hope`s messengerFall 2012



hope`s messengerFall 2012
hope’s messenger
Fall 2012
newsletter of cornerstone of hope bereavement center
AMY GREEN creates forever keepsakes to honor loved ones
During my second year of college at the Cleveland Institute of Art we lost my 24 year old brother Tim to
suicide on July 19, 2008. He suffered from depression for more than half of his life and covered it up in many
ways. Three days after his funeral we were still in shock, about to explode with emotions, and desperately
needing to talk to someone who might understand. We turned to Cornerstone of Hope.
My parents started attending an eight week group session for parents who have lost a child. I
attended a newly created a support group for siblings with Laura Serazin, the Children’s Program
Coordinator and art therapist. Throughout the weekly sessions we created art therapy projects,
talked about grief, and learned positive coping skills. After group was over, I continued to meet
with Laura to talk through feelings, and she became a very important mentor and friend to me.
I am now active in volunteering at Cornerstone of Hope’s annual Camp Erin. I saw how
important it is for children to be with other grieving children, who are able to relate with an
unspoken understanding. Volunteering has really helped me in my grief journey. My family and
I would not be where we are today without Cornerstone of Hope. I have learned about what
a life changing experience grief is, and also about life, myself, and what is really important to me.
Pictured above: Amy and Tim, and
the bronze etching from the photo.
Pictured below: earring from the
mini pretzel line.
Shortly after my brother passed away, I was taking a course called
Ceremonies and Rituals. I chose to create a commemorative object in
honor of my brother. After reading about the Native American peace
pipes, I decided to make a peace pipe and tobacco canteen. Tim enjoyed
smoking tobacco and had a vast collection of small containers. Making
this particular object was quite therapeutic, healing, and created a unique
connectivity with him. I made additional pieces in honor of my brother
including my mini pretzel line. Tim loved eating pretzels, so I made a
whole jewelry line based on pretzels made out of sterling silver and bronze.
In my senior year I implemented these ideas into my Bachelor of Fine Art/Thesis Project. I made commemorative pieces for
each of the families who were in our group at Cornerstone. My goal was to create objects celebrating specific memories, ones that
the family would never want to forget and that would last forever. Throughout my whole process I kept the families updated on
my progress, bounced ideas off of them, and confirmed the direction of the project. It was my goal to make this a positive and
meaningful experience for them. It truly helped their grief journey and mine as well. I invited the families to see my thesis show
and pick up their pieces. They expressed heartfelt emotions and appreciation. Seeing their reactions made all my hard work worth
it. Words cannot describe what an incredible experience it was. The emotional impact it had on everyone made me realize that
after graduating in 2011 with a degree in Jewelry and Metals, I needed to continue this concept and reach out to more people.
I created Forever Keepsake Designs in January of 2012
to use my artistic talent to help others. Forever Keepsake
Designs is dedicated to preserving the memories of the
ones we love forever. Through multiple processes, I create
all of the pieces by hand utilizing traditional metalsmithing
and enameling techniques. The personalized keepsakes
will forever preserve your loved ones in a tangible way.
My work includes original signatures, handwriting,
photographs, drawings, all of which, will last forever. The designs range from various types of
jewelry, accessories, framed images and table top pieces. The nature of our work is to personally
Pictured above: A bronze etching from a letter. connect with our clients and to understand their needs. Orders can be placed over the phone,
Pictured below: Tim’s signature etched on a or online, and Forever Keepsake Designs accepts commissions upon request.
silver ring.
Losing a brother is truly a big part of who I have become and has made me see it is
important for me to use my creative blessings to help others. He is the angel on my shoulder
guiding the way. Forever Keepsake Designs was created in honor of Timothy Patrick Green. I
am looking forward to meeting new clients and creating a positive experience for them and a
“Forever Keepsake”. Life and family are the most precious things we have been given, we all
need to treasure them. For additional information about Forever Keepsake Designs please visit
www.foreverkeepsakedesigns.com or call 216.548.2229.
Board of Directors
Linda Neiheiser, Ph.D.
Jeff Spetrino
Judith Matsko
Christi Tripodi
Farshid Afsarifard, Ph.D.
