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Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates

Upcoming Events

July 13 – 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 13 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


July 29 - TeenLife Grief Support Camp
A free one-day camp for grieving teens ages 12-15 will be offered on July 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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.


August 1-4 - 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 August 1-4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily on the grounds of the Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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.


August 10 - Book Club: “The First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom
A free book club discussion group will be offered on “The First Phone Call from Heaven" by Mitch Albom on August 10 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Justin T. Rogers Hospice 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, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, Ext. 4662.


October 12 – 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 12 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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.


October 16 - Interfaith Service of Remembering
A bi-annual Interfaith Service of Remembering will be held on Sunday, October 16 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 7, 14 & 21 - Men and Holiday Grief
Help for men facing the holidays without their loved one. This free series will be held November 7, 14 and 21 from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General 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 2016, on Thursday’s, beginning January 14, May 12 and September 1 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 2016, on Thursday’s, beginning March 24 and July 14 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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