chapter  14
18 Pages

Coping with Loss: Norms of Dependence and Independence in Appalachian Culture George B. Ray

As Jim Spurlock put down the phone he knew he was in for a new experience. It had been 8 months since Dorothy, his wife of 45 years, had died and he had not done any traveling away from home in that time. He knew sooner or later he would have to get out and begin living his new life on his own, but he just hadn't felt like it. However, he finally decided that the time was right. He asked Bobby and Jeanette, his son and daughter-in-law, if it was all right for him to come see them for a few days. They thought it would be great and that during bad times it was always good to be around family. Not that in his hometown, Mossy Springs, Kentucky, he didn't have family around. He had 3 brothers, 2 sisters, 20 nieces and nephews, and 40 cousins living near him. But he felt close to Bobby and Jeanette, close in a way that was different from other kinfolk. He had 4 weeks of vacation coming and taking a week off now might be just the thing.