 2019 CareMatters Newsletter - Spring 2019

From EveryStep employees and friends visiting the Capitol advocating for the healthcare all Iowans deserve to recognizing the passion and service of programs, our Spring CareMatters newsletter highlights the important happenings within the organization.

March 7, 2019 It's All About Helping Others for Longtime Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp Volunteer

In his own experience at camp, Ed found his family was provided with ways to cope with their loss. By listening to others, he was able to see what had worked for them, and get ideas on how to remember his children.