Obituaries

Frank Scirri
B: 1943-04-14
D: 2017-11-16
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Scirri, Frank
Joseph Scaffidi
B: 1929-10-12
D: 2017-11-16
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Scaffidi, Joseph
Zelma Mertz
B: 1929-12-30
D: 2017-11-13
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Mertz, Zelma
Robert O'Shei
B: 1957-05-09
D: 2017-11-09
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O'Shei, Robert
Doris Feather
B: 1929-01-21
D: 2017-11-08
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Feather, Doris
Arline Harrower
B: 1924-02-03
D: 2017-11-03
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Harrower, Arline
Cheryle Godleske
B: 1947-05-08
D: 2017-10-31
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Godleske, Cheryle
Arlene Wilson
B: 1927-07-12
D: 2017-10-28
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Wilson, Arlene
Bruce Cummings
B: 1947-03-31
D: 2017-10-25
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Cummings, Bruce
Roy Cywinski
B: 1960-07-03
D: 2017-10-25
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Cywinski, Roy
Hector Titus Jr.
B: 1927-10-19
D: 2017-10-20
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Titus Jr., Hector
Vincent Barbera
B: 1931-09-16
D: 2017-10-19
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Barbera, Vincent
Margaret Anderson
B: 1949-06-29
D: 2017-10-17
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Anderson, Margaret
Jessica O'Connor
B: 1988-04-10
D: 2017-10-14
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O'Connor, Jessica
Eileen Siller
B: 1929-04-21
D: 2017-10-12
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Siller, Eileen
Theresa Callman
B: 1926-06-17
D: 2017-10-09
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Callman, Theresa
Irene Kleiner
B: 1923-04-18
D: 2017-10-08
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Kleiner, Irene
Peter Blenk Sr.
B: 1930-11-22
D: 2017-10-07
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Blenk Sr., Peter
Anthony Pinzone
B: 1943-04-12
D: 2017-10-06
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Pinzone, Anthony
Matthew Duggan
B: 1917-05-31
D: 2017-10-04
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Duggan, Matthew
Harold Roehner
B: 1921-08-10
D: 2017-10-03
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Roehner, Harold

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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.