Obituaries

Tennie Burge Johnson
B: 1925-12-08
D: 2017-08-21
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Johnson, Tennie Burge
Sheila Gail Bennett Bruce
B: 1953-08-08
D: 2017-08-20
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Bruce, Sheila Gail Bennett
Edward Boyd Scott
B: 1934-12-21
D: 2017-08-19
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Scott, Edward Boyd
Larry McKenzie Thomas
B: 1944-05-24
D: 2017-08-17
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Thomas, Larry McKenzie
Kimberly Grubbs Toon
B: 1961-07-24
D: 2017-08-17
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Toon, Kimberly Grubbs
Lloyd Price Bennett
B: 1930-03-23
D: 2017-08-16
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Bennett, Lloyd Price
Paul Ray Peery
B: 1929-08-16
D: 2017-08-16
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Peery, Paul Ray
Pearlie Louise Beard
B: 1936-04-09
D: 2017-08-14
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Beard, Pearlie Louise
David Eugene Butts
B: 1942-08-14
D: 2017-08-14
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Butts, David Eugene
James Alan Aldis
B: 1953-01-09
D: 2017-08-14
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Aldis, James Alan
Jeffery David Freeman
B: 1960-07-10
D: 2017-08-14
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Freeman, Jeffery David
Dorothy Jean Knight
B: 1925-12-17
D: 2017-08-14
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Knight, Dorothy Jean
John G. Brewer
B: 1951-05-26
D: 2017-08-14
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Brewer, John G.
Christine Carol Heins
B: 1968-01-28
D: 2017-08-14
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Heins, Christine Carol
Charles William Cook
B: 1983-12-17
D: 2017-08-13
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Cook, Charles William
Ronnie C. Hawkins, Sr.
B: 1939-10-11
D: 2017-08-13
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Hawkins, Sr., Ronnie C.
Betty Ann Godschall Westphal McGowan
B: 1935-06-26
D: 2017-08-13
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McGowan, Betty Ann Godschall Westphal
Dan Woodard Woodside
B: 1937-10-19
D: 2017-08-12
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Woodside, Dan Woodard
Gene Edwin Thomason
B: 1929-08-12
D: 2017-08-12
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Thomason, Gene Edwin
Charles W. Witherspoon, Jr.
B: 1926-00-00
D: 2017-08-09
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Witherspoon, Jr., Charles W.
Cynthia Anne Brient
B: 1959-05-12
D: 2017-08-09
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Brient, Cynthia Anne

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Grief

Grief: "Is reaching out for someone who's always been there, only to find when you need them the most, one last time, they're gone."

The death of a loved one is life's most painful event. People's reactions to death remain one of society's least understood and most off-limit topics for discussion. Oftentimes, grievers are left totally alone in dealing with their pain, loneliness, and isolation.

Grief is a natural emotion that follows death. Sadness, denial, guilt, physical discomfort, and sleeplessness are some of the symptoms of grief. It is like an open wound which must become healed.  At times, it seems as if this healing will never happen.  While some of life's spontaneity begins to return, it never seems to get back to the way it was. We know, however, that these feelings of being incomplete can disappear.

Healing is a process of allowing ourselves to feel, experience, and accept the pain. In other words, we give ourselves permission to heal. Allowing ourselves to accept these feelings is the beginning of that process.

The healing process can take less time than we have been led to believe. There are two missing parts. One is a safe, loving, professionally guided atmosphere in which to express our feelings; the other is knowing how and what to communicate.