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Holidays prove difficult for those grieving

IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- The winter holidays are generally perceived as "the most wonderful time of the year." But for those who are facing new grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness.

And even for those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss-not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

On Monday, 6:30-8 pm, Iowa City Hospice and Brosh Chapel will offer a free workshop, "Handling the Holidays," which looks at healthy ways of coping with the holiday season after the death of a loved one. The session will be held at Brosh Chapel, 100 South Cedar Street, Solon.

Registration is encouraged, but not required. Contact Keila Naparstek, Iowa City Hospice bereavement outreach coordinator, at 319-688-4217, 800-897-3052 or; or Brosh Chapel at 319-624-3844 with questions or to register.

Iowa City Hospice bereavement professionals and Brosh Chapel staff support families coping with loss all year long, and understand how difficult this time of year can be. Grief counselors stress the importance of making decisions that feel right to the grieving person, and giving oneself permission to make new or different choices at the holidays.

Brosh Chapel offers support before, during and after the death of a loved one. The oldest business in Johnson County, Brosh Chapel has been providing traditional funeral and cremation services to families in the Solon and Cedar Rapids area for four generations.

For more information, contact Brosh Chapel at 319-362-8837 or visit

Iowa City Hospice is a community-based nonprofit organization that offers care to patients, families and their loved ones throughout the dying and bereavement processes. Free grief support services are available to anyone who resides in the seven-county service area of Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine and Washington, regardless of whether the loved one who died was a hospice patient.

For more information, contact Iowa City Hospice at 319-351-5665, 800-897-3052 or A schedule of grief support groups, educational programs and social events is available at

Online Reporter: Tara Thomas

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