BY HOPE BRUBAKER September 17, 2018 02:06 PM Recently, as I re-watched the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan, memories flooded my mind. The expressions of love exchanged between Harry and Meghan and the excitement of the day brought back feelings I experienced on my wedding day, almost 52 years […]

Memories Are Precious, But How Do You Handle the Painful ...


BY LESLIE FINTON August 20, 2018 02:31 PM Grief is something we all experience, but handle in different ways. It is unavoidable. This year marks the 15th year that the Tides program has been a resource in this community. Tides is a grief support and outreach group for children, teens […]

Tides Marks 15th Year of Helping Centre County Kids, Teens ...


BY JOYCE MATTHEWS July 16, 2018 03:19 PM Updated July 27, 2018 01:14 PM We are told there is no one way to grieve. No one lives the same. No one loves the same. And no one grieves the same. It is comforting and kind when people tell you to […]

After Loss, Try to Linger Longer in the Happy Memories



BY JACKIE HOOK June 19, 2018 10:32 AM 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 honor life by caring for the body that used […]

How a Funeral Home’s Work Is Really About Honoring Life


By Maggie Kwok May 23, 2018 10:45 AM When people think of military grief and loss, death comes to mind. I don’t want to write about military death, it’s something that everyone is aware of. We see it on the news and social media, we hear about it from our […]

What Does a Veteran Grieve For?


By Beth McLaughlin April 27, 2018 10:52 AM Updated May 04, 2018 08:00 AM Widows run in my family. My maternal grandmother became a widow at the age of 54. She lived the rest of her life, the next 30 years, alone. My aunt, her daughter, lost her husband when […]

Widows and Wine: A Club No One Wants to Join



BY EVELYN WALD March 21, 2018 11:17 AM Lately, I hear more and more people anxiously awaiting — when will spring weather finally arrive? Here in Pennsylvania we experience four seasons. Throughout the year weather and nature change as we transition from one season to another. Winter into spring may […]

Grief Also Has Its Seasons


BY MEMBERS OF PENN STATE’S COUNSELOR EDUCATION GRIEF AND LOSS CLASS January 26, 2018 08:39 AM The following are reflections from a counselor education grief and loss class at Penn State on why grief is important. Fifteen students contributed to the list. ▪ Grief is a universal experience that we all […]

Why is Grief Important?


BY JENNIFER STUBBS DECEMBER 21, 2017 10:06 AM If you listen closely, there are moments of silence that will touch deep within your soul. But, I haven’t always been able to truly hear those moments. For me, the turning point was four years ago: The doctor makes an awkward face […]

Hearing the Moments of Silence



Please read Elizabeth Brady’s most recent article on Open to Hope, http://www.opentohope.com/keep-door-soul-open/. This website also has many resources available to those needing tips for the holidays.

Keep the Door to Your Soul Open