#MondaysMoments

May 16 2022

Just as last week I described my rebirths after loss, I also have the privilege of carrying with me the stories of many others’ rebirths. For example, one widow who realized for the first time that...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 16, 2022

May 9 2022

As we talk more about “Rebirth after Loss,” I want to share the rebirths my husband and I experienced during and after our six pregnancy losses. At one point on our journey, we were asked to share ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 9, 2022

May 2 2022

This month our theme is “Rebirth after Loss.” I believe rebirth can be a part of the grief journey. After loss, we need to make our life good again and that involves many different kinds of rebirth...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, May 2, 2022

April 25 2022

In addition to my own experiences of grounded grieving, I’ve heard many stories of others. I read of a woman who fell to her knees on the ground and wailed to nourish herself and release some of th...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 25, 2022

April 18 2022

When we talk about “Grounded Grieving,” I’m reminded of the time I spent seven hours in solitude in the woods at a mountain retreat in North Carolina. I was by myself in one area of the woods simpl...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 18, 2022

April 11 2022

As we further explore “Grounded Grieving,” I want to talk about grounded ways to nourish ourselves and release some of our pain when we’re grieving. I think Howard Thurman said it well, “There is s...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 11, 2022

April 4 2022

Our theme this month is “Grounded Grieving.” I love the word ground and its many derivatives. The very ground we live on; grounding ourselves and going deep within; being grounded by our beliefs; a...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, April 4, 2022

Previous Posts

March 28 2022

I often talk about moving our grief from the inside to the outside through mourning. How we mourn can help feed our souls. Mourning through creative expression is one way. Consider these words from...

March 21 2022

I invite you to consider this Oscar Wilde quote, “Where there is sorrow there is holy ground. Some day people will realise what that means. They will know nothing of life till they do, - and nature...

March 14 2022

As we continue with the topic of “Feeding Your Soul,” grief touches our souls and transforms us. This transformation takes energy so feeding all of our dimensions – physical, cognitive, emotional a...

March 7 2022

This month our theme is “Feeding Your Soul.” I’m a big believer in French philosopher and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s quote, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. ...

February 28 2022

I leave you this month with a powerful quote about stories of the heart from author and physician Lissa Rankin, M.D.: Because telling your story—while being witnessed with loving attention by othe...

February 21 2022

As we continue to discuss the powers of sharing our stories of the heart, below are four more: Their ability to provide metaphors for us – Stories can become metaphors for our life circumstances...

February 14 2022

Here are the first five powers of sharing our stories of the heart: Their ability to arouse strong emotions – We heal best when we’re powerfully engaged. When genuine emotions heat up and come t...