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Chaplain’s Corner: Thank You to Veterans

Each year around Memorial Day and the July 4th holiday, I remember my family members who served in the military. My family’s ancestors were not in this country early enough to have fought in the American Revolution or the War of 1812, but there are legends of distant relatives who “might” have been in the … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date July 01, 2024
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Chaplain’s Corner: Resilience

In the spring of 2013, I attended a conference at Columbia Seminary on resilience. The timing was providential for me. I had decided to retire as the pastor of a small suburban church the spring of 2015. I knew that I was not ready to stop doing ministry, but I knew it was time to … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 08, 2024
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Chaplain’s Corner: Keeping Christ in Easter

On Easter Sunday, a pastor is having a short time with the children during worship. The pastor asks, “Who can tell me what happens on Easter?” Little Cindy says, “I know! I know!” The pastor proudly asks Cindy to tell the congregation. “Easter,” she says, “is when the Easter Bunny comes out of the tomb, … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 05, 2024
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Chaplain’s Corner: Smile

By the time you read this, I will have been the chaplain at Kirkwood for a bit over a month. One of the things I have noticed about the residents and staff is that we all are usually smiling. Now I know, smiling all the time is probably somewhat artificial. No one is in a … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Chaplain’s Corner: Preparation

Thirty years ago, when I was an associate pastor at Independent Presbyterian Church, I told the other clergy on the staff that being the chaplain at Kirkwood was the best job in the world. I never expected to be that chaplain. I was 53 years old when I was first called to be the pastor … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date February 15, 2024
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Chapel Chimes: Works of Art

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna One of my favorite scripture passages is Ephesians 2:10. As the New Living Translation declares, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Have you ever felt like … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date October 25, 2023
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Chapel Chimes: A Typical Day

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Lucy Turner It is a typical day at Kirkwood by the River. I am surrounded by people engaged in activities of all kinds. At several tables, residents are playing Dominoes.  At two other tables are the bridge groups. Another table is dedicated to jigsaw puzzles: a popular group activity. … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Chapel Chimes: Gratitude and Optimism

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Lucy Turner Recently, Jane Pauley interviewed Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease almost 30 years ago. Mr. Fox has never made his diagnosis a secret; in fact, he has been quite open over the years about the progression of his disease. When Ms. Pauley asked Mr. … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Chapel Chimes: Lilies and Resurrection

Reflection from Kirkwood Chaplain, The Rev. Richard Hanna Here, in this beautiful place called Kirkwood, are so many signs of the miracle of springtime as flowers are beginning to bloom and trees are beginning to bud. Out of that which appeared to be dead comes new life, and with it, beauty and hope for the … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 07, 2023
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Chapel Chimes: Holy Week

We could ask for no better devotional reading than Philippians 2:5-11 to guide our prayers and meditation during Holy Week. These few verses capture the incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection and reign of Jesus Christ in all its pain and purpose and glory:      Let the same mind be in you that we in Christ Jesus, … Continued

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By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date April 03, 2023

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The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My time at Kirkwood was spectacular; they taught me how to walk again. The staff was outstanding, and the care was beyond reproach. When I arrived, I had a long way to go. I was very sick. The first night, they had to lift me as I could not move by myself. When I left, they were chasing me down the hallway. They taught me how to perform the activities of daily living again. It was the best care I could have prayed for, and on top of that, the food was spectacular.

Eli Gold Past Resident

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents