By DR. ELAINE DISPO-RENDÓN
ANAK KO founder
RIO HIONDO, TX—ANAK KO, a nonprofit organization, now sells products to fund its cause to serve grievers.
Rosaries can be purchased as tax-deductible donations to help bereaved families through memorial expenses, CARE packages and Marigold Scholarships.
ANAK KO publishes grief guides written by founder Dr. Elaine Dispo-Rendón based on her grief experience and research after losing her oldest cat and both of her unborn children. She also co-authored cookbooks with co-founder and her husband, David Rendón, El Santuario and Flying Pig’s corporate executive chef in Olmito.
Proceeds from these books, along with support videos, rainbow wristbands, and the aforementioned rosaries benefit ANAK KO’s grief services.
Cosmetologist Nancy Lambert, wife of Deacon Charles Lambert in Abilene, is the rosary artisan for ANAK KO. Donors, both in the Rio Grande Valley and globally, bought her rosaries, including women’s prayer group members from Saint Helen Catholic Church in Rio Hondo.
According to group officials, ANAK KO supports Valley families and others around the world who have lost human and animal family members, including to health-related causes, such as the coronavirus, cancer and chronic disease.
Dispo-Rendón, a certified grief counselor and pet-loss grief support specialist, provides confidential virtual sessions, pro bono, and presents her workshops at state, regional and national conferences. She also designed the American Institute of Health Care Professionals grief diversity specialty to serve a wide range of demographics, according to her biography.
“I hope it serves God’s gift to others,” said Dispo-Rendón’s client about the professional grief support. “It is His gift.”
Alamo native Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI, the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of San Angelo and Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate, is ANAK KO’s Obispo spiritual guide who recently awarded Lasara native Lauren Gonzales with her “3-peat” Marigold Scholarship as she entered her senior year at the University of San Antonio. Gonzales plans to pursue her graduate degree on a career path in school psychology.
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