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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. ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 26, 2016

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 19, 2016

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 12, 2016

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...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, September 5, 2016

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 ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 29, 2016

August 22 2015

Another way to find hope during the grief journey is to look for it. Kent Ira Groff, a pastor, spiritual director, author and retreat leader describes change and loss as the two-sided coin of trans...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 22, 2016

August 15 2016

It often feels countercultural in our world, but by journeying through instead of avoiding or fixing grief, we find hope, healing and wholeness. One way to find hope is to learn more about the grie...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 15, 2016

Previous Posts

August 8 2015

What do I mean when I say I hold hope for someone? It means trusting that healing and wholeness are always possible (even though it may not come in the form we expect), that grief will lessen and w...

Lessons Learned As A Funeral Director

When I began my career in the funeral industry at the age of 21, I had a lot to learn. Looking back on it a half-century later, one thing I’ve learned is I would do it all over again. Although the ...

August 1 2016

This month our theme is Hope, Healing and Wholeness.  I’m honored to accompany people on their grief journeys and hold hope that they will experience healing and find wholeness even in times o...

July 25 2016

Years ago I saw the movie Broadcast News. In the movie a character played by Holly Hunter has several scenes where she just sits and sobs for no apparent reason. We don’t know why she is crying, bu...

July 18 2016

Have you ever taken the opportunity to let go into your grief?  Sometimes avoiding grief is harder than simply experiencing it. This proved true for me a few years ago when I said goodbye to a...

July 11 2016

Last week on Independence Day we thought about freedom, truth and love. When these words guide your grief journey, they help you have an authentic experience. Giving yourself the freedom to grieve ...

July 4 2016

Happy Independence Day!  The 4th of July is the essence of freedom. And freedom is something that has always been very important to me. Many of the decisions I make in my life are based on whi...