Obituaries

Marjorie Ward
B: 1928-08-13
D: 2017-09-15
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Ward, Marjorie
Martha Bell
B: 1954-04-20
D: 2017-09-08
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Bell, Martha
Michael Wenzler
B: 1954-12-29
D: 2017-09-07
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Wenzler, Michael
Jennifer Corby
B: 1987-07-18
D: 2017-09-04
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Corby, Jennifer
Ralph "Bud" Huffman
B: 1922-11-29
D: 2017-09-03
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Huffman, Ralph "Bud"
Taylor Boice
B: 1990-11-16
D: 2017-08-21
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Boice, Taylor
Russell Wagner
B: 1969-06-05
D: 2017-08-09
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Wagner, Russell
Annette Verwey
B: 1924-07-06
D: 2017-07-26
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Verwey, Annette
Ronald Webber
B: 1945-11-29
D: 2017-07-24
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Webber, Ronald
Mary Ann Richardson
B: 1941-05-28
D: 2017-07-24
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Richardson, Mary Ann
Tex Pelfrey
B: 1936-03-26
D: 2017-07-23
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Pelfrey, Tex
John Mattingly
B: 1939-07-03
D: 2017-07-23
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Mattingly, John
Roger Barnett
B: 1971-08-12
D: 2017-07-14
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Barnett, Roger
Jay Phelps III
B: 1951-06-01
D: 2017-07-12
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Phelps III, Jay
Kenneth Patterson
B: 1956-01-01
D: 2017-07-11
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Patterson, Kenneth
Michael Miller
B: 2002-08-03
D: 2017-07-05
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Miller, Michael
Karen Winchell
B: 1946-06-12
D: 2017-06-27
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Winchell, Karen
Barbara Repack
B: 1926-03-04
D: 2017-06-22
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Repack, Barbara
Vinson King
B: 1963-02-02
D: 2017-06-22
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King, Vinson
Barbara Back
B: 1938-07-08
D: 2017-06-19
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Back, Barbara
Maryalice Ward
B: 1928-03-09
D: 2017-06-15
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Ward, Maryalice

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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.