November 8 and December 13 - Kids and Holiday Grief
The session will provide support for children ages 5-11 who have experienced a significant loss, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. There will also be a corresponding informational group for parents/caregivers who wish to learn more about what to expect from a grieving child. This class will be held November 8 and December 13 from 5–7 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. Parents/caregivers and their child may choose to attend either date or both dates. The class is open to all members of the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information about the group, or other Hospice of VNS Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.
January 8, 2014 - After the Holidays... Now What?
This group will focus on overcoming the low feelings sometimes experienced after major holidays and other special days. The class will be offered on January 8, 2014, from 2–3:30 p.m. or 6–7:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The class is open to all members of the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information about the group, or other Hospice of VNS Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.
Classes and Support Groups
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service provides free bereavement support programs in group settings for those in our community who have experienced a loss. All sessions meet at the Hospice of VNS Justin T. Rogers Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley, unless otherwise noted. For more information, to register, or to schedule an individual appointment, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.
GROWING THROUGH GRIEF
An eight-week series for adults who wish to learn what they might experience during the grieving process. Group members share their stories, emotions, victories and hopes. Group members can expect to receive loving support from group leaders, information on the grieving process, and tools for handling the normal grief response. Three series will be held in 2013, on Thursday’s, beginning January 10, May 2 and September 5 from 2-4 p.m. or 6–8 p.m.
HEALING JOURNEY SUPPORT GROUP
A six-week series focusing on rebuilding life and incorporating hope after the death of a loved one. Group members will help normalize the grief experience through camaraderie with each other, the sharing of feelings/stories, support and providing an incentive to make new friends and develop new interests as soon as they are able. Two series will be held in 2013, on Thursday’s, beginning March 14 and July 11 from 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.
MOVING ON SUPPORT GROUP
This once a month group focuses on supporting those who are moving along the journey of grief and are now beginning to incorporate new behaviors in their lives as they attempt to create their “new normal.” In 2013, this group will continue to meet the second Wednesday of each month from 2-3:30 p.m.
MOVING ON FAMILY SUPPORT SERIES
A six-week program for adults with children under 18 years of age. The focus of this support series is to address communication challenges, family identity, and to help focus on the actual loss for each family member. The Art Therapist works with the children to help them express memories and feelings tied to the loss. Call for dates of the next series.
INDIVIDUAL GRIEF COUNSELING
One-on-one grief counseling is an option for individuals who either need more privacy in expressing their reaction to loss or who are unable to attend group meetings. Please call for an appointment; evening appointments available.