Grief Support Groups
Amanda the Panda Grief & Loss Camp
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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

Click here to view our Office Locations and Service Area

Click here to become an Amanda the Panda volunteer



EveryStep Grief & Loss Services/Amanda the Panda Team


Ashley Mori,

Director  |  MA, LMHC, IADC



Madee Carder

Amanda the Panda Program Coordinator - Grief & Loss

Megan Mondt

Amanda the Panda Program Coordinator - Volunteers 

Tara Ray

Amanda the Panda - Program Assistant


April 12, 2019 Supportive Sisters: Amanda the Panda Volunteers Ashley & Rachel Rinehart

When Ashley Rinehart decided to join her high school's school-to-work program in the spring of 2018, she knew exactly where she wanted to complete her internship: EveryStep Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program. Soon after, older sister, Rachel, 21, was quick to volunteer, as well.

April 9, 2019 Appraising Collectibles: EveryStep Giving Tree's Pat Ross

Shortly after EveryStep Giving Tree thrift store opened in 2010, volunteer Pat Ross took her place as the Urbandale store's collectible and jewelry expert.

March 29, 2019 Honoring National Vietnam War Veterans Day

EveryStep is proud to care for and support veterans. Each day, our staff and volunteers strive to provide compassionate care for all of our patients. When it comes to caring for veterans, EveryStep understands the important of acknowledging and remembering our patients service to our country.