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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

May 1 2017

This month our theme is Plant a Seed: What Will Grow? A friend and colleague of mine, Zack Maser,  describes loss and grief as a seed that plants in your heart. Your tears help water it and ov...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 1, 2017

April 24 2017

April 27 is National Tell Your Story Day, a time when you’re encouraged to share stories in books, your imagination and your memories. At Koch Funeral Home, we believe strongly in the power of stor...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 24, 2017

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

Previous Posts

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.&...

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...