Obituaries

David Latvala
B: 1951-05-26
D: 2020-07-05
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Latvala, David
Jll VanderMeer
B: 1954-08-21
D: 2020-07-01
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VanderMeer, Jll
Brenda Bardo
B: 1950-07-16
D: 2020-06-30
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Bardo, Brenda
George Oikarinen
D: 2020-06-22
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Oikarinen, George
Kevin Carver
B: 1969-09-28
D: 2020-06-21
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Carver, Kevin
Gary Eskelinen
B: 1941-04-19
D: 2020-06-19
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Eskelinen, Gary
Bruce LeBlanc
B: 1955-10-11
D: 2020-06-19
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LeBlanc, Bruce
Mary Randell
B: 1932-04-10
D: 2020-06-04
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Randell, Mary
Karen Sirvio
B: 1933-11-01
D: 2020-06-02
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Sirvio, Karen
Joyce Nakkula
B: 1944-07-10
D: 2020-05-31
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Nakkula, Joyce
Lindsey Toupin
B: 1982-11-28
D: 2020-05-26
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Toupin, Lindsey
Raymond Holappa
B: 1958-07-07
D: 2020-05-17
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Holappa, Raymond
Richard Lantz
B: 1931-10-03
D: 2020-05-17
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Lantz, Richard
Susan Bukema
B: 1952-03-08
D: 2020-05-15
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Bukema, Susan
Ann Learmont
B: 1937-09-17
D: 2020-05-13
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Learmont, Ann
Rodney Johnson
B: 1940-05-28
D: 2020-05-10
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Johnson, Rodney
Ruth Anderson
B: 1924-07-31
D: 2020-05-04
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Anderson, Ruth
Thomas Slattery
B: 1931-07-07
D: 2020-04-30
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Slattery, Thomas
Nancy Sayner
B: 1935-06-03
D: 2020-04-27
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Sayner, Nancy
Kenneth Robarge
B: 1932-03-04
D: 2020-04-13
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Robarge, Kenneth
Arthur Hill
B: 1945-02-01
D: 2020-04-11
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Hill, Arthur

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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.