Compassion is at the core of the fifty-plus programs offered to Iowans by HCI Hospice Care Services, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa and Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center.
These three 501(c)3 non profits have come together to premiere The Art of Compassion to bring to the forefront the care, empathy and financial support needed for effective community-based care of Iowa’s individuals and families.

Before I Die is the 2017 theme for this annual signature event. Kicking off the campaign is a participatory art component that captures the hopes of individuals the wonder of their lives. Chalkboard walls will be erected at several central Iowa locations. With chalk provided at each location, the public is encouraged to share their dreams and struggles. 

The campaign will culminate with The Art of Compassion’s celebratory event on Thursday, October 12 at the Capital Square Atrium in downtown Des Moines. Program, dinner, silent and live auctions, and sponsorship recognition will be held.


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MOre about the 2017 Theme - "Before I die..." Walls

Before I Die is an interactive public art project that invites people to reflect on life and share their personal aspirations. Revealing our community’s dreams, worries, joys and struggles, the project explores how we can cultivate self-examination and empathy among neighbors. The Before I Die project is part of the Art of Compassion, a special initiative of HCI Care Services and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. 
Photos by Candy Chang.

About Our Organization

HCI Hospice Care Services

HCI Hospice Care Services serves patients and families in 41 Iowa counties from locations in Des Moines, Centerville, Creston, Knoxville, Mount Ayr, Mount Pleasant, Osceola, Perry and Council Bluffs. Around-the-clock medical care is available in its hospice houses in Des Moines and Creston.

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa provides numerous medical and social services for individuals and families of all ages across Iowa. Its comprehensive community-based services include home visits, family support, parent education, therapy and counseling, transportation, flu immunizations and many more.

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center

Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center provides hope and healing to school-aged Iowa children, teens and adults who are struggling with the death of a loved one. Based in West Des Moines, Amanda the Panda offers a full year of free grief support, including family grief camps in the spring and fall, six-week grief support groups, monthly friends and family nights, and special fun days throughout the year.


These non-profits help clients and patients through life’s most difficult moments, providing access to healthcare and support services to improve the well-being and quality of life of all individuals. This year the lives of 60,000 Iowans are expected to be impacted by the services of HCI Hospice Care Services, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa and Amanda the Panda Family Grief Center.