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Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting

Join us for The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting service. 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
When: Sunday, December 13, 2016
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Where: PSU Campus - Alumni Gardens at the Hintz Family Alumni Center

Print Booklet: Remembering Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

Monday's Moments Experience

HGHH - LogoThis is the last 2016 session of the lunchtime Helping Grieving Hearts Heal community outreach series sponsored by Koch Funeral Home. A free complimentary lunch is included.  This session will be presented by Jackie Hook, a local spiritual director and celebrant who has done many funeral services for Koch Funeral Home and companioned many others on their grief journeys

When you experience a loss, your life changes drastically.  One of the challenges is then finding ways to embrace your new life, even if it is one you didn’t choose. There are certain practices, skills, intentions, postures, and activities that can help you through these transitions.  This session will provide information about and opportunities to practice the tools that transform you from the inside out.  

If you have any questions or want additional information please call Jackie at (814)404-0546.

When:  Monday, December 5, 2016
Time:  12:00pm -1:00pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801 

Please RSVP to Jackie@JackieHook.com by Wednesday, November 30.

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






Time for Family, Time for Talk 

As holiday gatherings approach, thoughts naturally turn to family and friends. That’s why it is the perfect time to celebrate Have the Talk of a Lifetime: Time for Family, Time for Talk.

Check here for resources on how to get started.

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!



National Giving Day - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - News


Did you know that November is National Homecare & Hospice month?   Also, November 29 is National Giving Day. As part of the "Time for Family, Time for Talk Campaign", Koch Funeral Home participates in #Giving Tuesday.  We will honor the staff at Centre Homecare for the selfless work they provide to families in our community

Is there an organization that you or your family would like to acknowledge on this day?



National Day of Listening - November 25, 2016 - News


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 here or on their logo to be directed to their website.


Healing through the Holidays

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, 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.

Please join them for these free gatherings.


When: Every Monday beginning November 21 - December 19, 2016
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Where: CHOICES, 2214 North Atherton Street (Upper Level), State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer: Healing through the Holidays

RSVP to Jackie@JackieHook.com by November 18.

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.














Centre County Community Super Fair - National Storytelling Network's Tellabration Day!

We hope you visit our Koch Funeral Home table and check out our resources for the National Storytelling Network's Tellabration Storytelling Day. This event is part of our "Time for Family, Time for Talk” campaign.

Need help getting started? Visit with Jackie Hook, our certified spiritual director and celebrant to recognize the importance of knowing and being able to relay family stories that will serve your loved ones in a meaningful way.

Other events being offered are:  Health Screenings, programs for children & recreation, Veterans benefits, legal issues, volunteer opportunities, great food, majician Ben Salinas, puppeteer Adam Swartz and The Super Heroes for Kids

When: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Time:  10:00am-2:00pm
Where:  Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College PA 16801



Children Grief Awareness Day - November 17 - 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, 2016 -News


Today is World Kindness Day!  How do you choose to spread kindness?  Please check out our
resources by clicking on the picture for more information.






Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey

HGHH - LogoThis is the second  lunchtime session of the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal  community outreach program sponsored by Koch Funeral Home. A free complimentary lunch is included.
This session will be presented by Jackie Hook, a local spiritual director and celebrant who has done many funeral services for Koch Funeral Home and companioned many others on their grief journeys

Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey is a 42-minute documentary film that encourages conversations about: the importance of grief and mourning; the need to normalize losses as natural, unavoidable, and sacred facets of life; and the life-enhancing ways to companion ourselves and others through losses.  We will view the documentary and have a short discussion afterwards. Click here to learn about the movie or to view the movie trailer.

If you have any questions or want additional information please call Jackie at (814)404-0546.

When:  Monday, November 7, 2016
Time:  12:00pm -1:00pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801 

Please RSVP to Jackie@JackieHook.com by Wednesday, November 2.


Day of the Dead - Remember, Honor and Celebrate - October 31 - November 2, 2016 - 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.






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.



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, 2016
Time:  7:00pm
Where: All Time Zones, All over the World

                                                                                 

Grief Education & Support Group Introduction

Helping Grieving Hearts Heal  will be offering three lunchtime opportunities as part of the community outreach programs sponsored by Koch Funeral Home. All of these sessions include a lunch and are absolutely free. Each is presented by Jackie Hook, a local spiritual director and celebrant, who has both done many funeral services for Koch Funeral Home and companioned many others on their grief journeys.

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.

If you have any questions or want additional information please call Jackie at (814)404-0546.

When:  Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:  12:00pm -1:00pm
Where:  Oddfellow’s Windmere Hall, 454 Rolling Ridge Drive, State College, PA 16801 

Please RSVP to Jackie@JackieHook.com by Wednesday, September 28.


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.





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.



 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. For more information,  please contact Jackie Hook with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program by email or by calling 814.404.0546.

