Published Articles

2019 - July - Gazette - Three Important Lessons

Three Important Lessons As I’ve worked around dying, death and grief, I’ve learned three important lessons: you’re not alone, community matters and storytelling heals. These messages consistently ...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, July 25, 2019

2019 - June - Gazette - Transition

Transitions Transitions have been on my mind a lot lately. Transitions mean changes and all changes, even positive ones, involve loss. Much of my work is about companioning people through changes ...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, June 27, 2019

2019 - June - CDT - Helping Hands - Monday's Moments Complimentary Luncheons

Monday's Moment's Complimentary Luncheons Assurance that I always have someone to talk to. Comforted. A great deal of support. A safe place to share. Peaceful. Wrapped in a security blanket. These...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

2019 - May - Gazette - Authenticity in Life and Death

Authenticity in Life and Death When I was training with The International End of Life Doula Association we did a fair amount of role playing. Sometimes I was the end-of-life doula and sometimes th...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, May 30, 2019

2019 - May - The Daily News - Huntingdon

Death Cafés Each spring I am surprised by the vivid colors that appear in the plants and trees. You would think that having experienced many Pennsylvania springs in my lifetime, I would be used to...
By Jackie Hook
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 - April - Gazette - Stories of Loss

Stories of Loss I sat in a circle of nearly twenty women. Our facilitator looked at one of the women and asked, “What are you most present to?” That woman began to share a story about herself whic...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, April 25, 2019

2019 - March - Gazette - Death Café

Death Café In November 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote these words, “…but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” These two certainties will be spotlighted on April 15, 2019, wit...
By Jackie Hook
Friday, March 29, 2019

Previous Posts

2019 - March - CDT - Helping Hands - Thankful Thoughtful Thursdays

Thankful Thoughtful Thursdays In the book, The Moon in the Well: Wisdom Tales to Transform Your Life, Family, and Community, Erica Helm Meade shared a tale from Madagascar. In this story, God allo...

2019 - March - CDT - Active Life - Find the Path by Walking It

Find the Path by Walking It A 96-year-old woman attended several of our grief education and support programs.  At one such gathering she told us she believed it helps to share troubles with o...

2019 - February - Gazette - Thankful Thoughtful Thursdays

Thankful Thoughtful Thursdays I have the incredible honor of companioning people before and after a loved one dies. One thing I’ve learned in this process is that fulfilling the dying person’s wis...

2019 - January - Gazette - Love Helps Us Heal

Love Helps Us Heal The room was full of friends and family who came to honor a woman’s life. First, the guests offered their condolences in the receiving line. Next, as the celebrant, I shared pie...

2019 - Jan - The Daily News - Huntingdon

Funerals Matter I worked with a woman who was pregnant with her first child. When it was time for her to give birth, she and her fiancé drove to the hospital, took the elevator and got off on the ...

2018 - Dec - CDT - Learning to Live - Healing Through the Holidays

Healing through the Holidays As part of my outreach for the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, Evelyn Wald, a licensed professional counselor at Individual and Family CHOICES, and I facilitated...

2018 - Nov - The Daily News - Time for Family, Time for Talk - Conversations Count

Conversations Count: Time for Family, Time for Talk Month John B. Brown Funeral Home, Inc. - Huntingdon, PA Years ago my husband John met Jim in State College. John was a Penn State student c...