Obituaries

Gladys Palast
B: 1921-11-06
D: 2018-04-23
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Palast, Gladys
Lawrence Freed
B: 1951-03-13
D: 2018-04-19
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Freed, Lawrence
Lawrence Greenberg
B: 1943-04-29
D: 2018-04-01
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Greenberg, Lawrence
Howard Susman
B: 1954-03-31
D: 2018-03-30
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Susman, Howard
Arlene Moskowitz
B: 1936-12-10
D: 2018-03-29
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Moskowitz, Arlene
David Aptaker
B: 1933-09-06
D: 2018-03-24
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Aptaker, David
Aline Fox
B: 1934-06-14
D: 2018-03-10
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Fox, Aline
LUCIA MULLER
B: 1925-07-05
D: 2018-03-05
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MULLER, LUCIA
Naomi Rabkin
B: 1974-03-24
D: 2018-03-05
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Rabkin, Naomi
Eva Nerenberg
B: 1934-05-31
D: 2018-03-04
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Nerenberg, Eva
Ronald Abramoff
B: 1937-02-25
D: 2018-02-20
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Abramoff, Ronald
Roger Zinn
B: 1929-02-07
D: 2018-02-14
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Zinn, Roger
Roza Kandinova
B: 1932-08-20
D: 2018-02-14
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Kandinova, Roza
Sidney Alpert
B: 1917-10-23
D: 2018-02-11
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Alpert, Sidney
Edward Samiljan
B: 1928-02-01
D: 2018-02-04
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Samiljan, Edward
Roger Lamson
B: 1937-11-18
D: 2018-02-03
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Lamson, Roger
Douglas Kiviat
B: 1949-02-09
D: 2018-01-29
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Kiviat, Douglas
Jeffrey Shultz
B: 1949-09-25
D: 2018-01-11
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Shultz, Jeffrey
Joan Pollak
B: 1934-10-09
D: 2018-01-10
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Pollak, Joan
Mark Ayzenshteyn
B: 1977-08-08
D: 2018-01-09
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Ayzenshteyn, Mark
Gayle Bloom
B: 1944-08-08
D: 2018-01-09
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Bloom, Gayle

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The Grief Process

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 grief process.

But later research has shown that the grief process does not proceed  in a linear or cyclical fashion, but rather in a back-and-forth fashion 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 have community-based resources that can help. For more information, please feel free to ask us at the funeral home, or contact us here. You may also contact your Synagogue or Grief counseling through the Jewish bereavement counseling service. Furthermore, read through the information provided below.

Grief Counseling
People can get lost in their grief. When bereavement is especially difficult, it can help to arrange for grief counseling. We invite you to read this page if you're looking for extra support in grieving, or need our professional recommendation for local grief counselors.
Helping Yourself Heal
Reconciling your grief will not happen quickly. But you can actively support the grieving process. Our suggestions will guide you. The death of someone loved changes your life forever, yet you can heal.
Coming to Terms with Unexpected Death
The sudden death of a loved one is especially traumatic. These guidelines will help in dealing with the complex emotions of grieving the sudden loss of someone dear.