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 ...

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