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All about a Condolence Letter

Posted: June 16th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A condolence letter is a correspondence sent to a person to express sympathies for a death of a loved one.  This letter differs from a condolence card in length because condolence letters are more personalized and detailed.

People normally send a condolence letter to those they have a deep personal connection. The letter typically includes expression of sympathies followed by a memory or two of the life of the departed. Most people include a short memory or vignette. Condolence letters express a deep appreciation of the life and personality of the departed, together with offers of assistance to the bereaved. In closing the letter, you could include an expression of condolence and support.

Usually, a condolence letter is written within two weeks following the death. It is written on simple and formal stationery and handwritten instead of typed. Mourners appreciate a condolence letter even though they may not always able to respond to them. Most people keep these letters as mementos. Including mementos and photographs of the deceased can personalize a condolence letter and offer something for the mourner to refer when thinking about the beloved departed. Aside from sending a condolence letter, those who live nearby could also attend the funeral or visit the home to pay personal condolence call.

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