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Ruth Strachan
B: 1921-02-07
D: 2018-11-14
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Strachan, Ruth
Mary Brown
B: 1933-01-24
D: 2018-11-14
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Brown, Mary
Artie Smith
B: 1936-10-04
D: 2018-11-14
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Smith, Artie
Karle Harriston
B: 1950-07-21
D: 2018-11-12
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Harriston, Karle
Alice Dukes
B: 1938-03-29
D: 2018-11-11
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Dukes, Alice
La Monde Anderson
B: 1926-07-26
D: 2018-11-05
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Anderson, La Monde
Dorothy Bland
B: 1929-05-07
D: 2018-11-03
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Bland, Dorothy
Anna Ashe
B: 1945-12-01
D: 2018-11-02
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Ashe, Anna
Hester Junious
B: 1937-06-19
D: 2018-10-26
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Junious, Hester
Shirley Williams
B: 1939-12-21
D: 2018-10-26
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Williams, Shirley
Shelly Dupont
B: 1959-04-17
D: 2018-10-21
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Dupont, Shelly
Katherine Rajsky
B: 1924-08-12
D: 2018-10-20
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Rajsky, Katherine
Linda Saunders
B: 1948-07-20
D: 2018-10-20
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Saunders, Linda
Alma McCants
D: 2018-10-20
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McCants, Alma
Othalee Jones
B: 1946-01-25
D: 2018-10-12
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Jones, Othalee
Roger Toppin
B: 1935-12-31
D: 2018-10-12
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Toppin, Roger
James Hill
B: 1946-09-22
D: 2018-10-10
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Hill, James
David Elliot
B: 1927-04-09
D: 2018-10-09
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Elliot, David
Marie Runyon
B: 2015-03-20
D: 2018-10-07
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Runyon, Marie
Dorothy Rhue
B: 1944-10-08
D: 2018-10-07
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Rhue, Dorothy
Clara Mercer
B: 1933-12-12
D: 2018-10-06
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Mercer, Clara

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Margaret McQuillar
In Memory of
Margaret
McQuillar
Tuesday, April 8th, 1919 -
Saturday, March 17th, 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.