Obituaries

Jordan Rodriguez
B: 1994-01-19
D: 2019-03-17
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Rodriguez, Jordan
Carmen Otero-Colon
B: 1945-06-18
D: 2019-03-16
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Otero-Colon, Carmen
Ramon Alicea
B: 1927-05-02
D: 2019-03-14
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Alicea, Ramon
Miguel Serrano
B: 1992-04-01
D: 2019-03-04
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Serrano, Miguel
Cristobal Miranda Rivera
B: 1983-06-01
D: 2019-03-03
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Miranda Rivera, Cristobal
Raul Rodriguez
B: 1953-06-14
D: 2019-03-02
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Rodriguez, Raul
Hector Melendez
B: 1968-07-31
D: 2019-02-27
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Melendez, Hector
Joe Lugo-Velazquez
B: 1990-11-20
D: 2019-02-27
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Lugo-Velazquez, Joe
Juan Rodriguez
B: 1958-09-19
D: 2019-02-24
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Rodriguez, Juan
Edward De Leon
B: 1961-03-12
D: 2019-02-18
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De Leon, Edward
Raul Resto
B: 1931-06-19
D: 2019-02-17
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Resto, Raul
Jacqueline Bonilla Sostre
B: 1975-03-17
D: 2019-02-14
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Bonilla Sostre, Jacqueline
Santa Lara Burgos
B: 1949-07-19
D: 2019-02-13
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Lara Burgos, Santa
Anibal Gonzalez
B: 1963-12-10
D: 2019-02-12
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Gonzalez, Anibal
Carlos Morales
B: 1988-06-20
D: 2019-02-09
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Morales, Carlos
Ana Caraballo
B: 1945-08-26
D: 2019-02-07
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Caraballo, Ana
Kelvin Maye
B: 1967-12-08
D: 2019-02-04
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Maye, Kelvin
Reynaldo Alvarez
B: 1995-11-22
D: 2019-02-04
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Alvarez, Reynaldo
Maria Caraballo
B: 1943-11-11
D: 2019-02-02
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Caraballo, Maria
Emma Santiago
B: 1948-01-24
D: 2019-02-01
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Santiago, Emma
Jose Ortiz
B: 1957-10-09
D: 2019-01-31
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Ortiz, Jose

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Seeking Guidance: Grief Counseling

The 1969 publication of what was to become a landmark book, On Death and Dying, written by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross changed the way we looked at grief. She described five stage of grieving: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance–stages which became the foundation of our understanding of the experience of grief for decades.

But later research has shown that we cope with grief not in linear or cyclical stages, but in a back-and-forth process which moves between the experience of sadness, anger, yearning, or crying; and the experience of feeling joy or contentment. This is almost a “safety valve”, giving the bereaved a period of rest in dealing with their grief.

Grief is, you see, work. And it seems the body intuitively knows that such hard work requires periods of rest.  This natural back-and-forth process helps us to achieve the four essential tasks in grieving:

1. To accept the reality of the loss

2. To work through to the pain of grief

3. To adjust to an environment in which the deceased is missing

4. To emotionally relocate the deceased and move on with life

But what if you get stuck? Perhaps you can’t accept this new reality; or maybe working through the pain of grief is wearing you down. That’s when a qualified grief counselor can help.

We are pleased to provide bereavement services for the families we serve. In addition, we have many community-based resources we can recommend to you. For more information, please feel free to ask us at the funeral home, or contact us here.