Spiritual Director as
Grief Accompanist
It is such a gift to sit with others in spiritual direction. It is also a gift to carry the practice of spiritual direction in us as we go out into the world.  As the facilitator of the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, much of my work is about being with people who are about to lose or have recently lost a loved one. When I sit with them in that role, even though pieces of the conversation are similar to spiritual direction, a different “language” is used.
We all deal with loss every day, some big and some small.  I have a friend who coordinates a counseling center and is confident every person walking through her door is dealing with a loss of some kind.

Led by  Jackie Hook
​​Grief is the natural reaction to loss, but being present to one another’s grief is not something our culture embraces. Dr. Alan Wolfelt, an author, educator and grief counselor, created a model of grief companioning. The tenets of companioning sound similar to what we, as spiritual directors, do – being present, honoring the spirit, listening with the heart, bearing witness to the struggles, walking alongside, etc. (https://www.centerforloss.com/trainings/). As spiritual directors, we bring Music with us and can move from grief companions to grief accompanists.
In this retreat, we’ll explore how to accompany ourselves, others and communities on grief journeys. Our world is longing to learn how to attend to grief. Please join us for this meaningful retreat and add grief accompanist to your repertoire.  



Christ Presbyterian Church
421 Deerfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Saturday, May 18, 2019


9:30 am - 3:30 pm


$65 - $85, as you are able.  Please bring a bagged lunch,

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or call 717-737-8222

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Leader for this Event

Jackie Hook coordinates the Helping Grieving Hearts Heal program, offers individual and group spiritual direction, programs and retreats in spirituality, grief, loss and forgiveness and is an ordained elder in the State College Presbyterian Church. She is a graduate of: Spiritual Direction for Spiritual Guides and Deepening Year for Direction Ministries through Oasis Ministries; the Life-Cycle Celebrant® program through Celebrant Foundation and Institute; and the University of Central Florida’s MA in Wellness program. Her work is about helping people find hope, healing and wholeness.