Check back regularly for upcoming News & Events, visit our Facebook page and Monday's Moment & Ask Our Funeral Directors blogs!


To learn more about the events and organizations listed below, visit their website by clicking on their logo or the event picture.

December 2017 


Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting - December 10 2017


Join the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, December 10.  As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, family and friends around the globe will honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon.

"The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again."
                          ~  Simon Stephens, founder of The Compassionate Friends

Print Booklet: Remembering Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays​


The Compassionate Friends Logo





Our Hearts are with California

We are holding all the victims, first responders and communities affected by the California wildfires in our thoughts. Healing is needed and we encourage others to send their support too. #prayersforcalifornia






The Holiday Season is a time for remembering....


Join us as we light a candle during the month of December to honor and remember loved ones who have passed and  to mark the importance of family.

The staff at Koch Funeral home wishes that your heart and home be filled with a quite peace this holiday season.
 

                                                                         





Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey  ~
                                                                  Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents 
​                                                                         
A Monday's Moments Gathering

News & Events - VOG at The Village vv


How can we be helpful to someone who is grieving? How do we move through grief ourselves?  Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey is a 42 –minute critically acclaimed documentary film that answers these questions.  Join us for a complimentary luncheon. 

Click here or on the logo to learn more about this film and to view the movie trailer.

For a private viewing at your organization, email  Jackie@JackieHook.com or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, November 29.  Space is limited. 



When: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801

Travel Security Plan - News

It’s a situation no one considers, but it happens all the time. Why put your loved ones through the worry?  A Travel Security Plan is the Answer.

Visit our home page and select Travel Security Plan under the Services tab or click  here for more information.




The Holidays are the perfect time to celebrate!


As families and friends gather this holiday season, take the time to create a special family event and begin a new tradition, one that matters most, and Have the Talk of a Lifetime.

Need help getting started?  It’s easy. Choose the date, gather your family and friends, print the holiday guide and begin sharing those meaningful stories. Be creative, have fun and make it memorable.  Stories heal and memories last a life time!

The  Helping Grieving Hearts Heal  program offers resources to help your family have those important conversations.Contact Jackie Hook, our certified spiritual director and celebrant, by email or calling (814) 237-2712 to learn more.  You may also visit www.talkofalifetime.org for information too.


 WE ARE .........  On Instagram - FOLLOW US!

Koch Funeral Home is now on Instagram!  Be sure to follow us to learn post by post the history of the funeral home, meet the staff, see our facility and learn about our new services and outreach programs offered through the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal outreach program. 

Once we have you up to date, we will post the current outreach programs available to you and your family members within our community.

Click on the logo to to signup or sign in!




November 2017


Now Available ..... The Koch Funeral Home Planning Guide.


We're happy to announce the release of our Funeral Planning Guide.  This guide was carefully designed to meet the needs of our community; it is both informative and educational.   This is a resource for you. With the help of experts in various fields, this guide is a compilation of important items to consider.

Some of these items include:  Preplanning, Burial Services, Cremation Services, Cemeteries, Veterans Services, Travel Security Plans, Legal Issues and Estate Liquidation.   

Please contact
Jackie Hook if you would like to receive a copy or click here to learn more. 
  




Ask Our Funeral Directors - News


Koch invites you to visit our new blog “Ask Our Funeral Directors.” Perhaps for you, as for many people, it is difficult to ask questions about death.  Knowing that, the staff at Koch Funeral Home takes the time to answer those hard questions for you.  Be sure to visit our blog to gain knowledge and information that will bring your family peace of mind.




National Giving Day - November 28, 2017
                                                A Time for Family, Time for Talk Event!


Did you know that November is National Homecare & Hospice month?   Also, November 28 is National Giving Day. As part of the "Time for Family, Time for Talk Campaign", Koch Funeral Home participates in #GivingTuesday.  We will honor the staff at an organization for the selfless work they provide to families in our community

How would you create a new and meaningful tradition on this day with your family? 

Click on Time for Family, Time for Talk  for detailed information on the campaign or click here or on the #GivingTuesday  logo to be directed to their website. 

National Day of Listening - November 24, 2017
                                                          A Time for Family, Time for Talk Event!


On the day after Thanksgiving, StoryCorps invites everyone to participate in the National Day of Listening by taking a few minutes to record an interview with a loved one. You can use recording equipment that is readily available in most homes, such as computers, iPhones, and digital recorders, along with StoryCorps’ free Do-It-Yourself Instruction Guide. 

At Koch Funeral Home, we understand the importance of gathering these stories and appreciate the significance of this time spent together.

Click on Time for Family, Time for Talk  for detailed information on the campaign or click here or on the StoryCorps logo to be directed to their website.


November 23, 2017 - Wishing you a Full and Open Heart this Thanksgiving!

Create a healthy and meaningful Thanksgiving overflowing with peace, love, laughter and many wonderful memories.

                              ~ The Koch Funeral Home Staff 




Children Grief Awareness Day - November 16, 2017 - News

Show your support by wearing blue today!  Children's Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need.

