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Sympathy Letter

Sympathy Letter
Writing a Sympathy letter is extremely difficult. It is a task we all sadly need to undertake at some time. The purpose of a condolence is to honor the life of the deceased and to support the bereaved. The best 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 letter of condolence will help at this sad time.

Sympathy Letter
There are no "rules" about writing letters of sympathy. Quite honestly, the best advice we can give regarding these very personal letters is to be as brief as possible and say what you truly feel. Try to show that you care for them and use short loving sentences to give them strength and courage to go through this intensely sad time time.

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Inspiration for a sympathy letter
Think about the time you have spent with the deceased and any special memories that you have of your time together.

For a sincere and personal touch a hand written condolence is preferable to a typed one

A sympathy card or note is also acceptable
Short meaningful letters are far less painful to read than long letters
Mention the unique strengths and achievements of the deceased

Extend your sympathy to other members of the family

Offer your help and support
Describe your relationship with the deceased and how you felt about them - respect, admiration and what you will miss about them

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


How to write a Sympathy Letter - Format & Template

Sample Sympathy 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,

Jean (Brown)

First Sample Paragraph
I am writing to extend my deepest condolences 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 golf 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. I will  light a candle for _____ tonight.

Sample Format & LayoutSample Wording Etiquette

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


How to write a Sympathy Letter Video


How to write a Sympathy Letter

Confronted with a task? Need to write a Sympathy 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 Sympathy Letter and is designed to provide some inspiration to approaching this sad task.

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Sample Sympathy Letter

Writing a letter of condolence
How to express your sympathy
Sample format and wording
Sample Sympathy 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 Sympathy Letter

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