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Sample Condolence Letter

Sample Condolence Letter
Writing a condolence letter is an extremely difficult but very important task. It is so difficult to cope with the death of a member of the family, close friend or associate that some people are unable to express their condolences. We hope that the following tips and example of a condolence letter will help:
 

For a sincere and personal touch a hand written letter using this following layout, is preferable to a typed one. A sympathy card or note is also acceptable
Put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you are sending the condolence letter
A short but meaningful letter is far less painful to read than a long letter
Offer your condolences
Describe your relationship with the deceased and how you felt about them - respect, admiration and what you will miss about them
Mention the unique strengths and achievements of the deceased
Offer your help and support
Extend your condolences to other members of the family

Letter Format

 

The Sample Condolence Letter provides details of a suggested layout and content for this difficult task. Sample Donation Request

 
Sample Condolence Letter Layout Sample Condolence Letter Content

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

 

Date

Dear xxxx,
First Paragraph


Second and Subsequent Paragraphs


Closing Paragraph

With Deepest Sympathy
or
Sincerely yours,


Jean (Brown)

First Sample Paragraph
I am writing to extend my deepest sympathies 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 Layout Paragraph Content
 
 

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Sample Condolence Letter

Writing a letter of condolence
A short but meaningful letter is far less painful to read than a long letter
Offer your condolences
Layout, Structure, Content, Ideas and Format
Helpful tips on writing difficult condolence letters
Describe your relationship with the deceased and how you felt about them
Mention the unique strengths and achievements of the deceased
Offer your help and support
Extend your condolence to other members of the family
A sympathy card or note is also acceptable as an alternative to a condolence letter
 

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Sample Condolence Letter

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