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Helen Channell
B: 1923-10-10
D: 2017-11-18
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Channell, Helen
Elizabeth Gorman
B: 1943-09-09
D: 2017-11-18
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Gorman, Elizabeth
Thomas Crawford, Jr.
B: 1984-09-21
D: 2017-11-17
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Crawford, Jr., Thomas
Sheila Deaver
B: 1962-03-21
D: 2017-11-17
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Deaver, Sheila
Joseph Zobler
B: 1955-01-08
D: 2017-11-16
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Zobler, Joseph
Albert Borys
B: 1922-06-04
D: 2017-11-16
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Borys, Albert
Diana Copp
B: 1950-03-11
D: 2017-11-15
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Copp, Diana
Robert Hamilton
B: 1949-09-17
D: 2017-11-11
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Hamilton, Robert
Raymond Schmidt
B: 1931-02-21
D: 2017-11-10
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Schmidt, Raymond
Lillian Bartenslager
B: 1931-11-28
D: 2017-11-07
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Bartenslager, Lillian
Sherry Emerick
B: 1949-08-21
D: 2017-11-06
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Emerick, Sherry
Ashley L. (Miller) Ayres
B: 1984-08-01
D: 2017-11-05
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(Miller) Ayres, Ashley L.
Doris Freedy
B: 1919-12-17
D: 2017-11-02
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Freedy, Doris
Mary Brown
B: 1941-06-26
D: 2017-10-30
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Brown, Mary
Cynthia McElwain
B: 1924-11-25
D: 2017-10-30
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McElwain, Cynthia
Shirley Clement
B: 1939-04-23
D: 2017-10-29
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Clement, Shirley
Anna Shaw
B: 1916-06-22
D: 2017-10-28
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Shaw, Anna
Sandra Garrett
B: 1952-06-29
D: 2017-10-28
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Garrett, Sandra
Alexander Kitlas
B: 1955-12-07
D: 2017-10-28
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Kitlas, Alexander
Patricia Larrick
B: 1960-06-12
D: 2017-10-25
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Larrick, Patricia
Irene Henry
B: 1919-06-16
D: 2017-10-24
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Henry, Irene

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Louis Irwin
In Memory of
Louis Randolph Irwin
November 19, 1945 -
September 24, 2017

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.