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Filipa Smith-Jones
D: 2018-11-28
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Smith-Jones, Filipa
Dorothia Upton
D: 2018-11-18
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Upton, Dorothia
Sharon Burton
D: 2018-11-14
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Burton, Sharon
David Covington
D: 2018-11-13
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Covington, David
Nathaniel Blacksheer
B: 1954-03-01
D: 2018-11-04
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Blacksheer, Nathaniel
Roseanna Fields
B: 1933-11-10
D: 2018-11-04
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Fields, Roseanna
Mae Tolbert
D: 2018-11-03
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Tolbert, Mae
Bernice Dulaney
D: 2018-11-01
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Dulaney, Bernice
Shirley Cohen
D: 2018-10-31
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Cohen, Shirley
Bobby Griggs
D: 2018-10-28
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Griggs, Bobby
Laron Tilmon
B: 1971-01-23
D: 2018-10-26
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Tilmon, Laron
Benjamin Coates
D: 2018-10-19
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Coates, Benjamin
William Willoughby
D: 2018-10-17
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Willoughby, William
Eural Perkins
D: 2018-10-15
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Perkins, Eural
Velma Robinson
B: 1931-10-05
D: 2018-10-12
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Robinson, Velma
Cleo Parks
D: 2018-10-12
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Parks, Cleo
James Cage
B: 1948-07-23
D: 2018-10-09
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Cage, James
Steven Washington
B: 1978-09-25
D: 2018-10-09
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Washington, Steven
Tom Mosley
D: 2018-10-05
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Mosley, Tom
Jacqueline Jones
B: 1956-10-18
D: 2018-10-03
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Jones, Jacqueline
William Michael. Jr.
B: 1954-10-06
D: 2018-10-03
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Michael. Jr., William

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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.