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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 15, 1872 when the first baptism was recorded at St. Peter's Church, New Britain. The child's name was, Joseph Graff.
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ChaplainGeribook cover web 900x600WATERBURY— 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 Geralyn Cappabianca of Southbury, a member of the Spiritual Care Department at St. Mary’s Hospital and author of Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain: I Stand Near the Door.

On Wednesday, March 14, Cappabianca will present “Good Grief: Coping with Loss and Grieving,” a free program, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Hospital auditorium. It is open to the public.

The presentation is offered especially  to those who have experienced a loss of any kind, including the death of a loved one, a divorce, even 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, and 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 Spiritual Care Department at St. 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 or call 203-709-3312.