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

Sympathy Letter for Loss of a Parent

Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Losing a parent is one of the worst blows in life. Regardless if the death was sudden or expected, the grief will still run very deep. Sympathy letters and cards are simple yet effective way to provide comfort to a friend or colleague who lost a parent. While sympathy cards already have pre-printed words of condolence, it is necessary to add a personal note and be sure to write carefully to make it appropriate under the circumstances.

If you knew your friend’s or colleague’s parent well, your note should be a reflection of how much he or she means to you and to offer sympathy for the loss of the bereaved. Writing a brief personal memory is very comforting. In case you are not well acquainted with the parent, keep it more generic and should be focused on sympathies to the receiver. Never write words such as ‘he or she is in a better place now’ or ‘it was his or her time’. You could run the risk of offending the bereaved instead of comforting him or her.

Although losing a parent makes more sense that losing a child, a sympathy letter or card for the loss of a parent should demonstrate sensitivity to a great loss regardless of the age of the deceased. You could use expressions such as these: ‘My sincere sympathy as you grieve the loss of your mother (father)’, ‘a live well lived’, and ‘a lifetime of memories to be cherished’.

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