Monday's Moments

July 16 2018

Shifting Your Connection is a topic I appreciate discussing with individuals. Many mourners are afraid of being judged for wanting to continue bonds with their deceased loved ones and they’re so gr...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 16, 2018

July 9 2018

When I introduced Shifting Your Connection last week, I spoke about how the continuing bonds theory allowed for grievers to continue relationships with their deceased loved ones instead of striving...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 9, 2018

July 2 2018

July’s theme is Shifting Your Connection. When a loved one dies, grievers used to be encouraged to “let go” of the relationship with the deceased. After the 1996 release of the book Continuing Bond...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, July 2, 2018

June 25 2018

We invite you to engage in creative expressions. Write a story, create something, listen to music and/or whenever you see something that expresses how you feel, take a picture of it. The options ar...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 25, 2018

June 18 2018

If you’re interested in the science behind creative expression and healing, see this research summary: In 2010, a review of existing literature on the benefits of the arts (music, visual arts, dan...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 18, 2018

June 11 2018

As we continue with our theme of The Artistry of Grief, below are some reasons why creative expression is healing: Creative expression is engaging ​Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman suggest...
By Jackie Hook
Sunday, June 10, 2018

June 4 2018

June’s theme is The Artistry of Grief. When you’re grieving, you may not feel like an artist, but the movement of the grief through you and your expression of it can be a creative process. Grief is...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, June 4, 2018

Previous Posts

May 28 2018

In addition to safe communities, there are countless other ways to nurture yourself and others. We hope you too find many gifts along the way. As I said in the first blog post this month, you begin...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...