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Karen Lorraine (Rice) Kearns
B: 1962-05-28
D: 2018-08-14
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Kearns, Karen Lorraine (Rice)
Carl Blanchard
B: 1929-04-05
D: 2018-08-13
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Blanchard, Carl
Marie Woodcock
B: 1926-11-09
D: 2018-08-12
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Woodcock, Marie
Thomas J. Davis, Jr.
B: 1937-06-09
D: 2018-08-12
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Davis, Jr., Thomas J.
Manchester Wheeler
B: 1939-03-02
D: 2018-08-11
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Wheeler, Manchester
Edward Nickerson
B: 1944-01-29
D: 2018-08-05
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Nickerson, Edward
Frances Mitchell
B: 1924-04-03
D: 2018-08-05
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Mitchell, Frances
Alan Bromley
B: 1951-09-18
D: 2018-08-05
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Bromley, Alan
Eugene Berry Shanley
B: 1939-05-29
D: 2018-08-04
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Shanley, Eugene Berry
Karen Ward
B: 1958-10-01
D: 2018-08-04
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Ward, Karen
Donna Herweg
B: 1932-02-19
D: 2018-08-03
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Herweg, Donna
Marjorie (Pray) Niles
B: 1929-01-30
D: 2018-08-03
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Niles, Marjorie (Pray)
Henry Downs
B: 1932-05-07
D: 2018-08-01
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Downs, Henry
Charles Major
B: 1926-01-30
D: 2018-08-01
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Major, Charles
Eugene Hill
B: 1964-02-04
D: 2018-07-31
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Hill, Eugene
Marvin Brawn
B: 1945-02-25
D: 2018-07-31
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Brawn, Marvin
William Rogan
B: 1954-03-01
D: 2018-07-31
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Rogan, William
John Yahner Connolly, M.D.
B: 1946-09-10
D: 2018-07-30
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Connolly, M.D., John Yahner
Louise E. (Nickerson) Grant Villeneuve
B: 1926-09-18
D: 2018-07-27
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Villeneuve, Louise E. (Nickerson) Grant
Irving Thomas Creath
B: 1945-08-07
D: 2018-07-24
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Creath, Irving Thomas
Lawrence London
B: 1941-11-05
D: 2018-07-22
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London, Lawrence

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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.

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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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