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Douglas Somero
B: 1940-10-09
D: 2019-09-15
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Somero, Douglas
Ramona Johncock
B: 1937-12-23
D: 2019-09-13
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Johncock, Ramona
Suzann Hersch
B: 1951-11-01
D: 2019-09-10
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Hersch, Suzann
Vera Egeler
B: 1934-12-27
D: 2019-09-09
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Egeler, Vera
Douglas Hanna
B: 1966-09-12
D: 2019-09-09
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Hanna, Douglas
Joyce Ramon
B: 1937-02-23
D: 2019-09-05
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Ramon, Joyce
Jeri Daunis
B: 1952-01-08
D: 2019-09-05
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Daunis, Jeri
Bailey Riley
B: 1999-08-28
D: 2019-08-30
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Riley, Bailey
Glendon Butler
B: 1980-09-30
D: 2019-08-30
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Butler, Glendon
Timothy Mazeika
B: 1948-01-01
D: 2019-08-28
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Mazeika, Timothy
Michael Johnson
B: 1949-11-06
D: 2019-08-26
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Johnson, Michael
William Cronenwett
B: 1944-04-07
D: 2019-08-20
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Cronenwett, William
Vernita Mowry
B: 1929-04-25
D: 2019-08-17
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Mowry, Vernita
Christopher Fauble
B: 1977-10-12
D: 2019-08-08
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Fauble, Christopher
Warren Wilkinson, Jr.
B: 1934-04-17
D: 2019-08-07
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Wilkinson, Jr., Warren
Henry Smith
B: 1921-05-20
D: 2019-08-05
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Smith, Henry
Henry Smith
B: 1921-05-20
D: 2019-08-05
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Smith, Henry
Judith Rogers
B: 1959-04-11
D: 2019-07-27
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Rogers, Judith
David Lake
B: 1956-09-19
D: 2019-07-25
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Lake, David
Louis Vega
B: 1932-10-11
D: 2019-07-18
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Vega, Louis
Jerry Bjorkquist
B: 1954-10-11
D: 2019-07-14
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Bjorkquist, Jerry

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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.