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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

1830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

Chapel Hill
12200 Strausser St. NW
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: 330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice at United Church Homes

200 Timberline Dr. #1212
Marietta, OH 45750
Phone: 740.629.9990

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone: 330.264.4899

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

779 London Ave.
Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937.644.1928

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.
Middletown, OH 45005
Phone: 513.422.0300

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, OH 45420
Phone: 937.256.4490

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio


2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.788.1400

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055
Phone: 740.344.0379

Ohio's Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614.685.0001

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.
Washington Court House, OH 43160
Phone: 740.335.0149

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

3230 N. Co. Rd. 25A
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: 937.335.5191

Ohio's Hospice of Morrow County

228 South St.
Mount Gilead, OH 43338
Phone: 419.946.9822

Ohio's Hospice


7575 Paragon Rd.
Dayton, OH 45459
Phone: 937.256.4490


11013 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Ways to Honor and Celebrate Your Loved Ones on Valentine's Day

Remembering Your Loved One on Valentine’s Day

For those who recently lost their spouse, partner or significant other, Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday. Reminders of Valentine’s Day are everywhere. Stores are filled with Valentine’s Day candy and cards. Coffee and candy stores are decorated for the holiday to promote their Valentine’s Day specials. TV channels advertise upcoming Valentine’s Day movies, and social media features Valentine’s Day posts. For those who are grieving, all of these reminders bring up memories of Valentine’s Day cards, dinners, and expressions of love.  

“Valentine’s Day is especially tough because it is the holiday to express your love,” said Ray Vance, MTh, a bereavement counseling professional with Ohio’s Hospice Pathways of Hope℠ Grief Counseling Centers. “With all the reminders in stores and in the media, there is no escaping that pain of loss.”

He encourages those who recently lost their loved one to remember that everyone grieves in their own way and in their own time. “Give yourself permission to cry, or laugh, or be with friends,” he said. “Buy yourself chocolate or anything else that brings you comfort. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Remember, although your loved one is gone, your love will never go away.” 

He recommends celebrating the love you have for your loved one by doing the following: 

  • Write a letter to your loved one. 
  • Light a candle in their memory. 
  • Look at pictures and reminisce. 
  • Play your loved one’s favorite music. 
  • Visit places you both enjoyed. 

Deb Holt, MS, LPCC-S, CT, a bereavement counseling professional with Ohio’s Hospice Pathways of Hope℠ Grief Counseling Centers, says that  for many who are grieving, they feel like they have just caught their breath after getting through the holiday season that began in November with Thanksgiving. 

So, how do those who are grieving the love of their lives handle Valentine’s Day? Should they choose to ignore it and tough it out?  

The anticipation of hard days is may times harder than the day itself,” Holt said. “However, you can choose to focus on what Valentine’s Day means. It’s a day set aside to celebrate love. For those who are grieving, Valentine’s Day can be a time to focus on giving and receiving love of all kinds.” 

To acknowledge grief and give love, she recommends the following:  

  • Invite a group of people over for a casual get together.  
  • Plan an evening out with others who have experienced the same loss.  
  • Choose to do five random acts of kindness during the day.  
  • Tell five people in your life what they mean to you. 
  • Volunteer to serve at an animal shelter.  

Those who are grieving are encouraged to take time to reflect how far they have come since the death of their loved one and how they are honoring them by choosing to go forward with life.  

Pathways of Hope Grief Counseling Centers 

Ohio’s Hospice offers grief and bereavement support through our Pathways of Hope℠ Grief Counseling Centers, which provide a variety of services to the communities we serve. Support and education are provided by a team of counselors and social workers, all with significant experience and expertise in assisting grieving children, adolescents and adults. For more information about Pathways of Hope, click here.  

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