Sample Condolence Letter

When writing a bereavement message we sometimes find it easiest to use a sample condolence letter.  This way, we can just fill in the blanks and voila and make small changes where we see fit to personalize it a little more, or we can use the sample as a guide to writing our own.  We have supplied a few examples of sympathy words for your use.  Donít forget to use bereavement quotes, condolence phrases and sympathy poems in your message, they make a great addition to any card or letter.


Loss of a family member who had suffered with illness:


Dear _______________

I am really sorry to hear about your ___________.  We both know that he/she is in a better place now with no more suffering.  It was really hard to see how much his/her suffering was hurting you.  Although you miss him/her dearly, at least you can breathe a sense of relief that his/her will not be suffering anymore.


Your _________ will always be with you in spirit.  Never forget that he/she will be with you no matter where you go.  I know you wish you had more time to spend with him/her but the time you did spend with him/her was wonderful and has given you beautiful memories.  Always remember the bond you had and how much you are loved.


I am writing you this letter to make sure you know that I am always here for you, even if you just need someone to talk to, call me anytime.  Night or day, at home or at work.  I am always available for you.  My home number is _________________ and my work number is _________________.


With my heartfelt condolences, your friend,



Loss of a friend or family member who was lost suddenly:


Dear _________________

I was stunned and saddened to hear of the loss of your _____________.  You were so close, this must have been such a shock for you.  I am so sorry you are having to endure this loss. At lease he/she is in a good place now, even though I know you would rather have him/her here with you.


Remember that you will always have him/her with you in spirit.  He/she will always be with you in your heart and memories.  Even with so much distance now between you, your bond will never be broken and one day you will see him/her again.  But until then, keep his/her memory alive by cherishing the time you had with him/her.


If there is anything I can do to help make this difficult time in your life a little easier, please donít hesitate to call.  I want to be there for you in any way that I can.  My phone numbers are ____________________.


With my deepest sympathies,




We hope these examples have given you more confidence in writing your own sympathy message.  And if you decided to just use one of these and personalized it to your specifications, well thatís just fine too.  The important thing is that however you get the message across, is that it finds its way to the person in need of comfort.  Visit our pet bereavement page for a sample condolence letter for loss of pet.




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