Aftercare Support Groups

The Lensing staff is actively involved in our community, not only as individual volunteers but as business members. In addition to actively observing many important milestones in our community, we are also committed to helping others better understand death and loss, and to view death as part of life's natural cycle.


Every year, Lensings organize several events at our funeral homes, in addition to participating in other events throughout the area, especially in conjunction with Iowa City Hospice and the CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank.


Upcoming Events 

Helping people cope with their grief following the death of a loved one is being addressed in programs sponsored by Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service. 

"Breaking Bread"

On the third Wednesday of each month, beginning Wednesday October 20, 2021 from 5:30 to 7 PM we will  host an evening meal for those experiencing a loss. This event entitled "Breaking Bread" is not a support group, but rather a supportive environment and safe space for those who have experience a loss. Our hope is that new friendships will be made and stories will be shared. 

Iowa City Hospice Grief Support Services

Other Lensing-Sponsored Events Include:


  • Mending Hearts - a gathering near Valentine's Day for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other.
  • Holiday Memorial Service - a quiet time to gather with others who have lost someone in the past year.
  • Coping with Loss - a community-education series for people who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. 
  • Coping with the Holidays - a presentation to assist people in coping with the holiday season following their loss. 
  • Suicide Survivors Support Group - a support group for those who have lost someone to suicide will meet Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Crisis Center, 1121 Gilbert Court in Iowa City. Meetings offer participants a safe place to talk about memories, ongoing grief and the stigma surrounding death by suicide. New members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Support group meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month and there is no cost to attend. For more information, visit the Survivors Support Group page, Survivors of Suicide Resources page, or go to https://builtbycommunity.org . If you are not able to participate in this month's meeting but would like help or information, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 319-351-0140. 
  • Grief and the Holidays - A program by Chris Klug about Grief and the Holidays

In addition, members of the Lensing staff are available to speak to your organization about death and grief issues, funeral services, preplanning of funerals, and dealing with children and death. We have provided programs for schools, churches, civic and healthcare groups.


Local Support Groups

Iowa City Hospice 
CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank


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