Published Articles

2019 - Dec - Gazette - It's a Wonderful Life

  It's a Wonderful Life One of my all-time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life! When I was a child, it was shown multiple times each holiday season and every time Zuzu said, “Look, Dadd...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, November 28, 2019

2019 - Nov - CDT - Helping Hands - Family Traditions

Family Traditions Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because for me it is “Christmas without the hype.” I love the focus on gratitude. I love family gathering around the dinner table. And I love ...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2019 - Oct - Gazette - Time for Family, Time for Talk

Time for Family Time for Talk  When I was growing up, I looked forward to Halloween. Of course the excitement of costumes and candy was part of it. But another big piece was my mom’s embrace ...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, October 31, 2019

2019 - Oct - CDT - Active Life - Healing with Love

Healing with Love I recently had a conversation with a friend about the draw of the woods. I explained that I feel them call to me, and when I enter I take a few deep breaths, taking in the fresh ...
By Jackie Hook
Sunday, October 6, 2019

2019 - Sept - Gazette - Burial or Cremation

Burial or Cremation  Before I worked with Koch Funeral Home, my husband and I occasionally had conversations about how we wanted our bodies cared for after death. He chose traditional burial ...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, September 26, 2019

2019 - Aug - Gazette - Thankful, Thoughtful, Tuesdays

Thankful, Thoughtful Tuesdays With my work, I get into all kinds of conversations about dying, death and grief. One was with a woman who described a beautiful living funeral she was a part of for ...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

2019 - Aug - CDT - Learning to Live - Understanding the Relationship between Change and Grief

Understanding the Relationship between Change and Grief In my work with Koch Funeral Home, we choose monthly themes, and then I write blog posts corresponding with that theme. Last year when we ch...
By Jackie Hook
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Previous Posts

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...