Jay DeFinis
Tony Esposito
Jerry Fish
Gerri Jeffrey
Cynthia Haire
Lori Kosakowski
Bobbie Lindenbaum
Carla Longano
Barbara Marlowe
Jim Milano
Michael Neff
Dave Ost
Casey Rasata
Susan Rennell
Frank Rini
Patrick Rollins
Christopher Soska
Bill Thompson
Dan Tompkins
Janine Valvoda
Loree Vick
James Vilcheck
Dave Wheeler
Matthew Wracher
Founding Board
Ed Butler
Bobby DiGeronimo
Donnie DiGeronimo
Denise Dufala
Dino Lucarelli
Cornerstone of Hope’s
Columbus office
offers the same great
services as Cleveland.
4217 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43214
cornerstone of hope | a center for grieving children, teens & adults
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to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence. to believe, desire, or trust.
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Lessons from sebastian by SCOTT ANTHONY
“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!” Psalm 139: 13-14
Last week was hard. While in the middle
of conducting a retreat for our parish middle
school students, my wife called to tell me that
she was having a miscarriage. I was able to
leave the retreat early and drove home to grieve
with and support my wife and other children.
It was tough. It still is. But at the same time,
the grace of God has been blowing me away
this past week and I have been trying to soak it
all in. What I realized as the days went by was
how much my son, Sebastian Luke, was able to teach the world in his short, 17
weeks of life.
Lesson #1: There IS a human baby in the womb, not just a bunch of cells. I
was given the privilege of preparing Sebastian’s body before we took him to the
funeral home. I washed his frail, almost perfect, little body and placed him in a
satin-lined box. Most of his older siblings had the sublime experience of seeing
his ten perfect toes and fingers, his little ears and nose (he had an Anthony nose).
There was no mistaking his miniature form as a human, not a potential human,
who simply needed time and nourishment before looking exactly like you and
me. I don’t know what the future holds for each of his siblings that were able
to gaze upon his body, but I know they will NEVER believe the lie that what is
inside the womb is not a human life.
Lesson #2: Tragedy bonds us in ways that nothing else can. It was moving to
see my oldest son overcome with grief for his little sibling that he would never
know or play with in this life. In the safe cocoon of our home and family he did
not have to be ashamed about lettings his emotions out. Sebastian taught his
older brother, and all of us, that life is precious and sacred and that it is right to
express sorrow when life is destroyed or lost or disrespected. Sebastian taught us
that we need to be more compassionate towards one another and that we need
to be more passionate about showing love to one another.
He has given me THIS day, THIS moment, THIS time in salvation history to be
His follower and to learn to love as He loved. Sebastian taught me that everyone
is important and known by God and that I need to cherish each moment and live
each day to serve Him.
Lesson #5: Sebastian taught all of us that EVERY life matters, no matter how
small. There is NO ONE who is insignificant in the eyes of God and EVERY
life has a purpose and plan. While Sebastian’s life was very short and he never
even lived to see the light of day or the faces of his family members, he sees more
clearly now than we do. While the rest of the world might say that his existence
was worthless or a waste, they are wrong! Sebastian taught us all this and so much
more. And most importantly, we now have another intercessor in heaven cheering
us home. We can never underestimate the eternal value of his prayers for us still
struggling to find our way. He taught us that EVERY life is gifted with the ability
to love and to help others see God and get to heaven.
Sebastian Luke lived a short life, not long enough to even be measured by the
standards of the world, but he lived a life of greatness when measured by God’s
standards. May we all strive to live as rich and meaningful of a life as my precious
little Sebastian Luke.
Sebastian Luke, pray for us!
Reprinted from Created for Greatness by Scott Anthony. Scott is a full-time
Catholic youth minister for two parishes in Pennsylvania. Please visit his blog
at www.scottmanthony.blogspot.com.
Lesson #3: Life is short and we need to cherish each moment. Whether you
live only 17 weeks in the womb or you live to be 117, life is going to seem
short. Especially when compared to eternity. What Sebastian taught us is that
we need to stop sweating the small stuff and start living each day with eternal
vision, recognizing that each day could be our last and that we will be meeting
the Lord sooner rather than later. Sebastian taught us to live for HEAVEN—
the place where we will one day meet him. Sebastian taught us to have our
priorities straight.
Lesson #4: Funerals are important. It was an honor to be
able to pray over his little body, carry his coffin and to help
place it in the ground and cover it with flowers and dirt. As I
shoveled the earth into the grave I was reminded that we came
from dust and that we would return to dust. Sebastian taught
me humility in that moment. Who is Scott Anthony? Nothing
more than an imperfect child of God, imperfect husband and
father, imperfect son and brother and imperfect youth minister
and Catholic speaker; in fact, in 150 years, no one living now
will even have a clue about who I was. But God knows me and
cornerstone of hope | spiritual corner
[fāth] noun. a belief and trust in loyalty to God. a firm belief in something for
which there is no proof. complete trust.