Children's Grief Awareness Day began in Pennsylvania from a desire on the part of students to do more to bring attention to what their grieving classmates were coping with, for the most part, in silence. This initiative grew out of an ongoing partnership of the Highmark Caring Place with hundreds of schools across the state.

To learn more click here or on the logo.


National World Kindness Day - November 13, 2017
                                                                A Time for Family, Time for Talk Event!


Today is World Kindness Day! How do you choose to spread kindness? 

Click on Time for Family, Time for Talk  for detailed information on the campaign or click here  or on the World Kindness Day logo to be directed to their website.




Healing through the Holidays  ...  for those who have lost a loved one. 
                                                                     A Time for Family, Time for Talk Event!


The holiday season can be a difficult time for anyone who has experienced the death of someone special. For five weeks, Jackie Hook, spiritual director and celebrant, along with Evelyn Wald, a licensed professional counselor, we will offer an education and support/discussion group with time to talk, share, and learn about how to cope with what can be difficult times.

For questions or additional information email  Jackie Hook or call (814)404-0546. 





When: Every Monday beginning November 13 - December 11, 2017
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Where: CHOICES, 2214 North Atherton Street (Upper Level), State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer: Healing through the Holidays


Veterans Day - November 11, 2017


Honoring all who serve!

Thank you for your selflessness and the sacrifices you make on a daily basis for our country.

Please visit our Veterans Wall of Honor page.




Stories, How Do They Heal?   ~   A Time for Family, Time for Talk Event!   
                                                                      Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                                A Monday's Moments Gathering

Find the Strength. Be Present.  Join our November's Monday’s Moments luncheon gathering, “Stories, How Do They Heal?  Telling our stories of loss is part of how we heal. Hearing others’ stories helps too. At this session we’ll have time for sharing.  A complimentary lunch is included.

For questions or additional information email  Jackie Hook or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday,  November 1.  Space is limited.

When: Monday, November 6 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801

* A Time for Family Time for Talk 

November 5, 2017 - News 

  

We are heartbroken in hearing about the tragedy that occurred yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families, the first responders and the entire community. 

 #PrayForSS








It's Time to Fall Back - November 5, 2017 - News

 

When local daylight time was about to reach Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on November 5, 2017 than the day before. There was more light in the morning. 

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

 





Centre County Gazette - November 2, 2017   -  Time for Family, Time for Talk:
                                                                                      Have the Talk of a
Lifetime!

About Us - Jackie Hook
Please read Jackie Hook's article in the "Mature Lifestyles" section of the Gazette and start thinking about how you can create Time for Family, Time for Talk  in the upcoming holiday season. These conversations will warm your heart!

Click on Time for Family, Time for Talk  for detailed information on the campaign or click here to read Jackie's article in the Gazette.

Learn about the services Jackie offers through the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program and find information and inspiration in the Monday's Moments  blog to  help provide light on your grief  journey.  





October 2017

October 2017 - News

Our hearts hurt by the recent tragedy in Las Vegas. Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families.
 
#PrayForLasVegas

Support Puerto Rico- News


"We think about the devastation in Puerto Rico and encourage everyone to continue to follow-up on what's needed there. This is an overwhelming time. Stories need to be voiced and heard in the hope that sharing the grief will encourage others to stand up, look into their own hearts and find reliable ways to give back."







Remember, Honor and Celebrate - Resources - October 31 - November 2, 2017 - News 


  
Various cultures have created holidays to recognize the time of full harvest at the
end of October and the beginning of November – All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and Dia de los Muertos to name a few
These holidays encourage us to remember and celebrate our deceased loved ones.

Whatever your beliefs, you too can stop to remember, honor and celebrate your deceased loved ones.  Click here to view some ways to do so.






Juniper Village at Brookline - 4 Week Grief Series


You're invited to join a 4-week grief series at Juniper Village at BrooklinePlease RSVP by October 16, 2017.​

Jackie Hook will be sharing the Voices of Grief: Honoring Your Sacred Journey documentary on Thursday, October 26.

Watch the movie trailer here.


When: Thursday, October 19 - November 9, 2017
Time:  2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Where: Juniper Village at Brookline, 610 West Whitehall Road, State College,  PA 16801

Print Flyer: Grief Series 2017 


Grief Education & Support Introduction   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                                     A Monday's Moment Gathering

Join us for a complimentary lunch and an opportunity to talk about grief support groups – what they offer and what programs are available in our community.  Grief is our bodies’ natural reaction to loss. By grieving and mourning, we heal. The purpose of this session is to introduce you to how and why a Grief Education and Support Group can help you, and provide you with information about local groups.

For questions or additional information email Jackie Hook or call  (814) 404-0546.

Callemail  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, October 11.  Space is limited.


When:  Monday, October 16 2017
Time:  12:00pm -1:30pm
Where:  Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801


Pregnancy Infant Loss Remembrance Day

 
October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.  You can be a part of a continuous Wave of Light by lighting a candle at 7 p.m. It is an in your home or wherever you are candle lighting ceremony.  Invite your family and friends to  light a candle and keep it burning for at least one hour. There will be a continuous WAVE OF LIGHT over the entire world.

