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For release: January 22, 2013

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

Hospice of VNS Announces Free Bereavement Classes in February

The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free class on “Good Self Care While Grieving” February 13 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Grieving persons are often aware of the emotional aspect of their grief. However, they are less aware of how their grief might be affecting them physically. Discuss the physical impact grief has on the body, mind and spirit, the importance of good self-care, and receive tips on supporting yourself while grieving.

“Kids’ Loving Memories Grief Support” will be held on February 15 from 5–7 pm at the Hospice of VNS Care Center. Children ages 6-11 will experience three groups focusing on expressing their grief through music, special memory craft, and story.

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)
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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