Love Letters: What Matters Most Part II

Click on the above image to read Love Letters: What Matters Most submissions from 2018.


Honoring Your Wishes, a program of Iowa City Hospice, hosted Love Letters: What Matters Most in 2018. Thanks to the community’s positive response of this project, we are offering this writing opportunity again in 2019.

In the book The Four Things that Matter Most: A Book about Living, Dr. Ira Byock invites us all to incorporate the themes of love, forgiveness, and gratitude into our daily lives. What do we want to tell the people we love? What do we appreciate about the people in our lives? How can words help us heal? Given that we never know what tomorrow may bring, how can we honor and strengthen the relationships in our lives each day?

Writing Opportunity
Inspired by the themes of love, forgiveness and gratitude, please select one of the following:
1) Write a letter to an individual who has taught you something about these themes.
2) Write a reflection/story about a person who taught you to love, forgive, or express gratitude.
3) Write about how incorporating these themes allowed you to be able to say goodbye to a significant person in your life.

You may send your writing to, by fax at 319-351-5729, or by U.S. mail to Jane Dohrmann, Honoring Your Wishes, Iowa City Hospice, 1025 Wade Street, Iowa City, Iowa 52240. Please include your name, email address, and phone number. Submissions may be shared by Honoring Your Wishes™ to promote the themes of love, forgiveness, and gratitude within our community. Writings may be publicly displayed as a part of exhibits or used in media.

Writing Prizes
Submissions must be limited to 1000 words and received by August 31, 2019 to be considered for prizes. Writings will be judged by community leaders. The winning entry will be printed in Little Village magazine, and the second and third prize winners will be published in their online magazine. The top three winners will receive a copy of the book The Four Things that Matter Most by Dr. Ira Byock.