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The Move to Happy Valley

We鈥檙e too young, but let鈥檚 look at some Quaker retirement communities anyway and put our names down鈥攊t may take ten [鈥

Renee Crauder, a member of State College (Pa.) Meeting, lived and worked with her husband, Bob Crauder, in Burma, Lebanon, Syria, Bangladesh, and other Third World countries for 14 years. She now has a ministry of retreats and workshops on prayer, discernment, spirituality, and faithfulness, and she offers one-on-one spiritual direction. Her last article for Friends Journal, "What is Spirituality?" appeared in October 1999.

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An Approach in Regions with Few Friends

In Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) we are fortunate in having a good number of couples about the same age (between [鈥

Martha Hampton is a member of Whittier (Iowa) Meeting. She and her husband, Roy, farmed for 35 years before moving to a retirement community.

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Intergenerational Learning in Friends Schools

Quakers believe in truth鈥恠eeking as a process of continuing revelation, seeing life as a journey of learning from one鈥檚 experiences [鈥

Sarah Sweeney-Denham, a member of Germantown Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., is associate director for programs and publications for Friends Council on Education. This article is adapted from one published in the Fall 2001 issue of Chronicles of Quaker Education.

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Quaker Services and Quaker Values

Friends have made a substantial impact on the availability and quality of senior care in the United States. Friends senior [鈥

Warren A. Witte has served as executive director of Friends Services for the Aging for 12 years. He is a member and is currently serving as clerk of Chestnut Hill Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Reviewing Our Lives

Accept with serenity the approach of each new stage of life. Welcome the approach of old age, both for oneself [鈥

Elizabeth Serkin is a member of North Fork Worship Group of Peconic Bay Meeting in Southampton, N.Y. She is in independent practice as a clinical sociologist specializing in posttraumatic stress disorders.

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To Live Fully until Death: Lessons from the Dying

My Quakerism and my work for the past 25 years as a hospice nurse have informed and strengthened each other. [鈥

Connie McPeak Green, a member of Cleveland (Ohio) Meeting, was Friend in Residence in Chena Ridge (Alaska) Meeting in 1997-98. She offers workshops on living intentionally and dying mindfully.

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Musings on Aging and Death

A recent illness has forced me not to deny the facts of my apparent mortality any longer. Culturally, through a [鈥

Horatio C Wood IV, a retired physician specializing in psychiatry, is a member of Community Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is an abridgment of a paper that he presented at Haverford College on the occasion of his 50th reunion in 2000.

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Care of the Dying: A Spiritual Discipline

Attending the death of a loved one is a painful, sometimes disturbing experience. Frequently it has a deeply mysterious quality, [鈥

Brad Sheeks works as a visiting nurse for Heartland Hospice in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. He is a member of Central Philadelphia Meeting. He and his wife, Patricia McBee, co-lead couples enrichment programs for Friends General Conference.

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How Can You Do That Work?

When I spent my professional life as a full鈥恡ime emergency room nurse, my friends could not get enough of my [鈥

TylaAnn Burger, a member of Green Street Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., has been a nurse for 25 years, 12 of them in hospice—from staff nurse to clinical manager. She is co-convener of Friends Hospice Project.

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Gifts from the Closet

It鈥檚 Saturday and I鈥檝e managed to keep it open. I鈥檓 determined to clean out the closet in my spare room [鈥

Mary Waddington, of Salem (N.J.) Meeting, is a holistic health practitioner and is called to pastoral care work among Friends. She has been involved in prison ministry for eight years and is currently writing a memoir about this experience.

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