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Clarence Boer
B: 1936-09-21
D: 2019-05-22
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Boer, Clarence
Betty Webb
B: 1925-01-29
D: 2019-05-20
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Webb, Betty
Lloyd Mulkins
B: 1926-09-29
D: 2019-05-18
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Mulkins, Lloyd
Margaret Howden
B: 1927-05-11
D: 2019-04-21
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Howden, Margaret
Shirley Spurrell
B: 1942-10-20
D: 2019-04-14
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Spurrell, Shirley
Gordon Mitchell
B: 1933-03-18
D: 2019-04-03
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Mitchell, Gordon
Susan O'Dwyer
B: 1951-11-11
D: 2019-04-01
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O'Dwyer, Susan
Elizabeth Dove
B: 1945-05-21
D: 2019-03-26
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Dove, Elizabeth
Jakob Gringhuis
B: 1924-11-30
D: 2019-03-14
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Gringhuis, Jakob
William Monas
B: 1935-08-17
D: 2019-03-12
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Monas, William
Norma Hutchison
B: 1949-12-09
D: 2019-03-11
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Hutchison, Norma
William Phibbs
B: 1930-08-06
D: 2019-03-03
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Phibbs, William
Lois Brewer
B: 1929-07-15
D: 2019-02-23
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Brewer, Lois
Ruth Smith
B: 1933-07-14
D: 2019-01-30
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Smith, Ruth
Gertrude Wilkins
B: 1940-01-06
D: 2019-01-24
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Wilkins, Gertrude
Edward Chase
B: 1941-10-14
D: 2019-01-23
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Chase, Edward
Michael de Beer
B: 1940-09-27
D: 2019-01-14
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de Beer, Michael
Gary Montgomery
B: 1962-04-19
D: 2019-01-14
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Montgomery, Gary
William Carpenter
B: 1927-09-03
D: 2019-01-10
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Carpenter, William
Deborah Bell
B: 1961-01-04
D: 2019-01-01
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Bell, Deborah
Elsie Strohm
B: 1924-09-23
D: 2018-12-10
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Strohm, Elsie

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In Memory of
Melissa Suzanne "Lis"
Howse (Burger)
Thursday, July 18th, 1974 -
Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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.