Faces of Kansas City: Cook class serves as support group - KCTV5

Faces of Kansas City: Cook class serves as support group

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KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

There may be no scientific evidence to back this up, but the simple act of eating a home-cooked meal can just make people feel better.

The name of a new and unique cooking class is Testosterone in the Kitchen. It is just for men, but what they're cooking up may be surprising.

A couple of times a month a small group of men gather in the kitchen at the Argentine Community Center in Kansas City, KS. At first glance it's a cooking class.

But upon closer inspection, there's something simmering here that's much deeper than food.

"As grievers, men, we tend to kind of put those feelings down and we don't express them the way the ladies do, and we also don't reach out to other people for help," said Michael Campbell, a grief counselor.

Helping people move forward from their grief is Campbell's profession. He's a family therapist and a chaplain at Crossroads Hospice. The cooking class was his way of getting guys to open up about a painful loss.

"Even just a few minutes of conversation can be very impactful. Some guys will talk about how their wives died, what the disease process was. Sometimes they'll share some cancer stories, sometimes stories about their faith, the coping part of it and how they're doing now," Campbell said.

He says the key ingredient in getting men to talk about their grief is breaking bread together. Campbell said sharing the meal they just prepared allows for sincere conversation.

On one night, the men invited KCTV5's Brad Stephens to the table and he was honored to be their guest.

"At first it's weather and sports. After a while they start talking about their families and their feelings and about their lives and where they want to go from here," Campbell said.

To get involved with Testosterone in the Kitchen, RSVP to Michael Campbell by calling 913-850-7537. The class is free, but class size is limited to 10 people.

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