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August 21 2017

What is your legacy? It is defined as a gift of property, especially personal property, and as money, by will or by bequest. It is also defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an anc...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 21, 2017

August 14 2017

We’ll continue the discussion of what remains without their physical presence – legacies. A few months ago I facilitated a group discussion about legacies – what they are and what we hope they will...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 14, 2017

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 ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 7, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 31, 2017

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

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 17, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 10, 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...