Published Articles

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

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...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, May 28, 2020

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...
By Dar Bellissimo
Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Sunday, March 29, 2020

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 ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, March 26, 2020

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...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Previous Posts

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...

2020 - Jan - CDT - Helping Hands - A New Year

A New Year A new year can be an exciting time full of possibilities. It can also be a sad time when it means you’re saying goodbye to the last year in which a loved one lived.  At one grief ...

2019 - Dec - Gazette - Humility

Humility With the New Year around the corner, many of us are looking at our lives and making resolutions to change things for the better. I’m a big fan of this type of process; a process life give...

2019 - Nov - Gazette - It's a Wonderful Life

  It's a Wonderful Life One of my all-time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life! When I was a child, it was shown multiple times each holiday season and every time Zuzu said, “Look, Dadd...

2019 - Nov - CDT - Helping Hands - Family Traditions

Family Traditions Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because for me it is “Christmas without the hype.” I love the focus on gratitude. I love family gathering around the dinner table. And I love ...

2019 - Oct - Gazette - Time for Family, Time for Talk

Time for Family Time for Talk  When I was growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. Of course the excitement of costumes and candy was part of it. But another big piece was my mom’s embrace ...