Monday's Moments

August 12 2019

Many of the people I companion are grieving the loss of a loved one – a change readily accepted as a loss in our culture. However, other changes aren’t as readily accepted as a loss, like divorce, ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 12, 2019

August 5 2019

We created the 2019 monthly themes over eight months ago, and at that time I had no idea how appropriate our August theme would be for me. This month’s theme is “Change is Loss.” My family and I ar...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 5, 2019

July 29 2019

As we close this month’s discussion of the theme Life Goes On, How Do You?, we acknowledge that we also go on after a loved one dies by remembering them. Today on her birthday, we remember Margie F...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 29, 2019

July 22 2019

Life goes on, how do you? James was right. I was grieving, not the loss of a loved one, but the loss of how I used to look and my life before basal cell carcinoma. With the invitation from James th...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 22, 2019

July 15 2019

After six weeks of my nose and cheek being hidden, and although the surgeon told me “You’re good to go,” I didn’t feel that way at all. My face was red and swollen and I felt badly about walking ba...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 15, 2019

July 8 2019

Continuing with my story of Life goes on, how do you?...  After our daughter’s graduation, I returned to the surgeon, who cut a flap of skin from my cheek and grafted it to my nose while keepi...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 8, 2019

July 1 2019

Our theme this month is “Life Goes On, How Do You?” Although it wasn’t the loss of a loved one, I experienced a loss six years ago that brought me face to face with the question, Life goes on, how ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 1, 2019

Previous Posts

June 24 2019

As we’ve been saying this month, grief companions come in many forms. In addition to humans, animals can be incredible companions for us on our grief journeys. I know our dog, Lady, helped us throu...

June 17 2019

At an education and support group I co-facilitated, we asked the participants to think about who had been the most supportive companions on their grief journeys. The answers came in many forms – fa...

June 10 2019

This week we continue with the theme, Grief. Companions Come in Many Forms.” I share with you now, Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.’s 11 Tenets of Companioning the Bereaved: Companioning is about… Being pre...

June 3 2019

Our theme this month is “Grief. Companions Come in Many Forms.” Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., first introduced me to the concept of grief companions. As a spiritual director, the tenets of grief companionin...

May 27 2019

The theme, “Loss. What Never Changes?” makes me think of the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. After all kinds of loss, Dorothy learns that in order to return home, she doesn’t need the help of the ...

May 20 2019

In order to help us embrace our brokenness and attend to what never changes in loss, it is important to find safe places and communities where our hidden wholeness is welcome.  Our Monday’s Mo...

May 13 2019

Last week we introduced this month’s theme, “Loss. What Never Changes?” and referenced the hidden wholeness within us. In his book, A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward an Undivided Life – Welcom...