Category Archives: Spiritual Life

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 3 Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose

Answer them and you’ll love your life more, says ‘The Payoff Principle’ author

By Alan R. Zimmerman for Next Avenue

Seeking Your Direction from Midlife OnThinkstock

In junior high school, I decided that I would go into the ministry. The problem was, I wasn’t sure it was my dream . . . or ever had been.

I went on to get my master’s and doctoral degrees, READ MORE

The unexpected benefits of volunteering in nature

VolunteerNatureWhen ‘citizen scientists’ help gather data, they don’t get paid, but the rewards are priceless

By Akiko Busch for Next Avenue

There’s something innately restorative to the human spirit about watching the flow of water in a stream, and this is especially true in spring. The frozen landscapes and frigid temperatures of the winter READ MORE