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

Things to Say in a Condolence Letter

Posted: June 23rd, 2011 | Author: writer | Filed under: Articles and guides | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

In a condolence letter, things you say should reflect your genuine feelings and thoughts. Depending on you relationship to the bereaved or the deceased, it may be a few sentences of a page or even more. Nevertheless, it is a good idea to keep your letter short and simple. Avoid using common clichés such as ‘I know how you feel’, ‘he/she is at peace now’ or ‘call if you need anything’.

Getting started on a condolence letter is the hardest part. The following phrases could guide you in writing a condolence letter effectively. You can say ‘I’m sorry to hear that your Father has died’, ‘you are in my prayers and thoughts’ and ‘we will miss him, he has touched many lives’. Regardless of how you begin, you could add a few sentences regarding your relationship with the departed or memories of what you did together. People in mourning want to hear stories regarding their loved ones and want to see the departed through other’s eyes.

Ending the letter is equally important. You could end your note with ‘our love and support are with you’, ‘I will keep you in my prayers’, and ‘I will call you next week to check on you’. Make sure that you mean all the things you write in a condolence letter. However difficult, condolence letters provide you ways of expressing your love and friendship to the bereaved at during this difficult time.

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