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’



BY TAMMY GENTZEL May 26, 2019 2017 was a hard year for my husband and me. Our son enlisted in the Marine Corps and was badly hurt in training. If it wasn’t hard enough to watch his hopes for success in the service evaporate, we also endured almost a full […]

Finding the Path to ‘Purposeful Transition’


BY TAMMY JANE WEIGAND FALLS April 28, 2019 My 7th birthday, February 12, 1970, was the worst night of my life. I don’t remember the party or the cake or what must have started out as a happy occasion. I remember the hushed voices, the distraught looks on my family’s […]

Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk on April 28 ...


BY ELLEN SLINGERLAND March 24, 2019 Every Friday at 5:00 for Happy Hour, I’d go to my Mom Harriet’s (Harriet Number One) home in Toftrees, passing by her beloved magnolia tree as I came and went. We had the best time at Happy Hour. She’d have chardonnay, I’d have Miller […]

The Two Harriets: How a Magnolia Plant Helped a Daughter ...



BY EVELYN WALD February 26, 2019 08:33 AM Our grandson just had his first birthday. Although not very interested in opening presents, when his mom pulled a book out of a gift bag and handed it to him, he immediately sat down and opened the book. He knows about books […]

State of the Story Gives Community Members a Chance to ...


BY JACKIE HOOK December 23, 2018 As part of my outreach for the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, Evelyn Wald, a licensed professional counselor at Individual and Family CHOICES, and I facilitated a Healing through the Holidays education and support program. From our discussions at these sessions, a list of […]

Grieving through the Holidays? Here Are Tips to Get through ...


BY ANGELA HARDYK November 30, 2018 01:36 PM I’ve been an OB/GYN for more than 16 years, and there is a real possibility that I will deal with grief and loss every day. That surprises some people. I frequently hear some variation of the following statements from my patients. “I […]

How Do Couples Deal with Loss and Grief? There’s a ...



BY EVELYN WALD October 23, 2018 12:56 PM Updated October 23, 2018 02:49 PM In 2002 Nicholas Sparks wrote the novel, “A Walk to Remember.” It was a romantic story about the coming of age. Last weekend, I walked in an event to support research for and create awareness about […]

Walk, Talk, Light a Candle — Fall is Full of ...