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James Clift
B: 1940-04-01
D: 2021-07-20
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Clift, James
Deborah Gatton
B: 1965-06-02
D: 2021-07-19
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Gatton, Deborah
Paul Beavers, Sr.
B: 1945-08-22
D: 2021-07-17
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Beavers, Sr. , Paul
Sterling DeBold, Sr.
B: 1946-05-12
D: 2021-07-17
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DeBold, Sr. , Sterling
Mary Walker Gibson
B: 1929-05-16
D: 2021-07-15
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Walker Gibson, Mary
Rebecca Schramm
B: 1928-06-26
D: 2021-07-15
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Schramm, Rebecca
Terrance Sheely
B: 1966-11-10
D: 2021-07-15
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Sheely, Terrance
Deborah Friedrich
B: 1954-05-09
D: 2021-07-14
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Friedrich, Deborah
James Banagan
B: 1931-04-09
D: 2021-07-13
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Banagan, James
Dorothy Reichard
B: 1941-08-04
D: 2021-07-12
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Reichard, Dorothy
Marie Dunn
B: 1938-10-20
D: 2021-07-12
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Dunn, Marie
John Williams, Sr.
B: 1954-01-13
D: 2021-07-10
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Williams, Sr., John
Kelly Cusic
B: 1978-07-26
D: 2021-07-04
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Cusic, Kelly
Pamela Hayden
B: 1954-07-02
D: 2021-06-24
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Hayden, Pamela
William Jones
B: 1929-03-13
D: 2021-06-24
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Jones, William
Tammie Wood
B: 1985-09-03
D: 2021-06-24
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Wood, Tammie
Michael Norris
B: 1962-03-10
D: 2021-06-20
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Norris, Michael
Katherine Burton
B: 1945-04-19
D: 2021-06-20
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Burton, Katherine
Marica Townsend
B: 1938-02-23
D: 2021-06-16
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Townsend, Marica
Barbara Russell
B: 1934-09-06
D: 2021-06-13
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Russell, Barbara
William Cusic
B: 1976-03-11
D: 2021-06-10
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Cusic, William

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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909
James  Phillips
In Memory of
James  Grant "Jim"
Phillips 
1962 - 2016
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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.