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Jean Rattai
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Lee Moffatt
B: 1940-07-01
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Dean Tucker
B: 1968-11-08
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Margaret Cameron
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Lamberdina "Dini" Schoenmaker
B: 1930-04-02
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Wally Lucyk
B: 1930-08-05
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Maureen Melville
B: 1947-10-29
D: 2019-01-01
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Loretta Pacaud
B: 1942-10-25
D: 2018-12-30
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Allan Lake
B: 1974-10-03
D: 2018-12-30
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Richard Simon
B: 1930-08-11
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Gregory Durkee
B: 1966-05-12
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Ronald Durham
B: 1926-02-24
D: 2018-12-16
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Daniel Hall
B: 1942-10-20
D: 2018-12-12
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Henry Ypma
B: 1932-04-25
D: 2018-12-11
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Marjorie Hanson
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D: 2018-12-07
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D: 2018-12-06
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D: 2018-12-06
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Daphne St. Amand
B: 1927-11-20
D: 2018-12-05
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John Kane
B: 1927-07-13
D: 2018-12-05
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Sharon Quinn
B: 1952-02-08
D: 2018-12-02
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386 Mill Street S.
Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6
Phone: 905-987-3964
Fax: 905-987-3769
Kenneth DeJong
In Memory of
Kenneth Peter
DeJong
1960 -
2016

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.