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Catherine Boutilier
B: 1925-03-21
D: 2018-05-19
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Boutilier, Catherine
Albert Pattison
B: 1938-04-24
D: 2018-05-17
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Pattison, Albert
Joyce Sneyd
B: 1933-02-17
D: 2018-05-15
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Sneyd, Joyce
Margaret Percy
B: 1922-09-01
D: 2018-05-08
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Percy, Margaret
Charles Gordanier
B: 1924-12-06
D: 2018-05-07
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Gordanier, Charles
Joan Edwards-Wynn
B: 1950-10-02
D: 2018-05-05
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Edwards-Wynn, Joan
Barbara Foster
B: 1943-09-19
D: 2018-05-02
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Foster, Barbara
Doreen Curry
B: 1925-03-08
D: 2018-05-01
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Curry, Doreen
Audrey Wrightman
B: 1932-10-25
D: 2018-04-23
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Wrightman, Audrey
Barbara Erb
B: 1933-08-23
D: 2018-04-22
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Erb, Barbara
Donald Wilmshurst
B: 1932-07-09
D: 2018-04-20
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Wilmshurst, Donald
Betty Salter
B: 1934-10-24
D: 2018-04-13
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Salter, Betty
Douglas Mason
B: 1938-07-21
D: 2018-04-07
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Mason, Douglas
Brent Grattan
B: 1983-05-19
D: 2018-03-27
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Grattan, Brent
Reginald Toms
B: 1932-01-20
D: 2018-03-24
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Toms, Reginald
Velma Harper
B: 1927-04-12
D: 2018-03-21
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Harper, Velma
Joseph Royer
B: 1939-09-15
D: 2018-03-16
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Royer, Joseph
Donald Christie
B: 1940-08-11
D: 2018-03-11
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Christie, Donald
Vera Merchant
B: 1924-10-26
D: 2018-03-09
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Merchant, Vera
Vera Smith
B: 1934-08-24
D: 2018-02-22
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Smith, Vera
Andrew McCallum
B: 1937-01-07
D: 2018-02-21
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McCallum, Andrew

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20 George St. West
PO Box 39
Havelock, ON K0L 1Z0
Phone: 705-778-2231
Fax: 705-778-2869
Alan Williamson
In Memory of
Alan Ernest Williamson
1952 -
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.