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Gordon Shipley
B: 1941-06-03
D: 2020-03-30
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Shipley, Gordon
Raymond Cairns
B: 1946-09-29
D: 2020-03-27
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Cairns, Raymond
Ralph Andrews
B: 1933-01-22
D: 2020-03-22
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Andrews, Ralph
Ilona Riggers
B: 1942-11-04
D: 2020-03-19
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Riggers, Ilona
Stephen Tullett
B: 1943-08-21
D: 2020-03-13
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Tullett, Stephen
Carole Lang
B: 1941-11-13
D: 2020-03-12
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Lang, Carole
Ian MacKellar
B: 1945-12-04
D: 2020-03-07
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MacKellar, Ian
Samuel Cotton
B: 1941-04-27
D: 2020-02-28
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Cotton, Samuel
Gerald Kane
B: 1943-03-04
D: 2020-02-28
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Kane, Gerald
Victor Smith
B: 1933-02-18
D: 2020-02-28
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Smith, Victor
Peter Fenwick
B: 1926-08-17
D: 2020-02-27
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Fenwick, Peter
Barbara Holland
B: 1935-11-01
D: 2020-02-25
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Holland, Barbara
Hazel Huston
B: 1929-04-26
D: 2020-02-12
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Huston, Hazel
Gail Mushinski
B: 1943-06-29
D: 2020-02-11
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Mushinski, Gail
Debra O'Hara
B: 1956-08-30
D: 2020-02-06
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O'Hara, Debra
Raymond Ollerhead
B: 1946-02-07
D: 2020-02-03
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Ollerhead, Raymond
William McLean
B: 1944-07-25
D: 2020-02-02
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McLean, William
Bruce Cox
B: 1924-05-05
D: 2020-01-30
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Cox, Bruce
Susan Boles
B: 1954-03-14
D: 2020-01-28
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Boles, Susan
William Whitaker
B: 1957-10-11
D: 2020-01-23
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Whitaker, William
Margaret Bradley
B: 1948-02-07
D: 2020-01-23
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Bradley, Margaret

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386 Mill Street S.
Newcastle, ON L1B 1C6
Phone: 905-987-3964
Fax: 905-987-3769
Jodi Owen
In Memory of
Jodi Elizabeth
Owen (Nelson)
1936 -
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.