The Empty Chair at the Holiday Dinner Table

Remembering the lives of those Pacifica residents who recently passed away this holiday season. Share your words of condolences to their loved ones.

Over the past few months, many families in Pacifica have lost loved ones — some old and others young — making this holiday season particularly challenging as they face for the first time celebrating Christmas and the New Year without their family member or friend there to fill his or her role in their annual traditions.

For those who have lost someone recently, thinking about the empty chair at the holiday table may intensify grief in all its complex manifestations: sadness, anger, resentment, and maybe even guilt about the loss and, yes, joy and sweetness and gratitude that the person was in your life.

Honoring the memory of those who have recently died as part of the holiday season encourages remembrance and healing.

Send your condolences to those in Pacifica who are experiencing a loss this holiday season by writing in the comments section below.

If we missed someone who passed away this Fall, please also let us know in the comments.

In memory of this holiday season:

Gary D. Blaine, 54, passed away on Dec. 7, 2012

Mike Nevin, 69, passed away on Dec. 1, 2012

Ray Kim Roberson, 52, passed away on Nov. 27, 2012

Elayne Roberta Medina, 76, passed away on Nov. 24, 2012

Gail Marie (Gehres) Simons, 85, Nov. 23, 2012

Lester Austin Danner, 79, passed away on Nov. 19, 2012

James Gilchrist, 88, passed away on Nov. 15, 2012

Robert (Bob) Machold passed away on Nov. 13, 2012

Ernest H. Nimnicht, Jr. passed away Nov. 10, 2012

Steven James Brown, 55, passed away on Nov. 9, 2012

Charles E. Fletcher Jr., 75, passed away on Nov. 8, 2012

Jane Allen Lefferdink, 67, passed away on Nov 6, 2012

Rosalie P. Leavitt, 69, passed away on Nov. 3, 2012

Barbara L. Coffey, 70, passed away on Nov. 2, 2012

Terry Lee Day, 49, passed away on Nov. 2, 2012

Lawrence (Lon) J. Wasco, 86, passed away on Oct. 25, 2012

Dawn Beverly Vinje, 83, passed away on Oct. 21, 2012

Cathy Lynn Beeler Poket Slis, 53, passed away on Oct. 19, 2012

John Elliott, 95, passed on Oct. 18, 2012

Keith Coffey, 24, passed away on Oct. 17, 2012

Ryan Daniel Haynes, 23, passed away on Oct. 14, 2012

Tim Guardino, 49, passed away on Oct. 14, 2012

Joan F. Knack, 85, passed away on Oct. 3, 2012

Gertrude Solvig Aarreberg, 96, passed away on Oct. 1, 2012

Robert N. Ellis Jr., 46, died on Sept. 12, 2012

Ann Marie Miller, 39, passed away on Sept. 3, 2012

Marco Barajas, 14, passed away on Sept. 3, 2012


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