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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

November 7 2016

November is Time for Family, Time for Talk month – a time to have conversations about what matters most. With the holidays approaching, I encourage you to check out the resources on the Koch Funera...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 7, 2016

October 31 2016

And here is the conclusion to the story, “Why Death is Like the Banana Tree” from the book The Moon in the Well Wisdom Tales to Transform Your Life, Family, and Community by Erica Helm Meade and Da...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 31, 2016

October 24 2016

I’ll close this month’s discussion of how mentioning death can help us care for ourselves by sharing a wisdom tale from Madagascar called “Why Death is Like the Banana Tree” from the book The Moon ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 24, 2016

October 17 2016

It’s hard to understand how mentioning death can be helpful and positive.  In the Benedictine tradition the monks are taught to hold death before themselves at all times.  In Music of Sil...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 17, 2016

Previous Posts

October 10 2016

Continuing with our topic of our culture saying don’t mention actual death, it’s interesting to learn that studies show thinking of death is actually one way to care for ourselves.  According ...

October 3 2016

Our theme this month is: As long as you don’t mention actual death, as long as it isn’t real, everything is alright.  How do you care for yourself?  I’ve heard that Europeans say American...

September 26 2016

Continuing with our topic of how rituals can help us move on when seasons change and life changes, Michael I. Norton and Francesca Gino of the Harvard Business School conducted more research. ...

September 19 2016

As I talk about the use of rituals in helping us move on while seasons change and life changes, I think it is wonderful that science supports their many benefits. According to the research of Micha...

September 12 2016

Our theme this month is: Seasons change, life changes.  How do you move on? As I noted last week, rituals and ceremonies help you honor important parts of your history and heritage.  They...

September 5 2016

Happy Labor Day!  This day was created to honor the contributions workers make to the well-being of our country.  Holidays are like that, days to recognize and honor important parts of ou...

August 29 2016

A year ago I had the honor of sitting with women who had experienced pregnancy and early infant loss. We were talking about change, loss and the gifts available within them (please see last week’s ...