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Derwood Marshall, Sr.
B: 1942-04-14
D: 2017-12-14
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Marshall, Sr., Derwood
Jo Anne Richardson
B: 1962-06-13
D: 2017-12-13
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Richardson, Jo Anne
Grady A. "Art" Smith III
B: 1955-08-06
D: 2017-12-13
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Smith III, Grady A. "Art"
Maxine Stokes
B: 1920-04-29
D: 2017-12-12
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Stokes, Maxine
Millie Lewis
B: 1933-09-08
D: 2017-12-12
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Lewis, Millie
Barbara Parker
B: 1932-08-25
D: 2017-12-10
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Parker, Barbara
Cager Windham
B: 1956-03-21
D: 2017-12-10
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Windham, Cager
James Savage
B: 1931-06-06
D: 2017-12-10
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Savage, James
Vivia Parks
B: 1923-10-03
D: 2017-12-10
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Parks, Vivia
George Hemingway
B: 1938-11-28
D: 2017-12-09
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Hemingway, George
Eugene Ahrens
B: 1929-01-16
D: 2017-12-08
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Ahrens, Eugene
Vic Bontempo
B: 1945-12-02
D: 2017-12-08
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Bontempo, Vic
Brian Glover
B: 1982-09-08
D: 2017-12-07
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Glover, Brian
Christopher Cheshire
B: 1969-12-06
D: 2017-12-06
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Cheshire, Christopher
Charlotte Ledford
B: 1954-11-19
D: 2017-12-06
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Ledford, Charlotte
Imogene Lucas
B: 1927-05-15
D: 2017-12-05
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Lucas, Imogene
Blanche Schultz
B: 1928-01-15
D: 2017-12-05
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Schultz, Blanche
Mara Wilson
B: 1965-02-03
D: 2017-12-04
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Wilson, Mara
Ralph Graydon Turner
B: 1935-11-09
D: 2017-12-04
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Turner, Ralph Graydon
Leslie Utsler
B: 1947-09-04
D: 2017-12-04
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Utsler, Leslie
Dr. Howard T. Morse, Jr.
B: 1932-12-31
D: 2017-12-03
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Morse, Jr., Dr. Howard T.

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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.

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