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Published on December 09, 2015

Book Signing for Author of “Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain: I Stand Near the Door”

Geri CappabiancaWATERBURY, Conn. (December 9, 2015) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital will host a book signing and reception featuring local author Chaplain Geralyn Cappabianca, MA, LPC, BCC, to celebrate the publication of her first book, “Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain: I Stand Near the Door.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, December 16 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Hospital Auditorium, located on the second floor of the hospital’s Medical/Dental Conference Center off Union Street in Waterbury. The event is free and open to the public.

A resident of Southbury, Cappabianca is a Board Certified Chaplain and Licensed Professional Counselor. She has served as a hospital chaplain for more than a decade and as Manager of the Pastoral Care Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital from 2009-2014. She previously served as Director of Pastoral Care and Mission Effectiveness at Hall-Brooke, now St. Vincent Behavioral Health, as resident chaplain at the Hospital of St. Raphael and as a certified school counselor at Pomperaug High School.

Geri-Cappabianca holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.

Her book details many of her experiences helping people from all walks of life to unlock the answers to their own spiritual mysteries. In each chapter, she focuses on finding peace and joy in the midst of life’s major transitions—weddings, birth, death, and coming to new life after a loss—and along the way brings greater awareness to topics such as the importance of end-of-life planning, how to cope with grief and loss, understanding compassion fatigue and burn-out, and near-death experiences.

“We walk through many of life's transitional doors in a hospital,” Cappabianca writes. “The hospital chaplain can help people with these challenges, providing a calming, peaceful presence, someone who will walk with them through their doors.”

Through the use of the metaphor of the door and the true, inspirational stories of patients she has encountered throughout her life and career, as well as her own journey as a chaplain, Cappabianca invites readers to consider the many doors of transition in their own lives. The book itself models the role of the chaplain in the hospital setting, inviting all chaplains to reflect on their own role in their ministry setting. It is an inspirational spiritual journey, sometimes mystical, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always engaging and inviting further thought and reflection by the reader.

“Saint Mary’s Hospital and the staff here is like family to me. We have walked through many doors together with patients, families and fellow staff members. I am very blessed to have had the privilege of serving at Saint Mary’s for so many years and I can think of no better place to launch the book,” Cappabianca said.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $12. Cash and checks will be accepted. Parking will be available in the Visitors Garage off Cole Street (across from St. Mary Elementary School). The book is available online at Amazon.com.

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