#MondaysMoments

April 19 2021

“Leaning Into Sorrow” is something I’m privileged to witness on a regular basis. I companion people as they are dying, as a loved one is dying, and after a loved one has died. As I do this, I’m con...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 19, 2021

April 12 2021

Continuing with our theme of “Leaning Into Sorrow,” our natural inclination is to lean away from pain. I often quote Robert Frost, “The best way out is always through.” I’ve learned in both my pers...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 12, 2021

April 5 2021

This month our theme is “Leaning Into Sorrow.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, sorrow and grief have the same definition, “deep sadness especially for the loss of someone or something ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 5, 2021

March 29 2021

I’ll close out this month of posts about masculine and feminine grieving by sharing a table adapted from Thomas R. Golden’s book Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing. ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, March 29, 2021

March 22 2021

A third difference between the masculine and feminine styles of grieving is the masculine wants to connect to the future while the feminine wants to connect with the past. The masculine wants to us...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, March 22, 2021

March 15 2021

Another difference between the masculine and feminine styles of grieving is the masculine is private and quiet while the feminine is emotionally expressive and relationship-oriented. Unfortunately,...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, March 15, 2021

March 8 2021

Continuing with our theme of “Masculine & Feminine Grieving,” one of the big differences between the two styles is the masculine is more active and the feminine is more interactive. Someone who...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, March 8, 2021

Previous Posts

March 1 2021

This month our theme is “Masculine & Feminine Grieving.” It is important to recognize that each of us is made up of a unique blend of masculine and feminine qualities. This blend affects how we...

February 22 2021

I leave you this month with the closing quote from my article: As we think about being courageous and listening to our hearts, consider these words from Henri Nouwen, a writer and Catholic priest:...

February 15 2021

Here is more of the “Heartfelt Support” article:             In one of our support series, we asked the group to think of the person who had been most supportive...

February 8, 2021

Continuing with my article about “Heartfelt Support:” Sometimes I’ve seen that courage lead to heartfelt decisions such as: Families bring loved ones home to spend their final days. A husband ...

February 1 2021

This month our theme is “Heartfelt Support” and throughout these weeks I’m going to share an article I recently wrote for the Centre County Gazette: Many of you may know that the root of the word ...

January 25 2021

I leave you this month with a Rumi poem about welcoming all of the pieces of you. The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness,...

January 18 2021

Today is Martin Luther King Day. What an appropriate day to think about our theme “Pieces of Me” – King was brilliant at integrating the different pieces of himself into a wholeness that made our w...