Published Articles

2020 - Feb - Gazette - Dogs as Companions

Dogs as Grief Companions I walked gingerly through the door from the garage to our house. My husband supported my arm as I moved slowly, hunched over, protecting my incisions. I was in an anesthes...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, February 27, 2020

2020 - Jan - Gazette - Remembering with Love

Remembering with Love I heard Mom repeat, “Oh, Joe.” I was 12 years-old, it was Halloween night 1973, and Mom was talking on the phone to my Uncle Joe. Uncle Joe was married to my mom’s sister, my...
By Jackie Hook
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2020 - Jan - CDT - Helping Hands - A New Year

A New Year A new year can be an exciting time full of possibilities. It can also be a sad time when it means you’re saying goodbye to the last year in which a loved one lived.  At one grief ...
By Dar Bellissimo
Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 - Dec - Gazette - Humility

Humility With the New Year around the corner, many of us are looking at our lives and making resolutions to change things for the better. I’m a big fan of this type of process; a process life give...
By Jackie Hook
Thursday, December 26, 2019

2019 - Nov - 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

Previous Posts

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...