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

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Keep the Door to Your Soul Open

BY EVELYN WALD How old were you when you had a pet or loved one die? Many folks can remember their first significant loss — even the goldfish from Grange Fair that may have only lasted a few months. Children grieve. Alan Wolfelt, an expert on grief says: “If you’re […]

Show Your Support on Children’s Grief Awareness Day

BY BETH MCLAUGHLIN On the morning of New Year’s Day, 2017, I sat on the balcony of my condominium and gazed at the Atlantic Ocean. The sun had just risen, smearing the sky with splashes of pink and orange before being overshadowed by a smudge of slate gray clouds. I […]

In Grief, Laughter Goes with Tears

BY ELIZABETH BRADY Last Sunday, the Penn State men’s soccer team was ready to open its Big Ten season against Maryland. As the fans arrived at Jeffrey Field, my husband and daughter and I lined up beneath the bleachers along with our late son Mack’s soccer team, the Celtics. We […]

Four Years after Mack Brady’s Death, Visiting the ‘What Ifs’