In her new book, “Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain: I Stand Near the Door,” author Chaplain Geralyn Cappabianca, MA, LPC, BCC, details many of her experiences helping people from all walks of life to unlock the answers to their own spiritual mysteries. In each chapter, Chaplain Geri, a chaplain at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT, focuses on finding peace and joy in the midst of life’s major transitions. Along the way, she 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,” Chaplain Geri 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, Chaplain Geri 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. It is an inspirational spiritual journey, sometimes mystical, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always engaging and inviting further thought and reflection by the reader.
Chaplain Geri, who lives in Southbury, 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 Pastoral Care 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 in Westport, CT, as resident chaplain at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, CT, and as a certified school counselor at Pomperaug High School in Southbury, CT.
Chaplain Geri holds a master’s degree in counseling from Fairfield University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut.
In addition to Amazon.com where the book is available in print and e-book formats:
“Memoirs of a Hospital Chaplain” is available for purchase from local bookstores and the Saint Mary’s Hospital Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of the hospital at 56 Franklin Street in Waterbury, CT.
Chaplain Geri is available for speaking engagements, workshops, book signings, book discussions, and retreats. She can be reached at 203-518-0303 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website chaplaingeri.com and Facebook page “Chaplain Geri Cappabianca”.
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