Monday's Moments

December 25 2017

For those of you of the Christian tradition, I hope you have a meaningful Christmas today. I know not everyone feels joyful on this day. If you’re mourning, I encourage you to allow your grief and ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 25, 2017

December 18 2017

Below is more information about What Silence Teaches Us? from my article in the 2017 Fall Issue of Centered magazine. And not surprisingly, science supports silence’s benefits. Although there are ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 18, 2017

December 11 2017

I continue with my thoughts about Silence. What Does It Teach Us? In the Christian tradition, John of the Cross said, “Silence is God’s first language.” There is a power to silence. In my roles as...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 11, 2017

December 4 2017

Our theme for December is Silence. What Does It Teach Us? I recently wrote an article about this for the 2017 Fall Issue of Centered magazine. I will share it with you here over the next couple of ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, December 4, 2017

November 27 2017

Last spring I sat in a circle of elders as we took turns answering questions from the Have the Talk of a Lifetime deck of cards. The cards posed questions such as: What words of wisdom would you pa...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 27, 2017

November 20 2017

I’ve had the privilege of working with families who have had the Talk of a Lifetime type conversations. In particular, I think of one family who recorded their patriarch’s response to the question,...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 20, 2017

November 13 2017

Do you need help getting started with having your own Talk of a Lifetime? It’s easy. Choose a date to gather your family and friends, print the Holiday Guide and begin sharing those meaningful stor...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, November 13, 2017

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...