Obituaries

Samuel Thomas
B: 1964-09-16
D: 2019-01-17
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Thomas, Samuel
Joseph Mincey
B: 1956-02-10
D: 2019-01-13
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Mincey, Joseph
Goldie Morris
B: 1948-10-23
D: 2019-01-04
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Morris, Goldie
James Dilly
B: 1943-10-05
D: 2018-12-20
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Dilly, James
Joseph Mason
B: 1949-01-31
D: 2018-12-16
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Mason, Joseph
Patricia Atkins
B: 1951-10-15
D: 2018-12-13
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Atkins, Patricia
James Smith
B: 1958-11-27
D: 2018-12-12
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Smith, James
Marva Corbin
B: 1949-07-24
D: 2018-12-11
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Corbin, Marva
Margaret Markle
B: 1937-10-11
D: 2018-12-09
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Markle, Margaret
Aaita Tamang
B: 1940-09-30
D: 2018-12-07
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Tamang, Aaita
Mother Alberta Habern
B: 1921-10-20
D: 2018-12-06
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Alberta Habern, Mother
Thomas Williams
B: 1964-03-04
D: 2018-12-01
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Williams, Thomas
Mose Jordan
B: 1946-07-30
D: 2018-11-29
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Jordan, Mose
Donna Simmons
B: 1962-07-29
D: 2018-11-27
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Simmons, Donna
Mother Nellie Baldwin
B: 1926-01-28
D: 2018-11-23
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Baldwin, Mother Nellie
Jacob Gibson
B: 1955-01-05
D: 2018-11-22
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Gibson, Jacob
Gail Wright
B: 1958-11-29
D: 2018-11-16
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Wright, Gail
Norman Larmond
B: 1958-04-16
D: 2018-11-13
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Larmond, Norman
Jerome Barnes
B: 1962-10-20
D: 2018-11-10
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Barnes, Jerome
David Triplett
B: 1954-05-11
D: 2018-11-07
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Triplett, David
Pastor Calentha Henry
B: 1921-12-05
D: 2018-11-06
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Henry, Pastor Calentha

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Funeral Etiquette

Are you uncertain about what to do at a funeral? Have you wondered what options are available if you can’t attend a funeral? This section teaches you everything you need to know to help you do the right thing before, during and after the service.

What to Do

Offer Words of Condolence

Offering comforting words to the family is usually the easiest thing you can do. It's also something the family will appreciate and remember. If you're attending the service, offer your condolences in person or share a story or special memory about the deceased. If you can't be there, send a card or share your message using the Book of Memories online memorial tribute page.

Sign the register during the visitation

When you sign the register at the funeral home, be sure to list your name and your relationship to the deceased. The register is something the family will have forever, and they will appreciate knowing who you are and how you knew their loved one in years to come.

Send a gift to the family

Appropriate gifts include flowers, a donation to a charity (oftentimes the family will have a preferred charity), food or a service. You can send your gift to the family's home or the funeral home. Please ensure you include a signed card with your gift so the family knows who sent it.

Stay in touch with the family

Depending on your relationship with the family, you may choose to stay in touch in person, by telephone or online. The grieving process can be long and difficult. You will serve the family well by letting them know you're there for them.

What to Wear

Historically, people wore black to a funeral. Today it's acceptable to dress in a wider range of colors and clothing styles. A good rule of thumb is to dress as you would at church or a job interview.

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