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March - Gazette - Leaning into Sorrow

Leaning into Sorrow I will never forget the time I was chatting with a group of people around a hi-top table at an evening fundraiser and was asked about my work. I explained that I work with Koch...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, March 25, 2021

2021 - March - CDT - Active Life

Comfort on Both Sides of the Parting A very wise woman recently told me that many wedding vows are inaccurate. When the couple commits to “until death do us part,” that doesn’t include the whole s...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, March 11, 2021

2021 - February - Gazette - Masculine and Feminine Grieving

 Masculine and Feminine Grieving HEART – Helping Empty Arms Recover Together – is a support group that Jenn Stubbs and I facilitate for individuals and couples who have experienced pregnancy ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, February 25, 2021

2021 - January - Gazette - Heartfelt Support

Heartfelt Support Many of you may know that the root of the word courage is “cor,” the Latin word for heart. It takes courage to listen to our hearts. Fortunately for us, our brains are used to l...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, January 28, 2021

2021 - January - CDT - Helping Hands

  Everyone in Happy Valley is very grateful for the many helping hands in our community, especially during this pandemic. We’re continually in awe of all the first responders who put their he...
By Dar Bellissimo
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

2020 - December - Gazette - Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me When our son was little, the two of us had a nightly practice called “Most Grateful, Least Grateful.” As I helped him settle into bed, we would both think through our day and share on...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, December 31, 2020

2020 - November - Gazette - Searching for Meaning

Searching for Meaning Experts who study grief suggest that people who are grieving have a need to search for meaning. Meaning helps them understand the nature of their grief - the what, why, when ...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Previous Posts

2020 - October - Gazette - Healing Through the Holidays

Healing Through the Holidays Who knew the Pope tweeted? Apparently I haven’t been in the know. With so much darkness in the news these days, I was happy when I recently came across Maria Shriver's...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...