October 15th is National Pregnancy
and Infant Loss Remembrance
Day. Please join us for a memorial
program on Monday, October 15,
2012 at 6:30pm. To receive more
information, please contact us at
fall 2012
Evening CEU Series
Includes Dinner, Handouts, 2 CEU’s (RN, SW, Nurse, and Counselor, call to see if
FD has been approved) and a Presentation from a professional in the community.
October 16, 2012 | Healing Grief with Spirituality, Ty Morgan
KeyBank is a proud partner of Cornerstone of Hope’s
Professional CEU Workshops. We appreciate their
commitment to supporting professional development.
November 13, 2012 | Difficult Clients, Bob Pickard
December 2012 | No meeting due to the holidays
COST: $25 for each 2-hour CEU, includes materials and dinner
5:00 - 5:30pm Dinner
5:30 - 7:30pm Presentation
PLACE: Cornerstone of Hope
RSVP: To Julia at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
Professional Journal Group
Are you looking to stay current with professional journals to keep up on the
latest research and trends? Join us for our monthly journal group, facilitated
by a Professional Librarian. This group offers 1 CEU for Social Workers,
Counselors and Nurses (call to see if FD has been approved). Includes a
continental breakfast.
September 6, 2012 | The Caregiver
Caring for Professional caregivers
You spend a majority of your day meeting the needs of others; a wonderful but
draining occupation. These meetings are about discovering new therapies (massage,
aroma, etc.), creating art with different mediums and other de-stressing events.
Spend an hour taking care of yourself, before heading out for a day of caring for
others. Includes a continental breakfast.
September 13, 2012 | Art, Marcie Phillips
October 11, 2012 | Message Bracelets, Kari Taylor
October 4, 2012 | Art Therapy
November 1, 2012 | Anger and Grief
December 2012 | No meeting due to the holidays
COST: Free, includes breakfast
TIME: 8:30 - 10:00am
PLACE: Cornerstone of Hope
RSVP: To Julia at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
November 8, 2012 | Tea Benefits, Lisa Lingenfield
December 13, 2012 | Holiday Fun, Julia Ellifritt
COST: Free, includes breakfast sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care
TIME: 8:30am - 10:00am
PLACE: Cornerstone of Hope
RSVP: To Julia at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
Clinical Interventions
Clinical Interventions presents new, cognitive-based therapeutic interventions to
enhance a clinicians skill-set and add tools to our current methods. This group
offers 1 CEU for Nurses, Social Workers, and Counselors (call to see if Funeral
Directors have been approved). Includes a Continental breakfast.
Due to high demand, an RSVP is required for this series.
September 27, 2012 | Art Therapy, Laura Serazin
October 25, 2012 | Person Centered, Julia Ellifritt
The Grief Group is a network of professionals who work with the bereaved.
Come share the programs that are happening at your agency, and learn about
current topics. This group offers 1 CEU for Nurses, Social Workers, and
Counselors (call to see if Funeral Directors have been approved). Includes a
Continental breakfast sponsored by Crossroads Hospice.
September 20, 2012 | Life Changes, Judi Fischer
October 18, 2012 | Grief and Probate, Daniel Seink, Esq.
November 15, 2012 | Diversity, Julia Ellifritt
December 20, 2012 | Networking Party–no CEU will be given
COST: Free, includes breakfast sponsored by Crossroads Hospice
TIME: 8:30am - 10:00am
PLACE: Cornerstone of Hope
RSVP: To Julia at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
November 29, 2012 | Faith Based Interventions
December 2012 | No meeting due to the Holidays
COST: Free, includes breakfast
TIME: 8:30am - 10:00am
PLACE: Cornerstone of Hope
RSVP: To Julia at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
cornerstone of hope | education offerings
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developing the powers of reasoning and judgment. preparing oneself for mature life.
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support our mission
To make your Annual Fund gift, or for information on supporting Cornerstone of Hope, please contact Andre
Calabretta, Development Director at 216.524.HOPE or [email protected]
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On August 24th Cornerstone of
Hope launched their newly updated
website. New features include easier
to read and navigate pages and links, a
calendar of events, and gift shop page.
We encourage you to please visit the
site to see current information about
Cornerstone. To better serve our
clients, you can now register for support
groups online, and download support
group flyers. We look forward to you
visiting the site and seeing the many
new features.
