Ruby Lawry
B: 1923-10-24
D: 2017-08-18
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Lawry, Ruby
Robert Melillo
B: 1938-11-17
D: 2017-08-17
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Melillo, Robert
Robert Melillo
B: 1938-11-17
D: 2017-08-17
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Melillo, Robert
Elizabeth Mason
B: 1938-05-08
D: 2017-08-15
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Mason, Elizabeth
Bobbie Thackeray
B: 1947-01-16
D: 2017-08-14
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Thackeray, Bobbie
Linda Richardson
B: 1947-07-14
D: 2017-08-14
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Richardson, Linda
Patricia Williams
B: 1938-11-17
D: 2017-08-13
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Williams, Patricia
Dieter Simmons
B: 1946-09-07
D: 2017-08-12
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Simmons, Dieter
Gwendolyn Brown
B: 1940-10-01
D: 2017-08-11
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Brown, Gwendolyn
Robert Greene
B: 1944-09-15
D: 2017-08-11
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Greene, Robert
John Stinson
B: 1934-05-28
D: 2017-08-11
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Stinson, John
Ernest Johnson
B: 1938-10-07
D: 2017-08-10
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Johnson, Ernest
Lauretta Caron
B: 1925-07-31
D: 2017-08-09
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Caron, Lauretta
Michael Robards
B: 1956-09-10
D: 2017-08-08
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Robards, Michael
Erica Vazquez
B: 1993-10-21
D: 2017-08-08
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Vazquez, Erica
Susan MacCorquodale
B: 1932-03-07
D: 2017-08-06
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MacCorquodale, Susan
Barbara Mattingly
B: 1931-01-27
D: 2017-08-06
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Mattingly, Barbara
Herbert Matthews
B: 1932-09-25
D: 2017-08-06
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Matthews, Herbert
Marilyn Flynn
B: 1931-10-13
D: 2017-08-04
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Flynn, Marilyn
Robert Bedat
B: 1938-12-08
D: 2017-08-04
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Bedat, Robert
Mary Smith
B: 1922-01-02
D: 2017-08-02
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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.