            "The Candle Burns In Loving Memory Of Our Babies."



When: Thursday, October 15, 2017
Time:  7:00pm
Where: All Time Zones, All over the World

   

HEART Fertility Issues & Loss Support Program

This is an on-going  monthly support group for women who have experienced fertility issues and/or pregnancy loss. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month.  The group begins with stress reducing activities, led by Jackie Hook. The remainder of the meeting is a time of sharing, led by individuals who have had similar experiences.


For more information, please email info@heartofcpa.org or check out their Facebook page.

 When:  Second Wednesday of each month
 Time:    6:00-8:00pm
 Where: Choices, 2214 N. Atherton Street (Upper Level), State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer:  Heart Program - 2017

October is ... Breast Cancer Awareness Month - News

This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to honor those affected by the disease and those continuing their fight. 

Raise
awareness.

Learn about the types of tests done to find and diagnose cancer here.





OLLI at Penn State - Presents  - Living Fully Now: Conversations about Dying, Death and Grief

Penn State Logo
Join F. Glenn Fleming, Jackie Hook, Rabbi David Ostrich, Reverend Greg Milinovich, Elder Law Attorney Amos Goodall and Hospice Nurse Liaison Holly Reigh for a three-week OLLI class, "Living Fully Now: Conversations about Dying, Death and Grief." The presenters will share about different aspects of dying and death in order to help you live more fully now.



The three week course begins September 19. For more details and information on how to register, visit the OLLI website and course catalog.  

When: Tuesday, September 19 2017
Time:  2:00-3:30pm
Where:  Congregation Brit Shalom, Social Hall, 620 East Hamilton Avenue, State College, PA 16801

When: Tuesday, September 26 2017
Time:  2:00-3:30pm
Where:  St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 3 Floor of the Education Center, 127 McAllister Street, Parking Deck,
                State College, PA 16801

When: Tuesday, October 3 2017
Time:  2:00-3:30pm
Where:  Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801

Price:  $35.00
Print: 2017 - Fall - OLLI Registration Form

Grief Connection - Calendar Events


Support is important to a person's grief journey.

Click here to learn about Grief Connection and find additional resource listings for bereavement and loss services in the Centre Region.



September 2017

WTAJ Central PA Live - News  

HEART Grief & Loss Support Program / HEART Fertility Issues & Loss Support Program


Jackie Hook was invited to speak on Central PA Live to discuss the HEART  program. This program offers two support groups that are available to individuals experiencing pregnancy loss, stillbirth and early infant death.

Click here or on the picture to watch the WTAJ video.




September 2017 - News



We think about those affected by Hurricane Irma and encourage you to reach out in a way that is meaningful to you.








3D Crystal Tributes - News



Koch Funeral Home announces a new service available to you and your family,
3D Crystal Tributes – a way to immortalize favorite memories and photos. 
Visit our home page and select 3D Crystal Tributes under the Services tab, click
on the photo or click  here to place an order.





Ask Our Funeral Directors - Blog News


Staff - Katie DeCapria
​Those who choose a career in the funeral industry are committed and driven by a compassionate need to serve others in their community.  As a trusted professional you are called to comfort and support families in one of life’s hardest moments.  It is not a job, it’s calling.

Be sure to visit Ask Our Funeral Directors  blog and read, "How did you choose the funeral director profession?"  by funeral director intern Katie DeCapria.




 HEART Grief & Loss Support Program

All couples who've experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or early infant death are invited to join us for a six-week grief and loss support program.   This group is led by Evelyn Wald, a licensed professional counselor specializing in grief and loss, and Jackie Hook, a certified spiritual director, celebrant and former group participant. "Together we can do what we cannot do alone." 


For more information, please email info@heartofcpa.org or check out their Facebook page.

When: Monday, September 18 – October 23 2017
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Where: Choices, 2214 N. Atherton Street (Upper Level), State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer Heart Program - 2017

2017 Penn State Mack Brady Game!

Come out to the 5th Annual Mack Brady Soccer Match when Penn State takes on Maryland a Big Ten home opener at Jeffrey Field. There will be special events and prizes as we celebrate Mack’s life and legacy, transforming Penn State into Goalkeeper U.

Visit the Mack Brady website  or Faceb00k page for more information.

When: Sunday, September 17, 2017
Time:  5:00pm
Where: Penn State University Park, State  College, PA  16802

Monday's Moments Experience   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                      A Monday's Moments Gathering


"Monday’s Moments Experience: Guilt and Blame, Do You Hold On
or Let Go?
  Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents its September Monday’s Moments complimentary luncheon gathering where we’ll talk about some of the difficult emotions of grief and ways to move through them. 

For questions or additional information email Jackie Hook or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, September 6.  Space is limited.




When: Monday, September 11 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Ramada State College Hotel & Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801


August 2017

August 2017 - News


We want to share our support for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. So many individuals in that storm's path are now experiencing all kinds of losses - we grieve with them. If you'd like part of your legacy to be about reaching out to those affected by this devastation, we encourage you to give from your heart.








An Evening of Hope Healing and Remembrance ~ Suicide Awareness & Prevention Day

A chance to come together to support one another, to connect with old friends and meet new ones before the main event. 

