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Updated May 26, 2022

Summer Day Camp Helps Grieving Kids/Teens

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is partnering with Good Grief of Northwest Ohio to offer a summer day camp for grieving kids and teens ages 6-15. The four-day camp will be held July 26-29 at Camp Miakonda in Toledo.

Path Finders Camp will provide opportunities for grieving kids and teens to interact with others who have experienced similar losses – in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Groups will be led by licensed counselors/social workers and trained volunteers.

Through a variety of camp activities, campers will honor the memory of the person who died, normalize feelings and learn coping skills, participate in fun, outdoor games and activities and make new friends.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, the camp will be offered at no cost to participants. Preregistration is required and full applications must be received no later than Wednesday, June 1.

Anyone interested in learning more about the camp or preregistering can call (419) 931-5623, email  pathfinderscamp@hospicenwo.org or visit www.hospicenwo.org.

Summer Sessions Of GriefShare Announced

The Monclova Road Baptist Church GriefShare ministry support group will start a new series of weekly meetings on Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the community room of Building A at the church, 7819 Monclova Rd., Monclova.

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

Hospice Of Northwest Ohio Seeks Volunteers

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is building its volunteer team in Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties. Volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with hospice staff to improve the quality of life for patients and families through a variety of tasks.

The current need is for volunteers who are willing to visit patients in their homes or at nursing homes throughout the area. These volunteers provide companionship for patients and respite for caregivers.

Free training is provided. Learn more about the volunteer program and apply via the website at www.hospicenwo.org.

Senior Center Offers Caregiver Support Group

The Maumee Senior Center is now hosting an in-person Caregiver Support Group to area community members.

In Ohio alone, there are approximately 1.5 million family caregivers providing care to parents, spouses, partners and friends. Research has shown 84 percent of these caregivers need more help and information related to caregiving.

At the Maumee Senior Center, participants of the Caregiver Support Group will have the opportunity to invest in their own mental and emotional health by sharing their caregiving story, connecting with other local caregivers in similar situations and receiving support, guidance and information.

The group is open to all levels and types of caregiving regardless of diagnosis or disease. Meetings are held at Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., Maumee, on the last Tuesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. For more information or to register for the group, contact outreach coordinator Laree Shroyer at (419) 893-1994.

For information on all activities at the center, visit www.maumeeseniorcenter.com or Facebook.com/maumeeseniorcenter.

Hospice Of NWO Offers Community Grief Support

Hospice of Northwest Ohio is offering in-person bereavement groups and private counseling sessions to anyone in the community who is grieving. A virtual option remains for anyone not comfortable attending the in-person sessions. Masks are required inside the hospice facilities.

Current group offerings include:

Coping With Loss – A twice-monthly interactive support group for adults. Participants will learn about grief and have the opportunity to express and receive support, develop an understanding of one’s loss, learn realistic expectations for oneself and discover healthy coping skills. Held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg center, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Toledo center, and the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Michigan office.

Mending Grief With Mindfulness – A twice-monthly support group for adults. Participants will meet in a supported environment to learn techniques – including meditation – to manage the intense emotions that come with grief. Held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Toledo center

Spousal or Partner Loss – Twice-monthly support group for those who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Participants will learn ways to adapt to this lifechanging event, set realistic expectations for oneself, learn to take care of oneself, gain support in understanding of grief and live with/manage the loneliness after loss. Held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Toledo center and the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Perrysburg center.

To assure the best possible group experience, anyone interested in attending must first speak to a member of the hospice bereavement team by phone to learn about the options and determine which group would be the most beneficial.

All bereavement services are provided free of charge and are available to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had previous involvement with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. All meetings are conducted by licensed counselors.

Contact the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Bereavement Department at (419) 661-4001. To learn more about grief and loss, visit www.hospicenwo.org.

Grief Support Meetings Offered In Maumee

Spring Green Educational Foundation will offer A.F.T.E.R. grief support group meetings at 2319 Detroit Ave., Maumee from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

A.F.T.E.R. will be led by executive director Dawn Duhaime, a licensed social worker who lost her only child in 2019 and is now assisting others through their grief. This group meets bi-weekly to support one another in their journey after losing someone they love and provides tools for learning to live a new way of life inside of grief through support and activities that help lessen the pain and reduce suffering.

Spring Green Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the community for 20 years and most recently released its documentary ONE, focusing on the opioid crisis.

Double ARC Hosts 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 www.doublearc.org 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 www.alz.org/nwohio or via email to alzheimersnwo@alz.org.

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