For Release: June 25, 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 series on "The Art of Journaling: A Road to Healing" July 9, 16 and 23 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. A journal is used to reflect upon the meaning and the significance of events in your life in an effort to find new meanings, core values and inner peace. Class participants will discover how journal writing can be a road to healing.
A free book club discussion group on "Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy" by Barbara Johnson will be held on July 11 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center. "Pain is inevitable but misery is option," says Barbara Johnson. The survivor of four devastating experiences, Ms. Johnson uses wit to find joy in the midst of it all. She shows that though pain is inevitable to us all, we can choose to see the flowers instead of the weeds. Please read this true and moving story in advance to engage in the discussion of this book.
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.