Letter of Condolence



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How do you write a Letter of Condolence for a funeral? What kind of condolences letters or cards are for a funeral?

When you are writing a letter of sympathy, or condolence, should be written and sent promptly after the person passed away. A good guideline is within the first two weeks following the loss. 

Handwrite the letter on stationery rather than typing and printing from a computer. If you want to use a store-bought card, write a personal note on stationery and tuck it inside the card. 

Write the letter in your own style, as if you are saying it, and make sure to give meaning the way you would normally speak to the person.

There is no reason to get too fancy and try to come up with a poem or verse unless that is how you normally speak (which could be weird) or unless you’re a writer by profession. 

Sample content for your personalized Letter of Condolence for the Funeral:

Dear Friends and Co-workers, Dear Mr./Mrs. {{Name}},
We were deeply shocked to hear of the death of your brother in such tragic circumstances. What a terrible loss and ordeal for his wife and children!
Your bereavement is double since it is both personal and professional. {{Name}} was an invaluable asset for your firm - competent, kindly, generous, and such good company. He never failed to charm and impress us. A connoisseur of French cuisine, he and I clinched many a deal over a {{Dish}} and a bottle of {{Wine}}.
We shall miss him and his regular visits to our office. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. Do not hesitate to call upon us if you think we can be of any help.
Best Regards, / Yours sincerely,

Consider the following components when you are drafting your condolence message: 

  • Acknowledge the loss and refer to the deceased by name;
  • Express your sympathy;
  • Note any special qualities of the deceased that come to mind;
  • Include your favorite memory of the deceased;
  • Remind the bereaved of their personal strengths or special qualities;
  • Offer help, but make sure it is a specific offer;
  • End the letter with a thoughtful word, a hope, a wish, or expression of sympathy e.g. "You are in my thoughts" or “Wishing you God’s peace.” 
  • Closing such as „Sincerely,” „love,” or „fondly,” isn’t quite as personal.

If you are looking for some inspiration when drafting your own letter, make sure to have a look at these Thank You cards for the Funeral template now.

Our condolences for your loss.




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