Find the joy in your journey

By Maegen Pegues, Executive DirectorI have always believed that laughter is the best medicine. While laughter is usually an expression of happiness, it has also accompanied me during times of nervousness, sadness and confusion. My Grandma Martin was famous for her beautiful smile and contagious laugh, and I have always aspired to be just like her.
February 16, 2020

Chaplain: The Holidays

I was digging through one of the closets at church the other day and found one of those manger props you see so often in nativity scenes. I have been around the church long enough now to know the names of some of the babies who were nestled in that manger on Christmas Eve.It is the tradition of our church to hold Christmas Eve services. We gather together and have cookies.
November 21, 2018

A Legacy of Faith

At a visitation time for an old friend, I had a conversation with a middle-aged man about his father. He spoke highly of a father who used few words but modeled high principles for his three sons and his daughter.
May 18, 2018

Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

uneral 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 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 she was preparing for.“I was able to be an observer of how my profession can help a family with a traumatic experience like the loss of a young child. I saw what a difference we make with creating that meaningful last experience,” said Smith, of Indianapolis.
March 26, 2018

How a Daughter Helped Her Mom Face Death

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.
March 15, 2018