A night to benefit Cornerstone of Hope
50% of profits will go to Cornerstone
Sunday, November 11th
Independence, Ohio
martin j. coyne jr golf outing
On January 13, 2001, Martin J. Coyne Jr. was killed in a car accident. This
Pancake Breakfast
event changed the Coyne family’s life, and they wanted to be able to honor
his memory and help other families who have experienced sudden and life
–November 22, 2012–
changing loss. The Coyne family set up The Martin J. Coyne Jr. Foundation
to ensure that they could carry on his memory. This year, they held the 2nd
annual Martin J. Coyne Jr. Golf Outing at Mallard Creek, and all proceeds
were donated to Cornerstone of Hope. Michael and Maureen stopped by to
deliver the amazing $8,000 check from the golf outing. Cornerstone of Hope
breakfast & in lieu of your bill,
would like to thank the Coyne family and
the generous supporters of their
for Cornerstone of Hope
outing! Thank you for allowing us to join you in honoring Marty.
Giving Hope to Grieving Children, Teens and Adults
of hope’s newest fundraising program
On September 1st Cornerstone of Hope will launch its newest online fundraising initiative.
myCornerstone is an online site where people can build personalized pages in order to create awareness
and make donations to Cornerstone of Hope. These pages can be customized to share your story with
friends and family. For example, if you are celebrating a birthday and anniversary, in lieu of gifts you
can create a page and have guests make donations to Cornerstone of Hope. To memorialize a loved one,
you can upload their photo, and have people make donations in their honor. All of the proceeds from
myCornerstone will go directly to Cornerstone of Hope’s many programs, support groups, and services.
With more than 350 people being served each week, it is important for us to raise funds to cover these
costs, so families may attend regardless of their ability to pay. To learn more about this new program
or if you’d like create your own page, please visit www.cornerstoneofhope.org or call 216.524.4673.
cornerstone of hope | supporting our mission
[suh-pawrt] verb, noun, adjective. to bear or hold up. to serve as a foundation for.
to sustain without giving way. to advocate. to provide for. to assist in performance.
fall 2012
Cornerstone of Hope is excited to share that a growing collection
of people are beginning to pray earnestly over all the support,
activities, and events that happen on a monthly basis through
Cornerstone. We believe that God has clearly blessed Cornerstone
of Hope and given us the opportunity to do what we do, however,
we want to watch God do above and beyond our human efforts!
He is the author of true and lasting hope and we want to be sure
He is in the midst, the forefront, and supporting everything we do.
Our hearts are full of anticipation!
volunteer appreciation dinner
On June 16, the staff of Cornerstone of Hope had the privilege of serving and giving
back to our amazing volunteers! We enjoyed a delicious dinner, complete with hors
d’oeuvres and dessert, specially prepared by Mark and Christi Tripodi. Every volunteer
was individually thanked by a staff member and remembered for their generous gifts of
service and time.
The evening was also a wonderful opportunity to relax, sit and talk with each other and
get to know one another outside of their volunteer commitments.
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service on June 1, 2012. Their wonderful
employees braved the lashing rain to help with
some much needed landscaping work around
the center. Thank you Edgepark Surgical!!!
volunteer at cornerstone of hope
Cornerstone of Hope is blessed to have the support of dedicated volunteers who participate in a variety of volunteer assignments.
Reception Desk Volunteers commit to a scheduled shift each month. During their volunteer time, the reception desk volunteer greets visitors and answers
phone calls. Many times, the phone calls and visitors discuss sensitive issues, and our volunteers handle these issues with both sensitivity and compassion.
Kitchen Support Volunteers also commit to a scheduled shift each month. These volunteers serve dinner to support group participants, greeting each
client with warmth and hospitality.
We have additional opportunities including clerical volunteers, maintenance/cleaning volunteers, phone call volunteers, gala volunteers and others.
Cornerstone of Hope’s Volunteers support our mission in many wonderful ways, limited only to their imaginations. If you are interested in becoming a
volunteer, please contact Gail Oberkircher, Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-524-4673. We would love to have you on our team!
We ask all of our volunteers to attend a training session prior to becoming a Cornerstone of Hope volunteer.
The sessions are 3 hours long and are full of information.
