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For release: March 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 Journaling through Grief Series

The Akron General 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” April 8, 15 and 22 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. There will be an additional class on April 27 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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.

The series is open to the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To register, or for more information on this or other Hospice of VNS Bereavement support programs or individual grief counseling, please call 330-665-1455, press “0” to speak to Bonnie Fazek.


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 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 health care 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 532-registered-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 health care 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. In 2013, the American Nurses Association bestowed the prestigious “Magnet” status on the more that 1,000 nurses from Akron General Medical Center, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute and the Health System’s Health & Wellness Centers. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit www.akrongeneral.org.



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