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Lunch & Learn

Grandview Park Funeral Home invites you to a Lunch And Learn Event!

Where: Home Plate Diner at 304 E. 30th Street, Des Moines, Ia
When: Thursday, July 24th 11am - 1PM RSVP by 7-22-14 270-3800

You are invited to discover the options and benefits of planning a funeral in advance. Lunch is on us!

A brief presentation, "Celebrate Life The Way You Lived It" will be followed by a great lunch by the Home Plate Diner Cooks. Bring a guest!


* What Veteran Benefits am I eligible for?
* Can you help me with a monument?
* How safe is my money if I prepay?
* Can I preplan and not prepay?


* Peace of Mind.
* No cost to meeting and getting your wishes on file.
* Relieves some of the burden from your family.
* Gets your final wishes the way you want them.
* We can guarantee today's cost if you wish.
* Payment plans saves having to come up with a lump sum at the time of death.

Get answers... maybe win a $25 gas card. Two will be given away.

Please RSVP by July 22, 2014 270-3800

Complicated Grief Seminars


Two seminars on Complicated Grief

Sponsored by Iles Funeral Homes with UnityPoint Health Systems

Two Free Grief Care Seminars by

Dr. William G. Hoy
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Iowa Methodist Medical Center – Unity Point Health
Kelley Conference Center 1200 Pleasant Street, Des Moines

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Strategies for Assessing and Addressing Complicated Grief (3.0 contact hours)

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Vital Role of Social Support in
Complicated Grief (3.0 contact hours)



Strategies for Assessing and Addressing Complicated Grief Overview: (Morning Session) Even though we all know it from our work with the dying and bereaved, grief sometimes gets awfully complicated! Individuals seem to get “stuck” in old patterns and don’t seem to make much progress in adjusting to the loss. In other cases, bereaved people adopt unhealthy coping strategies such as narcotics or alcohol.


Family dysfunction and psychopathology—both during the final illness and in adjustment to death—contributes to an already difficult experience. Moreover, grief is often complicated by the death’s circumstances themselves, whether following a long debilitating illnesses or the suddenness of a fatal car crash. This workshop will help clinicians and other helpers hone skills in caring for bereaved people when grief becomes complicated. 


The Vital Role of Social Support in Complicated Grief Overview: (Afternoon Session) The ancient African proverb reminds us that it takes a village to raise a child. But it also “takes a village” to help a person effectively negotiate the grief process. Social support consistently remains one of the difference-makers in how people get through grief, a characteristic that seems intuitively correct but which also is demonstrated in clinical experience and empirical research. The varied aspects of social support—personal beliefs, family functionality, involvement in rituals, and social acceptability of the loss and relationship—all contribute to grieving people finding the support they need. But how do the aspects of social support have such a positive impact on the grief experience? And perhaps just as importantly, what do we do when support is not enough? Come join us as we learn together how to help individuals discover and use effective support systems in grief. 


Presenter - William G. (Bill) Hoy holds clinical faculty appointment in Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A popular speaker for groups of caregiving professionals across North America, Dr. Hoy has counseled with people in grief for nearly 30 years. His teaching and advising responsibilities is with undergraduate pre-medical students and he oversees the Medical Humanities program’s curriculum development process in light of major shifts in 2015 in preparation expectations for medical students. 


In addition to his graduate education and counseling training, Dr. Hoy holds the Fellow in Thanatology (FT), the highest advance practice credential for counselors and educators in the fields of death and bereavement. He is active in leadership of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, serving on its board of directors and as the association’s Treasurer. Last year, he served as ADEC’s national co-chair for the annual conference in Hollywood, California. 


Dr. Hoy’s scholarly interest is the role of social support in the grief process. He is particularly interested in the cross-cultural uses of funeral ceremonies and how these rituals contribute to positive outcomes for bereaved families and communities, an arena in which he is widely regarded as an international authority. He has authored more than 100 journal articles, published papers, chapters and books, including Guiding People through Grief and Road to Emmaus. His newest book is Do Funerals Matter? The Purpose and Practice of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013). He is principal investigator of a Baylor-based research project examining the relationship between poverty and ethnicity in the social value accorded to death rituals in an urban community.  


Bill and Debbie Hoy are parents to two young adults. Carolyn graduates in August with a BA in English & Communication (and has a job!) while Greg is a sophomore at Baylor preparing for a career in medicine. After more than 20 years living in southern California, the Hoys now make their home in rural central Texas about 25 miles from the Baylor campus. 


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