September 5th, 2012│Wednesday 6pm – 9pm
November 3rd, 2012│Saturday 9am – 12pm
cornerstone of hope | volunteer opportunities
[vol-uhn-teer] noun, adjective, verb. a person who performs a service willingly without pay.
to offer oneself for some service or undertaking. to give, bestow or perform willingly.
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All groups meet at Cornerstone of Hope, and begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change without advance notice.
Please call to confirm event, date and time. RSVP is appreciated to assist us with planning.
The socialites group is open to anyone who has completed an 8 week support
group at Cornerstone or if you have completed 8 weeks of individual counseling
at Cornerstone.
Brunch on the nautica queen | SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
We’ll be having brunch on Sunday, September 16, 2012 from 1:00pm 3:30pm. Brunch is $29.95, and you must pay in advance. For more
information, or to reserve your spot,
please call 216-524-4673.
To pay for the above event, please mail
or drop-off a check made payable to
Cornerstone of Hope to:
5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, Ohio 44131.
Bereavement Bible Study Group
Attendance at another 6 or 8 week support group is a prerequisite for participation
in this group. Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Morning meetings include light
refreshments. Evening meetings include a light supper.
Tuesdays, September 25, 2012 - November 13, 2012
now offering
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
an additional
Register by: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Fridays, September 28, 2012 - November 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 - 11:30am
Register by: Friday, September 21, 2012
Monthly Support Group
Attendance at another 6 or 8 week support group is a prerequisite for participation
in this group. Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Evening meetings include a light supper.
Monthly family workshops
Family workshops are intended for grieving children ages 5-18 and their parents
or caregivers. These workshops give families a chance to socialize, memorialize,
find connections and support in a friendly, fun atmosphere. (Children may not
attend workshops on their own.)
After completing an 8 week support group, you may still find certain times
of the year difficult during anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays. Please join
Cornerstone for our monthly support group, where you will find strength
with others that have also lost a loved one. A grief journey never ends, but it
is through support that you can refresh your faith.
saturday, september 29, 2012 | 11:00 - 1:00 pm
Annual Family Fall Fest at Mapleside Farms│Brunswick
Go on a hayride, jump on the 70 foot pillow, and wander through the corn
maze. Cost is $5.00 per person, kids under 2 are free. Cornerstone will provide
snacks and beverages.
Registration and payment due by Friday, September 21, 2012.
2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Please RSVP by the 1st Tuesday of the month if you will be attending
tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 6:00 - 8:00 Pm
Quilted Memories
Bring in a photo of your loved one and we will reprint it on fabric so you can
create a frame-able fabric collage with your loved one’s photo. You may also bring
in an article of your loved one’s clothing to incorporate into your memorial art
piece. No sewing necessary but various materials will be provided for those of you
who enjoy sewing. *Workshop is best suited for teens and adults.
Register by Friday, September 25, 2012, and mail your photo by this date
if possible as well.
tuesday, november 6, 2012 | 6:00 - 8:00 pM
Soothing Bath Fizzy Making
It is challenging to be able to relax and take time for ourselves during the
grieving process. Create fizzling scented bath bombs to transform a simple bath
to a calming and comforting experience. We will have fun shapes for kids as well.
Register by Friday, November 2, 2012.
Tuesday, december 4, 2012 | 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Annual Christmas Ornament Workshop
When grieving the loss of a loved one, finding ways to balance the feeling of
sorrow with the hope and spirit of Christmas can be challenging. Come and
decorate an ornament in memory of your loved one and enjoy some cookies
and refreshments. Each participant will receive their own ornament free of
charge. Santa will be present at the workshop for photos.
Register by Monday, November 26, 2012 for your 1-hour time slot.
running/walking grief Group
Attendance at another 8 week support group is a prerequisite for participation in
this group. Locations will vary. Morning meetings include light refreshments.
Congratulations to the participants of the Spring Running/Walking Grief
Group on their completion of the “Running with a Mission” 5k!
Cornerstone of Hope is proud of the inaugural members of the
Running/Walking Grief Group. They should be very proud of their dedication
and commitment to honoring their loved ones by completing the 5k! Please
join us as we bring back this group for the Fall.
Orientation: Thursday, September 6th, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturdays, September 8 - October 27, 2012 from 8:00AM - 10:00AM
*Details on running locations will be given at orientation. Open to anyone,
18 and older, grieving the loss of a loved one that has completed one of
Cornerstone of Hope’s 8 week support groups. You do not have to be able to
currently run or walk a 5k to join this group.
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[suh-pawrt] verb, noun, adjective. to bear or hold up. to serve as a foundation for.
to sustain without giving way. to advocate. to provide for. to assist in performance.
