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Published on October 19, 2016

Saint Mary’s Hospital Chaplain and Author Presents “Good Grief”

photo of Chaplain Geralyn CappabiancaWATERBURY, Conn. (October 19, 2016) ─ How can grief be good?

“Grief becomes good when we allow ourselves to heal and see the gifts the journey of grief offers us,” says Chaplain Geralyn Cappabianca of Southbury, a member of the Pastoral Care Department at Saint Mary’s Hospital and author of “Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain: I Stand Near the Door.”

On Thursday, November 3, Cappabianca will present, “Good Grief: Coping with Loss and Grieving,” a free program, which will be offered from 5 to 7 pm in the Saint Mary’s Hospital Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

The presentation is offered to those who have experienced a loss of any kind, including the death of a loved one, a divorce, the diagnosis of a terminal illness. It is also open to those who have friends or family members who are coping with loss. “The grief process is the same, learning to cope with loss and separation, as are the gifts we reap from the journey,” said Cappabianca, who will discuss the symptoms and processes of grief, especially during the holidays, offer suggestions for recovery and answer questions.

A board certified chaplain and licensed professional counselor, Cappabianca has served as a hospital chaplain for more than a decade and was manager of the Pastoral Care Department at Saint Mary’s from 2009-2014. Prior to that, she 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. Cappabianca holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.

To register for “Good Grief,” visit stmh.org or call 203-709-3312.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is a Catholic acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit stmh.org for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram and Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

About Trinity Health - New England

Trinity Health - New England is an integrated nonprofit health care delivery system formed in 2015 and is a member of Trinity Health located in Livonia, MI, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. Trinity Health - New England is comprised of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut; Johnson Memorial Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital, and Johnson Health Care and Home & Community Health Services in Stafford Springs, Connecticut; and The Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts; Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts; Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital, Springfield, Massachusetts; Brightside for Families and Children; and Mercy Continuing Care Network that includes Mercy Homecare, Mercy Hospice and Mercy LIFE.

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