Obituaries

Ida Weinstein
B: 1931-03-06
D: 2020-07-01
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Weinstein, Ida
Ella Thomas
B: 1924-12-05
D: 2020-07-01
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Thomas, Ella
Richard Hartley
B: 1943-09-16
D: 2020-07-01
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Hartley, Richard
Beatrice Trask
B: 1931-05-25
D: 2020-06-30
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Trask, Beatrice
Walter Kelley
B: 1938-07-21
D: 2020-06-30
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Kelley, Walter
Philippe Trottier
B: 1942-10-13
D: 2020-06-29
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Trottier, Philippe
William Harris
B: 1979-09-12
D: 2020-06-29
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Harris, William
Leah Foster
B: 1923-11-27
D: 2020-06-28
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Foster, Leah
Barbara Oldenburg
B: 1924-03-09
D: 2020-06-23
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Oldenburg, Barbara
Ruth Emple
B: 1919-12-09
D: 2020-06-22
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Emple, Ruth
Marie Boudreau
B: 1931-06-02
D: 2020-06-22
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Boudreau, Marie
Karen Sommer
B: 1957-09-27
D: 2020-06-21
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Sommer, Karen
Dorothy Myers
B: 1929-06-22
D: 2020-06-19
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Myers, Dorothy
Marylyn Mallory
B: 1937-02-21
D: 2020-06-19
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Mallory, Marylyn
Ed William Sheffer
B: 1972-11-03
D: 2020-06-16
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Sheffer, Ed William
Sylvia Washburn
B: 1935-02-22
D: 2020-06-13
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Washburn, Sylvia
Carolyn Choquet
B: 1936-04-27
D: 2020-06-12
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Choquet, Carolyn
Nina Hansen
B: 1928-09-15
D: 2020-06-12
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Hansen, Nina
Suzanne Porter
B: 1959-03-12
D: 2020-06-12
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Porter, Suzanne
Theolyn M. Staples
B: 1950-06-24
D: 2020-06-12
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Staples, Theolyn M.
Barbara Murray
B: 1929-04-02
D: 2020-06-10
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Murray, Barbara

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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.