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Cornerstone groups
Groups are 8 weeks in length, and begin at 6pm with a light dinner and end promptly at 8pm at Cornerstone of Hope. Groups need a minimum of 5 people and are closed
to new members after the 2nd week. To register, or for additional information, please call 216-524-HOPE or email [email protected]
neonatal & Infant loss | FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A BABY
Cornerstone is pleased to be partnering with Legacy of Love to offer an nine week group for persons who
have experienced miscarriage, still birth, neonatal or other infant losses. Held at Cornerstone of Hope.
Morning meetings include light refreshments. Baby sitting is provided.
Saturdays, September 22, 2012 – November 17, 2012
Time: 9:00 - 11:00am
Register by: Friday, September 14, 2012
Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Include a light supper.
Phototherapy uses photography as a medium for expressing grief and finding healing after your loss. A
weekly theme will be presented and the photos you take throughout the following week will be brought
in and discussed how they relate. Images will represent memories and thoughts you’ve had relating to
your loss. Cameras are not provided, so you must be able to bring in your own digital camera or camera
phone. Cornerstone of Hope will print out class photos.
Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Light supper provided.
Mondays, September 24, – November 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Monday, September 17, 2012
Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Light supper provided.
Mondays, September 24 – November 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Monday, September 17, 2012
Mondays, September 24, 2012 - November 12, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Monday, September 17, 2012
20 something’s group
A group for ages 18-32 years old, who have lost
a loved one. This group brings together people
of a similar age, who are interested in finding
a strong support system. Held at Cornerstone of
Hope. Light supper provided.
Light supper provided.
Wednesdays, September 26 – November 14, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
tuesdays, September 25 – November 13, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Light supper provided.
Wednesdays, September 26 – November 14, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
TAKING F.L.I.G.H.T. | Families Living In Grief &
Healing Together
This group is a way for families to come together for support. Groups
are broken up by age, and while each group studies the SAME topic,
they do so in age appropriate ways. This allows families to discuss their
feelings with one another, outside of the group, but at their own pace
and in their own words. Light supper provided.
Thursdays, September 27 – November 15, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Evening Groups-Dinner is provided.
Daytime Groups-Light refreshments provided.
Wednesdays, September 26 – November 14, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friday, September 28 – November 16, 2012
Time: 1:00 - 3:00pm
Register by: Friday, September 21, 2012
new support group│reaching out to families
affected by accidental overdose
Over the past year, Cornerstone of Hope has recognized a great need for a support
group for families that have lost a loved one to accidental overdose. This unique loss
can leave families with many unanswered questions along with a myriad of difficult
emotions. This group hopes to bring people together who have experienced similar
losses, offer some education about the addiction process, offer support for the
numerous emotional reactions to this particular loss, and provide some helpful insight
into moving forward with hope. Please call with any questions (216) 524-4673.
those who have lost a loved one to accidental overdose
Held at Cornerstone of Hope. Light supper provided.
Group for kids, teens &
Tuesdays, September 25, 2012 – November 13, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Register by: Tuesday,September 18, 2012
cornerstone of hope | support services
[suh-pawrt] verb, noun, adjective. to bear or hold up. to serve as a foundation for.
to sustain without giving way. to advocate. to provide for. to assist in performance.
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Through the generosity of Cornerstone of Hope donors, we were able to raise more than
$13,000 to support Camp Cornerstone, Camp Heroes, Camp Odyssey, and Camp Erin. In
addition to the Camp Campaign, New York Life donated $25,000 to be used for Camp Erin.
Throughout the summer, more than 175 children and teens attended these four camps. Each camp
combined traditional camp activities, and also included special remembrance activities and grief sessions
for campers. We look forward to seeing many of the same faces again next year, and
hopefully meeting new campers as well. Please visit our website in the Spring of
2013 to learn more about the camps and activities we will provide next Summer!
Camp Cornerstone
cornerstone of hope | camp update
[i-’vent] noun. a noteworthy happening. a social occasion
or activity. something that happens.
fall 2012
This year, Cornerstone of Hope celebrated its largest Paver Dedication
Ceremony since opening the Prayer Gardens. More than 80 attendees
dedicated brick and granite pavers in memory of their loved ones. As part
of the ceremony, balloons are released with notes to loved ones attached.