This event is designed to create public awareness, educate the community, remember those we have lost and to give hope to the survivors. 


A community dinner will be sponsored by Dickey's Barbeque Pit.  To register for the dinner and for detailed information visit Jana Marie Foundation website.

When: Sunday, September 10, 2016
Time:  5:15pm - 6:30pm - Community Dinner
             6:30pm - 8:00pm - Performances & Presentations and Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony
Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 548 Puddintown Road,  State College, PA 16801 


National Grief Awareness Day - August 30 2017 - News




Today is National Grief Awareness Day. Grief is the natural reaction to loss and the purpose of today is to increase awareness of this fact. If you're grieving, our Helping Grieving Hearts Heal Program  was designed to provide services that support  individuals as they grieve.  In conjunction with Koch Funeral Home, this program is offered by Jackie  Hook, M.A., a certified spiritual director and celebrant.  

To learn more about our Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, contact Jackie Hook for a free half-hour phone consultation and please join our Facebook page and follow our Monday Moments blog to learn more about the grief process.

Jackie can be reached at 814.404.0546.





Lion Bash (Living In One Neighborhood) - August 29 2017 - News


We hope you stop by the Learning to Live: What's Your Story?  table at LION Bash. You can participate in our community creation by sharing a piece of how you learned to live after a loss - loss, grief, growth, and transformation. 

Learn more about the State College community by attending this years Lion's Bash.  




When: Tuesday, August 29 2017
Time: 6:00 pm                
Where: 100 & 200 Blocks of South Allen Street, State College, PA 

Print Flyer:  Lion Bash 2017


Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy  ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                            A Monday's Moments Gathering


When you lose a loved one, without their physical presence, what remains?   
Their legacy. Please join our August's Monday's Moment luncheon, Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy  and learn about ways to keep your loved one’s legacy alive while also attending to your own. This process can actually help you live more fully now. A complimentary lunch is included.  

For questions or additional information email Jackie Hook or call  (814) 404-0546.


Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, August 2nd.  Space is limited.

When: Monday, August 7 2017
Time:   12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801



Centre County Gazette - August 3 2016 - Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy - News


About Us - Jackie Hook
Please read Jackie Hook's article in this week's Centre County Gazette
to learn more about how to "Live, Love, Learn, and Leave a Legacy." 

To learn more about programs offered through the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal 
program, contact Jackie Hook for a free half-hour phone consultation and please
join our Facebook page and follow our Monday Moments blog to learn more about
the grief process.

Jackie can be reached at 814.404.0546.





July 2017

Honoring Laura Homan  - July 2017

It is with sadness and the utmost respect that we honor our friend Laura Homan. Laura was a key part of all the catered receptions and gatherings we held at Windmere Hall. These events are always a great deal of work, oftentimes with last minute adjustments and changes.  Laura made sure everything was done, always with a smile and a story. She recruited the help, planned the meals, divided up the responsibilities and saw the receptions were completed to everyone’s satisfaction. In addition to her hard work and dedication, we appreciated her kind heart and compassion. Occasionally a family would request a special food item that their now deceased loved one enjoyed, and Laura was always able to accommodate them. Those are the little things that brighten the days of people having just laid a loved one to rest; Laura was wonderful at providing them. We are grateful for the time we worked with Laura and for the piece of her light that we carry within us now. Thank you, Laura. 





July is National Ice Cream Month -  News  

Breanne, Gary & Deiadra 

N&E National Ice Cream Day - D?

Glenn, Marie & Katie 





 
 Enjoying National Ice Cream Day
July 16 2017


Centre Daily Times - A Safe Place to Take Your Grief - News

About Us - Jackie Hook


Read Jackie Hook, Spiritual Director and Celebrant's, column in the Centre Daily Times

Jackie is trained to create and officiate personalized and meaningful ceremonies.  Jackie can work with you to create a unique service that reflects your loved one’s background and values – both religious and non-religious. A celebrant service celebrates a life, honors a death and supports the bereaved.

Learn about the services offered through the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program and find information and inspiration in the Monday's Moments  blog to  help provide light on your grief  journey.  

Jackie can be reached at 814.404.0546.​



"I cannot say enough about Jackie, we used Jackie Hook to perform the ceremony.  She spent so much time with us to listen to the life stories about our mother. The service was so personal and such a positive experience. I am sure our mother was looking down and was very proud of what we did. Also, Jackie helped us organize the luncheon with finding the perfect location and going over the food choices. Thank you Jackie, it was truly an amazing service thanks to you!"  ~The Kunes Family

Monday's Moments Experience   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                      A Monday's Moments Gathering

Join our July Monday’s Moments Experience  luncheon. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, said we each have a hidden wholeness. In that wholeness there is freedom. When we’re grieving, we feel broken. In this gathering we’ll discuss ways to connect to that wholeness and find freedom in broken times. 

For questions or additional information email  Jackie Hook or call (814) 404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, July 5th.  Space is limited.



