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2018 - Oct - CDT - Helping Hands - National Family History Month

Remember, share your family stories during National Family History Month When my grandmother was a young woman, she came from Kansas to Milroy, Pennsylvania, to visit a college friend. One day dur...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, October 11, 2018

2018 - August - Gazette - Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead In March of 2017, a group of us sat in a circle together at the Bellefonte Senior Resource Center and talked about death. We talked about the history of our perceptions about death. We ...
By Jackie Hook
Monday, August 13, 2018

2018 - July - CDT - Helping Hands - Humor to Heal

Humor to Heal There is a scene in the movie Steel Magnolias where Sally Field’s character is leaving her daughter’s funeral and experiences several emotions in a few minutes. She is sad, angry, co...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2018 - June - CDT - Learning to Live - Honoring Life

Honoring Life Before I began to work with Koch Funeral Home, I thought their work was about death. What I have learned since then is just the opposite. Their work is about honoring life. They hono...
By Jackie Hook
Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 - May - Gazette - Nurturing. Where do you begin?

Nurturing, Where Do You Begin? The patriarch of a family I know recently died. He had been in declining health for a couple of years and near the end, his family courageously chose to bring him ho...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, May 3, 2018

2018 - March - CDT - Helping Hands - Healing with Nature

Healing with Nature  Losses come in all shapes and sizes as does the healing that follows from them. One result of a loss is often a future you hadn’t expected. A few years ago, I was grievin...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 - February - Gazette - Make it Matter

Make it Matter My husband and I attended the visitation for a family friend a few years ago. As we were greeting the family in the receiving line, I was struck by my interaction with our friend’s ...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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2018 - February - Gazette - Remembering with Love

Remembering with Love Love. For yesterday’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, love was at its core. The Greeks had at least six different words to describe love: Agape – love extended to all Eros –...