Over the years several of these notes have found their way back to Cornerstone
of Hope. We’ve received returned notes from 5 different families who have
found hearts that were attached the balloons. The farthest heart came
from Nova Scotia, Canada, and the closest from Canton, Ohio. Our most
touching story is from New Jersey, where we received an email from Colleen
with how she found a heart in her yard.
I was out walking with my 3 yr old daughter, Haley, and we have a
statue of Mary Magdalen in our yard. We looked down at the statue
and found a pink heart attached to a purple balloon. The message
on the pink heart read, “I love you and miss you so much.” I wanted
to let you know how amazing it was that this paper heart made it
so many miles away. I will mail you back the heart, to let whoever
wrote it know that we found this symbol of hope.
Hearts indicate locations
where hearts have been found.
scrapbooking program to remember loved ones
Cornerstone is partnering with Heartland Hospice for a new scrapbooking program. No experience needed! If
you have photos and mementos from your loved one, and you would like to make a scrapbook, specialized photo
frame, or other art project in his/her honor, this program is for you. It will meet on the second Tuesday evening of
each month, from 6-8pm. Dinner, instruction, and scrapbooking supplies will be provided. Please RSVP to Julia
at 216.524.4673 or [email protected], so we can plan for supplies.
Join us for the following dates:
September 11, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
October 9, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
November 13, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
December 11, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
Cornerstone of Hope hosted three wonderful golf
outings this year. On Friday, June 15th more than
140 golfers joined us for The Rich DiGeronimo
Memorial Golf Outing at Sawmill Creek Resort
for a day of great golf, food, and friendship. Our
second outing, The Columbus Cornerstone of
Hope Golf Scramble was held at Heritage Golf
Club and all proceeds go toward expanding our
programs for grieving families in Central Ohio.
The final outing of the season was the Cleveland
Sports Anchor Golf Scramble and Roundtable at
Stonewater Golf Club. Golfers enjoyed
a beer tasting from Indigo Imp Brewery,
and picked up some sports tips from
Chuck Galeti, Coach Sam Rutigliano,
Jimmy Hanlin, Tony Rizzo and Aaron
Goldhammer. Check our websites for
dates next year for these great outings!
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Cornerstone of Hope in Columbus will be offering an 8-week support group for adults who have experienced
the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one. This group is designed to assist individuals in coping with the
difficult emotions associated with sudden or traumatic loss in a safe and supportive environment.
When: Thursday evenings, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
September 27 - November 15, 2012
Where: The Bryce Eck Activity Center of St. Andrew’s Parish
3880 Reed Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Registration: Please contact Marissa to register, 614.824.4285 or [email protected]
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Do you know someone that lives in the Central Ohio area that you’d like to
refer to Cornerstone of Hope? You can recommend Cornerstone of Hope’s
great services to friends that live near Columbus. Cornerstone of Hope
saw an increased need for bereavement services, and decided to open this
location in mid-2011 . We offer individual counseling from our home-like
office located conveniently on North High Street, and support groups are
offered at a nearby location.
To learn more about
counseling and support
groups in Columbus, please
call 614.824.4285 or visit
a week of fun at camp odyssey
Forty-nine campers attended an exciting week at Camp Odyssey in the Hocking Hills of
Ohio from July 29th through August 4th. Children ages 7-17 grieving the loss of a loved one
attended camp, which incorporated regular summer camp activities with structured group
grief counseling. The campers enjoyed days full of swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, pottery
making, fishing, and tie dying, among many other activities. Campers even celebrated
the Olympic Games by engaging in volleyball, flag football, steeple chase, synchronized
swimming, field hockey, and capture the flag! They enjoyed other festivities such as a luau
complete with pig roast, an incredible talent show, and a camp-wide newspaper. Cabin
groups slept under the stars, built campfires and roasted marshmallows for s’mores. The
week ended with a camp-wide lantern release, floating candle votives and a memorial tree
planting with painted memory stones in honor of those we have lost. Camp Odyssey and
Cornerstone of Hope would like to thank our donors, staff and volunteers for an incredibly
successful week at camp and eagerly look forward to next year!
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We receive our tax exempt status from
the IRS as an official 501C.3 nonprofit organization and start offering
educational programs to local professionals.
We added individual counseling and adult
support groups to our program offerings
and host our first Gala which raised
$150,000 and was attended by more than 600 guests.
Laura Serazin and Stacey Banks are added to
the staff to concentrate on building our child
and teen programs through art therapy. Julia
Ellifritt becomes our Clinical and Program Director.
