Obituaries

Olga Darico
B: 1926-07-23
D: 2017-12-02
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Darico, Olga
Bruce Stave
B: 1937-05-17
D: 2017-12-02
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Stave, Bruce
Phillip Dodd
B: 1957-07-10
D: 2017-12-02
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Dodd, Phillip
Ingrid Tangarone
B: 1931-12-21
D: 2017-12-01
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Tangarone, Ingrid
Everett Dickinson
B: 1929-06-26
D: 2017-11-30
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Dickinson, Everett
Judith Bureau
B: 1937-11-23
D: 2017-11-29
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Bureau, Judith
Janet Jamieson
B: 1938-03-15
D: 2017-11-29
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Jamieson, Janet
Donald Hoekstra
B: 1922-05-12
D: 2017-11-26
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Hoekstra, Donald
Harry Mohn
B: 1932-10-10
D: 2017-11-25
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Mohn, Harry
Derek Somers
B: 1988-07-11
D: 2017-11-24
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Somers, Derek
Dorothy Stevens
B: 1929-06-06
D: 2017-11-20
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Stevens, Dorothy
Marion Mikalson
B: 1928-02-07
D: 2017-11-19
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Mikalson, Marion
Hilda Martin
B: 1938-01-09
D: 2017-11-18
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Martin, Hilda
Samuel Donnell
B: 1928-10-02
D: 2017-11-16
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Donnell, Samuel
Alphonse Veilleux
B: 1941-08-04
D: 2017-11-15
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Veilleux, Alphonse
Jean Waterhouse
B: 1942-04-16
D: 2017-11-14
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Waterhouse, Jean
Margaret Britner
B: 1920-05-28
D: 2017-11-11
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Britner, Margaret
William Tripp
B: 1943-04-28
D: 2017-11-07
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Tripp, William
Joseph Sponzo
B: 1956-02-21
D: 2017-11-06
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Sponzo, Joseph
Seth Stanley
B: 1973-06-21
D: 2017-11-02
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Stanley, Seth
Jeanne Adams
B: 1925-01-12
D: 2017-11-01
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Adams, Jeanne

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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.