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

Volunteers are music to our ears

Hurst Coffman

Volunteers are appreciated and celebrated all year long at Topeka Presbyterian Manor, but during April, we recognize their contributions.

Volunteer Hurst Coffman has been a volunteer for 38 years. He comes twice a month to play the piano in the main READ MORE

Get to know Alyssa Colter

This month, we focus on an employee who works in an important, yet seldom highlighted department: medical records. Alyssa Colter has worked at Topeka Presbyterian Manor for six years, but only recently began her journey in medical records.

Alyssa Colter