Everything listed under: Spiritual Life

  • Post Featured Image

    Pre-planning a memorial service

    By Chaplain Diane GunsolleyI was blessed with a wonderful grandmother named Lucile. She was upbeat and lived life to the fullest. She was also one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I’ve known.  Read More...

  • Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

    [caption id="attachment_6307" align="alignnone" width="625"] Funeral director Jan Smith of Flanner Buchanan in Indianapolis guides a casket into a hearse. [Photo credit: courtesy of Jan Smith][/caption]By Kevyn Burger for Next AvenueJan 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 she was preparing for.“I was able to be an observer of ho...  Read More...

  • Sharing words of wisdom and humor

    By Chrissie Amman, marketing director, Aberdeen Village[caption id="attachment_6535" align="alignleft" width="221"] Carl Erwin[/caption]One of our newest residents, Carl Erwin, recently shared “Book #1,” a compilation of his funny one-liners, words of wisdom and tidbits of humor.His face lit up as he remembered the situations from which he collected the content for his book. “It is important to always be positive and uplifting, and if words can do that, then I feel accomplished,” he said.As I re...  Read More...

  • How a Daughter Helped Her Mom Face Death

    [caption id="attachment_6312" align="alignnone" width="625"] Finding truth at mortality's threshold [Photo credit: Adobe Stock][/caption]By Aimee Ross“I have a question for you, Aim,” Mom said from her blue La-Z-Boy. “How did you stay so positive during everything you went through?”This takes me by surprise. “Uh, Prozac?” I joke, and she laughs.She needs to laugh.   Read More...

  • How to Be Supportive to Friends Experiencing Loss

    [caption id="attachment_6280" align="alignnone" width="625"] A "support" crash course to guide you through difficult times (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)[/caption]By Ken Druck for Next Avenue(Editor’s note: This essay is the latest in a series from author and speaker Ken Druck, based on work in his book Courageous Aging, which is about how all people can make peace with, and find joy in, every stage of life.)Loss is an inescapable part of life. Whether we’ve lost someone to death, or are going thro...  Read More...