Monday's Moments

November 12 2018

From All Hallows’ Eve, Halloween, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day, and Día de los Muertos, through Veterans Day, World Kindness Day, Thanksgiving, National Day of Listening and National Day of Givi...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 12, 2018

November 5 2018

Our theme this month is Conversations Count: Time for Family, Time for Talk! November is Time for Family, Time for Talk month. The Funeral and Memorial Council (FAMIC) created this event to encoura...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 5, 2018

October 29 2018

Not only do we want to consider our own legacies, but we want to honor the legacies of our deceased loved ones too. Below are a few ideas: Light a candle. Make a quilt out of their old clothes....
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 29, 2018

October 22 2018

We often get caught up in our day-to-day lives and neglect thinking about legacies, including making sure our loved ones know how we feel about them. Stanford University created the Letter Project ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 22, 2018

October 15 2018

According to Allianz Insurance, legacies include four pillars:  values and life lessons; instructions and wishes to be fulfilled; personal possessions of emotional value; and financial assets ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 15, 2018

October 8 2018

Continuing with our theme of Honoring Legacies, Shirley MacLaine starred in a movie last year entitled The Last Word. In it she asks a journalist to write her obituary and through the process decid...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, October 8, 2018

October 1 2018

Our theme this month is Honoring Legacies! Whether we think about it or not, we all leave a legacy or things we pass on to others. What do you want those things to be? How do you want to be remembe...
By Jackie Hook
Sunday, September 30, 2018

Previous Posts

September 24 2018

As we’ve been talking about our monthly theme, Plan Ahead, I hope you heard the underlying message that holding death before us can help us embrace life now. I leave you this month with a poem by M...

September 17 2018

Planning Ahead for your own end of life and death involves all dimensions of your life – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.  The physical involves how you want to Live now. The emotion...

September 10 2018

Our theme this month is Plan Ahead. When I talk to groups about planning ahead for our own deaths, some people’s eyes get big and their heels start tapping – it is a topic that makes them uncomfort...

September 3 2018

Happy Labor Day! This day was created to recognize and honor the many ways workers have helped with the well-being of our country. I so appreciate national holidays - with the government’s “permiss...

August 27 2018

At times, people feel guilty for their laughter thinking they should only be feeling pain and sorrow. I invite these people to look to children as their teachers. A child can move from sadness to l...

August 20 2018

It is my experience that many people are able to laugh, even right after a death. When I sit with family members and hear stories of their loved ones’ lives, laughter is often part of the sharing. ...

August 13 2018

Continuing with our theme of Humor to Help Heal, laughter has been used in Healing for centuries. The Ancient Greeks employed clowns in Hippocrates time. And today studies show that laughter: reduc...