Monday's Moments

June 19 2017

As I sit with families, hear the stories of their loved ones’ lives and companion them on their grief journeys, I’m often touched by the strength they exhibit. Strength in the form of allowing thei...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 19, 2017

June 12 2017

Continuing with our theme, “Go Within. Feel the Struggle. Find the Strength.”… is going within something that is easy and comfortable for you? One practice I encourage people to do is called Notice...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 12, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 5, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 29, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 22, 2017

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 ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 15, 2017

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 8, 2017

Previous Posts

September 25 2017

I recently read the book Limping But Blessed: Wrestling with God after the Death of a Child by Jason Jones. In it Jason describes the agonizing pain and guilt he felt after his son’s accident. For ...

September 18 2017

Have you heard about the blame and shame game? When something goes wrong, we point the finger at someone – blame them – and then treat them with disrespect – shame them. No one wins in that scenari...

September 11 2017

As we continue looking at holding on or letting go of guilt and blame, I think of a grief education and support group I facilitated a few years ago. At one meeting, a woman shared some regrets she ...

September 4 2017

This month our theme is “Guilt and Blame: Do You Hold On or Let Go?” Guilt, regret, blame and shame can all be part of the grief journey. They can also be painful to hold on to and difficult to rel...

August 28 2017

Attending to your own legacy is an important function of your life now. One way to do that is to write an ethical will or “legacy letter.” Rabbi Jack Riemer and Dr. Nathaniel Stampler say, “…the im...

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...

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...