Diocese of Rockville Centre

Good Samaritan Hospital



Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
Christine Hendriks,
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104

Date:           November 24, 2010

West Islip, NY – Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, in conjunction with Good Shepherd Hospice, recently offered a free educational seminar on strategies for coping with the loss of a loved one during the coming Christmas season and other holidays.  More than 50 people attended and shared their stories of losing someone close to them.

Good Shepherd Hospice staff members Jane Malone, PhD, and Clarice Curry, MA, LCSW, presented the program, offering tips, advice and coping mechanisms.  “There is no right or wrong way to handle a holiday after the loss of a loved one.  Some may wish to follow family traditions, while others may choose to adopt new customs,” stated Dr. Malone.  In a brochure provided, “Good Shepherd Hospice – Grief and the Holidays”, 16 coping strategies were stressed.  The goal is to make people feel comfortable and encourage sharing.

Following the presentation was the “Candles of Remembrance” ritual, during which volunteers lit candles and read chosen readings.  Refreshments and conversation filled out the evening.

For information on coping with bereavement, please contact Good Shepherd Hospice at (631) 465-6300.


Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip.  The medical center, which has more than 4,500 employees and almost 900 physicians on staff, had more than 30,000 patient admissions and more than 95,000 emergency room visits in 2009.  Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit the website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.

Good Samaritan provides more than $54 million in community service and charity care each year.  The medical center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health.  This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.