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Calvary Hospital Offers Annual Bereavement Course

Calvary Hospital has announced that their 23rd Annual Bereavement Course will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from March 9 through May 11, 2016 in downtown Brooklyn. The address is: St. Joseph’s High School, 80 Willoughby St., Brooklyn, NY 11201. The course is designed for those who work in the helping professions (social workers, nurses, funeral directors, etc.) who may need to address bereavement and grief-related issues in their professional lives (this is not for bereaved family members).

The Hospital’s 10-week course is taught by various specialists from Calvary Hospital and from Calvary@Home (Home Care and Hospice). Upon completion, each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Continuing Education Credits are pending from the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Funeral Directors. These courses have been approved for contact hours by ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling); the ANCC for nurses (American Nurses Credentialing Center; and CSAC (Certified Substance Abuse Counselors). Fees are as follows:

  • $225 per person to attend all 10 sessions; $200 each for 2-4 people registering from the same institution; $175.00 for 5 or more people. Special offer for graduate students is $50.00 for the complete course.
  • People may also choose individual sessions for $50.

The schedule of each session is as follows:

  • March 9 – “Making Decisions at the End of Life” – Christopher Comfort, MD, 6 to 7 p.m., “Delirium and Depression in the Dying Patient” – Robert Brescia, MD, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • March 16 – “The Hospice Perspective” – Jamie Trachtenberg, LCSW, ACHP-SW, 6 to 7 p.m., “Fundamentals of Grief Counseling” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • March 23 – “Multi-Cultural Aspects of Grief” – Father Chux Okochi and Pastoral Care Staff, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • March 30 – “An Overview of ‘Normal’ Grief” – Sherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, 6 to 7 p.m., “Disenfranchised Grief: Intuitive vs Instrumental Grievers” – Sherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • April 6 – “Death of a Child” – Sherry Schachter, PhD, FT, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • April 13 – “Death of a Parent” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 6 to 7 p.m., “Death of a Sibling” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • April 20 – “Children and Death” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • April 27 – “General Bereavement for Young Adults” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 6 to 7 p.m., “Death of a Spouse/Partner” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • May 4 – “Initiating Bereavement Support Groups and Interventions” – Maria Georgopoulos, LMHC, FT, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • May 11 – “Grief and Trauma” – Sherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, 6 to 7 p.m., “Compassion Fatigue” – Sherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, 7 to 8 p.m.

To register for the entire 10-session course, or for individual sessions, go to to download a copy of the registration form. Completed forms must be received at Calvary by Friday, Feb. 26. Individuals can also register at the door. Checks should be made payable to Calvary Hospital. Please send all registrations and payment to: Walesca Marmolejos, LMSW, Bereavement Counselor, Calvary Hospital, 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10461. Questions may also be directed to Walesca Marmolejos, LMSW, at wmarmolejos(at)calvaryhospital(dot)org.

For more than a century, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully-accredited, acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. More than 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, hospice, and wound care services. Inpatient care is offered at our 200-bed facility in the Bronx and our 25-bed Brooklyn Satellite at Lutheran Medical Center. Calvary Hospice provides short-term inpatient care at The Dawn Greene Hospice, located at Mary Manning Walsh Home in Manhattan. To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to

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