For Release: April 24, 2012
Jim Gosky 330.344.6083, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Ward-Smith, 330-848-6206, email@example.com
Akron General's Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free class on "Journaling Through Grief" May 9 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Learn to use writing to help heal from and work through personal tragedy, loss, and grief. Writing can also give insight to encourage change and acceptance.
A free eight-week "Growing Through Grief Series" will begin on May 3 from 2–4 p.m. or 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center. The series is for those who wish to learn what they might experience during the grieving process. Group members share their stories, emotions, victories and hopes. Participants can expect to receive caring support from the group leaders, information on the grieving process, and tools for handling the normal grief response. The group will meet every Thursday for eight weeks; choose to attend either the afternoon or evening group.
Both classes are open to the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information on either group, or on other Hospice of VNS Bereavement support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-668-4662 or 800-335-1455, ext. 4662.
About Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
The purpose of Hospice of VNS is to alleviate suffering, engender hope, promote living and facilitate grieving among patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses, their families and their communities. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties and is a member of the Akron General Health System. For more information about VNSA, visit www.vnsa.com.
About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities we serve. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area's largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Development Foundation. Akron General has earned the prestigious National Research Corporation (NRC) Consumer Choice Award for 14 out of 16 years. Recently, Becker's Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation's top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit About Us.