SMC Offers Coping Strategies

(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center understands the difficulty of loss and grief many individuals face after the death of a loved one. To support community members, professionals from the spiritual care department will offer a 12-week grief, loss and life transition support session beginning in May. It will provide sensitive and compassionate support while aiding individuals in understanding and coping with their personal phases of loss and life transitioning.

Deacon Marco Vegas and Jan Sciortino will lead the program as co-facilitators. Both Deacon Vegas and Sciortino have been trained by Alan Wolfelt, PhD, a nationally recognized author, educator and grief counselor. St. Mary-Corwins grief, loss and life transition support program is centered on Dr. Wolfelts idea of companioning, where individuals journey together versus the model of treating, which consists of pulling an individual through. Participants are encouraged to find support in others, rather than grieving alone.

By providing a welcoming and confidential environment, participants will learn to reconcile through finding newness and continued meaning in life. The program offers reassurance and support with materials based on Dr. Wolfelts text, Understanding your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones and Understanding your Grief Journal.

We recognize the difficulty of losing a loved one, and hope to reassure individuals to seek help in our compassionate program, said Deacon Vegas. This program offers the ability for participants to come together to help each other overcome their losses not only personally, but on a collective level as well.

The program is open to 12 members per group, and participants are expected to attend each session, as the content of each class builds from the last. Potential members will meet with Deacon Vegas for a registration screening to determine the appropriateness of the grief, loss and life transition support program, as some may benefit more from individual counseling before entering a support group program.

The program begins Wednesday, May 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rawlings Pueblo City-County Library, 100 E. Abriendo Ave. Meetings will be held in Brett Kelly Room B or the Ryals Room. For more information and to schedule your registration screening, please contact Deacon Marco Vegas at 719-557-5207 or


About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions leading health care network. For more information visit St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center or follow us on Twitter@StMaryCorwinand onFacebook.

Media Contact
Gianna Lisac
Marketing & Communications Assistant