Writing a sympathy letter


When you hear that someone has died, you naturally want to reach out to them to let them know how you feel.  A sympathy letter is the perfect way to let them know that you are there for them without intruding on their grief and such a letter means a lot to those receiving it.

Some ideas that may help you to write your letter

Begin by telling the person how sorry you were to here of the loss of their loved one “I am so sorry to hear of your recent loss.  Xxxx was a remarkable person, loved and respected by everyone who knew Xxxx and she/he will be missed a great deal”.

Write about any special memories you may have of the deceased, and remember to mention their name often. If you did not know the deceased very well then just focus on the person who is bereaved. “You are in my thoughts at what must be a very difficult time for you

Offer help and support “Do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything I can do for you”.

Finish off with a sincere message:

  • With deepest sympathy
  • Sincere Condolences
  • My heart goes out to you (and your family) at this difficult time”.