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For release: April 15, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, amy.kilgore@akrongeneral.org
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681, kelly.wardsmith@akrongeneral.org

Hospice of VNS offers memorial service and grief support series
Free programs support the bereaved in our community

The Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) Center for Loss and Hope is offering a free eight-week “Growing Through Grief Series” beginning May 2 from 2–4 p.m. or 6–8 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Learn what to expect 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.

A free bi-annual “Interfaith Service of Remembering” will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at the Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath. This meaningful supportive service remembers and honors the deceased members of our community. RSVP required by May 10.

Both programs are open to the community at no charge. Enrollment is limited, so please call to reserve a place. To RSVP, or for more information on either program 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-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. 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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