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February 27 2017

When I sit with families and hear the stories of their recently deceased loved ones lives to then create personalized services for them, the love in the room is often palpable. In Thornton Wilder’s...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, February 27, 2017

February 20 2017

As I companion people on their grief journeys, I continue to hear stories of how Love is Eternal.  A woman who “met” her late husband as she lay in bed at night. A mom who “met” her young son ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, February 20, 2017

February 13 2017

Last week we began talking about our theme, Love is Eternal. C.S. Lewis described this in his book, A Grief Observed.  In this book, Lewis wrote about the death of his wife, whom he referred t...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, February 13, 2017

February 6 2017

This month our theme is Love is Eternal. To illustrate this I’ll share a story of a woman who came to the support gatherings I facilitate after losing her husband of 60 years. This couple met in hi...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, February 6, 2017

January 30 2017

I think this quote from Anthony de Mello in his book, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality, summarizes our Live Now…Allow Change theme this month: You need to be liberated. Don’t car...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 30, 2017

January 23 2017

I recently read in the book, The Other Side of Bonanno, that “prolonged grief is dominated by yearning, the repetitive and futile search for the lost loved one.” Sadly, yearning creates more pain, ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 23, 2017

January 16 2017

Living now and allowing change (our January theme) is about being present and letting go. When we’re talking about allowing major changes, those you didn’t ask for and/or want, like the death of a ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, January 16, 2017

Previous Posts

June 5 2017

This month our theme is “Go Within. Feel the Struggle. Find the Strength.” Does this sound counterintuitive? Why would you want to go within and feel the struggle? When a caterpillar transforms int...

May 29 2017

I hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day! As you remember and honor your loved ones today, if you’re ready and interested, I invite you to take a moment and look for growth that the seeds from the...

May 22 2017

Recently I was meeting with a group of residents at a local Continuing Care Retirement Community and we were talking about limitations, the limitations that can come with aging. Limitations from lo...

May 15 2017

The seeds of grief and loss can grow in ways we might never expect. In the Koch Funeral Home sponsored documentary, Voices of Grief: Honoring the Sacred Journey, you hear five individuals/families ...

May 8 2017

One reason I am involved in grief work is because of what the seeds of loss have grown within me. When my husband and I lost our first six pregnancies, one thing that grew was my appreciation for t...

May 1 2017

This month our theme is Plant a Seed: What Will Grow? A friend and colleague of mine, Zack Maser,  describes loss and grief as a seed that plants in your heart. Your tears help water it and ov...

April 24 2017

April 27 is National Tell Your Story Day, a time when you’re encouraged to share stories in books, your imagination and your memories. At Koch Funeral Home, we believe strongly in the power of stor...