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Grief Support events that might be of interest to you, your family or someone else in need of support. These events are for everyone, and not just for Hospice of Dayton or Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties patients or families. Feel free to share these opportunities to gather with others.

Mother’s Day Tea Offers Grief Support

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This Mother’s Day, the grief support program of Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is offering special support to those who have lost their mothers.

Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton invites members of the public who have lost their mother to attend a Mother’s Day Tea on Wednesday, May 4 to honor memories of mom. The program will be held from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Community Room at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton. According to Bereavement Counselor Debbie Holt, MS, PCC-S, “The Mother’s Day Tea is designed as an event to remember and honor moms who have been lost in the last year.

For many, Mother’s Day can be a painful holiday for those who have lost mothers, even for those who have been handling their grief well. While a single event can’t heal the pain, the Tea will provide opportunities to share with others who are experiencing the same loss and will provide helpful information on how to cope with the grief the holiday brings.
Honoring will come through the sharing of memories and what mom meant to each individual. It won’t be necessary to speak the memories if the attendee chooses not to, but setting aside time to reflect on those memories can be very helpful amidst the busyness of day to day life.”

Holt predicts there will not only be tears, but laughter at the Mother’s Day Tea. Attendees will be invited to take home their teacup as a remembrance of mom and the event. Advance reservations are required. Those interested in attending can contact Pathways of Hope at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.

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Camp Breakaway Flashback!

Camp Breakaway is back on January 18, 2016! Families who have not yet registered children and teens (ages 7-17) can RSVP here: https://hospiceofdayton.webconnex.com/breakaway16

Each year, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton’s Pathways of Hope hosts “Camp Breakaway,” a one-day grief-focused program designed for children and teens who have experienced the loss of a significant loved one such as a parent, grandparent, sibling, friend, or other meaningful relationship in their lives.

This special program combines grief support in age-appropriate group discussion, art, and music, along with fun activities at the Kettering Recreation Complex like swimming and ice-skating. Over the years, grieving children and teens in the community have received support from peers as well as professionally trained, board-certified art and grief therapists.

Take a look at some of the fun activities Camp Breakaway kids and teens have participated in over the years, thanks to generous contributions from our community to support Pathways of Hope! Thank you Dayton for supporting superior care and services for our patients and their families. Learn more about Pathways of Hope grief support by clicking here.

To learn more details about 2016 Camp Breakaway and to register, please follow this link: https://hospiceofdayton.webconnex.com/breakaway16

Ohio’s Hospice Spearheads Unbroken Circle of Care with Local Clergy

Faith communities are called upon to support members of their congregations during times of serious illness and loss. Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton is reaching out to faith communities to strengthen and educate clergy and laity in serving this constituency.

Kim Vesey, RN, CHPN, MS, Vice President of Mission Support with Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, is leading the Unbroken Circle of Care project, working with faith communities from across the Miami Valley. “By using our expertise to better prepare congregations in supporting their families, we believe we are extending our mission of reducing pain and suffering,” Vesey explains.

clergy, Dayton, grief, counseling, training, hospice Vesey is leading a series of programs that involve members of church communities who develop individualized approaches to addressing the needs of those dying and grieving within their faith community. For some places of worship, specific ceremonies are developed to celebrate and honor the lives of the dying; for others, the development of resources to support caregivers may take priority. For all, it is an expression of compassion and caring for those within the community at a time when it is needed most.

Pathways Breakaway 2016 – Registration Now Open!

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Fun activities at the Kettering Recreation Center focus on helping kids express themselves.

Are you interested in supporting a child who may be experiencing grief? Pathways Breakaway is designed for children, 7-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or other loved one. This daylong event focuses on giving kids the opportunity to enjoy age-specific, fun activities such as swimming, ice skating and games. Along with physical activity, Breakaway allows time for exploring an emotional expression of grief with activities involving art, music and group discussions. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Pathways Breakaway will be held on Monday, Jan. 18 2016, from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM, a day on which many children will be out of school for the Martin Luther King holiday. The event takes place at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio, Breakaway is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required as the event will be limited to 50 children.

For further information and registration materials, please contact Pathways of Hope at (937)258-4991, or email pathwaysofhope@hospiceofdayon.org. Families can also register online at www.hospiceofdayton.org/breakaway.

Now registering for PATHWAYS BREAKAWAY

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Pathways Breakaway is a daylong, grief focused event designed for children, 7-17, who have experienced the death of a parent or other loved one. Experiencing the event in age specific groups,participants will enjoy fun activities such as swimming, ice skatingand games as well as grief activities involving art, music anddiscussion groups. Lunch and snacks will be provided.Pathways Breakaway will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015, a day on which most children will be out of school for the MartinLuther King holiday. The event, which will be held at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio, will beginat 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Breakaway is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is required as the event will be limited to 50 children. For further information and registration materials,please contact Pathways of Hope at (937)258-4991, or emailpathwaysofhope@hospiceofdayon.org, or register online at www.hospiceofdayton.org/breakaway.

Holiday Grief Support


The holidays are a challenging time for those experiencing grief.  Pathways of Hope Grief Support is offering a Holiday Grief Support group on a drop-in basis every Wednesday evening, November 5 through December 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Pathways of Hope, at Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue.  The group is open to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.  Advance registration is not required and there is no fee.  If you have questions or want additional information, please call 937-258-4991.

PATHWAYS BREAKAWAY 2013

Pathways Breakaway is a grief focused event designed for children and teens that have experienced the death of a parent or significant loved one. Going through this day-long event in age specific groups, children and teens will enjoy grief groups utilizing discussion, art and music as well as fun activities such as swimming and ice-skating. Lunch and snacks provided. The only things participants will need to bring are a swim suit and towel.

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