Practicing spiritual and physical wellness in 2019

Monsignor Brian Moore moved into Manor of the Plains last summer and has continued to move ever since.“I walk for half an hour with a pair of weights, and I have a number of lower back, shoulder exercises, etc. to keep things limbered up. I do these seven days a week,” said Monsignor Moore.Physical wellness is simply part of his daily routine along with spiritual wellness.“Spiritual and wellness goals complement each other.
December 15, 2018

Why Your Funeral Director Will Likely Be Female

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

“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. I know she is scared and depressed, awaiting her next chemo treatment. Twenty years ago, she battled uterine cancer, but stayed cancer-free ever since, a miracle.
March 15, 2018

How to Be Supportive to Friends Experiencing Loss

Loss is an inescapable part of life. Whether we’ve lost someone to death, or are going through a living loss such as divorce, retirement, a life-threatening illness, a debilitating injury or a life-altering condition like dementia or addiction, support can make all the difference in helping us summon the strength, faith and courage to fight our way back into life.
February 1, 2018

Facing Down the Biggest Fear of All

Our fear of death begins when we’re kids. Perhaps we had to face the mystifying idea of impermanence when a beloved pet, parent or grandparent died. The stark reality that this loved one was really gone — and gone forever, was both devastating and terrifying.
January 29, 2018