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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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 1, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 24, 2017

April 17 2017

Stories are powerful and are part of what’s left even when we’re gone from this earth – a very important part.  According to a 2012 Allianz Life Insurance Company survey, baby boomers and thei...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 17, 2017

April 10 2017

Continuing with our theme of What’s Your Story?, research has found that the process of reviewing and telling stories about our own life experiences can affect both our mental and physical health.&...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 10, 2017

April 3 2017

This month our theme is What’s Your Story? We spend a lot of our days with stories: telling ourselves stories as we think about the past and future; sharing stories in discussions with others; read...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 3, 2017

March 27 2017

In addition to the letting go of the longing for things to be different, when there is a loss, a letting go of unforgiveness may also be a part of the journey. Perhaps you want to forgive your love...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, March 27, 2017

March 20 2017

Our bodies carry wisdom about the importance of letting go. When you hold something tightly, your hands get tired and aren’t open to receive. First is the letting go, and then the letting come, bot...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, March 20, 2017

Previous Posts

August 7 2017

This month our theme is “Without Their Physical Presence, What Remains?” As a spiritual director and celebrant, I have the privilege of sitting with individuals and families to hear the stories of ...

July 31 2017

 A third connection between grief and freedom is the recognition that as Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and author, once said, “There is in all visible things…a hidden wholeness.” Even when yo...

July 24 2017

Related to the freedom to grieve we discussed last week, a second connection between grief and freedom is finding freedom within the grief.  When you allow yourself to feel and express your gr...

July 17 2017

As we explore connections between grief and freedom, we’ll first look at the freedom to grieve. Everyone’s grief experience is unique and giving yourself the freedom to grieve in your own way is an...

July 10 2017

What does freedom mean to you? According to www.dictionary.com, freedom is the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. For some, grief feels like t...

July 3 2017

As we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July, our theme this month is “Freedom.” Just as our country experienced a struggle before achieving its freedom, the same can be true for us. For example, w...

June 26 2017

A poem I often share to encourage others to go within, feel the struggle and find the strength is “The Guest House” by Rumi. I hope this poem encourages you. This being human is a guest house. Eve...