• The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center

    October 26th, 2011 | Section: Local News

    Courtesy of Tim O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Arlene Goldstein

    On November 20, 2011 Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, a center for grieving children, will celebrate the opening of the first and only grief center in the Tri-State area. The grief center will be located on the Hospice of Cincinnati campus in Blue Ash at Cooper Rd and Reed Hartman Highway. Thanks to a meaningful gift from Eddie and Arlene Goldstein, the grief center will be permanently named The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center, whose mission is to Promote Healing for Life After Loss. When Goldstein, Vice Chair of the Hospice of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, was asked why he and his wife Arlene were moved to make this gift he said the following:

    “Unresolved grief is one of the most prevalent, underserved and costly health issues that our country and our community face on a daily basis. Unresolved grief affects people for the balance of their lives and in many cases the lives of their children. This is true of adults who suffer the loss of a loved one. How much more so for a child who loses a loved one? And worst of all, a parent who loses a child? Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside address this devastating health issue through their experienced, compassionate and caring outreach mission of grief support. These services are free and available to anyone in our community regardless of whether their loved one was cared for by Hospice of Cincinnati. Grief knows no demographics and has devastating effects. It cuts across all religions, ethnicities, income and age. Estimates show grief affects more than 135,000 people in the Greater Cincinnati area annually. A New York Times article cited an estimated 15% of the bereaved population remain in unresolved grief. These statistics are truly mind-boggling.”

    “The Goldstein Family Grief Center will bring together the grief support of Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside, an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati, that our community has been blessed to receive for over twenty five years. Last year Fernside’s support group program reached 1,236 children, teens and adults affected by loss. Additionally, the program’s outreach on grief education reached 2,294 people. Fernside’s services include peer group sessions, school group sessions, crisis intervention, summer camp for grieving children, and more. At the same time, Hospice of Cincinnati’s adult bereavement program touched 4,733 grieving adults in one of several ways, including group sessions, individual counseling, memorial services, telephone support, and more.”

    “Now, The Goldstein Family Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside Grief Center brings all of these expert resources under one roof. This includes ten full-time professional grief counselors who facilitate group, private, and off premises grief support. The Hospice of Cincinnati mission is to create the best possible and most meaningful end-of-life experience for all who need care and support in our community. Not only do we provide the very best end-of-life care for those who are making their final journey in this world, now, through the Goldstein Family Grief Center, we will bring healing to life after loss to anyone in our community who needs our help. Hospice of Cincinnati and Fernside services are completely free of charge in fulfillment of their mission. These services are not paid for by private or government insurance but through charitable contributions. We are very proud to be an integral part of this most important mission and to have our family name attached to it. Arlene and I feel very blessed in many, many ways to be able to do this mitzvah. This grief center provides us with the perfect vehicle with which to leverage our personal desire to help make this world a better place, a true dwelling place for G-d.”

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