Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

Funeral director Jan Smith of Flanner Buchanan in Indianapolis guides a casket into a hearse. [Photo credit: courtesy of Jan Smith]

By Kevyn Burger for Next Avenue

Jan Smith was in the final semester of her training to be a funeral director when her 8-year-old nephew died after a heart transplant.

Her family’s heartbreak deepened her understanding of the value of the work READ MORE

The Power of Sharing Our Stories

Playing a game at an assisted living facility opened up connections [Photo credit: Adobe Stock]

By Reyna Marder Gentin for Next Avenue

My friend runs an assisted living residence not far from where I live. When she called to say she had a mitzvah (a good deed) for me that was “right up my alley,” I was wary, to put it mildly. She explained READ MORE

Tami Temple named new health services director

Tami Temple was named health services director in February. Staff celebrated with a cake.

McFarland Center residents know Tami Temple for her caring smile and long list of questions.

As a Minimum Data Set coordinator, Tami assessed a patient’s need for care and developed personalized care plans.

For the past nine years, Tami worked with READ MORE

Chaplain’s corner

By Jerroll Martens, chaplain Newton Presbyterian Manor

“Pray without ceasing.” — I Thessalonian 5:17

The violence and tragic deaths in recent years have caused some people to be cynical about prayer.

They believe prayer is useless in these READ MORE