When: Monday, July 10 2017
Time:   12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801


Community Remembrance Creation


Please stop by and help our Community Remembrance Creation come to life. Using art, we'll honor lost loved ones and our grief journeys by creating a “thought bubble” to express our thoughts and feelings in a word or phrase. Brought to you by Learning to Live: What's Your Story?.
 






When: Wednesday-Saturday, July 12th-15th 2017
Time:  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm                     
Where: State College Presbyterian Church, 132 West Beaver State College, PA. 16801
               Go to the Porch, on the corner of Highland Alley and Fraser Street

Print Flyer:  Community Remembrance Creation



June 2017

National Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 23 2017

In recognition of the 2017 Take Your Dog to Work Day, Funeral Director Intern Katie DeCapria's dogs helped her set-up for services.

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Managing Grief & Loss

This workshop will provide information about managing grief and loss as you care for yourself while also caring for others. We all experience loss in a variety of ways, from death, changes in relationships, illnesses, moves, etc. Grief is the natural reaction to these losses. In order to do our best in caring for others, we need to learn how to attend to our own grief, and companion others through theirs in a life enhancing way.

In this workshop, you will take an inventory of your loss history, learn about the grief journey and practice skills to help you cope. Who should attend? Anyone who works in a helping profession is invited to attend.

The workshop will be presented by Brenda Kim, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker in the Centre Region, and Jackie Hook, MA, Spiritual Director and Celebrant, Helping Grieving Hearts Heal, Koch Funeral Home.

The registration fee includes light morning refreshments and materials. 

We encourage you to share this workshop information with your colleagues and with others who may be interested. All are welcome!  Please register by Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

When: Wednesday, June 7 2017
Time:  8:30am - 9:00am - Check In
             9:00am - 11:30 am
Where: Calvary Church, Harvest Fields, 150 Harvest Fields Drive, Boalsburg, PA 16827
Price:  $10.00/CCCHS Members 
             $20.00/Non Members

Print Flyer & Registration Form:  Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others: Managing Grief & Loss


Stories, How Do They Heal   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                A Monday's Moment Gathering
 


​Go Within.  Feel the Struggle.  Find the Strength.

Join our June Monday’s Moments Experience  luncheon.  Telling our stories of loss is part of what we do to heal. Hearing others’ stories helps us too. This session will include information about the importance of storytelling and provide opportunities to engage in this practice yourself.  


For questions or additional information email  Jackie Hook or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, May 31.  Space is limited.

When: Monday, June 5 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801


May 2017

Honoring Mother's Day & Father's Day - News


Honor your lost loved ones by planting Forget-Me-Not seeds. Stop by Koch Funeral Home to pick up a complimentary packet.







Stories of Loss: A Grief Education & Support Group - News  


We had a meaningful first session of Stories of Loss: A Grief Education and Support Group. If you lost a loved one, please join us every Thursday, until June 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Village at Penn State. In this group, you will learn about grief and mourning, have opportunities to share your stories and be among others who have experienced a loss. To RSVP and/or get additional information, email Jackie Hook or call (814) 404-0546.





Stories of Loss: A Grief Education & Support Group 


When you lose a loved one, having support helps you on your healing journey. In this Grief Education and Support Group, you will learn about grief and mourning, have opportunities to share your stories and be among others who have experienced a loss. All adults are welcome.

Jackie Hook, spiritual director and celebrant, along with Beth McLaughlin, MFA, Service Coordinator,  from Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries will co-facilitate this group.

Please contact Jackie Hook by email or call (814) 404-0546 to RSVP for this group.



When: Every Thursday,  May 11 - June 8 2017
Time:  6:00pm - 7:30pm                          
Where: The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA. USA 16803 

Print Flyer:  Stories of Loss: A Grief Education & Support Group



2017 Centre Gives Campaign - News 


Since Centre Gives was established in 2012, our community has invested over $5,400,000 in local non-profit organizations!

With your generous support, Centre Gives 2017 was a tremendous success and will benefit over 100 local organizations serving our community in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health & social services. 

In the 36 hours on May 9 & 10 2017 our community members donated $1.4 million to local non-profit organizations. 

Thank you Centre County for making a difference!



Monday's Moments Experience   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                      A Monday's Moments Gathering

Plant a Seed: What will grow?

Join our May Monday’s Moments Experience  luncheon.  After a loss, it’s important to move your grief from the inside to the outside. This session is about tools that like seeds can help you move your grief, grow, and heal. A complimentary lunch is included. 

For questions or additional information email  Jackie@JackieHook.com
or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday,
May 3.  Space is limited.


When: Monday, May 8 2017
Time:  12:00pm - 1:30pm
Where: Courtyard by Marriott State College,  1730 University Drive, State College, PA 16801


Living Fully Now - News


You are invited to learn about Living Fully Now by attending to issues surrounding death and dying. Topics include: myths and perceptions, what happens as we die, bucket lists, eulogies, companioning ourselves and others through grief, and many more.

You’re encouraged but not required to attend all sessions. Please join us for these free gatherings. Lunch is included.

RSVP to Vickey at 355-6720 by Friday the week before the class.



