Obituaries

Roderick McKay
B: 1946-09-09
D: 2018-02-15
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McKay, Roderick
Robert Calvert
B: 1941-09-14
D: 2018-02-15
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Calvert, Robert
Cathy Widner
B: 1955-11-27
D: 2018-02-03
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Widner, Cathy
Cleta Stump
B: 1950-09-16
D: 2018-01-30
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Stump, Cleta
Theresa Smith
B: 1972-07-04
D: 2018-01-29
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Smith, Theresa
Paul Stogsdill
B: 1932-07-21
D: 2018-01-27
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Stogsdill, Paul
Ronald Honn
B: 1943-07-08
D: 2018-01-22
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Honn, Ronald
Mary Mitts
B: 1930-09-30
D: 2018-01-21
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Mitts, Mary
Neva Baker
B: 1917-07-09
D: 2018-01-19
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Baker, Neva
Hazel Robbins
B: 1945-09-02
D: 2018-01-16
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Robbins, Hazel
Sterling Barker
B: 1953-09-16
D: 2018-01-15
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Barker, Sterling
Ralph Myrick
B: 1927-12-21
D: 2018-01-14
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Myrick, Ralph
Kenneth West
B: 1960-05-07
D: 2018-01-12
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West, Kenneth
Carol Johnson
B: 1941-06-23
D: 2018-01-11
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Johnson, Carol
William Pointer
B: 1946-08-06
D: 2018-01-05
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Pointer, William
Irma Hyson
B: 1918-11-17
D: 2018-01-05
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Hyson, Irma
Laurel White
B: 1920-04-10
D: 2018-01-03
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White, Laurel
Mair Stoker
B: 1930-11-06
D: 2017-12-31
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Stoker, Mair
James Dale
B: 1928-12-11
D: 2017-12-30
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Dale, James
Josephine Emert
B: 1939-06-19
D: 2017-12-28
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Emert, Josephine
Robert Cox
B: 1944-01-05
D: 2017-12-25
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Cox, Robert

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Seeking Guidance: Grief Counseling

The 1969 publication of what was to become a landmark book, On Death and Dying, written by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross changed the way we looked at grief. She described five stage of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance–stages which became the foundation of our understanding of the experience of grief for decades.

But later research has shown that we cope with grief not in linear or cyclical stages, but in a back-and-forth process which moves between the experience of sadness, anger, yearning, or crying; and the experience of feeling joy or contentment. This is almost a “safety valve”, giving the bereaved a period of rest in dealing with their grief.

Grief is, you see, work. And it seems the body intuitively knows that such hard work requires periods of rest.  This natural back-and-forth process helps us to achieve the four essential tasks in grieving:

1. To accept the reality of the loss

2. To work through to the pain of grief

3. To adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing

4. To emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life

But what if you get stuck? Perhaps you can’t accept this new reality; or maybe working through the pain of grief is wearing you down. That’s when a qualified grief counselor can help.

We are pleased to provide bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have many community-based resources we can recommend to you. For more information, please feel free to ask us at the funeral home, or contact us here.