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Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Upcoming Events

Feb. 24 - Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Orientation Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, June 16 or Nov. 3 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. For an application packet or for more information, please call the Volunteer Office at 330-668-4681, or apply online at vnsa.com.


March 8 - Book Club: “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanith
A free book club discussion group will be offered on “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanith on March 8 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


March 11, 18 & 25 - Second Chapter Support Group
A special series for widows and widowers who may need that extra support, even though it’s been a year since the death of their loved one. Group will meet on March 11, 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


March 13, 23 & 27 - Life After the Loss of an Adult Child
Participants will consider the multiple meanings, effects and impact the death of an adult child has on everyone, including the parents. The series will be offered March 13, 23 and 27, from 5 -7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


April 4, 11 & 18 - Teen Grief Support Group
This special series will provide support for teens ages 12 – 16 who have experienced a death of a significant loved one, such as a parent, sibling, or grandparent. In an environment of support and guidance, trained bereavement professionals help teens process their grief through education, creative therapies and peer support. The group will meet on April 4, 11 and 18 from 5–7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


April 10, 17 & 24 - Men Facing Grief
Men in general seem to find it more difficult than women to recognize and deal with grief. Oftentimes, men even have a hard time acknowledging their need for support when they have experienced a death of a loved one. This group, for men only, seeks to provide ideas for helping men heal from a loss. This free series will be held April 10, 17 and 24 from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


April 10, 17 & 24 - The Art of Journaling: A Road to Healing
Journal writing helps reflect upon the meaning and significance of events in your life. Discover how journal writing can be a road to healing. The group will meet April 10, 17 and 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


April 29 - Mourning Jewelry
Mourning jewelry was very popular during the Victorian era. These jewelry pieces mirrored the lives and times of the people who wore them. The jewelry, such as a ring, brooch, necklace, or bracelet was meant as a keepsake in remembrance of the loved one. Join us in fashioning a bracelet that will be reflective of you, your loved one, and the memories that are special to you. This special class will be offered on April 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


May 10 - Relaxation Awareness Techniques
Grief is a major stress contributor, so please join us as we learn through hands-on participation about three ways of managing those moments of stressful anxiety that come with grieving. This class will be offered on May 10 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


May 12 - Remembering Our Mothers
It is the moments we shared and the memories we hold that keep her legacy alive. Join us on May 12 from 2-4 p.m. as we remember the mothers who have shaped our lives. This special program will be held at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


May 21 - Interfaith Service of Remembering
A bi-annual Interfaith Service of Remembering will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m. at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath. This meaningful service is open to the community and is in memory of loved ones who died during the past year. To receive an invitation, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


June 14 – How Rituals Help the Grieving
Rituals that held meaning in life can be used for continued support and encouragement through the journey of grief. Session gives grievers a chance to share their own rituals as well as discover new ones. This class will be offered on June 14 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


June 16 - Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Orientation Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on June 16 or Nov. 3 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. For an application packet or for more information, please call the Volunteer Office at 330-668-4681, or apply online at vnsa.com.


July 8 - Mourning Jewelry
Mourning jewelry was very popular during the Victorian era. These jewelry pieces mirrored the lives and times of the people who wore them. The jewelry, such as a ring, brooch, necklace, or bracelet was meant as a keepsake in remembrance of the loved one. Join us in fashioning a bracelet that will be reflective of you, your loved one, and the memories that are special to you. This special class will be offered on July 8 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


July 12 – The Role of Humor in Grief Recovery
Use a sense of humor to restore some sense of joy and well-being. Discover ways to add justifiable humor to your grief journey in this class. This class will be offered on July 12 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


July 28 - TeenLife Grief Support Camp
A free one-day camp for grieving teens ages 12-15 will be offered on July 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Creative teen activities are used to assist teens in expressing their grief after the death of a significant loved one. Teens will experience peer support, camaraderie, grief support and fun as they interact with one another in this one – day camp. To receive information on this special camp, or to register, please call 330-668-4662.


July 31-Aug. 3 - Camp Promise
A free camp for children, ages 6 – 11. Creative child–friendly activities are used to assist children in expressing their grief reactions after the death of a significant loved one. Children learn to manage and understand their significant loss through creative play. The camp will be held July 31-Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on the grounds of the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Meals and snacks are provided each day. A staff of professional facilitators will oversee the children as they go through creative stations. To receive information on this special camp, please call 330-668-4662 or visit vnsa.com.


Aug. 9 - Book Club: "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
A free book club discussion group will be offered on "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd on Aug. 9 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The book will be announced soon. 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Sept. 16, 23 & 30 - Second Chapter Support Group
A special series for widows and widowers who may need that extra support, even though it’s been a year since the death of their loved one. Group will meet on Sept. 16, 23 and 30, from 10 a.m. - noon at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Oct. 11 – Rebuilding Faith After a Loss
A crisis of faith is a common experience after the loss of a loved one. This group session will support those who are moving along the journey of grief as they begin to incorporate faith back into their lives. This class will be offered on Oct. 11 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Oct. 15 – Interfaith Service of Remembering
A bi-annual Interfaith Service of Remembering will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath. This meaningful service is open to the community and is in memory of loved ones who died during the past year. To receive an invitation, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


Oct. 19 - Joyful Tastes of Life
Cleveland Clinic Akron General Visiting Nurse Service will hold its eighth annual “Joyful Tastes of Life” benefit Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6-9 p.m. at St. George’s Family Center, 3204 Ridgewood Road, Akron. This fun, casual evening features the best seasonal foods from local restaurants, craft beer from local breweries and wines from around the world. All proceeds go toward end-of-life hospice care and supportive services at Akron General Visiting Nurse Service. Tickets will go on sale in August at akrongeneral.org/joy.


Nov. 3 - Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Orientation Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. For an application packet or for more information, please call the Volunteer Office at 330-668-4681, or apply online at vnsa.com.


Nov. 6, 13 & 20 - Men and Holiday Grief
Help for men facing the holidays without their loved one. This free series will be held Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Nov. 8 - Reducing Holiday Stress
Discuss stress-related concerns for the bereaved during the holiday season. Learn how to balance the reality of grief with the expectations of the holidays. Hear about options for coping with this potentially difficult time of year. This class will be offered on Nov.8 from 2–4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Nov. 10 & Dec. 8 - Kids and Holiday Grief
Support for children ages 5-11 who have experienced a significant loss, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. This class will be offered on Nov. 10 and Dec. 8 from 5–7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Dec. 1 - TeenLife Holiday Grief Support
Support for young adults ages 12-16 who have experienced a significant loss, such as a parent, sibling or grandparent. This class will be offered on Dec. 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Dec. 13 - Grief, Loss and Holiday Pain
The grieving process can be especially difficult during special holidays or dates of significance. This session will provide tips to help you through the holiday season. It will also offer tips for family and friends when dealing with a bereaved person. This class will be offered on Dec. 13 from 2–4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at the Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 Bereavement Support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330.668.4662 or 800.335.1455, Ext. 4662.


Classes and Support Groups


Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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 Cleveland Clinic Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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 2017, on Thursday’s, beginning January 12, May 11 and September 7 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 2017, on Thursday’s, beginning March 23 and July 13 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 2016, 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. 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.


 



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