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

Sympathy Letter Format

Posted: May 27th, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

A sympathy letter could be very hard to make since words could not seem to speak to the depth of a person’s grief or loss. Nonetheless, these sentiments and words can sometimes do the most to provide comfort and support to the bereaved. When composing a sympathy letter, there are several things to remember.

The format of a sympathy letter begins with the salutation. Mention the name of the departed and acknowledge the loss. As much as possible, try to include a special thought or memory you have of the deceased. You could also relate something positive about the person. Offer your sympathy and use words such as ‘heartfelt sympathy’ and other sincere condolences. Moreover, offer other kind prayers, thoughts and good wishes. You could say ‘you are in my prayers and thoughts’ or ‘know that I am thinking of you’.

When closing your letter, you could write ‘sincerely’. However, for a more personal approach, consider ‘with sincere feelings’ or ‘with concern and care’.  Below is a sample format of a sympathy letter.

Dear Jane,

I was sorry to hear of Tim’s death. He was a great friend and mentor to a lot of young people and will be missed greatly. Please accept my sincerest and deepest sympathy. My thoughts go to you and your family.



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