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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

What Does It Take to Be a Funeral Director?

What does it take to be a funeral director? “It’s very humbling and rewarding to be the person preparing someone for their final resting place.” Imagine that your work was professionally and tende...
By Breanne Radin Yeckley
Tuesday, April 11, 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

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, March 13, 2017

Previous Posts

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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, ...