We initiate our school crisis team training
and begin responding to local districts in
need of support.
We were awarded a 10-year grant from The
Moyer Foundation to facilitate Camp Erin
Cleveland, a free grief camp for children ages
8 – 18 offered annually.
Cornerstone hosted the 14th Annual
Symposium for The National Alliance for
Grieving Children. NAGC President, Paul
Golding, stated, “Cornerstone is the gold
standard for bereavement centers across
the country.”
A decade
of Hope
On January 5, 2007, we break ground
for the construction of our new home at
5905 Brecksville Road in Independence,
Ohio. This space allowed us to expand our children
and teen programs, along with add on space for large
functions such as memorial programs and camps.
On April 2, 2008 we move into our
brand new center to better serve the
community. In November, we host 160
individuals from military families from a five state
region through a partnership with TAPS (Tragedy
Assistance Program for Survivors).
Our main prayer garden is dedicated
in loving memory of Erin and Andrew
Ehrbar. Later that year our Columbus
office officially opens.
A Center for GrievinG
Children, teens & Adults
We hosted four separate grief summer camps. A total of 175
youth attended. We added Camp Odyssey to serve Central Ohio
families and Camp Heroes to serve inner city Cleveland families.
We will be celebrating our 10-year history, “A Decade of Hope”,
throughout the entire calendar year. Please continue to follow our
progress on Facebook, Twitter and our website for future events.
5905 Brecksville Road
Independence, Ohio
P: 216.524.HOPE
F: 216.524.3743
W: www.cornerstoneofhope.org
MISSION STATEMENT: Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.
save the date.
a taste of hope | september 13, 2012
A night of great food and friends presented by New York Life to celebrate and raise
money for Cornerstone of Hope.
nautica Queen Brunch | september 16, 2012
Join the Social Lites for their annual brunch on the Nautica Queen, tickets are
$29.95, and you must pay in advance.
clambake feast | september 29, 2012
Bring your friends and family for a clambake at Miles Market in Solon.
Dinner at Delmonico’s | November 11, 2012
Enjoy a wonderful dinner at Delmonico’s Steakhouse in Independence, and 50%
of the profits from sales that night will go to Cornerstone of Hope.
thanksgiving pancake breakfast | november 22, 2012
Have breakfast Thanksgiving morning at Yours Truly in Valley View. Enjoy
unlimited breakfast, and in lieu of your bill, leave a donation to Cornerstone of
Hope. Yours Truly gives 100% of the donations to Cornerstone of Hope.
sudden loss support group | september 27, 2012
This group is for those who have experienced the sudden and unexpected loss
of a loved one. Please register by calling Marissa at 614.824.4285.
Guided by Christian values of compassion and
service, we welcome and serve all seeking support.
fall fest | September 29, 2012
Gather your family for a day of a corn maze, wagon
rides, pumpkin painting and more. Cost is $5 per
person and kids under 2 are free.
Christmas candle lighting &
remembrance ceremony
december 8 & 9, 2012
Please join us for our annual Christmas Candle
Lighting and Remembrance Ceremony. You can choose
from two services on each day, the first at 1:00pm and
the second at 3:30pm. Dates and times are based upon
a first come basis, please download the registration
form on our website, or call for more details.
contact cornerstone of hope for
more details pertaining to any
of the above events
at 216.524.hope (4673)
christmas candle lighting &
remembrance ceremony | december 2012
Join us for an afternoon to remember loved ones at our
annual Christmas Candle Lighting and Remembrance
Ceremony. A Reservation is required for this event.
Mark Tripodi, MBA
Founder/Executive Director
Andre Calabretta, MA
Development Director
Julia Ellifritt, LISW-S
Program/Education Director
Laura Serazin, ATR, CTC
Children’s Program Coordinator
Megan Sprenger, PCC
Counselor/Internship Coordinator
Bob Pickard, PC
Traumatic Grief Counselor
Kari Taylor, PC
Counselor/Group Coordinator
Shannon Grubich, MSSA, LSW
Counselor/Camp Coordinator
Isabella Mihalik
Rachel Rego
Administrative Assistant
Gail Oberkircher
Volunteer Coordinator
Ilia Estremera
Event Coordinator
Erika Walick, LSW
Miriam Keresman, Ph.D.
Maribeth Lieberth, PC
Ruth Raciniewski, PC
Kristen Santel, LISW-S, ACHP-SW
Clinical/Program Director
Stacey Swanson
Administrative Assistant
Marissa Aquilino
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