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Mary Mullenix
B: 1961-09-24
D: 2018-10-20
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Mullenix, Mary
Rocky Brown
B: 1950-07-24
D: 2018-10-17
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Brown, Rocky
Irene Hammond
B: 1929-05-22
D: 2018-10-16
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Hammond, Irene
Ollie Jacobs
B: 1961-08-04
D: 2018-10-16
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Jacobs, Ollie
Casey Welton
B: 1974-06-27
D: 2018-10-16
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Welton, Casey
Michelle Bayha
B: 1962-06-20
D: 2018-10-10
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Bayha, Michelle
Cathy Segar
B: 1951-02-18
D: 2018-10-10
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Segar, Cathy
Louis Forsythe
B: 1953-04-26
D: 2018-10-09
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Forsythe, Louis
Pecolia Hampton
B: 1952-01-27
D: 2018-10-09
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Hampton, Pecolia
Donald Ingle
B: 1937-05-11
D: 2018-10-08
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Ingle, Donald
Louis Aldrich
B: 1951-09-28
D: 2018-10-08
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Aldrich, Louis
Myrtice Parker
B: 1935-05-05
D: 2018-10-05
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Parker, Myrtice
Shirley Wine
B: 1936-08-28
D: 2018-10-04
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Wine, Shirley
Michael Machin
B: 1948-04-06
D: 2018-10-04
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Machin, Michael
Naomi Cuyler
B: 1937-12-04
D: 2018-10-03
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Cuyler, Naomi
Joye Steigner
B: 1932-06-14
D: 2018-10-01
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Steigner, Joye
Ronald Latimer
B: 1954-07-31
D: 2018-09-30
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Latimer, Ronald
Makalin Mabin
B: 1997-08-05
D: 2018-09-29
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Mabin, Makalin
Richard Muller
B: 1940-04-29
D: 2018-09-28
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Muller, Richard
Jean McCray
B: 1927-09-24
D: 2018-09-27
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McCray, Jean
Arthur Sutherland
B: 1954-10-01
D: 2018-09-25
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Sutherland, Arthur

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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.

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