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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Accepting a Loss

For each of us - - rich or poor, young or old - - there are times in our lives when we must face and deal with personal losses and the pain and sorrow they cause. Examples that come easily to mind are the death of a parent, spouse, child, or other close family member or friend. Many other events and transitions also bring with them sadness and a need to grieve:

  • Being told you have a serious, possibly terminal illness.
  • Having to give up interests and activities that have been a major part of your life.
  • Seeing serious decline in mental or physical health of someone you love.
  • Retiring from a work career or voluntary activity that has helped shape who you are and what you stand for.
  • Losing a significant part of your independence and mobility; even giving up driving a car can be a significant loss for many people.
  • Moving out of your home.
  • Saying goodbye to a favorite pet.

Losses such as these are simply part of living. Like their counterparts among the joyful occasions in our lifetime - - the birth of a child or grandchild, a celebration of marriage, an enduring friendship - - they are part of what it means to share in the human experience. And the emotions they create in us are part of living, as well.