The best way to write a sympathy card is to be genuine and simply say what you feel

Guide to Writing a Condolence Letter

Posted: July 19th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A condolence letter must be written in a friendly style. If you are not a close friend or relative of the bereaved or the deceased, start your letter by introducing yourself. Next, you can offer your sympathy or assistance. Consider saying something that will genuinely help the bereaved during this time.

What you do not say in your letter is equally important to what you do say. Make your letter of condolence short. Do not say that you know how it feels because although you have endured the same situation, grieving varies from one person to another. Moreover, do not say it was a relief or blessing for a long suffering illness, there are words that are better left unsaid.

If you know the departed well enough, consider sharing memory or two in your letter. Remember that the passing of a loved one creates a big hole in one’s life and a well-written letter of condolence could help fill the hole with love and friendship. Writing a condolence letter requires you to mention how sorry you are about the loss without dwelling on what happened. A good rule of thumb when writing a condolence letter is to keep it short but sweet. Do not forget to mention that the bereaved is in your prayers and thoughts.

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