Authors of Menno Place

Eleven Helpful Things for Hospital Visitation

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Pastor Walter Wiens has taken the time to write a comprehensive guide to hospital visitation etiquette with eleven different points to guide you in visiting family and friends who are hospitalized.

Human Connection - the Loneliness Solution

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“Lonely seniors die sooner – do something about it.” My way of doing something about it is to write a bit about it and provide some direction and hope...

A Christmas in the Summer

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As young teens, our top hits were Jeruzalem and 'Ere zij God' - Glory to God. We sang Jeruzalem everywhere -in school, at work, or in our minds while biking, but never in church. 'Ere zij God,' Glory to God, on the other hand, we sang in church exclusively, however, only once a year...

Are you in the 'sandwich generation'?

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The sandwich generation is a term first coined by social worker Dorothy Miller in 1981. She was describing adult children who were “sandwiched” between their aging parents and their own maturing children.

Caring from Our Heart

The children had been sitting with their dying mother for several days. On our first visit Edith and I - along with the family - expected that God would call their mother home any hour.  On our second visit, some three days later, we again sat with the family, expecting God to call her home any moment. After reading Psalm 23 and praying slowly and clearly so their dear mother could hear, one daughter asked, “Pastor Walter, why is death so hard?” ...

All in a Day at Menno Place

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I was worried about the weather, it was rainy and cold in the morning. Would it clear up for the afternoon release of butterflies? I earnestly hoped the sun would come through so that letting the butterflies free to fly could take place...

First Impressions at Menno Place

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Monday morning, my first day of a brand new job; I drove into the Menno Place parking lot full of trepidation. Not only is this my first “grown up” job, it is my first real encounter with the world of seniors care...

Refuge for the Refugees

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Refugees are all around me here at this seniors’ campus of care. They walk through the café with their coffees and bundles of bananas from our campus grocery...

Standing on Your Promises

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What is a promise? The dictionary says that it is an assurance or declaration that one will do a particular thing...