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Shirley Anne Fontaine
B: 1927-04-07
D: 2017-10-15
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Fontaine, Shirley Anne
Gordon Signor
B: 1943-07-30
D: 2017-10-14
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Signor, Gordon
Janet Rourke
B: 1933-04-04
D: 2017-10-14
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Rourke, Janet
Norma P. Binan
B: 1938-04-17
D: 2017-10-13
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Binan, Norma P.
John McTigue
B: 1916-02-23
D: 2017-10-13
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McTigue, John
Concetta Rosa
B: 1921-04-26
D: 2017-10-13
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Rosa, Concetta
Eugene Burgess
B: 1929-12-16
D: 2017-10-12
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Burgess, Eugene
Cornelia Russell
B: 1931-03-12
D: 2017-10-11
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Russell, Cornelia
Sally M. Jacques
B: 1945-09-15
D: 2017-10-11
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Jacques, Sally M.
Stephen Zadravecz
B: 1946-07-22
D: 2017-10-11
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Zadravecz, Stephen
Edward Neil
B: 1932-09-14
D: 2017-10-10
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Neil, Edward
Kathy Libby
B: 1953-06-17
D: 2017-10-10
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Libby, Kathy
Janette Barker
B: 1931-04-10
D: 2017-10-10
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Barker, Janette
James Watkins
B: 1941-03-26
D: 2017-10-08
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Watkins, James
M. Gene Greene
B: 1920-08-23
D: 2017-10-07
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Greene, M. Gene
Margaret Prouty
B: 1954-09-02
D: 2017-10-07
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Prouty, Margaret
Thomas Chaloult
B: 1951-03-13
D: 2017-10-07
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Chaloult, Thomas
Sarah Louise Ward
B: 1927-09-17
D: 2017-10-06
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Ward, Sarah Louise
Thomas Drummond
B: 1935-05-29
D: 2017-10-04
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Drummond, Thomas
Helen Bouchard
B: 1929-09-07
D: 2017-10-03
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Bouchard, Helen
Randy L. Percival
B: 1955-08-01
D: 2017-10-03
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Percival, Randy L.

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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.