Obituaries

Billye Graham
B: 1938-09-29
D: 2017-04-22
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Graham, Billye
Varnell Grissom
B: 1929-02-18
D: 2017-04-20
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Grissom, Varnell
Matthew Romano
B: 1931-10-01
D: 2017-04-20
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Romano, Matthew
Uella Avery
B: 1926-07-26
D: 2017-04-20
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Avery, Uella
Amber Sanford Scott
B: 1979-07-16
D: 2017-04-19
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Sanford Scott , Amber
Betty Stewart
B: 1937-08-02
D: 2017-04-16
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Stewart, Betty
Tyson Compton
B: 1917-01-24
D: 2017-04-15
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Compton, Tyson
William Valentine
B: 1933-09-18
D: 2017-04-15
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Valentine, William
William McDanell
B: 1946-12-31
D: 2017-04-13
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McDanell, William
Satcher Reynaud
D: 2017-04-13
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Reynaud, Satcher
Robert Hauerwas
B: 1938-05-02
D: 2017-04-12
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Hauerwas, Robert
Rita Gordon
B: 1947-11-03
D: 2017-04-11
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Gordon, Rita
Ronald Aitken
B: 1954-04-16
D: 2017-04-10
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Aitken, Ronald
Charlotte Thornton
D: 2017-04-08
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Thornton, Charlotte
Mary Chapman
D: 2017-04-07
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Chapman, Mary
James Watson
B: 1954-12-27
D: 2017-04-06
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Watson, James
Thomas Allen
B: 1973-09-16
D: 2017-04-05
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Allen, Thomas
Gayle Emory
B: 1951-08-28
D: 2017-04-04
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Emory, Gayle
Joyce Scroggin
B: 1929-12-29
D: 2017-04-04
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Scroggin, Joyce
David Weaver
B: 1957-06-07
D: 2017-04-01
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Weaver, David
Donna Wilson
B: 1953-08-24
D: 2017-04-01
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Wilson, Donna

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7427 Cypress Street
P.O. Box 1515
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: (318) 396-3191
Fax: (318) 396-3135
Varnell Grissom
In Memory of
Varnell Burgett
"Nana"
Grissom
1929 - 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.