Monday's Moments

December 9 2019

As we continue with our theme of “It’s a Wonderful Life!” I have people in my life who I want to learn the lesson of how they’ve mattered; you probably do too. Why not tell them by finishing this s...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 9, 2019

December 2 2019

This month our theme is “It’s a Wonderful Life!” One of my all-time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life! When I was a child, it was shown multiple times each holiday season and every time Zuzu...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 2, 2019

November 25 2019

Not only is it important to learn to listen to grievers and others, it is important to learn to listen to ourselves. I appreciate these words from Philip Cousineau: “Ask yourself what is absurd in...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 25, 2019

November 18 2019

After I sit and listen to stories of deceased loved ones’ lives, many family members tell me how cathartic the time was. The same sentiment is often shared after personalized and meaningful ceremon...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 18, 2019

November 11 2019

Learning to Listen takes practice. In casual conversation, we listen while also thinking about what we’ll say next. Deep listening means our focus is solely on the speaker. We allow them to say wha...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 11, 2019

November 4 2019

This month our theme is “Learn to Listen.” We listen to others all day. But do we really listen or do we just hear? In my work as a spiritual director, celebrant and end-of-life doula, listening is...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 4, 2019

October 28 2019

This week we’ll look at the social realm of self-care. Alan Wolfelt’s work encourages finding a grief buddy, recognizing that friends will probably change, and remembering that others also had a sp...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 28, 2019

Previous Posts

October 21 2019

When we think about the cognitive realm of self-care on the grief journey, that too is as unique as we are. Alan Wolfelt recommends answering these two questions: What do I want? What is wanted of ...

October 14 2019

As we continue this month’s discussion about the uniqueness of self-care, we’ll look at the emotional realm. All kinds of emotions can be a part of our grief journeys. Alan Wolfelt suggests some wa...

October 7 2019

This month our theme is “Self-Care is Unique.” Self-care is always important and when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one it is even more so. Grief takes a lot of energy and can feel like a hea...

September 30 2019

While you’re gaining strength through your grief journey, I encourage you to do as psychotherapist, writer and speaker Candyce Ossefort recommends and understand that needing help is normal: This ...

September 23 2019

The philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, once said, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” So I guess in the end, what gives us strength can be the grief itself, even though we would rather ...

September 16 2019

Other things that have given me strength on my grief journeys are my 4-3-2-1-! on Hope, Healing and Wholeness. In my own life and in companioning others, these practices, skills, intentions, postur...

September 9 2019

When I think about what has given me strength for different grief journeys in my life, several words come to mind – faith, belief, trust, love and hope. Albert Einstein once said, “The most importa...