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Bernie Ratliff
B: 1930-06-29
D: 2019-01-26
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Ratliff, Bernie
Louise Rhoden
B: 1921-08-21
D: 2019-01-17
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Rhoden, Louise
Fonda Penney
B: 1931-10-09
D: 2019-01-17
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Penney, Fonda
Beverly Robertson
B: 1957-01-04
D: 2019-01-09
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Robertson, Beverly
Thomas Semikoski
B: 1932-05-13
D: 2019-01-08
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Semikoski, Thomas
Arlie Atwood
B: 1924-01-27
D: 2019-01-04
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Atwood, Arlie
Jose Vega
B: 1957-08-19
D: 2019-01-04
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Vega, Jose
Kenneth Haley
B: 1928-04-03
D: 2019-01-03
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Haley, Kenneth
Betty Goodgame
D: 2019-01-01
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Goodgame, Betty
Danny Hobbs
D: 2018-12-31
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Hobbs, Danny
Jennie Bice
B: 1928-11-04
D: 2018-12-27
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Bice, Jennie
Stephen Scott
B: 1970-12-06
D: 2018-12-25
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Scott, Stephen
Travis Buford
B: 2001-07-19
D: 2018-12-24
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Buford, Travis
Otha Farmer
B: 1939-11-22
D: 2018-12-22
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Farmer, Otha
Billy Campbell
D: 2018-12-21
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Campbell, Billy
Lonnie Fender
B: 1963-05-20
D: 2018-12-20
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Fender, Lonnie
Monroe Dickerson
B: 1930-01-20
D: 2018-12-18
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Dickerson, Monroe
Virginia Richards
B: 1936-08-03
D: 2018-12-17
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Richards, Virginia
Charles Stafford
B: 1930-10-26
D: 2018-12-15
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Stafford, Charles
Debra Ask
B: 1953-04-20
D: 2018-12-15
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Ask, Debra
Bonnie Page
B: 1925-12-12
D: 2018-12-11
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Page, Bonnie

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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.