Obituaries

Carol Jean Puckett
B: 1939-09-25
D: 2019-09-19
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Puckett, Carol Jean
Gerald Carl "Gerry" Scanlon
B: 1953-06-26
D: 2019-09-18
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Scanlon, Gerald Carl "Gerry"
Myrla Rochelle Southern McDonald
B: 1952-11-22
D: 2019-09-18
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McDonald, Myrla Rochelle Southern
Milton Rondall Marlin
B: 1950-06-13
D: 2019-09-16
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Marlin, Milton Rondall
Philip Wade Landers
B: 1965-03-23
D: 2019-09-16
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Landers, Philip Wade
Samuel William "Sam" McKee
B: 1935-09-14
D: 2019-09-14
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McKee, Samuel William "Sam"
Brandon Ethridge Hazelwood
B: 1978-09-06
D: 2019-09-14
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Hazelwood, Brandon Ethridge
Ann F Kegarise
B: 1936-01-15
D: 2019-09-14
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Kegarise, Ann F
Elliott Grace "Ellie G." Castro
B: 2015-05-30
D: 2019-09-13
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Castro, Elliott Grace "Ellie G."
Louis Barton Close
B: 1927-05-15
D: 2019-09-13
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Close, Louis Barton
Angela Royal
B: 1972-03-03
D: 2019-09-12
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Royal, Angela
Margaret Alice "Molly" Pace
B: 1959-08-18
D: 2019-09-11
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Pace, Margaret Alice "Molly"
James Edward "Jimmy" Beard
B: 1947-05-17
D: 2019-09-11
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Beard, James Edward "Jimmy"
William B. Marantis
D: 2019-09-11
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Marantis, William B.
Paul Otto Gaddis
B: 1924-03-20
D: 2019-09-11
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Gaddis, Paul Otto
Bobbie Jean Johnson Nolen
B: 1932-04-02
D: 2019-09-11
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Nolen, Bobbie Jean Johnson
Wendell Douglas Edison
B: 1943-09-01
D: 2019-09-10
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Douglas Edison, Wendell
Jan Morris Williams
D: 2019-09-10
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Williams, Jan Morris
Samuel Ellison Daniel, Jr.
B: 1936-12-24
D: 2019-09-10
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Daniel, Jr., Samuel Ellison
Martha Ann Williams Scogins
B: 1945-10-13
D: 2019-09-09
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Scogins, Martha Ann Williams
Christopher Aaron Reed
B: 1986-12-22
D: 2019-09-08
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Reed, Christopher Aaron

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When Your Parent Dies

Here are some tips that may help you and the rest of the family recover from the passing of your parents.

 

1.)  Resist the temptation to dismiss their passing as "timely" or "inevitable". While this is one way to rationalize the loss, it doesn't touch your emotions. You have experienced a significant loss and you need to take time to grieve. The majority of people whose parents pass are employed full time. A three-day bereavement leave isn't enough time to deal with this loss. Be aware of the need to adjust your personal schedule to take time to grieve.

2.)  Work at keeping the lines of communication open between you and your siblings. They understand more than anyone what your loss entails. Remember each member of the family has a personal loss and each will mourn the passing of your parent for different reasons and in different ways.

3.)  Find one or two close friends with whom you can talk. People often say, "My friends don't want to hear about this!" All your friends won't, but ask one or two for permission to use them as sounding boards. There are also professionals you may call on: your doctor, your clergy, a counselor or your funeral director.

4.)  Do something to memorialize your parent. This could be a donation to a favorite charity. It could be a memorial in your family church. If possible you may want to create a permanent memorial at his or her college or university. Perhaps you would like to plant a tree in memory of your parent.

5.)  Draw on the resources of your faith to sustain you. How does your faith or spirituality address the issue of dying? How does it help you make sense of life? Does it help you answer your questions?

6.)  Although your parent is physically gone, he or she will continue to live through you. The values your parent gave you will affect you - - for better, or worse - - for the rest of your life. Take what is good from them and incorporate it more fully into your life and be thankful for the good you received.