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The Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Amy Levin Conference Center, 1165 N. Ridge Rd, Lorain. For more information, please contact Robin Hale, LOSS Coordinator, by calling (440) 204-4268 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvary Cemetery offers a recitation of the Holy Rosary every second Friday of the month at 9:00 A.M. in the Resurrection Garden Crypt. A prayer service and time of reflection will follow at 10:30 A.M. It is their hope that this traditional prayer service will bring healing. Additional information can be obtained by calling 440-233-5117.
The Compassionate Friends, a national organization, has expanded to include a local chapter. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Linda Appeman of Vermilion is coordinator and can be reached at 440-963-7214. Visit The Compassionate Friends National website at compassionatefriends.org.
Social Security Announces "Compassionate Allowances" Program Compassionate Allowances is an initiative that will allow all Social Security offices to expedite disability claims for applicants whose medical conditions are so severe or serious that they obviously meet disability standards. This decision process is based on a current list of 50 medical conditions that will qualify as an impairment and will allow Social Security to act quickly (in a matter of days rather than months or years) in processing and approval for disability income assistance. These conditions and more information can be found at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/. Additional information on Seniors and aging can be accessed through the Senior Series, a list of pertinent fact sheets located on the Ohio University Extension Office website at http://ohioline.osu.edu/SS-FACT/INDEX.HTML
The Department of Veterans Affairs is making available a new medallion to be affixed to an existing privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a veteran. This benefit is only applicable if the grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. In these instances, eligible veterans are entitled to either a traditional Government-furnished headstone or marker, or the new medallion, but not both. For more information go to www.cem.va.gov/hm_hm.asp or call the funeral chapel and one of our staff can assist you.
Social Security Improves Website The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently unveiled a redesigned Website that is more welcoming and user-friendly. New features include: • SSA created five headings at the top of the homepage representing each of the programs it administers, including “Survivors” and “Supplemental Security Income.” • Links to tools for “Filing Online for Retirement Benefits,” “Applying for Disability Benefits” and “Requesting a Social Security Card” are highlighted on the home page. These tools will help reduce or eliminate trips to local Social Security offices. • A brief video greeting, delivered by an SSA employee, will help many people, including those with certain visual disabilities, navigate the redesigned Website. • People who are already receiving benefits can easily find information, services and schedules of payments. • Visitors will find an online “Retirement Estimator” that will allow them to get an immediate and personal estimate of their potential Social Security retirement benefits and help them plan for retirement.