Published Articles

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

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

Previous Posts

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...

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...