Obituaries

Helen Kopcienski
B: 1921-08-08
D: 2017-10-13
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Kopcienski, Helen
Ruth Hanna Biedermann
B: 1924-07-02
D: 2017-10-13
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Biedermann, Ruth Hanna
Vincent Cannata
B: 1948-11-28
D: 2017-10-11
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Cannata , Vincent
Margaret Ely
B: 1921-07-07
D: 2017-10-09
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Ely, Margaret
Kenneth Stewart
B: 1932-04-29
D: 2017-10-09
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Stewart, Kenneth
Laila George
B: 1934-03-21
D: 2017-10-08
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George, Laila
Gloria Delgado
B: 1944-06-07
D: 2017-10-06
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Delgado, Gloria
Margaret Miller
B: 1935-05-22
D: 2017-10-06
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Miller, Margaret
Evelyn Suarez
B: 1993-03-27
D: 2017-10-05
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Suarez, Evelyn
Ernest Peters
B: 1934-07-30
D: 2017-10-04
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Peters, Ernest
Anne Marie Esposito
B: 1959-03-02
D: 2017-10-02
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Esposito, Anne Marie
James Ford
D: 2017-10-02
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Ford, James
Louis Schuman
B: 1936-05-12
D: 2017-10-02
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Schuman, Louis
Walter Rutkowski
B: 1925-08-09
D: 2017-09-30
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Rutkowski, Walter
Paul Rabouin
B: 1986-06-04
D: 2017-09-29
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Rabouin, Paul
Phyllis Tagliaferro
B: 1924-04-01
D: 2017-09-28
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Tagliaferro, Phyllis
Pauline Gillick
B: 1923-12-26
D: 2017-09-27
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Gillick, Pauline
Patricia Balsamo
B: 1935-08-02
D: 2017-09-27
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Balsamo, Patricia
John "Jack" McManus
B: 1929-02-21
D: 2017-09-26
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McManus, John "Jack"
Christine Sanbeg
B: 1944-03-28
D: 2017-09-25
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Sanbeg, Christine
Wynona French
B: 1919-11-13
D: 2017-09-22
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French, Wynona

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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.