Jackie Hook - Spiritual Director/Celebrant
Jackie is a native of State College, Pennsylvania. She has a B.S. in Business Management from Penn State University and an M.A. in Wellness from the University of Central Florida. She is a certified Spiritual Director and Celebrant, specializing in loss and wellness. She is also a member of Spiritual Directors International.
Jackie’s work includes: meeting with individuals for spiritual direction and grief companioning; creating and officiating at transition ceremonies, such as funerals and celebrations of life; assisting individuals in documenting their life stories; leading individual and group retreats; and creating and presenting wellness programs for organizations, including Penn State University. She has both developed and led spirituality and health, and grief and loss support programs.
In partnership with Koch Funeral Home, Jackie has developed a new program, Helping Grieving Hearts Heal. This program helps and supports individuals as they grieve. Services include Having the Talk of a Lifetime, memorable funeral ceremony creation, catered reception coordination, grief companioning and community outreach.
Jackie is the co-founder of HEART – Helping Empty Arms Recover Together,an organization that provides support for individuals who have experienced pregnancy loss, still birth, infant death and/or fertility issues. She is also part of the leadership team for the WheelHouse, a ministry that helps individuals delve deeply into the pressing issues of their lives.
In the past, Jackie has worked with The American Cancer Society, HMO Florida, Orange County (FL) Public Schools, Wittner Associates, the Center for Organizational Health, La Leche League and the Child and Youth Friendly Initiative. In addition, she is an ordained elder in the State College Presbyterian Church.
Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, jogging, camping and hiking in the woods. She and her husband, John, met at Penn State in 1982. After living in Orlando, FL, and Yardley, PA, they returned to State College in 2005. They have two children, Jessica and James.
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