Monday's Moments

May 21 2018

Before and after a loved one’s death, nurturing yourself is critically important. Nurturing can come in a variety of forms, so where do you begin? As is evident in the story of the patriarch we sh...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 21, 2018

May 14 2018

As we continue with our theme of Nurturing, Where Do You Begin and the story of the patriarch who died, the gifts from nurturing continued. All of the patriarch’s grown children had returned home t...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 14, 2018

May 7 2018

Our theme for May is Nurturing, Where Do You Begin?  If you begin with the first thing before you right now, it can lead to many gifts. This makes me think of a family whose patriarch recently...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, May 7, 2018

April 30 2018

As John Burroughs said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” Connecting with nature affects our bodies, minds and souls. I encourage you to get more of tha...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 30, 2018

April 23 2018

When a drunk driver killed Paula D’Arcy’s husband and two-year-old daughter, her grief journey drew her to the ocean. In the Koch Funeral Home sponsored documentary, Voices of Grief: Honoring the S...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 23, 2018

April 16 2018

Nature has long been a source of healing, from its raw materials to its soothing images and sounds to its infinite lessons. In the Christian tradition, John Scotus Erigena, an Irish philosopher and...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 16, 2018

April 9 2018

Continuing with our Healing? Engage with Nature! theme, we would like your input on the possibility of holding a retreat in nature entitled "Healing with Love.” When you’ve lost a loved o...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, April 9, 2018

Previous Posts

April 2 2018

Our theme for April is Healing? Engage with Nature. Losses come in all shapes and sizes as does the healing that follows from them. One result of a loss is often a future you hadn’t expected. A few...

March 26 2018

In addition to making things matter with choices shortly after death, Alan Wolfelt, an author, educator and grief counselor, says that one of the needs of mourners is to search for meaning and “mak...

March 19 2018

Today, we’ll continue to look at how families make it matter by adding exclamation points to the ways they care for their loved ones at death. This can be done in many ways. They can have a ceremon...

March 12 2018

Continuing with our Make It Matter theme, when we lose a loved one, the loss often invites us to consider how to make life matter in new ways. These considerations start with how we choose to care ...

March 5 2018

Our theme for March is Make It Matter. My husband and I attended the visitation for a family friend a few years ago. As we were greeting the family in the receiving line, I was struck by my interac...

February 26 2018

Sharing Your Heart with others takes courage. As a parent, one of the many things our children taught me was observation is the first step in participation. Simply walking through the door of a sup...

February 19 2018

Sharing Your Heart can feel scary or threatening – you are allowing yourself to be very vulnerable. That is exactly why we work hard to make our support gatherings safe places. We do this by follow...