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November 13 2017

Do you need help getting started with having your own Talk of a Lifetime? It’s easy. Choose a date to gather your family and friends, print the Holiday Guide and begin sharing those meaningful stor...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 13, 2017

November 6 2017

November is Time for Family, Time for Talk month. Time to share stories, remember and learn about what matters most to the people who matter most to you. The Funeral and Memorial Information Counci...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 6, 2017

October 30 2017

There is a lot of power and energy behind crashing waves, each shape the shoreline. For many observers, there is also a soothing sound and rhythm. This is some of nature’s beauty and transformative...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 30, 2017

October 23 2017

We’ve spent time this month comparing the waves of grief to waves of the ocean. Another thing that goes along with breaking ocean waves are rip currents.  Rip currents are very fast-moving cha...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 23, 2017

October 16 2017

One thing I really appreciate about comparing grief to waves is that you know an ocean wave eventually ends. As a wave builds and builds, on the other side it crashes and is gone. When I was in lab...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 16, 2017

October 9 2017

As we explore our theme, “Grief, It Comes in Waves,” what first comes to mind for me is the nature of waves. They come from what seems like nowhere, they build, they crash, they pause and then they...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 9, 2017

October 2 2017

This month our theme is “Grief, It Comes in Waves.”  I always appreciate when we compare our human experiences with nature. First, because we too are nature. And second, because nature has so ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 2, 2017

Previous Posts

September 25 2017

I recently read the book Limping But Blessed: Wrestling with God after the Death of a Child by Jason Jones. In it Jason describes the agonizing pain and guilt he felt after his son’s accident. For ...

September 18 2017

Have you heard about the blame and shame game? When something goes wrong, we point the finger at someone – blame them – and then treat them with disrespect – shame them. No one wins in that scenari...

September 11 2017

As we continue looking at holding on or letting go of guilt and blame, I think of a grief education and support group I facilitated a few years ago. At one meeting, a woman shared some regrets she ...

September 4 2017

This month our theme is “Guilt and Blame: Do You Hold On or Let Go?” Guilt, regret, blame and shame can all be part of the grief journey. They can also be painful to hold on to and difficult to rel...

How did you choose the funeral director profession?

How did you choose the funeral director profession? “I like helping people and making them feel better in times of need.” For Katie DeCapria, funeral director intern, that sums up why she chose th...

August 28 2017

Attending to your own legacy is an important function of your life now. One way to do that is to write an ethical will or “legacy letter.” Rabbi Jack Riemer and Dr. Nathaniel Stampler say, “…the im...

August 21 2017

What is your legacy? It is defined as a gift of property, especially personal property, and as money, by will or by bequest. It is also defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an anc...