Obituaries

Zofia Duniec
B: 1926-11-18
D: 2020-01-16
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Duniec, Zofia
Mildred Renzetti
B: 1931-02-12
D: 2020-01-13
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Renzetti, Mildred
Michele Cotoia
B: 1942-02-05
D: 2020-01-12
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Cotoia, Michele
James Smith
B: 1944-01-27
D: 2020-01-12
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Smith, James
Murray Allan Goodwin
B: 1927-01-01
D: 2020-01-11
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Goodwin, Murray Allan
Raymond Kanoza
B: 1961-01-01
D: 2020-01-09
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Kanoza, Raymond
Grafton Simpson
B: 1944-05-26
D: 2020-01-06
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Simpson, Grafton
Laurence McKay
B: 1928-02-15
D: 2020-01-05
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McKay, Laurence
Donna Johnson
B: 1948-06-27
D: 2020-01-04
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Johnson, Donna
Wojciech Marek Matuszczak
B: 1959-04-15
D: 2020-01-01
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Matuszczak, Wojciech Marek
Jampa Chodar
B: 1965-02-23
D: 2020-01-01
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Chodar, Jampa
Joan Eleanor Brown
B: 1928-10-30
D: 2019-12-29
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Brown, Joan Eleanor
David Edward Patchett
B: 1936-11-21
D: 2019-12-28
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Patchett, David Edward
Rita Gallagher
B: 1920-11-11
D: 2019-12-25
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Gallagher, Rita
John Marks
B: 1942-04-01
D: 2019-12-25
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Marks, John
Edith Madge Ardito
B: 1926-10-23
D: 2019-12-23
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Ardito, Edith Madge
Anna Belcham
B: 1953-02-16
D: 2019-12-23
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Belcham, Anna
Ngawang Lhamo
B: 1945-06-05
D: 2019-12-20
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Lhamo, Ngawang
Eleanor Fasciano
B: 1923-09-17
D: 2019-12-11
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Fasciano, Eleanor
Maria Donata Farace
B: 1926-03-22
D: 2019-12-11
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Farace, Maria Donata
William Wernham
B: 1947-06-04
D: 2019-12-09
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Wernham, William

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Seeking Guidance: Grief Counselling

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 counsellor 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.