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2020 - October - CDT - Active Life

Whole, But Not the Same I’m a big fan of each of the four different seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. For 13 years I lived in Orlando, Florida, and missed the significant changes in seaso...
By Dar Bellissimo
Sunday, October 4, 2020

2020 - September - Gazette - Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance In our HEART Support Group sessions – HEART stands for Helping Empty Arms Recover Together - Jennifer Stubbs and I have the privilege of sitting with indivi...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, September 24, 2020

2020 - August - CDT - Helping Hands - Thankful, Thoughtful Tuesdays

Thankful, Thoughtful Tuesdays  Gratitude, enlightenment, peace, comfort. This was how participants described a Thankful, Thoughtful Tuesdays conversation about hospice and the process of dyin...
By Dar Bellissimo
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

2020 - August - Gazette - Finding Balance

Finding Balance With my work, I have the honor of accompanying people as they journey towards a new equilibrium in a life they’re making good again after losing a loved one. The wisdom these peopl...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, August 27, 2020

2020 - July - Gazette - What Fills Your Soul?

What Fills Your Soul? I love French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s quote, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” I love it because ...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020 - June - Gazette - #BePresentWithKoch

#BePresentWithKoch Presence is important in so many ways. I’ve heard countless stories of loved ones waiting for a particular someone to be present with them before they died. I’ve also heard stor...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, June 25, 2020

2020 - June - CDT - Helping Hands - Because Love Can't Wait

Because LOVE Can't Wait When I ask people about the losses they’ve experienced during the pandemic, without fail they describe the pain of losing in-person connections. Just a few months ago, we t...
By Dar Bellissimo
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Previous Posts

2020 - May - Gazette - H-O-P-E

H-O-P-E A few years ago I was introduced to a simple activity designed by Robin Chaddock to help you find your true purpose in life. The activity used two lists – one of verbs and one of nouns. Yo...

2020 - April - Gazette - Because Love Can't Wait

Because Love Can't Wait I don’t know about you, but my pandemic grief journey has at times, surprised me. In case you weren’t aware, we are all on your own grief journeys right now. Grief is the n...

2020 - Mar - CDT - Learning to Live - Learning to Live with Pandemic Losses by Moving

Learning to Live with Pandemic Losses by Moving One day last week, my husband and I were out on our morning walk through the neighborhood. The air was crisp and the sky a vivid, cloudless blue. Ea...

2020 - Mar - Gazette - Koch Funeral Home During the Pandemic

Koch Funeral Home During the Pandemic “Whatever the rules, we are here to serve you,” states Glenn Fleming, supervisor and funeral director at Koch Funeral Home. Koch’s funeral staff is committed ...

2020 - Mar - CDT - Active Life - A Walk with Grief

A Walk with Grief A couple years ago my family and I were in the airport getting ready to begin a trip to Florida. Since we arrived a bit early for our flight, we had some time to spare and I wand...

2020 - Feb - Gazette - Dogs as Companions

Dogs as Grief Companions I walked gingerly through the door from the garage to our house. My husband supported my arm as I moved slowly, hunched over, protecting my incisions. I was in an anesthes...

2020 - Jan - Gazette - Remembering with Love

Remembering with Love I heard Mom repeat, “Oh, Joe.” I was 12 years-old, it was Halloween night 1973, and Mom was talking on the phone to my Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe was married to my mom’s sister, my...