Obituaries

Joyce O'Connell
B: 1936-12-18
D: 2018-09-22
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O'Connell, Joyce
Frank Bolger
B: 1939-03-12
D: 2018-09-21
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Bolger, Frank
Ilona Coyea
B: 1949-12-08
D: 2018-09-18
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Coyea, Ilona
Rob Jenkinson
B: 1953-05-08
D: 2018-09-16
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Jenkinson, Rob
Patricia Young
B: 1947-01-07
D: 2018-09-13
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Young, Patricia
Gordon Phillips
B: 1944-05-05
D: 2018-09-12
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Phillips, Gordon
Bernard Major
B: 1941-09-28
D: 2018-09-09
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Major, Bernard
Terry Ferguson
B: 1948-09-30
D: 2018-09-07
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Ferguson, Terry
Carolyn Kaine
B: 1928-05-06
D: 2018-09-06
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Kaine, Carolyn
Bill Commerford
B: 1932-10-22
D: 2018-09-05
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Commerford, Bill
Brad Towns
B: 1951-04-14
D: 2018-09-02
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Towns, Brad
Thelma Larocque
B: 1920-05-30
D: 2018-08-31
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Larocque, Thelma
Fred Bissonnette
B: 1947-05-22
D: 2018-08-29
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Bissonnette, Fred
Michael Palko
B: 1925-09-14
D: 2018-08-28
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Palko, Michael
Sheila Cooke
B: 1928-06-25
D: 2018-08-23
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Cooke, Sheila
Judith Caldwell
B: 1934-05-14
D: 2018-08-22
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Caldwell, Judith
Richard Lee
B: 1969-11-29
D: 2018-08-21
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Lee, Richard
John Fournell
B: 1942-06-27
D: 2018-08-19
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Fournell, John
Travis Inman
B: 1972-07-03
D: 2018-08-19
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Inman, Travis
James (Jim) Beckstead
B: 1941-07-24
D: 2018-08-15
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Beckstead, James (Jim)
Rev. Ian Kelsey
B: 1925-02-23
D: 2018-08-14
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Kelsey, Rev. Ian

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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.

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