#MondaysMoments

August 30 2021

For our final “Life with Tears and Laughter” themed post this month, I offer the poem, “The Guest House,” by Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, scholar, theologian and Sufi mystic. This being huma...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 30, 2021

August 23 2021

People often ask me how I take care of myself since my work involves life with tears and laughter. One of the things I do is allow myself to freely express my tears and laughter. I’ve learned that ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 23, 2021

August 16 2021

Now let’s look at the laughter portion of our theme, “Life with Tears and Laughter.” Research has shown that laughter is healthy for us emotionally, physically and socially. (Please read the July G...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 16, 2021

August 9 2021

Continuing with our theme of “Life with Tears and Laughter,” this week I’ll talk about the tears. As a culture we accept tears around times of death but, they often then make us feel uncomfortable....
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 9, 2021

August 2 2021

This month our theme is “Life with Tears and Laughter.” The work I do involves a lot of tears and laughter and as I often say, both are welcome and healing. Young children are great teachers of thi...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, August 2, 2021

July 26 2021

To summarize the study we’ve discussed the past couple of weeks, we look to psychologist Noam Schneck, Ph.D. who states: “… healing and growth may continue even when a person is not actively thinki...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, July 26, 2021

July 19 2021

As we continue with our theme of “Embrace Unconscious Grief,” last week we introduced the idea that the brain can find a balance between too much and too little focus on loss. Psychologist Noam Sch...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Monday, July 19, 2021

Previous Posts

December 6 2021

This month our theme is “Dear Quiet.” My relationship with quiet has changed so much over the years. I remember when I moved into my apartment after college graduation. It was the first time I ever...

November 29 2021

I’ll leave you this month with a poem by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre that incorporates the concepts of grief, gratitude and grace. How to Recognize Grace It takes you by surprise It comes in odd pa...

November 22 2021

Including a practice of gratitude on your grief journey can be transformative. It might not feel like something you want to do, but if you set an intention to heal, it can help you move forward. So...

November 15 2021

In my work with the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, I often hear stories of grief after the loss of a loved one. Along with the grief, I hear stories of gratitude for who that loved one was a...

November 8 2021

Grief, grace and gratitude have many connections. As I wrote last week, when we lose what we’re grateful for we grieve. When we’re grieving, we experience moments of gratitude. And grace is present...

November 1 2021

This month our theme is “Grace and Gratitude.” I often say that grief and gratitude are two sides of the same coin – when we lose what we’re grateful for we grieve. So where does that leave grace? ...

October 25 2021

Memories can play a part of our grief experience in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms. I leave you this month with words from writer and priest, Henri Nouwen: It is very importa...