Obituaries

Lee Edward Fesko
B: 1944-10-28
D: 2021-06-11
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Fesko, Lee Edward
Evelyn Jean McCain
B: 1929-12-17
D: 2021-06-11
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McCain, Evelyn Jean
Joseph "Bud" Finley O'Bryan
B: 1931-09-18
D: 2021-06-11
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O'Bryan, Joseph "Bud" Finley
Lidiya Makarovna Lyubchenko
B: 1930-10-27
D: 2021-06-11
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Lyubchenko, Lidiya Makarovna
John Wesley Sweeney
B: 1937-10-01
D: 2021-06-11
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Sweeney, John Wesley
Connie Bennett Marlin
B: 1958-02-24
D: 2021-06-06
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Marlin, Connie Bennett
Mary Pearl Beard
B: 1938-10-15
D: 2021-06-06
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Beard, Mary Pearl
Audrey J. Foster
B: 1929-12-17
D: 2021-06-05
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Foster, Audrey J.
Jeffrey Michael Venable
B: 1958-12-22
D: 2021-06-05
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Venable, Jeffrey Michael
Marvin Marshall Weems
B: 1940-09-23
D: 2021-06-05
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Weems, Marvin Marshall
Lisa Schwartzly Mohnke
B: 1971-09-08
D: 2021-06-04
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Mohnke, Lisa Schwartzly
Hyde S. Harper
B: 1924-04-22
D: 2021-06-04
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Harper, Hyde S.
Perry "Albert" Johnson
B: 1944-09-03
D: 2021-06-04
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Johnson, Perry "Albert"
Sally Odill Williams Fyke
B: 1935-10-14
D: 2021-06-03
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Fyke, Sally Odill Williams
William Logan Smitherman
B: 1997-02-11
D: 2021-06-03
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Smitherman, William Logan
Frank William Raquet
B: 1942-03-22
D: 2021-06-02
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Raquet, Frank William
Charles "Charlie" Davis Bennett
B: 1930-12-11
D: 2021-06-01
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Bennett, Charles "Charlie" Davis
Melissa Renay (Barnes) Bruner
B: 1970-11-28
D: 2021-06-01
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Bruner, Melissa Renay (Barnes)
Phyllis Graham Eldridge
B: 1944-07-21
D: 2021-05-31
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Eldridge, Phyllis Graham
Christine Marie Osborne Price
B: 1939-06-12
D: 2021-05-31
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Price, Christine Marie Osborne
Joel L. Koonce
B: 1937-03-01
D: 2021-05-30
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Koonce, Joel L.

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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.