By Jackie Naginey Hook, March 29, 2020 One day last week, my husband and I were out on our morning walk through the neighborhood. The air was crisp and the sky a vivid, cloudless blue. Each time we came upon a neighbor, we made sure to maintain the appropriate social […]

Learning to Live with Pandemic Losses by Moving


By Beth McLaughlin, February 23, 2020 Stories need to be told. Stories need to be heard. That’s exactly what happened Monday night, February 17th, when six local storytellers took to the stage in The Attic of The State Theatre. The stories were heartfelt and compelling. There was laughter. There were […]

The Story Behind ‘My Life: Re-Launched’


By Lauri Perman, January 26, 2020 When someone you love is slowly fading away, it creates a lot of anxiety. You feel you should “do” something and yet you can’t. Over a period of more than ten years, my husband Tom slowly faded away both cognitively and physically. For the […]

The Importance of Being Present to Someone Who’s Dying



By Jackie Naginey Hook, December 22, 2019 What would happen if Grief Came to Lunch? A group of local professionals recently found out when Grief came to the TIDES Grief Matters’ educational seminar for school faculty, counselors, therapists and clinicians. Grief was played by one of the presenters who wore a […]

What Happens When Grief Comes to Lunch?


BY BEN WIDEMAN I still remember the phone call I got from my wife while I was at work. “Come home now… something’s not right, I can’t feel the baby moving.” Though we tried to convince ourselves that everything would be just fine on that hurried drive to the hospital, […]

Allowing Room to Journey Through Grief


BY CAROLYN M. TODD OCTOBER 31, 2019 01:06 PM, UPDATED OCTOBER 31, 2019 12:06 PM I lost my husband Terry five years ago after he battled lung cancer for six months. Early in our marriage, we were both working in business and doing well economically. One year we bought each […]

When ‘Watch Time’ Means More than Hands on a Clock



BY MONICA MONTAG SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 08:55 PM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 08:55 PM My life changed in August 2017 when my mother died. She was 93 and had a rich and adventure-filled life. I think of Mom often and frequently mention her to others, because she is very much still […]

Take as Much Time as Needed After a Profound Loss


BY JACKIE HOOK AUGUST 27, 2019 08:33 AM, UPDATED AUGUST 27, 2019 12:33 PM 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 chose the themes for 2019, I didn’t realize how pertinent our August […]

Understanding the Relationship Between Change and Grief


BY STUDENTS OF PENN STATE’S COUNSELOR EDUCATION GRIEF AND LOSS CLASS AUGUST 13, 2019 08:41 AM, UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2019 12:41 PM The following are reflections from a counselor education grief and loss class at Penn State on what they learned about grief. Thirteen students contributed to the list: ● […]

What We Learned About Grief: Reflections from Students



BY THE REV. CAROL THOMAS CISSEL June 23, 2019 Substance abuse crosses all boundaries of class, race, geography and age.  Our families and communities are struggling with the pain of addiction, day-in-and-day-out. It is not a new problem.  But, the awful landscape of addiction is an evolving situation that changes […]

Through Grief, Remember to ‘Bear Down’