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Diane Chandler
B: 1951-12-26
D: 2017-12-10
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Chandler, Diane
Herman Wyatt
B: 1931-09-13
D: 2017-12-06
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Wyatt, Herman
Gary Michael
B: 1948-03-28
D: 2017-12-05
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Michael, Gary
Richard Dean
B: 1937-03-22
D: 2017-12-04
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Dean, Richard
Dione Wengryn
B: 1973-05-31
D: 2017-12-02
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Wengryn, Dione
David Scott
B: 1972-06-29
D: 2017-11-22
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Scott, David
Eugene Atkison
B: 1939-02-09
D: 2017-11-20
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Atkison, Eugene
Doris Clark
B: 1928-01-31
D: 2017-11-17
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Clark, Doris
Delores Rogers
B: 1931-08-15
D: 2017-11-11
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Rogers, Delores
Gary Buckmaster
B: 1949-12-30
D: 2017-11-08
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Buckmaster, Gary
Michael Kakalow
B: 1919-01-20
D: 2017-11-07
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Kakalow, Michael
Shirley Radka
B: 1946-08-07
D: 2017-11-03
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Radka, Shirley
Vera Wallis
B: 1932-11-23
D: 2017-11-03
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Wallis, Vera
Deborah Smyth
B: 1961-03-06
D: 2017-10-22
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Smyth, Deborah
Noemy Hernandez
B: 1938-10-05
D: 2017-10-16
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Hernandez, Noemy
Michelle Livingston
B: 1965-10-31
D: 2017-10-15
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Livingston, Michelle
Keith Workman
B: 1938-03-11
D: 2017-10-11
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Workman, Keith
Ann Howard
B: 1936-05-12
D: 2017-10-09
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Howard, Ann
Cecelia Jenson
B: 1939-10-21
D: 2017-10-05
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Jenson, Cecelia
Frankie Milligan
B: 1928-08-18
D: 2017-10-05
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Milligan, Frankie
Talon Schieffer
B: 1994-05-09
D: 2017-10-01
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Schieffer, Talon

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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.

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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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