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Richard Rock
B: 1927-04-26
D: 2018-05-16
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Rock, Richard
Jo elaine Reffner
B: 1939-02-04
D: 2018-05-16
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Reffner, Jo elaine
Robert Hoover
B: 1926-10-16
D: 2018-05-16
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Hoover, Robert
C. Reed Caldwell
B: 1939-04-12
D: 2018-05-15
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Caldwell, C. Reed
Earl Eckenrode
B: 1924-09-30
D: 2018-05-13
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Eckenrode, Earl
Samuel Fitz
B: 1954-01-19
D: 2018-05-13
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Fitz, Samuel
James Schieber
B: 1997-10-02
D: 2018-05-13
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Schieber, James
Charlotte Straley
B: 1925-06-24
D: 2018-05-12
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Straley, Charlotte
Evelyn Neil
B: 1953-08-22
D: 2018-05-10
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Neil, Evelyn
Edward Zimmeraman
B: 1937-06-10
D: 2018-05-10
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Zimmeraman, Edward
Betty Gardner
B: 1935-06-25
D: 2018-05-06
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Gardner, Betty
Katrina Shives
B: 1974-09-18
D: 2018-05-06
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Shives, Katrina
Ronald Henry
B: 1943-04-17
D: 2018-05-05
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Henry, Ronald
Crystal Helman
B: 1962-02-14
D: 2018-05-04
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Helman, Crystal
John Bubser
B: 1933-06-27
D: 2018-05-01
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Bubser, John
Janice Stevens
B: 1946-02-27
D: 2018-04-29
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Stevens, Janice
Bernard Deardorff
B: 1958-11-20
D: 2018-04-29
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Deardorff, Bernard
Jean Stenger
B: 1935-09-24
D: 2018-04-28
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Stenger, Jean
Sheila Vanderau
B: 1933-04-16
D: 2018-04-27
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Vanderau, Sheila
Doris Hoover
B: 1924-10-15
D: 2018-04-27
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Hoover, Doris
Vonnie Hamil
B: 1940-12-15
D: 2018-04-26
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Hamil, Vonnie

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333 Falling Spring Road
CHAMBERSBURG, PA 17202
Phone: (717) 264-6416
Fax: (717) 264-1114
Barbara Svenningsen Barbara Svenningsen
In Memory of
Barbara A. Svenningsen
1956 -
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.