When:
Every Tuesday - Starting March 14, 2017
Time:  10:00am - Noon
Where: Bellefonte Senior Resource Center, 110 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte, PA  16823

Print Flyer: Living Fully Now              

 

April 2017


Ask Our Funeral Directors - Blog News


The work environment for a funeral director can be both physically and emotionally challenging. Funeral directors work irregular hours and they are often on call and are available when families need them.  “It’s very humbling and rewarding to be the person preparing someone for their final resting place." 

Be sure to visit Ask Our Funeral Directors  blog and read, "What Does It Take to Be a Funeral Director?"  by funeral director Breanne Radin Yeckley.






Out of the Darkness Walk


When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

For more information visit the website.


 When: Sunday, April 30 2017
 Registration: 11:00am
 Walk: 1:30pm-3:00pm
 Where: Sidney Friedman Park, 241 S. Fraser St, State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer: Out of the Darkness 

Celebrate National Arbor Day - April 28 2017 - News 


Plant a memorial tree in memory of your lost loved one...

In planting a tree, you are giving the gift of life back to the earth. This can be a most honorable and appropriate gift of remembrance.

Click here for ways to make a difference in your community in honor of your loved one.





National Tell A Story Day - April 27 2017 - News  


Many people enjoy listening to their grandparents share their stories about when they were growing up (back in the day). Spending time telling stories with family, friends and loved ones is a time for all to learn from each other, to remember and to grow closer together.

Click here to tell your story.




SouthernCare Hospice Services - Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey - News 


Thank you to the staff of SouthernCare Hospice Services for inviting us to share the documentary
Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey.

Please contact Jackie Hook, 814-404-0546, about showing this film to your organization or group.

Click here to watch the movie trailer.  

 


Downsizing Expo State College - Ramada Inn - News


Meet over 20 local downsizing and moving experts– from move managers and realtors to resellers, auctioneers and more.

Register for great prizes and enjoy delicious refreshments.  Admission is free!

Reserve your seats now–call Nancy at 814-272-2146 by April 7th.



When: Thursday, April 20 2017
Time:  2:00-4:00pm
Where: Ramada Inn,  1450 S. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16801


National Healthcare Decisions Day - April 16, - April 22, 2017  - News


In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, residents at The Village at Penn State participated in Hello, a conversation game about living and dying well.

We'd be happy to introduce your organization to this meaningful game too! For questions or additional information email  Jackie Hook or call (814)404-0546.





OLLI at Penn State - Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey ~ News Update

News & Events - VOG at The Village vv
Participants in the OLLI class, Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey spent time viewing the documentary and engaging in a conversation afterwards. One participant said, "The instructor and participants created an atmosphere which allowed for genuine, heartfelt sharing which was valuable." Please contact us about showing this film to your organization or group. 

Click here to watch the movie trailer.  

Please contact Jackie Hook, 814-404-0546, about showing this film to your organization or group.





Grief Education & Support Introduction   ~   Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents
                                                                                     A Monday's Moment Gathering

Join us for a complimentary lunch and an opportunity to talk about grief support groups – what they offer and what programs are available in our community.  Grief is our bodies’ natural reaction to loss. By grieving and mourning, we heal. The purpose of this session is to introduce you to how and why a Grief Education and Support Group can help you, and provide you with information about local groups.

For questions or additional information email  Jackie@JackieHook.com or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, March 29.  Space is limited.




When:  Monday, April 3 2017
Time:  12:00pm -1:30pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801

OLLI at Penn State


How can we be helpful to someone who is grieving? How do we
move through grief ourselves? Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred
Journey 
is a critically acclaimed documentary film that helps answer
these questions. We will learn from contemporary authors, grief
experts, spiritual teachers, and individuals with personal stories of
loss, before we have time for a conversation ourselves.
 

 Jackie Naginey Hook is a spiritual director and celebrant who coordinates the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program at
 Koch Funeral Home.

 For more details, visit the OLLI website and course catalogWatch the movie trailer here.

When: Monday, April 3 2017
Time:  2:00-3:30pm
Where: Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801

Price:  $15.00

March 2017

National Employee Appreciation Day  ~  News 


 F. Glenn Fleming, funeral director and  supervisor, has  something to say about National Employee Appreciation Day!

 Click on the picture to watch the video
.









‘Living Fully’ Series Helps Cope with Death  ~ News


The Bellefonte Senior Resource Center, Grane Hospice and Koch Funeral Home are working together to offer a series of classes to help you understand death, dying and grief.

Read the article posted on StateCollege.com.





Voices of Grief - Renovo Council of Churches - News

News & Events - VOG at The Village vv
Thank you to the Renovo Council of Churches for a meaningful time of conversation and sharing the Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey documentary. We are happy to bring this discussion to your group too.  

Click here to watch the movie trailer and hear from contemporary authors, grief experts and spiritual teachers whose wisdom has woven through personal stories of loss to explore the roles of community, compassion and connection
in this sacred journey.

Please contact Jackie Hook with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program by email or by calling 814.404.0546.if you would like to bring this film and conversation to your organization.





Centre Daily Times - Learning to Let Go - News

About Us - Jackie Hook
See Jackie Hook, Spiritual Director and Celebrant's, column in the Centre Daily Times about learning to let go. 

