Category Archives: Five Condolences

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. In our “5 Condolences” series, we highlight messages with a common theme.

5 Condolences: funny memories from school

As I prepared to enter high school, my older brother warned me that upperclassmen enjoyed playing pranks on the incoming class. The classic prank at our school was selling passes for an elevator that was supposed to take you to … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: things my father taught me

My father recently retired after 37 years in ministry. I was fortunate to be able to fly home to join him for his final sermon and his retirement celebration. Over the course of the day, I was reminded through others’ … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: things my mother taught me

The best mothers do more than raise us and nurture us – they teach us, too. Of course, there are the early basics: Mom teaches Baby how to eat, how to get dressed, how to talk. As we get to … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: birthdays

Gathering with family and friends helps bring light into our lives, particularly in these dark winter months. And birthdays are one of our favorite reasons for a get-together. Whether we’re celebrating a milestone or honoring a loved one who has … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: holiday traditions

Two years ago, my aunt was killed by a drunk driver. Our family quickly gathered at her house and spent the week informing friends and family of her death, arranging services, locating important paperwork, sorting her belongings to donate items … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: chili

Here in the Midwest, the temperature has plummeted in the last few weeks – it’s definitely fall. And you know what that means, right? …Oh, sure, it means lots of things, but I’m thinking about CHILI. It’s finally time to … Continue reading

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5 condolences: going back to school

Fall is back-to-school time… but that’s a phrase that’s got more than one meaning. We mostly think of schoolchildren ending another fun summer and settling in to a new year of learning, but there are also the many adults who … Continue reading

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5 condolences: hot summer days

I grew up in California’s central valley – a place known for its hot summer days.  I’m pretty sure my brother and I spent more time in our neighbor’s pool than in our own house during the summer months.  We … Continue reading

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5 condolences: ice cream trucks

A clanging bell, a whistle, the melody of “Turkey in the Straw” – every child knows the unmistakable sounds of the neighborhood ice cream truck.  And while a truck full of ice cream is enough to bring a smile to … Continue reading

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5 Condolences: Parades

As my high school band’s piccolo player, I marched in a lot of parades in my youth. Even if you’ve been to dozens of them in your life, there is always something a little bit thrilling about a parade, whether … Continue reading

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