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For release: December 13, 2012

Jim Gosky 330.344.6083, jim.gosky@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

Hospice of VNS Announces Free Grief Support Series in January

The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free series on “Men Facing Grief” January 7, 14 and 21 from 5:30–7 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Men in general seem to find it more difficult than women to recognize and deal with grief. Oftentimes, men even have a hard time acknowledging their need for support when they have experienced a death of a loved one. This group, for men only, seeks to provide ideas for helping men heal from a loss.

“After the Holidays… Now What?” will be offered January 9 from 2–3:30 p.m. or 6–7:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center. The group will focus on overcoming the low feelings sometimes experienced after major holidays and other special days.

An eight-week “Growing Through Grief Series” will begin January 10 from 2–4 p.m. or 6–8 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. Share stories, emotions, victories and hopes, and receive 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.

All 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 any 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)
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service is a nonprofit agency providing compassionate support for individuals facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Care is provided in-home, at nursing facilities or assisted living residences, and at the area's first freestanding Hospice Care Center, the renowned Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road in Copley Township. 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). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, 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 it serves. 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 Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and 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 www.akrongeneral.org.



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