Print Flyer: Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey

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.





Suicide Prevention Day at the State Capital


Stomper Logo
Join Stomper "Strength," members of the Centre County Suicide Prevention Task Force, and individuals across PA as they raise awareness for suicide prevention at the State Capital.

This event will feature guest speakers, information and resources.






When: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Time:  10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Where: Pennsylvania State Capital, 501 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA  17120 

Print Flyer: Suicide Prevention Day

Wing of Hope - A Story of Strength and Resilience



Join internationally known storyteller and TED Talk Speaker Kristin Pedemonti for an interactive experience as she shares her hopeful journey
of strength and resilience through adversity.  

This is a free community event open to the public.





When: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time:  10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Where: Penn State University Park Campus, 112 Kern Building (Between Burrows Street & Curtin Road), State College, PA 16802

Print Flyer: Wings of Hope



Grief Matters Seminar - 3rd Annual Educational Seminar - Presented by Tides

Grief impacts both the young and the old, and on many different levels.  This seminar focuses on issues pertaining to grief as it relates to all ages.  Participants will be able to choose specific topics of interest during breakout sessions.  This seminar is geared toward professionals and members of the community alike.

Internationally known storyteller and TED Talk Speaker Kristin Pedemonti will be the featured speaker.  For more information on registration, please visit the Tides website.   

When: Friday, September 23, 2016
Time:  7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Where: Ramada Inn Hotel & Conference Center, 1450 S. Atherton Street, State College,  PA 16801
Price: $50.00 General Admission / $35.00 Students - All proceeds will directly benefit the families of Tides

Laughter is Sacred Space: The Human Faces Tour


 As part of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, 3rd Way Collective and LTLWYS
 are bringing Ted & Co TheaterWorks to town in September for a performance that highlights grief, loss, and recovery.

Ted Swartz's business partnership (Ted & Lee) and friendship with Lee Eshleman, came to a tragic end when Lee took his own life in 2007. Laughter is Sacred Space is a true story about the joy and pain of a life full of paradoxes as Ted walks through his journey working with a comedic partner struggling with bipolar disorder; and after Lee's death, performing Biblical stories while experiencing the profound absence of God.

This show is free and open to the public. Visit their FB page to learn more about the tour.

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time:  7:30 pm
Where: Faith United Church of Christ, 300 E. College Avenue, State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer: Laughter is a Sacred Space
 

2016 Penn State Mack Brady Game!

The Annual Mack Brady Game will be against rival Ohio State! This is the Big Ten home opener and although it is a weeknight, we want to get a BIG crowd out to support our boys in blue! There will be special events, giveaways, t-shirts and gloves for sale, and a time to celebrate Mack’s life and legacy, transforming Penn State into Goalkeeper U.

Visit the Mack Brady website for more information.

When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time:  7:00pm
Where: Penn State University Park, State  College, PA  16802

 HEART Grief & Loss Support Program

This is a seven-week program that is held twice each year and is for parents/couples who have experienced pregnancy loss, still birth or early infant death. The group is led by a licensed professional counselor Evelyn Wald in grief and loss, and a certified spiritual director, celebrant and former group participant Jackie Hook.  


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

When: Monday, September 12th – October 24th 2016
Time:  6:30-8:00pm
Where: Choices, 2214 N. Atherton Street (Upper Level), State College, PA 16801

Print FlyerHeart Program - 2016

State College Choral Society Mozart Requiem


We first presented the Requiem on September 11, 2011.  Join us again as we honor the heroes and remember the fallen on 9/11 on this 15th Anniversary.

Call 814.404.9223 for tickets.  A pre-concert lecture will be held at 2:00 pm.  Visit their website
for more information.





When: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Time:  3:00pm
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Eisenhower Chapel, Penn State University, State College, PA 16803
Price:  Adults $20.00 / Students $10.00


An Evening of Hope Healing and Remembrance


The Centre County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed September 10th as Centre County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.  Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States (homicide is 15th), claiming nearly 30,000 lives annually, including an average of 15 per year in Centre County. Suicide is preventable. This event is designed to create public awareness, educate the community, remember those we have lost, give hope to the survivors and end the stigma around mental health. Join us for art, music, stories, and more! 

For more information visit Jana Marie Foundation website.


When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time:  5:30pm - 6:30pm - Community Brown Bag Picnic
              6:30pm - 8:00pm - Performances & Presentations and Worldwide Candlelight Ceremony             
Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, 2643 Gateway Drive #1, State College, PA. USA 16801 

Print Flyer:  An Evening of Hope Healing & Remembrance


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 - 2016

BREAKING NEWS - Consumer Alert / Protect Consumers - Senate Bill 874  

PFDA LogoA fact you should know when pre-planning a funeral:

The Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA) has launched a media campaign to educate Pennsylvania consumers about “constructive delivery.”   

