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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

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...
By Dar Bellissimo
Friday, November 13, 2020

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

Previous Posts

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...

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...

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...