#MondaysMoments

November 23 2020

We all have beliefs about what happens after death. Many people I’ve companioned after losing a loved one shared stories with me of feeling a connection to their deceased beloveds. When I ask them ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 23, 2020

November 16 2020

This week we’ll begin the virtual HEART Grief and Loss Support Program on Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals and couples who have experienced pregnancy and early infant loss are invited...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 16, 2020

November 9 2020

As we continue with our theme “After Death,” not only do we want to include remembering those who have died as we discussed last week, but we also want to discuss the importance of taking care of o...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 9, 2020

November 2 2020

This month our theme is “After Death.” Today is the final day of the Dia De Los Muertos celebration that celebrates the lives of the deceased. In some Christian denominations, today is also All Sou...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, November 2, 2020

October 26 2020

I appreciate the words whole and wholeness. I think they more aptly describe what we all desire than the words well and wellness. Well and wellness seem to imply good mental, emotional and spiritua...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 26, 2020

October 19 2020

In the early years of HEART (Helping Empty Arms Recover Together), a support group for people who have experienced pregnancy and early infant loss, I led a series entitled “Searching for Wholeness ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 19, 2020

October 12 2020

In our country, approximately one in four women experiences pregnancy and early infant loss. Many of the women, men, and families affected feel like they have to grieve alone because in our culture...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, October 12, 2020

Previous Posts

October 5 2020

This month our theme is “Whole, But Not the Same.” On October 25, 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. In his remarks he said, “When...

September 28 2020

As I’ve been contemplating and writing about our theme of finding balance, I’ve also been looking for a new balance in my own life. For the first time in almost 26 years, it is just my husband and ...

September 21 2020

Finding balance in our lives is important. It is when we are off balance that wholeness is harder to achieve.  Native American and Canada’s First Nations people use a concept that represents t...

September 14 2020

As a child, I remember learning the lesson that losing balance was painful. It’s a vivid memory. I was taking gymnastic lessons in a building on the corner of Atherton Street and College Avenue. We...

September 7 2020

Happy Labor Day! Today as we honor workers, I hope you have the opportunity to consider this month’s theme, “Finding Balance.” How do you find balance in your life? For example, how do you find wor...

August 31 2020

Much of my work centers around dying, death and grief, and as you’ll see below in the third part of a piece I wrote for the August 6 through 12 Centre County Gazette, that work fills my soul - as d...

August 24 2020

Continuing below is the second part of a piece I wrote for the August 6 through 12 Centre County Gazette on this month’s theme of “What Fills Your Soul?” I’ve had the great privilege of being pres...