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Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Upcoming Events

December - Light Up a Life
Pay tribute to those you remember and love this holiday season by hanging a gold star on a Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service Memory Tree during its annual Light Up a Life fundraiser throughout December. Donations to Light Up a Life may be made in December at the Light Up a Life booth at Summit Mall (across from Starbucks), Mondays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., online anytime at www.vnsa.com, or by calling the Akron General Foundation, 330-344-6888. All proceeds will be used to help provide comfort care for those at the end of life and bereavement support for their loved ones. For more information, visit vnsa.com.


January 14, 2015 - 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 14, 2015, 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.


February 11 – Good Self Care While Grieving
Discuss the physical impact grief has on the body, mind and spirit, the importance of good self-care, and receive tips on supporting yourself while grieving. This class will be offered on February 11 from 2–3:30 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.


February 13 - Kids Loving Memories
Children ages 6-11 will experience three groups focusing on expressing their grief through music, special memory craft, and story. This special class will be held on February 13 from 5–7 pm at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The class is open to 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.


March 11 – 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 March 11 from 2–3:30 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.


April 8 - Book Club: “The Fault in Our Stars"
The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free book club discussion group on “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green on April 8 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Please read this book in advance to engage in the discussion. The session is open to the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information on this group and other Hospice of VNS Bereavement support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


April 13, 20 & 27 - 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 13, 20 and 27 from 2-3:30 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.


May 17 - Interfaith Service of Remembering
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service will host a bi-annual Interfaith Service of Remembering on Sunday, May 17 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.


July 8 - Book Club: "Opening Heaven's Door"
The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free book club discussion group on “Opening Heaven's Door” by Patricia Pearson on July 8 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Please read this book in advance to engage in the discussion. The session is open to the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information on this group and other Hospice of VNS Bereavement support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


July 31 - Teen Grief Support Camp
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service will offer a one-day camp for teens on July 31 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. The camp will help teens ages 12-16 who are grieving the death of a loved one. In an environment of support and guidance, trained bereavement professionals help teens process their grief through education, creative therapies and peer support. To receive information on this special camp, please call 330-668-4662.


August 3-6 - Camp Promise
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service will offer the tenth annual Camp Promise August 3-6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on the grounds of the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Camp Promise focuses on helping children ages 6-11 who have experienced a significant loss, such as that of a parent, grandparent or sibling. Children will learn to manage and understand their grief through creative activities such as journaling, sand tray therapy, music, drama and art therapy. 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.


August 12 – A Time to Laugh and A Time to Cry: 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 August 12 from 2–3:30 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.


October 14 – 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 October 14 from 2–3:30 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.


October 18 – Interfaith Service of Remembering
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service will host a bi-annual Interfaith Service of Remembering on Sunday, October 18 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.


November 11 - 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 November 11 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.


December 9 - 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 held on December 9 from 2–3:30 p.m. or 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. 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 2015, on Thursday’s, beginning January 15, May 21 and September 24 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 2015, on Thursday’s, beginning March 26 and July 30 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 2015, 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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