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Joan Titus
D: 2017-08-16
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Titus, Joan
Elijah Weathersby
B: 1946-06-09
D: 2017-08-16
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Weathersby, Elijah
Marie Cropper
B: 1930-06-25
D: 2017-08-15
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Cropper, Marie
Bruce Dickerson
D: 2017-08-14
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Dickerson, Bruce
Peggy Scarborough
B: 1957-11-12
D: 2017-08-14
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Scarborough , Peggy
Clarence Lewis
B: 1943-04-06
D: 2017-08-14
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Lewis, Clarence
John Smith
D: 2017-08-13
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Smith, John
Louis Onley
B: 1926-01-01
D: 2017-08-13
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Onley, Louis
Eliud Vazquez-Gomez
B: 1985-09-20
D: 2017-08-13
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Vazquez-Gomez, Eliud
Lelia Bowden
B: 1914-03-30
D: 2017-08-13
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Bowden, Lelia
Florence Sproul
B: 1930-04-10
D: 2017-08-12
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Sproul, Florence
Craig Thornton
B: 1958-04-02
D: 2017-08-12
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Thornton, Craig
Daniel Andrews
B: 1955-06-19
D: 2017-08-12
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Andrews, Daniel
Ellen Timmons
B: 1929-11-23
D: 2017-08-11
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Timmons, Ellen
Ernest Cotton
B: 1933-06-10
D: 2017-08-11
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Cotton, Ernest
Robert Coker
B: 1940-04-28
D: 2017-08-10
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Coker, Robert
Alberta Jenkins
B: 1947-07-24
D: 2017-08-10
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Jenkins, Alberta
Lewis Prout
B: 1951-05-26
D: 2017-08-09
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Prout, Lewis
Wildaire Jean
B: 1977-01-25
D: 2017-08-08
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Jean, Wildaire
Patricia Demby
B: 1953-03-17
D: 2017-08-07
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Demby, Patricia
Floyd Wallop
D: 2017-08-07
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Wallop, Floyd

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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.

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