In partnership with Koch Funeral Home, Jackie developed, Helping Grieving Hearts Heal.  This program helps and supports individuals as they grieve. Services include Having the Talk of a Lifetimememorable funeral ceremony creation, catered reception coordination, grief companioning and community outreach.  

Jackie also writes the blog,  Monday's Moments. Her intention is to offer you a short respite – a moment to stop, take a deep breath, read a few words and ponder their meaning.  The staff at Koch Funeral Home knows grief can be dark at times.  We hope that Monday’s Moments  will provide you with some information and inspiration to help provide light for your journey.  Make it a weekly event to visit - it only takes a moment!
 


Congratulations to Katie DeCapria Our New Intern~ News



Congratulations to our new intern, Katie DeCapria! In the last couple of months,
Katie graduated from mortuary school and passed the National Board Exams!
We are so excited to have her as our intern now!






7th Annual Happy Valley's Got Talent


We hope you can attend the 2017 Happy Valley's Got Talent (HVGT) Kids' Edition on March 18
at 2pm for the Kids’ Choice Awards Matinee and/or 7pm for the Final Performance, both at the State Theatre. This is a great way to support Tides, a support program for grieving children, teens and the people who love them, and see performances by some of the many talented kids in our community.

Tickets are available for purchase at the State Theatre Box Office.   For more information call (814) 272-0606 or visit
their website.

 When: Saturday, March 18 2017
 Time:  2:00 pm or 7:00pm
 Where: The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
  Price: $10.00 Matinee ($2.00 Processing Fee) / $25.00 ($3.00 Processing Fee)

February 2017


Death Class: Why don't we talk about it?  ~  Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents 
                                                                                  A Monday's Moment
Gathering

News & Events - HGHH March Event - Learn to Let GoLearn to let go, it is a process.  Please join our March Monday’s Moment luncheon, Death Class: Why don't we talk about it? "   At this gathering, we will discuss topics surrounding death, guilt and forgiveness all while focusing on how to make the most out of life.  A complimentary lunch is included.

For questions or additional information email  Jackie@JackieHook.com or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP.  Space is available.



When:  Monday, March 6 2017
Time:  12:00pm -1:30pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801 

Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey - News

2017 - N&E VOG - Trinity Church
Thank you to Rev. Deacon Alexander Cadman with Holy Trinity Orthodox Church for hosting a screening of the Koch sponsored documentary, Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey. The group watched the film and engaged in a meaningful conversation afterwards.

Please contact Jackie Hook with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program by
email or by calling 814.404.0546.if you would like to bring this film and conversation
to your organization.


 Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey - News






Koch Funeral Home is now sponsoring an award winning documentary, "Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey."  We are excited to be able to share this with the community.

Print Flyer: Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey

This documentary film has been shared with many businesses and private organizations within our community. 

Hear from contemporary authors, grief experts and spiritual teachers whose wisdom has woven through personal stories of loss to explore the roles of community, compassion and connection in this sacred journey. 

Watch the movie trailer here.

For more information and to schedule a showing of this documentary film, please contact Jackie Hook with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program by email or by calling 814.404.0546.

Loving Through It ~ News


The "Loving Through It" storytelling evening was a night to remember! Seven individuals shared their deeply moving and inspirational stories of how they loved through loss and Ned Wetherald provided beautiful music. This was the second year Learning to Live: What's Your Story? and State of the Story came together to host this event. Thank you to our courageous and authenticstorytellers, Pam Lehrman, Wayne Cross, Katie Kostohryz, Jacki Hunt, Julia Rater, Beth McLaughlin and Elizabeth Brady. Your stories touched many!

If you missed Elizabeth Brady sharing her story at "Loving Through It," you can read her beautiful essay here. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your inspiring hope with us!

Loving Through It  Presented by  .......   Learning to Live: What's Your Story?  
                                                                            & State of the Story
                                        





 





Please join us for "Loving through It " - a meaningful evening of MOTH-style storytelling and music about loving through loss. 

  When: Monday, February 20, 2017
  Time:  7:00pm
  Where: The ATTIC of the State Theatre,  130 West College Avenue, State College, PA
  Price: $6.50
  Flyer Loving Through It


Wise Crackers Comedy Club Fundraiser - Suicide Prevention Awareness


A Smile can help heal a heart!

Please come out and support Central PA Chapter for Suicide Prevention.This is a fun evening that raises awareness and promotes suicide prevention efforts in our community.  For information or tickets call or email  Alissa Martin  (814) 278-8141.

Reservations are required for parties of 6 or more.
 

When: Saturday, February 11 2017
Time:  9:00pm - Doors open at 7:30pm.
Where: Celebration Hall, 2280 Commercial Blvd., State College, PA              
Price:  $20.00 (Includes a complimentary appetizer buffet)
Print Flyer: Wise Crackers Comedy Club Fundraiser

Helping Grieving Hearts Heal presents ..... A Monday's Moment Gathering
                                       Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy


Love is eternal and you can create a legacy of love. Please join our February Monday’s Moment luncheon, “Live, Love, Learn & Leave a Legacy.”   Make your legacy stronger and consider ways to be remembered, all while living more fully now.  A complimentary lunch is included.

