Updated December 3, 2020

GriefShare Virtual Meetings Announced

The Monclova Road Baptist Church GriefShare ministry support group will start a new series of weekly meetings online on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. through December 7. 

The ministry is for those who are grieving the loss of a family member or friend. There is no time limit on how long ago your loved one may have passed. All are welcome. 

GriefShare is a nondenominational group that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Each week is a different topic and anyone may join the group at any time during the 13-week program. To preregister or for more information, call (419) 346-6991.

Hospice Offers Help For Health Care Directives

Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides free, guided conversations by trained facilitators to assist in the completion of advance health care directives. Through a series of questions, these conversations consider cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs in completing written advance directives including Living Wills and selecting a health care power of attorney.

All adults, whether healthy or coping with a serious illness, should think about, discuss and document their health care wishes. It is important to make wishes known upfront about any future medical treatment, in the event a person cannot express them themselves. These conversations have never been so important and at the forefront of everyone’s mind as during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospice of Northwest Ohio offers this service free of charge to anyone in the community. Advance Care Plans are legal documents that can be created without the assistance of a lawyer. Health care decision conversations can be done in person or via phone or video chat. Set up an appointment by calling (419) 931-5423 or e-mailing

Learn more about advance directives at

COVID-19 Hotline Answered By Area Nurses 

Mercy Health and ProMedica are operating Nurse COVID-19 hotlines to answer medical questions related to the virus from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, in cooperation with the Northwest Ohio Healthcare Emergency Management Coalition and the Lucas County Emergency Operations Center.

The hotline phone numbers are (419) 251-4000 (English only) and (419) 291-5355 (multilingual). After-hours and weekend callers may leave a message, and their calls will be returned on the next business day.

The Ohio Department of Health also operates a COVID-19 hotline. That number is (833) 4-ASK-ODH.

Hospice Offers Virtual Support/Online Resources 

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Hospice of Northwest Ohio is now offering the following virtual and online resources free and open to anyone in the community.

Bereavement Services – Virtual bereavement groups and private counseling sessions are available to anyone in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Contact the hospice bereavement team at (419) 661-4001 to schedule a time for a virtual assessment, which will help determine which group would be most beneficial to you. This will be a time for you to share your story and hear about the bereavement services available at this time.

Caregiver Video Support Series – An educational, easy-to-access series for caregivers who aren’t able to follow a schedule or leave home. Each video is less than 10 minutes and is appropriate for professional and family caregivers. 

Topics include Stress Management, Advance Care Planning, Busting the Myths of Hospice and Opioids for Shortness of Breath. Request additional topics by e-mailing 

Access videos at

Chaplain Chatline – During this challenging time, hospice chaplains are available by phone if you have something on your mind and would like to talk or pray. All phone calls are confidential. Please leave a voicemail message if the call is not answered – include callback number – and a chaplain will return the call the next business day. 

The Chaplain Chatline number is (567) 331-2309.

To learn more about Hospice of Northwest Ohio, visit

Double ARC Offers Online Parent Support Group 

Double ARC Center for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and A Renewed Mind offer an online parent support group for parents and guardians of children with FASD. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The free support group is facilitated by FASD specialists to give parents time to vent about the trials and tribulations of raising a child affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and to give them strategies to cope with different situations.

Parents can join the meeting online from a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone; or join with a phone call. Visit to sign up and for more information.

Alzheimer’s Association Operates Free Helpline

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, operates a free helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 140 languages. Staff is available to help with questions about Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss, medications and treatment options, brain health and care options, caregiving tips and respite care options, services available in the community and/or referrals. 

The toll-free number is (800) 272-3900. The association is also available online at, or e-mail

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