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Grief Support

EveryStep Grief & Loss has a variety of grief support opportunities provided at no cost for anyone in the community.

EveryStep Grief & Loss' bereavement counselors are available to meet with families or visit by phone throughout the first year following a patient's death. The counselor can provide families with information or simply lend a friendly ear. EveryStep Grief & Loss also offers support groups, educational programs and literature to families, friends and the community. 

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

Blog

December 24, 2018 A Story from our Grief & Loss Services: Mike Albert

It was a call no one wants to receive: just before Christmas, EveryStep Grief & Loss Services bereavement and spiritual care counselor Mike Albert learned that a patient he had been seeing for nearly eight months had accidentally set himself on fire. The man was being transported to the burn center at the University of Iowa. Albert, who was traveling to Iowa City at the time to spend the holidays with family, called his team director to ensure it was okay for him to visit the man at the hospital. Albert's face was just the one the patient's wife needed to see, as the woman collapsed into his arms. Throughout the night Albert kept watch over the patient, praying and talking as he rested in the hospital bed. He was even present when the man passed away.

December 17, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Saundra Connett

Unlike most kids, Saundra Connett's 11-year-old great-grandson Vincent looked forward to the first day of the week. "[Vincent] was cheerful on Mondays, man, he couldn't wait to come home from school to go to Amanda the Panda" said Connett. EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program was no playground or amusement park. However, it was a place to where Vincent felt comfortable and could face his grief. Vincent lost his great-grandfather, Victor Connett Sr., in 2017. But "Paa," as Vincent fondly called Victor, was more than just an elderly family relation. About a decade ago, the Connetts took responsibility for raising Vincent.

December 10, 2018 A Story from Our Amanda the Panda Program: Madee Carder

Madee Carder almost didn't attend the class that would change her life. Like many grief support professionals, she took the scenic route on her journey to her life's passion, and ultimately, her role at EveryStep's Grief & Loss Services' Amanda the Panda program. "I have always known that I wanted to work with children and adolescents. So I actually started out going to school as an elementary education major," Carder explained. When a representative from Hamilton's Funeral home visited her children's literature class to talk about their grief and loss program, Carder was surprised to learn that such programs for children even existed. "The next day I was in my advisor's office changing my major [to] Child, Adult and Family Services" she recalled.