Published Articles

2021 - July - Gazette - Life with Tears & Laughter

Life with Tears & Laughter When people from a Christian tradition provide me with the honor of officiating their loved one’s funeral services, a common scripture reading they request comes fro...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, July 22, 2021

2021 - June - Gazette - Intimacy with Disappearance

Intimacy with Disappearance In his meditation on vulnerability, poet and author David Whyte wrote: “…The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, June 24, 2021

2021 - May - Gazette - Breathe in Moments

Breathe in Moments One by one each of us entered the glass-enclosed circular chapel in the mountains of North Carolina. We removed our shoes and quietly sat down in a circle in the center of the r...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, May 20, 2021

2021 - April - Gazette - Tending Your Inner Garden

Tending Your Inner Garden Wow, each spring I’m surprised. I forget how beautiful things are as nature comes back to life and I’m filled with wonder again and again. The vibrant colors of flowering...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, April 29, 2021

2021 - April - CDT - Helping Hands

After I officiated at a relative’s memorial service a few years ago, an out-of-town family member shared with me about his wishes concerning his own death. He said he wanted to be cremated without ...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, April 22, 2021

2021 - March - Gazette - Leaning into Sorrow

Leaning into Sorrow I will never forget the time I was chatting with a group of people around a hi-top table at an evening fundraiser and was asked about my work. I explained that I work with Koch...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, March 25, 2021

2021 - March - CDT - Active Life

Comfort on Both Sides of the Parting A very wise woman recently told me that many wedding vows are inaccurate. When the couple commits to “until death do us part,” that doesn’t include the whole s...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Previous Posts

2021 - February - Gazette - Masculine and Feminine Grieving

 Masculine and Feminine Grieving HEART – Helping Empty Arms Recover Together – is a support group that Jenn Stubbs and I facilitate for individuals and couples who have experienced pregnancy ...

2021 - January - Gazette - Heartfelt Support

Heartfelt Support Many of you may know that the root of the word courage is “cor,” the Latin word for heart. It takes courage to listen to our hearts. Fortunately for us, our brains are used to l...

2021 - January - CDT - Helping Hands

  Everyone in Happy Valley is very grateful for the many helping hands in our community, especially during this pandemic. We’re continually in awe of all the first responders who put their he...

2020 - December - Gazette - Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me When our son was little, the two of us had a nightly practice called “Most Grateful, Least Grateful.” As I helped him settle into bed, we would both think through our day and share on...

2020 - November - Gazette - Searching for Meaning

Searching for Meaning Experts who study grief suggest that people who are grieving have a need to search for meaning. Meaning helps them understand the nature of their grief - the what, why, when ...

2020 - October - Gazette - Healing Through the Holidays

Healing Through the Holidays Who knew the Pope tweeted? Apparently I haven’t been in the know. With so much darkness in the news these days, I was happy when I recently came across Maria Shriver's...

2020 - October - CDT - Active Life

Whole, But Not the Same I’m a big fan of each of the four different seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter. For 13 years I lived in Orlando, Florida, and missed the significant changes in seaso...