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Monty Davis
B: 1961-10-22
D: 2018-02-15
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Davis, Monty
Marjorie Ebel
B: 1935-03-30
D: 2018-02-12
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Ebel, Marjorie
Winifred Brown
D: 2018-02-08
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Brown, Winifred
Elizabeth Aarstad
B: 1924-11-20
D: 2018-01-31
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Aarstad, Elizabeth
Teri Sample
B: 1948-05-10
D: 2018-01-18
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Sample, Teri
John Means
D: 2018-01-18
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Means, John
Rosemary Crosthwaite
D: 2018-01-16
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Crosthwaite, Rosemary
Lidiya Kruk
D: 2018-01-16
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Kruk, Lidiya
Donald Meacham
B: 1929-07-15
D: 2018-01-12
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Meacham, Donald
Raymond Anthony
B: 1932-08-17
D: 2018-01-05
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Anthony, Raymond
Bonnie Powell
B: 1947-11-15
D: 2017-12-25
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Powell, Bonnie
Rose Massett
D: 2017-12-22
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Massett, Rose
Ronald Porter
D: 2017-12-22
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Porter, Ronald
Helen Shurr
B: 1926-05-29
D: 2017-12-20
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Shurr, Helen
Lois Sandefur
B: 1921-03-02
D: 2017-12-19
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Sandefur, Lois
Berneice Patterson
D: 2017-12-18
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Patterson, Berneice
Carol Forshey
B: 1949-11-03
D: 2017-12-11
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Forshey, Carol
John Baughman
B: 1935-10-11
D: 2017-12-08
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Baughman, John
Sandra Spencer
B: 1955-10-02
D: 2017-12-03
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Spencer, Sandra
Rosamond France
B: 1929-06-26
D: 2017-12-02
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France, Rosamond
Sylvia Dolezal
B: 1938-09-19
D: 2017-12-01
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Dolezal, Sylvia

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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.

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