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Berdella Gipe
B: 1923-07-24
D: 2017-12-11
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Gipe, Berdella
Jack Rapp
B: 1936-05-07
D: 2017-12-10
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Rapp, Jack
Eberdina Boeree
B: 1930-01-08
D: 2017-12-08
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Boeree, Eberdina
Dean Bowers
B: 1962-01-09
D: 2017-12-08
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Bowers, Dean
Robert Fink
B: 1939-10-14
D: 2017-12-08
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Fink, Robert
John Dull
B: 1948-04-08
D: 2017-12-07
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Dull, John
Jean Greenwood
B: 1933-11-20
D: 2017-12-06
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Greenwood, Jean
Danny Ott
B: 1962-07-23
D: 2017-12-03
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Ott, Danny
Edna Burkholder
B: 1951-10-23
D: 2017-12-02
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Burkholder, Edna
Richard Snell
B: 1959-09-15
D: 2017-12-01
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Snell, Richard
Lillian Shoemaker
B: 1922-12-04
D: 2017-11-27
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Shoemaker, Lillian
Dorothy Pearce
B: 1922-05-16
D: 2017-11-23
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Pearce, Dorothy
M. Lauver
B: 1942-12-16
D: 2017-11-22
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Lauver, M.
Eugene Albright
B: 1936-05-10
D: 2017-11-21
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Albright, Eugene
William Wyrick
B: 1930-04-08
D: 2017-11-17
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Wyrick, William
Stephen Strohm
B: 1970-07-03
D: 2017-11-15
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Strohm, Stephen
Rev. Frank Mathna
B: 1928-12-17
D: 2017-11-14
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Mathna, Rev. Frank
Hazel Martin
B: 2017-11-14
D: 2017-11-14
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Martin, Hazel
Clarence Stouter
B: 1936-08-26
D: 2017-11-13
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Stouter, Clarence
Nelda Clugh-Palmer
B: 1925-03-12
D: 2017-11-10
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Clugh-Palmer, Nelda
Donna Nye
B: 1942-09-17
D: 2017-11-09
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Nye, Donna

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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Alice Bender
In Memory of
Alice Louise Bender (Fields)
1930 -
2017

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.