Obituaries

Curtis Pritchett
B: 1929-07-09
D: 2017-09-18
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Pritchett, Curtis
John Wise
B: 1936-05-30
D: 2017-09-18
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Wise, John
Adeline Wood
B: 1939-04-02
D: 2017-09-18
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Wood, Adeline
Daniel Wiegratz
B: 1954-07-02
D: 2017-09-15
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Wiegratz, Daniel
Richard Johnson
B: 1932-11-29
D: 2017-09-14
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Johnson, Richard
Clarence Hawkins
B: 1934-06-06
D: 2017-09-13
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Hawkins, Clarence
Joseph Gustinis
B: 1972-05-21
D: 2017-09-12
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Gustinis, Joseph
Larkin Baggett
B: 1931-04-15
D: 2017-09-10
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Baggett, Larkin
Edith Thompson
B: 1942-09-25
D: 2017-09-08
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Thompson, Edith
Adam Clarke
B: 1986-12-10
D: 2017-09-08
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Clarke, Adam
Barbara Wilson
B: 1935-04-26
D: 2017-09-07
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Wilson, Barbara
Charles Wells
B: 1935-12-20
D: 2017-09-05
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Wells, Charles
Patricia Rush
B: 1954-03-08
D: 2017-09-03
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Rush, Patricia
Ronald Brown
B: 1943-01-03
D: 2017-09-02
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Brown, Ronald
Peggie Barnes
B: 1953-12-10
D: 2017-09-02
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Barnes, Peggie
Sammie Smith
B: 1954-12-09
D: 2017-09-01
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Smith, Sammie
David Antico
B: 1945-08-18
D: 2017-08-31
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Antico, David
Shirley Shepperson
B: 1956-03-29
D: 2017-08-27
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Shepperson, Shirley
Paul Burcham
B: 1932-06-20
D: 2017-08-26
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Burcham, Paul
Charles Spain
B: 1939-11-07
D: 2017-08-22
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Spain, Charles
Gregory Kropp
B: 1945-09-24
D: 2017-08-21
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Kropp, Gregory

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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.

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