Wings of Memories 2020 – UPDATE

Dear Family and Friends,

It is with heavy hearts, that we are writing to inform you that our annual butterfly memorial service, “Wings of Memories”, is being postponed until next year due to Covid-19. You and your loved ones have touched our lives and we look forward to this memorial service each year. It is a special time to re-connect with the families we have served and pay tribute to your loved ones. We will look forward to honoring your loved one during our 2021 “Wings of Memories” memorial service and will send you information about this event as we near that time.

Although we cannot be together to share this special time in 2020, we wanted to provide you with some ritual ideas that you can do on your own to honor your loved one. Rituals are symbolic activities that can help us as we heal and mourn. We hope that you find these meaningful on your grief journey. See the following pages for these suggestions. “When words are inadequate, have a ritual.”-Alan Wolfelt

Download ritual ideas/memorial service ideas document here (PDF).

Whatever ritual you choose, remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. In your time of grief, honoring and remembering is not a one-time event. It is something that you can do many times, in many ways as life moves forward.

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you that although we cannot hold events or meet in groups at this time, we are still available to support and guide you in a variety of ways. Our bereavement staff is available to provide 1:1 grief support in person, via telephone, or virtually. We also offer a lending library of books and resources regarding grief and loss. If you are interested in receiving any literature from our library or to learn more about support available, please contact the bereavement coordinator- Sara Wade, LMSW with any questions at or (319) 622-3195.

You and your family will remain in our thoughts during these challenging times. Wishing you peaceful moments, gentle thoughts, and happy memories as you honor your loved one.

The Essence of Life Hospice Team

Events in August 2020–July 2021

  • There are no events scheduled during this period.