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January 15 2018

This week we’ll look at the first H of this month’s theme, hugs. Hugs are a wonderful way to communicate love and care. In addition, studies have found hugs help make us healthy. When someone is gr...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 15, 2018

January 8 2018

Our theme for January is Hugs, Hang Around, and Hush. These words came from Doug Manning’s book entitled, The Funeral: A Chance to Touch, A Chance to Serve, A Chance to Heal.  In it he says, “...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 8, 2018

January 1 2018

I hope you have a meaningful New Years! I know for some of you who lost loved ones, you’re simply glad the holidays are almost over and you’ve said goodbye to 2017.  For others, you like what ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 1, 2018

December 25 2017

For those of you of the Christian tradition, I hope you have a meaningful Christmas today. I know not everyone feels joyful on this day. If you’re mourning, I encourage you to allow your grief and ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 25, 2017

December 18 2017

Below is more information about What Silence Teaches Us? from my article in the 2017 Fall Issue of Centered magazine. And not surprisingly, science supports silence’s benefits. Although there are ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 18, 2017

December 11 2017

I continue with my thoughts about Silence. What Does It Teach Us? In the Christian tradition, John of the Cross said, “Silence is God’s first language.” There is a power to silence. In my roles as...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 11, 2017

December 4 2017

Our theme for December is Silence. What Does It Teach Us? I recently wrote an article about this for the 2017 Fall Issue of Centered magazine. I will share it with you here over the next couple of ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 4, 2017

Previous Posts

November 27 2017

Last spring I sat in a circle of elders as we took turns answering questions from the Have the Talk of a Lifetime deck of cards. The cards posed questions such as: What words of wisdom would you pa...

November 20 2017

I’ve had the privilege of working with families who have had the Talk of a Lifetime type conversations. In particular, I think of one family who recorded their patriarch’s response to the question,...

November 13 2017

Do you need help getting started with having your own Talk of a Lifetime? It’s easy. Choose a date to gather your family and friends, print the Holiday Guide and begin sharing those meaningful stor...

November 6 2017

November is Time for Family, Time for Talk month. Time to share stories, remember and learn about what matters most to the people who matter most to you. The Funeral and Memorial Information Counci...

October 30 2017

There is a lot of power and energy behind crashing waves, each shape the shoreline. For many observers, there is also a soothing sound and rhythm. This is some of nature’s beauty and transformative...

October 23 2017

We’ve spent time this month comparing the waves of grief to waves of the ocean. Another thing that goes along with breaking ocean waves are rip currents.  Rip currents are very fast-moving cha...

October 16 2017

One thing I really appreciate about comparing grief to waves is that you know an ocean wave eventually ends. As a wave builds and builds, on the other side it crashes and is gone. When I was in lab...