Obituaries

Catherine Carter Smith
B: 1980-02-16
D: 2022-05-16
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Carter Smith, Catherine
Constance Harvey
B: 1944-06-05
D: 2022-05-08
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Harvey, Constance
Robert Kelly
B: 1951-03-01
D: 2022-04-30
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Kelly, Robert
Debbie Halpin
B: 1963-05-09
D: 2022-04-27
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Halpin, Debbie
Barbara Chmiel
D: 2022-04-22
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Chmiel, Barbara
Stephanie Sawchak
B: 1963-04-18
D: 2022-04-18
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Sawchak, Stephanie
Philip McLaud
B: 1949-01-24
D: 2022-04-15
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McLaud, Philip
Christine Shiffer
B: 1971-12-04
D: 2022-04-14
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Shiffer, Christine
Lisa Martz Stalbird
B: 1963-11-06
D: 2022-04-12
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Martz Stalbird, Lisa
Rose Gabello Mroz
B: 1924-05-29
D: 2022-04-09
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Gabello Mroz, Rose
Vito Valenzano
B: 1927-06-30
D: 2022-04-05
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Valenzano, Vito
Thomas Andrejack
B: 1937-12-07
D: 2022-04-03
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Andrejack, Thomas
John Swift
B: 1925-10-06
D: 2022-04-02
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Swift, John
Caroline Nitch Jones
B: 1930-08-23
D: 2022-04-01
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Nitch Jones, Caroline
Gail Creegan
B: 1935-07-09
D: 2022-03-31
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Creegan, Gail
Leona Connolly
B: 1951-10-01
D: 2022-03-26
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Connolly, Leona
Lucetta Creavey
B: 1936-02-07
D: 2022-03-26
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Creavey, Lucetta
Robert Applegate
B: 1958-04-01
D: 2022-03-24
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Applegate, Robert
Robert Benzeleski
B: 1950-06-22
D: 2022-03-24
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Benzeleski, Robert
Phillip Sarti
B: 1969-10-07
D: 2022-03-23
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Sarti, Phillip
Julio Ortiz
B: 1960-04-12
D: 2022-03-21
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Ortiz, Julio

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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.