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Strategies for Coping With Grief and Loss During the Holidays offered by St. Anthony's Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2011) – Dealing with loss and grief is never an easy task. During the holidays, feelings of sadness can be magnified as families and friends gather for celebrations. St. Anthony’s Hospital Pastoral Care Department wants to help the community through what can be a difficult time of year by hosting two free lectures, “Coping With Grief and Loss Through the Holidays.”

The lectures will be offered twice:

  • 9:30 a.m. Nov. 15 in Classroom D, first floor, St. Anthony’s Hospital

  • 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in Classroom D, first floor, St. Anthony’s Hospital

Following each lecture, there will be a service in the hospital’s chapel. The service is designed to reach out to anyone who is feeling blue during the holidays and to allow them to express their grief and frustration during this time of year. The services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 and at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8.

Mardie J. Chapman, MS, MDIV, a board-certified chaplain at St. Anthony’s, will lead the lectures and discuss how difficult it is to cope with the death of a loved one during what is normally a time of celebration. Chapman also will talk about other types of loss that can affect a person – the loss of a job or home, divorce, or a sudden change in one’s health.

“Loss is not just losing someone you love,” Chapman said. “Loss can take on many forms for those who are feeling anguish and despair. For some, there is anticipatory grief in which they are dealing with the fear of loss. That can cause people to lose their sense of security and peace.”

Chapman will offer suggestions on how one might react, both mentally and physically, to loss during this time and provide strategies for coping with these feelings.

There is free valet parking in the hospital’s garage. Join the discussion at the hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. For more information, please call (727) 953-6993.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. This year St. Anthony’s Hospital earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for superior energy efficiency for a third year. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center is the only breast center in St. Petersburg honored with accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

Contact: Sherry Robinson, (727) 825-1445 Phone; (727) 257-7052 Pager