For questions or additional information email  Jackie@JackieHook.com or call (814)404-0546.

Call, email  or visit our Facebook page to RSVP by Wednesday, February 1.  Space is limited.



When:  Monday, February 6 2017
Time:  12:00pm -1:30pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801 

January 2017


The Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball - News


  Jay Herrington, funeral service manager and funeral director, Marie Bartley,
  office manager, and Jackie Hook, spiritual director and celebrant, supported
  the arts by attending The Creative Coalition's Inaugural Ball for the Arts in
  Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 20.





5th Annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic 


The 5th Annual Mack Brady Soccer Clinic will be in Holulba Hall on Penn State’s University Park Campus. The Penn State Men’s Soccer Team and coaches will run the camp with special goalkeeper training and the annual drawing of two “birthday presents” in honor of Mack.

Click here for other events remembering Mack and supporting Penn State Men's Soccer.



When: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Time:  2:30-4:00pm
Where: Holulba Hall, Penn State University Park Campus (Between Curtin & Hastings Rd.), State College, PA 16801

              

Mack's Day of Kindness

Join the Schreyer and Penn State Community in celebrating the 3rd annual day of
kindness in memory of Mack Brady on January 16, Mack's birthday.

Boards will be set up in Atherton Hall lobby with slips of paper. Please take one throughout the day and share Mack's kind and good-hearted nature by impacting someone's day with the kindness act on the piece of paper.

A reception will be held in Atherton at 5 pm in memory of Mack as well. Light refreshments will be available.

When: Monday, January 16, 2017
Time:  All day - Acts of Kindness
             5:00pm Reception
Where: Atherton Hall, Penn State University Park Campus (Between College & University), State College, PA 16801


January - December 2016

Has community service been a part of your life? - News


“Service to humanity is the best work of life. I’ve spent my life doing it and would rather work for the benefit of others than anything else. A good funeral director needs to have that kind of mindset.” Serving humanity is one reason F. Glenn Fleming, Koch Funeral Home Funeral Director and Supervisor, got involved in the funeral industry and why he has given so much of his time to community organizations and service groups.                        ~ F. Glenn Fleming


        

Community service has been a big part of Funeral Director and Funeral Services Manager, John “Jay” Herrington’s, life too.  For Jay, community service fits with his philosophy of being a giver. He appreciates that through his service the community opened to him and enabled him to interact with and meet a lot of people. In addition, Jay likes the camaraderie within service organizations, and with his free time he derives great satisfaction from giving back.                                           ~John "Jay" Herrington


To read the complete article, "Has community service been a part of your life?",  click here or visit Ask our Funeral Directors'  blog.  To  learn about the the State College Kiwanis or the Philipsburg Elks Club, click on their logos. 


Holiday Celebration - News

The Koch and John B. Brown Funeral Home staffs came together with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season. Funeral Director Breanne Radin Yeckley, Funeral Director Intern Katie DeCapria and Office Manager Marie Bartley, led the groups in festive games - Katie even received a special gift from Santa for all of her accomplishments this year!

The group also listened to a story read by Spiritual Director and Celebrant Jackie Hook. If you are celebrating too, we wish you a joyful season.


Voices of Grief - The Village at Penn State - News      

News & Events Jackie VOG at The VillageWe were happy to share the documentary, Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, with residents of The Village at Penn State. Together we watched the film and then had a meaningful conversation about how to best companion ourselves and others on the grief journey.

Click here to watch the movie trailer and hear from contemporary authors, grief experts and spiritual teachers whose wisdom has woven through personal stories of loss to explore the roles of community, compassion and connection in this sacred journey.

Please contact Jackie Hook, 814-404-0546, about scheduling a time for your group or business to view the film.Koch Funeral Home invites you to participate in our upcoming Community Outreach program sponsoring a documentary film.


National Giving Day - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Thank you for all you do! You are light in darkness! 


Centre HomeCare
2437 East College Ave., Suite 6
State College, PA 16801
 
  
 


We took part in National Giving Day today by hosting a Hoag's Catering breakfast for Centre HomeCare staff - thank you all for being light in darkness! And thank you D-Stress Station for providing a random drawing gift of a one-hour massage!



Koch Funeral Home - Did you see our new sign? - News


Koch Funeral Home would like to thank Bob Bowersox, owner of Victorian Signs.  He did a a great job creating the new sign for the funeral home!                                                          ~The Staff






Centre County Community Super Fair - National Storytelling Network's Tellabration Day!
   November 19, 2016 -News 

Katie DeCapria, Koch Funeral Homes' assistant and  funeral director intern, was on hand helping  Jackie Hook setup for the Centre County Community Super Fair that was held on November 19th at Mount Nittany Middle School.  Jackie Hook, spiritual director and celebrant, was enjoyed providing information about the"Time for Family, Time for Talk” campaign along with National Storytelling Network's Tellabration Day.  Glenn Fleming, supervisor and owner of Koch Funeral Home, stopped by the event and visited the booth.