Obituaries

Mary Jones
B: 1937-06-29
D: 2018-11-12
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Jones, Mary
Daniel Messerly
B: 1948-09-04
D: 2018-11-12
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Messerly, Daniel
Sharon White
B: 1945-02-16
D: 2018-11-09
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White, Sharon
Kenneth Walker
B: 1940-07-18
D: 2018-11-09
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Walker, Kenneth
Santino Ortiz
B: 2018-11-03
D: 2018-11-03
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Ortiz, Santino
Joel Sanchez
B: 1950-05-03
D: 2018-11-01
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Sanchez, Joel
Kenneth Sloan
B: 1949-05-28
D: 2018-10-30
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Sloan, Kenneth
Othar Clayton Brown
B: 1936-12-19
D: 2018-10-29
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Brown, Othar Clayton
Earnest Hightower
B: 1936-06-06
D: 2018-10-28
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Hightower, Earnest
Selena Allen
B: 1965-09-19
D: 2018-10-27
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Allen, Selena
Charles Stephenson
B: 1931-12-27
D: 2018-10-27
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Stephenson, Charles
Susan Bobbitt
B: 1940-11-19
D: 2018-10-27
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Bobbitt, Susan
Bill Van Landingham
B: 1933-05-02
D: 2018-10-27
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Van Landingham, Bill
Jerry Robbins
B: 1943-04-24
D: 2018-10-24
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Robbins, Jerry
Eugenia Collinsworth
B: 1938-10-28
D: 2018-10-24
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Collinsworth, Eugenia
Clair Roark
B: 1947-09-30
D: 2018-10-23
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Roark, Clair
Helen Farquhar
B: 1929-05-07
D: 2018-10-20
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Farquhar, Helen
Oleta Cooper
B: 1927-09-19
D: 2018-10-19
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Cooper, Oleta
Mark Akin
B: 1960-11-21
D: 2018-10-17
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Akin, Mark
Doris Alexander
B: 1917-11-21
D: 2018-10-15
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Alexander, Doris
Marta Bailey
B: 1960-05-31
D: 2018-10-14
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Bailey, Marta

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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.

When Someone You Love is Dying

Although it is impossible to totally prepare for a death, a death may be made easier if you know what to expect. This pamphlet may be helpful in preparing you as family and/or caregiver to understand the final stage of life. It is important to discuss your concerns and fears with those around you, both your family and health care providers. These people can help you make choices with or for your loved one and can inform you about other services that are available to support you.

Death is a natural process as the body begins shutting down. The following physical and emotional signs of approaching death are described to help you understand what can happen. Not all these signs and symptoms will occur with every person nor will they occur in any particular sequence.

This section is intended only as a guide. It is not intended to replace advice given by a health care professional such as a nurse, physician, clergy member, social worker, CCAC case manager and/or pharmacist.

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