Published Articles

2021 - October - CDT - Active Life

Community I’ve been thinking about the beauty of “community” lately. In my work, I have the privilege of seeing it time and time again. We invite people to gather together around a specific event,...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Sunday, October 3, 2021

2021 - September - Gazette - A Place to Take Your Grief

A Place to Take Your Grief When my husband and I were living through the years of losing our first six pregnancies, angels became significant to me. Angels symbolized the lives that began in me an...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, September 30, 2021

2021 - August - Gazette - Courage

Courage While driving through the western U.S. on a recent trip, I was struck by several acts of courage I saw during my travels. Park rangers at the Grand Canyon who walked out on the sheer ledge...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, August 26, 2021

2021 - August - CDT - Helping Hands

I’ll always remember where I was. Like many other Tuesday mornings, I was following along with my Rodney Yee morning yoga DVD while our infant son lay next to me. When I finished, the TV was on NBC...
By Jackie Naginey Hook
Thursday, August 12, 2021

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

Previous Posts

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...