Monday's Moments

December 26 2016

My husband and I lost our first six pregnancies. During those years, the holidays were sometimes hard. One year around that time, a box arrived at our door. Inside were all the angel ornaments my m...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 26, 2016

December 19 2016

I think one of the most important things to remember if you’re grieving at this time of year is honor what you’re feeling. I worked with a couple who lost their infant twins. After this loss, Decem...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 19, 2016

December 11 2016

I’ve had the honor of companioning people on their grief journeys at this time of year and have found some helpful tips for navigating the holiday season: Have a plan. Keep it simple. Lower yo...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 12, 2016

December 5 2016

Our December theme is Memories and accomplishments without you, is this possible? If this is the holiday season for you and you’ve lost a loved one, you might be wondering how you are going to cope...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 5, 2016

November 28 2016

Kahlil Gibran, an artist, poet, and writer, shared some of his wisdom about grief and gratitude in these words: When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that wh...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 28, 2016

November 21 2016

In addition to Time for Family, Time for Talk  this month, we are also paying attention to Grief and Gratitude: Can these emotions be linked?  Have you found this to be true? I have in a ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 21, 2016

November 14 2016

Recently I facilitated a group conversation using questions from the Time for Family, Time for Talk materials. We shared our thoughts about the questions, “What song best reflects you and your life...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 14, 2016

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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...

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...

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...

March 13 2017

One topic of conversation at our grief education and support group meetings is how to begin to let go. During one meeting, I invite participants to write a letter to their lost loved one. At a futu...

March 6 2017

This month our theme is Learn to Let Go. When you lose a loved one, letting go  doesn’t mean forgetting them. It also doesn’t mean forgetting the love you shared. It means gradually releasing ...

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...

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 ...