#MondaysMoments

November 29 2021

I’ll leave you this month with a poem by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre that incorporates the concepts of grief, gratitude and grace. How to Recognize Grace It takes you by surprise It comes in odd pa...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 29, 2021

November 22 2021

Including a practice of gratitude on your grief journey can be transformative. It might not feel like something you want to do, but if you set an intention to heal, it can help you move forward. So...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 22, 2021

November 15 2021

In my work with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, I often hear stories of grief after the loss of a loved one. Along with the grief, I hear stories of gratitude for who that loved one was a...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 15, 2021

November 8 2021

Grief, grace and gratitude have many connections. As I wrote last week, when we lose what we’re grateful for we grieve. When we’re grieving, we experience moments of gratitude. And grace is present...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 8, 2021

November 1 2021

This month our theme is “Grace and Gratitude.” I often say that grief and gratitude are two sides of the same coin – when we lose what we’re grateful for we grieve. So where does that leave grace? ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 1, 2021

October 25 2021

Memories can play a part of our grief experience in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms. I leave you this month with words from writer and priest, Henri Nouwen: It is very importa...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 25, 2021

October 18 2021

Sometimes memories of our loved ones are painful. Perhaps the manner of their death, disagreements we had or unfinished conversations to name a few. Mental health providers are a great resource to ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 18, 2021

Previous Posts

October 11 2021

As we continue our conversation about cherishing memories, my work provides me with the gift of hearing many cherished memories. I’ve shared many spaces with people grieving loved ones and when the...

October 4 2021

This month our theme is “Cherishing Memories.” Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., considers remembering the person who died as one of the needs of mourners. You move from a relationship of presence to a relation...

September 27 2021

As we close out this month’s discussion of “Mustering Courage in Loss,” I invite you do as poet John O’Donohue suggests and engage the danger and the wildness in your own heart, even when your hear...

September 20 2021

I really appreciate this line from poet Alice Mackenzie Swaim, “Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.” That is what it take...

September 13 2021

As we talk more about mustering courage in loss, let’s begin with the etymology of the words muster and courage. According to https://www.etymonline.com, the word muster means, "to display, reveal,...

September 6 2021

This month our theme is “Mustering Courage in Loss.” This is a very appropriate theme as we honor the 20th anniversary of 9-11. Koch Funeral Home was working with Alpha Fire Company to hold a Remem...

August 30 2021

For our final “Life with Tears and Laughter” themed post this month, I offer the poem, “The Guest House,” by Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic. This being huma...