Category Archives: Spiritual Life

Losses that Matter

By Allen Teal, chaplain, Rolla Presbyterian Manor

“Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:6, NIV).

May is a month for special days. It contains Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. It also has frog jumping day, leprechaun day, and READ MORE

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

Winds of change

By Allen Teal, chaplain
Rolla Presbyterian Manor

March brings changes. Most people are not fans of change. Phrases have emerged to illustrate this.

“Change is painful.”

“Change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain READ MORE