2023 Hospite

Wednesday, October 11th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the The Doubletree by Hilton in the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.

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For information about our Hospite event in Des Moines, please visit www.IowaCremation.com/Hospite


Hospice and palliative care professionals, including doctors, nurses, clergy, chaplains, lay ministers, counselors, social workers, support staff, volunteer coordinators. Invite anyone it would help!


HospiteA respite for professional Hospice caregivers is designed as a FREE annual program to provide time for reflection, networking opportunities and continuing education for Hospice professionals across Iowa.

Our keynote speaker for Hospite 2023 will be Doctor Alan Wolfelt.

Dr. Alan Wolfelt has been recognized as one of North America’s leading death educators and grief counselors. His books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into many languages. He founded the Center for Loss in 1984 to offer education and support both to grievers and bereavement caregivers. He is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing as well as his companioning philosophy of grief care. Dr. Wolfelt speaks on grief-related topics, offers trainings for caregivers, and has written many bestselling books and other resources on grief for both caregivers and grieving people.

Continuing Education fees will be paid by Cedar Memorial and Iowa Cremation. Please provide license information when registering. Pre-registration is required. Lunch is included.


This informative workshop will help us enhance your knowledge and skills related to supporting people experiencing grief and loss. Anchored in Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s “companioning” model of grief care, there will be a recognition of how grief and mourning are normal and necessary experiences that are fundamentally a journey of the heart and soul. A critical distinction between caring versus curing will be outlined. You will go away with a wealth of knowledge surrounding the transformative nature of grief.


  • Define a broader framework for Loss/Grief.
  • Identify the essential ingredients of the grief caregiver.
  • Explain the distinction between "Caring" verses "Curing".
  • Understand the Tenets of "Companioning" verses "Treating" the Mourner.
  • Identify the Foundations of "Companioning" versus "Treating" the Mourner.
  • Define six universal needs of mourning.
  • Explain the concept of the "Slow Grief Movement".

  • Continuing Education Credit: To Obtain the 5 Nursing Contact Hours (RNs, NPs, LPNs) or 6 CEHs (social workers, marriage and family therapists, counselors) associated with this workshop, the pre-registered health care professional will need to register for continuing education credit along with check-in at the venue registration table, attend all of the workshop in its entirety, check-out at the venue registration table, and complete the program Evaluation Form. Partial credit will not be awarded. The health care professional successfully meeting these requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating the contact hours of CEHs awarded for their profession. Certificates will be issued by Kirkwood Community College (Iowa Board of Nursing, Provider #30) via e-mail two to three-weeks following the workshop date. All allied health professionals are reminded that they are responsible for reviewing the governing rules of their boards to determine if appropriate subject matter criteria will apply. Participants should be prepared to provide license information when registering.

    PLEASE NOTE: Late arrivals or early departures will be allowed to attend the workshop - but they will NOT be eligible to earn continuing education credit.


    Wednesday, October 11 in Cedar Rapids. Check in at the event will begin at 8:00 a.m. The program will begin at 9:00 AM. Food and beverages will be available during registration, lunch and the afternoon break. 

    (Please note that Hospite 2023 is offered in-person only)


    Wednesday, October 11 in Cedar Rapids will be held at The Doubletree by Hilton in the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, 350 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401.


    Parking is available in the Convention Center Parking Garage directly across from the hotel or in the Five Seasons Parkade Garage on the corner of 1st Avenue and 5th Street.

    Why does Cedar Memorial sponsor this FREE event?

    Cedar Memorial is blessed with a staff of caring professionals, who embrace the families you have unselfishly served. It is our unrelenting mission to continue your care, with compassion and dignity. Our similar goals and challenges beg for our continued and frequent dialogue.

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