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Suicide and tragic deaths seminar in Oak Harbor

With our area having experienced several tragic deaths in recent years, the Stephen Ministry of St. John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor is sponsoring a mini-seminar on suicide and tragic death. Topics to be covered are signs and symptoms of potential problems, the help available, coping with the loss, what to say and not to say to families who have lost a loved one and the question of where God is in these situations.

The speakers will be Joyce M. Gates, M.A., LICDC, LPCC of C.O.P.E.; Joe Vidal, Coroner’s Investigator; and Pastor Debra Domeier of St. John Church. The seminar, to be held at Salem Township Community Center, 11650 W. Portage River South Road, Oak Harbor, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, is open to everyone. There is no cost to attend, and reservations are not necessary. For questions, please call the church office at 419-898-6474.

Stein Hospice volunteer training held in Port Clinton in May

In May LifeCourse volunteer training for Stein Hospice will be offered at Firelands Presbyterian Church, 2626 Harbor Road, Port Clinton. The 18-hour training program will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. on May 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22.

 “I thought I was helping others, but I get as much back as I give. Stein Hospice is a great family,” said Peggy Willard, who became a hospice volunteer after she was helped by Stein Hospice when her husband was ill with terminal cancer.  

Retired banker Gene Heinzerling agrees. “I am honored to represent Stein Hospice,” the Port Clinton volunteer said.

To register or for further information, contact Stein Hospice volunteer department at 800-625-5269 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Stein Hospice offers programs for caregivers

When Carrie Scheufler’s husband Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, Carrie had to learn how to be a caregiver. The retired Sandusky teacher also had to learn how to take care of herself, and she will share her experiences at Stein Hospice’s “Caring for the Caregiver.” 

All caregivers are invited. Please join us Saturday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Stein’s main office, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky. People will also learn how to give a hand massage and have the opportunity to talk with other caregivers. For reservations, call Stein Hospice, 800-625-5269.

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