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June 26 2017

A poem I often share to encourage others to go within, feel the struggle and find the strength is “The Guest House” by Rumi. I hope this poem encourages you. This being human is a guest house. Eve...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Previous Posts

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...