“Constructive delivery” is the result of the Future Interment Act of 1952 that permitted cemeteries to use 30% of their sales for current expenses and place the remaining 70% into a trust for the future when the merchandise was needed.   In recent years large corporate owned cemeteries invented "constructive delivery" so they could actually use that 70% prior to the time of need.  This means they purchase merchandise, such as caskets and vaults, at the time of sale and then store them, often outside or buried underground, until the time of death.  As a comparison, Pennsylvania funeral homes are required to place 100% of the money in a trust until the time of death.  This means the merchandise they provide is not purchased until the time of need.   

Our desire is for all families to understand what is happening to their money when they make pre-arrangements to bury and memorialize a loved one.  To that end we encourage you to view this video

If you are interested in helping pass PA Senate Bill 874 to eliminate “constructive delivery,” please click here to contact your legislator today. 

To learn more go to the PFDA website or contact F. Glenn Fleming and he will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.  Thank you for taking the time to consider this.

Contact Your Legislator:  Senate Bill 874



New Bereavement Support Group

This is a six week consecutive program.  Anyone who has lost a spouse or significant other within the past two years is welcome to attend this free support group. Learn about living and coping after the loss of a loved one.
Please respond to (814) 404-0546 to confirm attendance. Facilitators: Brenda Kim, M.SW., L.C.S.W. and Jackie Hook, M.A., certified spiritual director, celebrant.

When: Tuesday, April 26 2016
Time:  3:30-5:00pm
Where: The Village at Penn State Life Care Retirement Community, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA 16803

Print Flyer: New Bereavement Support Group

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 24 2016
 Registration: 11:00am
 Walk: 1:30pm-3:00pm
 Where: Sidney Friedman Park, 241 S. Fraser St, State College, PA 16801

Change, Challenge, and Transformation —  A Simple Collage/Journal Project


What's Your Story, a community event - an art event to explore the experience of change, challenge and transformation.

For more information email or  visit their website.


When:
Sunday, April 17 2016
Time:  1:00-4:00pm
Where: The Makery, 209 W Calder Way, State College, PA 16801



State College Choral Society - Remembrance

Beveridge's Yizkor Requiem.

A program entitled "Remembrance" at Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, featuring the Yizkor Requiem by Thomas Beverdige.






When: Sunday, April 10 2016
Time:  4:00pm
Where: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State University Campus, State College, PA 16803
Price:  $20.00


Josie’s Story: Family-Centered Approaches to Patient Safety

Sorrel King is an author, a patient safety advocate, and the co-founder of the Josie King Foundation.

In 2001, King’s daughter, Josie, died as a result of medical errors. Consumed by grief, King was determined to honor Josie’s memory. She and her husband created the Josie King Foundation with the purpose of preventing patients from being harmed or killed by medical errors.

For more information visit the website.

When: Wednesday, April 13 2016
Time:  6:00pm
Where: Ruth Pike Auditorium, 022 Biobehavioral Health Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA


6th Annual Happy Valley's Got Talent

Tides will be hosting the 6th Annual Happy Valley’s Got Talent (HVGT).

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

 When: Saturday, April 2 2016
 Time:  7:00pm
 Where: The State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA 16801
  Price: $25.00 (Plus Processing Fee $3.00)

Learning to Live: What's Your Story?

Please join us at the State of the Story presentation entitled, Growing from Loss through Grief to Transformation.  You'll hear live music and stories of transformation. 





  When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016
  Time:  7:00
  Where: The ATTIC of the State Theatre,  130 West College Avenue, State College, PA
  Price: $7.00


Stompers Project

An Invitation to Come Together...

To Help Create the Suicide Survivor Stomper - Jana Marie Foundation invites anyone who has been affected by suicide or suicide loss to join together to create a special Suicide Survivor Stomper.                             

The mission for the Stomper's project is to raise awareness of mental health through the forms of various art such as, stories, music and its most famous sculptures called Stompers.

For more information or to register, please email.


When: Tuesday, March 29 2016
Time:  6:00-7:30pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 7780 Waupelani Drive Ext., State College, PA 16801

Print Flyer: Stompers Project


OLLI at Penn State


Glenn Fleming and Jackie Hook are part of the upcoming OLLI class entitled "How Religions Help with Death and Dying."  Dean Christian Brady, Fr. John Reeves, and Rabbi David Ostrich will also be presenting. The classes will be held on March 14, 21, and 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. 

For more details, visit the OLLI website and course catalog.

When: Monday, March 14, 21 & 28 2016
Time:  1:00-3:00pm
Where: March 14: Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 119 S. Sparks St.,State College
                March 21: Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College
                March 28: Congregation Brit Shalom, Social Hall, 620 E. Hamilton Ave., State College
Price:  $30.00