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George Sebast
B: 1934-10-19
D: 2023-02-03
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Sebast, George
Gary Nelson
B: 1963-04-17
D: 2023-02-02
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Nelson, Gary
Jane Carabis
B: 1934-09-30
D: 2023-02-02
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Carabis, Jane
Philomena Rinaldi
B: 1926-06-22
D: 2023-02-01
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Rinaldi, Philomena
Janice Malo
B: 1949-12-29
D: 2023-01-29
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Malo, Janice
Helen Marshall
B: 1930-12-03
D: 2023-01-28
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Marshall, Helen
Alfred Dorn
B: 1950-02-11
D: 2023-01-28
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Dorn, Alfred
Sarah Cameron
B: 1930-11-25
D: 2023-01-25
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Cameron, Sarah
David Baker
B: 1948-01-12
D: 2023-01-25
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Baker, David
Allen Robichaud
B: 1947-11-26
D: 2023-01-19
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Robichaud, Allen
David Bahan
B: 1943-11-27
D: 2023-01-19
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Bahan, David
Anna Galerie
B: 1935-07-09
D: 2023-01-18
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Galerie, Anna
Raymond Stalter
B: 1943-02-08
D: 2023-01-16
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Stalter, Raymond
Bonnie Arbitrio
B: 1946-03-30
D: 2023-01-15
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Arbitrio, Bonnie
Gerone "Roni" O'Connor
B: 1947-03-06
D: 2023-01-13
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O'Connor, Gerone "Roni"
Ernest Izzo
B: 1932-01-21
D: 2023-01-12
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Izzo, Ernest
Maria Fantauzzi
B: 1941-09-06
D: 2023-01-12
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Fantauzzi, Maria
Anna Izzo
B: 1936-07-25
D: 2023-01-11
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Izzo, Anna
Bettina Chauvin
B: 1934-05-03
D: 2023-01-10
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Chauvin, Bettina
Frederick Jones
B: 1948-05-20
D: 2023-01-10
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Jones, Frederick
Gary Lester
B: 1943-07-13
D: 2023-01-05
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Lester, Gary

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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.