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For release: February 21, 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 March

The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free class on “How Rituals Help the Grieving” March 13 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Rituals that held meaning in life can be used for continued support and encouragement through the journey of grief. The session gives grievers a chance to share their own rituals as well as discover new ones.

A free six-week “Healing Journey Support Group” will begin on March 14 from 2–4 p.m. or 6–8 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center. The series will focus on rebuilding life after the death of a loved one and incorporating hope. Group members will help normalize the grief experience through camaraderie with others facing similar challenges. The group will meet every Thursday for six 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)
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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