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

Supporting ‘zestfulness’ for 46 years: ‘Rolla could use a retirement home.’

A newspaper article from the Rolla Daily News, covering the groundbreaking for Rolla Homelife.

A safe and comfortable retirement community for seniors. This was the suggestion made by the X.Y.Z. Club of Rolla’s First Presbyterian Church in 1972. After some initial research, a legitimate need was uncovered, and a community-wide committee was READ MORE

Three-step growth

By Allen Teal, chaplain, Rolla Presbyterian Manor

‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.’ — I Corinthians 3:6, NIV

April is the month for gardens. Although many things can be planted that are able to resist READ MORE