Calvary launches Men's Bereavement Support Group
Calvary launches Men's Bereavement Support Group


Calvary hospital announces formation of

BEREAVEMENT support group for men

BRONX, NY, February 2010 – Calvary Hospital today announced that it will now offer a men’s bereavement group for those who: have lost their spouse/partner, parent, child or sibling; are separated or divorced; or are dealing with their own health issues.  These groups will focus on handling stress and sadness, managing loneliness, rebuilding self esteem, and dealing with relationships.  There is no charge to participate.  It is open to all men in the community.

“Our adult bereavement support groups are usually grouped by the relationship a person has to the deceased.  We are forming a group for men based on the feedback we have received from those who attend our other groups,” said Dr. Sherry R. Schachter, Director of Bereavement Services at Calvary.  “Many men do not feel comfortable attending bereavement groups where emotions are usually shared.  Instead, the focus of their grief tends to be more cognitive then it is expressive.  Our goal with this new group will be to create a safe place to help men manage their grief by problem solving rather than discussing their feelings.  During meetings, we will examine questions and explore answers from participants’ own experiences.”

            The first meeting of the Men’s Group will be Tuesday, March 2, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  Future meetings will take place every other Tuesday at the Hospital’s address -- 1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx N.Y. 10461.  For more information, contact: Dr. Sherry R. Schachter at (718) 518-2125 or

For 20 years, Calvary’s bereavement groups have supported thousands of adults and children at a very difficult time in their lives.  In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families by offering free bereavement support groups for adults, children, and teens, as well as referrals for additional support as needed.  Calvary support groups are available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether or not they had a connection to the Hospital.  Many are from the larger community, and have lost loved ones to illness, accident, or violence.

Calvary Hospital ( is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients.  A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century.  More than 5,500 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home care, home hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.


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