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Jessie Edward "Jess" Crawford
B: 1923-04-16
D: 2020-03-25
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Crawford, Jessie Edward "Jess"
Olivia Lynn Sawyer McGaugh
B: 1962-10-14
D: 2020-03-25
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McGaugh, Olivia Lynn Sawyer
David Thomas "Tom" Valentine
B: 1948-01-10
D: 2020-03-25
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Valentine, David Thomas "Tom"
Dorothy Louise Johnson
B: 1925-04-22
D: 2020-03-25
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Johnson, Dorothy Louise
Annie Hazel Scott
B: 1931-08-28
D: 2020-03-24
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Scott, Annie Hazel
Sandra Dee Mangrum Crafton
B: 1962-08-29
D: 2020-03-24
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Crafton, Sandra Dee Mangrum
Elizabeth "Libby" Louise Marley
B: 1952-07-18
D: 2020-03-24
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Marley, Elizabeth "Libby" Louise
Clara Julia Duvall
B: 1928-02-11
D: 2020-03-23
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Duvall, Clara Julia
Edward Allen Morgan
B: 1936-06-08
D: 2020-03-19
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Morgan, Edward Allen
Roy David “Dave” Haines
D: 2020-03-19
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Haines, Roy David “Dave”
Gail Crabtree Hemby
B: 1953-01-01
D: 2020-03-17
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Hemby, Gail Crabtree
Henry Rochus "Hank" Beyke
B: 1935-03-13
D: 2020-03-17
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Beyke, Henry Rochus "Hank"
Joyce Greeson Kittle
B: 1959-12-08
D: 2020-03-17
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Kittle, Joyce Greeson
Nancy Ann Wray Byrd
B: 1944-02-07
D: 2020-03-17
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Byrd, Nancy Ann Wray
Robert Louis Kibler
D: 2020-03-16
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Kibler, Robert Louis
David Shawn Bohon
B: 1966-04-01
D: 2020-03-15
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Bohon, David Shawn
Charles Shannon Carter
B: 1932-11-11
D: 2020-03-15
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Carter, Charles Shannon
Marilyn Rice Sherfield
B: 1949-03-28
D: 2020-03-15
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Sherfield, Marilyn Rice
Charles Ernest Haynes
B: 1933-08-23
D: 2020-03-14
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Haynes, Charles Ernest
Laiad Nguyen
B: 1957-10-19
D: 2020-03-14
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Nguyen, Laiad
Martha “Helon” White Overstreet
D: 2020-03-14
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Overstreet, Martha “Helon” White

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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.