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Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Upcoming Events

Sept. 11, 18, 25 & Oct. 2 - Grief Support Group for Families Affected by Drug Overdose
A grief support group intended for adults who have suffered the death of a loved one due to a drug overdose. This four-week program will focus on defining addiction and its accompanying behaviors; moving through the guilt, shame, blame, and regret that haunt this type of loss; listening to the needs of others and learning to communicate your needs; establishing good self-care habits; and celebrating your loved one's life. Group will meet on Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2, 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.


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. 12 - Advance Directives Workshop: Living Wills & More
A medical crisis can happen at any time, at any age. If you became seriously ill or were in a car accident and unable to make your own medical decisions, would your family know what to do? Attend this free "Advance Directives Workshop: Living Wills & More" on Oct. 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Akron General Health & Wellness Center, Bath, 4125 Medina Road, Akron.

Attend this workshop to learn about the importance of creating your advance directives – including a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care – legal documents that go into effect only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. Advance directives will help to ensure you get the medical care you would want, even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you. Staff will be present to answer questions and assist with filling out your paperwork that night, if desired. This program is free and refreshments will be served. To register, please call Stephanie at 330.668.4683.


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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