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Condolence Letter

Condolence Letter
Writing a letter of condolence is extremely difficult. It is a task we all sadly have to undertake at some time in our lives. The purpose of a sympathy letter is to honour the life of the departed and to support the family of the bereaved. The most appropriate sympathy letters contain heartfelt personal memories that are simply expressed. Expressing your feelings and finding the right words for a letter of condolence is often a struggle. We hope that the following sample of a condolence letters will help at this sad time.

Condolence Letter
There are no "rules" about writing letters of sympathy, be as brief as possible and say what you really feel. Try to show the family of the deceased that you care and include brief loving sentences to give them the courage and strength to go through this intensely sad time time.

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Inspiration for a Condolence letter
The following provide some examples of words you might include in a condolence letter:

 I was deeply saddened by the news of ________ passing. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

A kind voice is just a phone call away.
I cannot begin to imagine what you are feeling, but let me share my heartfelt sympathy
Words are not enough to express how sorry I am for your loss

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible time

I never know what to say in letters like this, as my experience with family loss is limited
I don't know how to heal your pain, but wish I could.

You are so young to have to suffer such a terrible loss and while time is a healer, I know thatís of little consolation now.

How to write a Condolence Letter - Format & Template
The following example provides the format and template with suggested wording designed to show you how to write a Condolence Letter.


How to write a Condolence Letter - Format & Template

Sample Condolence Letter FormatSample Wording and Etiquette

For a sincere and  personal touch a hand written letter using this layout, is preferable to a typed one. A sympathy card or note is also acceptable

Address Details


Dear xxxx,

First Paragraph

Second and Subsequent Paragraphs

Closing Paragraph

With Deepest Sympathy
Sincerely yours,

Janet (Jones)

First Sample Paragraph
I am writing to extend my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was so very sad to hear about _____,
he/she was such a wonderful woman/man.

Main Body Sample Paragraphs
I had the honor and the pleasure to know your
husband/father/wife/sister and I was very sorry to hear about his/her passing away. I had the greatest respect for __________ and will miss working with him/ playing pool with him , his/her generous nature and sharing his/her remarkable sense of humor.

Closing Sample Paragraph
Please let me know whether there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and please remember that a kind voice is just a phone call away.

Sample Format & LayoutSample Wording Etiquette

How to write a Condolence Letter - Watch the Video!
We have provided a short video on how to write a Condolence Letter containing a simple step-by-step guide to writing letters using a professional format, etiquette and wording.


How to write a Condolence Letter Video


How to write a Condolence Letter

Confronted with a task? Need to write a Condolence Letter? Not sure where to start? Our Samples and Examples Help. Writing letters can sometimes be difficult. Our video provides a good example of how to write a Condolence Letter and is designed to provide some inspiration to approaching this sad task.

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Sample Condolence Letter

Writing letters of condolence and sympathy
How to express your sympathy
Sample format and wording
Sample Condolence Letter wording
Extend your condolences to family members
Keep the letter short and heartfelt
Personal memories, simply expressed
Video example and sample of how to write a Condolence Letter

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