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Darrin Bonds
B: 1971-02-25
D: 2018-05-09
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Bonds, Darrin
Nevaeh Alston
B: 2009-11-17
D: 2018-05-08
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Alston, Nevaeh
Christopher Lake
B: 1950-12-20
D: 2018-05-05
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Lake, Christopher
Roy Brooks
D: 2018-05-03
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Brooks, Roy
Jason Johnson
B: 1968-02-25
D: 2018-05-02
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Johnson, Jason
Organel Williams
D: 2018-05-01
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Williams, Organel
Theresa Brooks
B: 1959-11-19
D: 2018-04-29
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Brooks, Theresa
Mona Parker
B: 1950-01-09
D: 2018-04-28
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Parker, Mona
Billie Gates
B: 1957-06-16
D: 2018-04-26
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Gates, Billie
Bernice Mayweather
B: 1932-06-10
D: 2018-04-24
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Mayweather, Bernice
Anthony Johnson
B: 1967-09-15
D: 2018-04-20
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Johnson, Anthony
Martha Hall
B: 1930-07-16
D: 2018-04-20
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Hall, Martha
Nagantie Johnson
B: 1994-08-28
D: 2018-04-18
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Johnson, Nagantie
Jose Rogers-Toro
B: 1945-08-02
D: 2018-04-15
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Rogers-Toro, Jose
Christina Kunna
D: 2018-04-15
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Kunna, Christina
Rhonda Torry
B: 1959-02-20
D: 2018-04-15
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Torry, Rhonda
Fredia Davis
B: 1953-09-17
D: 2018-04-11
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Davis, Fredia
Mark Battle
B: 1961-10-08
D: 2018-04-10
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Battle, Mark
Kaharee McIntosh-Williams
B: 1989-08-31
D: 2018-04-09
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McIntosh-Williams, Kaharee
Ike Johnson
B: 1954-09-25
D: 2018-04-06
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Johnson, Ike
Floyd Phillips
B: 1966-01-06
D: 2018-04-06
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Phillips, Floyd

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Phillip Joseph
In Memory of
Phillip Peter Joseph
1951 - 2018
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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.