Frank Summey
B: 1953-04-25
D: 2018-03-20
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Summey, Frank
Gaylord Shepherd
B: 1928-04-21
D: 2018-03-18
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Shepherd, Gaylord
Betty Nicholson
B: 1927-10-07
D: 2018-03-16
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Nicholson, Betty
Margaret McGovern
B: 1936-06-15
D: 2018-03-13
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McGovern, Margaret
Donald Tinsley
B: 1929-10-05
D: 2018-03-11
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Tinsley, Donald
Thomas Willis
B: 1928-07-23
D: 2018-03-10
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Willis, Thomas
Isabella Lynch
B: 1936-05-06
D: 2018-03-10
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Lynch, Isabella
Jack Dempsey
B: 1929-06-14
D: 2018-03-10
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Dempsey, Jack
Belva Ora Gillespie
B: 1924-04-10
D: 2018-03-05
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Gillespie, Belva Ora
Arthur Eugene McGaha
B: 1933-05-12
D: 2018-03-05
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McGaha, Arthur Eugene
Samuel Leff
B: 1941-07-19
D: 2018-03-04
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Leff, Samuel
Dwayne McCall
B: 1964-05-09
D: 2018-03-04
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McCall, Dwayne
Emma Bryson
B: 2018-02-09
D: 2018-03-03
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Bryson, Emma
John Goins
B: 1942-04-03
D: 2018-03-02
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Goins, John
Roger Queen
B: 1946-12-28
D: 2018-02-27
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Queen, Roger
Roscoe Ponder
B: 1927-04-16
D: 2018-02-27
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Ponder, Roscoe
John Buchanan
B: 1924-07-26
D: 2018-02-22
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Buchanan, John
Melba McBride
B: 1944-03-30
D: 2018-02-20
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McBride, Melba
Evelyn Gibson
B: 1931-12-01
D: 2018-02-19
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Gibson, Evelyn
Nancy Kirch
B: 1932-07-02
D: 2018-02-18
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Kirch, Nancy
Naomi Keogh
B: 1928-11-22
D: 2018-02-16
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Keogh, Naomi


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Tips on Writing a Message of Condolence

You may not know exactly what you want to say in your Book of Memories™ condolence message. In fact, this may be the first time you've ever been faced with sharing your feelings or offering comforting words to someone who is grieving a loss. Whether it's the first time, or the fifth, we're here to offer some assistance. We've compiled some tips, and brought together a list of expressive words you can use in your condolences.

Tip #1: Be sincere. It's important to mean what you say, on the deepest emotional level. Yes, we know, "saying what you mean" can be harder - that's why we're here.

Tip #2: Keep it simple. You don't need to say much more than "I'm sorry for you loss," yet it's always wonderful to share a personal memory of their loved one, if you have one.

Tip #3: Don't tell them you know how they feel. Because you can't really know; even if you've endured the loss of a loved one in the past - your grief was yours, and this is theirs.

Tip #4: Share how you felt when you heard the news. Perhaps you were shocked, disbelieving, or deeply saddened. Let them know how the passing affected you personally.

Tip #5: Share Remind them that you will always hold the memory of their loved one close to you. It will be a comfort to them to know that their loved one will be remembered.

A Short List of Appropriate Phrases:

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner.
  • With deepest sympathy for your loss.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please know our loving thoughts embrace you each and every day.
  • Thinking of you in these difficult times and sending you love.
  • With heartfelt condolences.
  • Wishing you comfort at this sorrowful time.
  • Sharing in your sorrow, thinking of you and wishing I could be there
  • to hold your hand.
  • May the love of those around you, help you through the days ahead.
  • Hold tight to memories for comfort.
  • Lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about.
  • As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Peace, prayers and blessings.
  • Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow.
  • You are in our prayers.
  • May your memories give you strength.
  • Remember that we love and care about you.
  • May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

After writing and posting a message of condolence to the family, you may also wish to make a memorial donation as a tribute to their loved one, or send flowers to the family home or memorial service. However you choose to express your concern and pay tribute, please know this: it will be deeply appreciated.