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Sample Condolence Letters

Sample Condolence Letters

The sample condolence letters covered in the following article will help you in writing a letter of sympathy for someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
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Many people are under the impression that writing a letter of condolence is a difficult task. When someone loses a family member or a close friend, finding the right words of sympathy becomes a bit difficult. However, a simple letter will help the grieving person know that they are in your thoughts during this difficult time of mourning. You can just mail over a card bought from the local card shop, but this will not prove to be a nice gesture and there also will not be a personal touch. If you are wondering what to write in such a letter, then the following samples will help you with it.


While writing a letter of condolence, you need to make sure that it is handwritten rather than printed. You can buy a printed card from a store and add a personal note inside it to show your sympathy. Write the letter clearly, and the tone used should sound as if you are talking in person with the grieving individual. Send the letter to the grieving person within 2 weeks of the death of a loved one.

Most of us are clueless when it comes to what to say to a grieving person, as one does not want to hurt their feelings in any way. The letter should be short and to the point, containing words of sympathy. Offer your condolences and describe a bit about your relationship with the deceased. Say a few words about your feelings for the deceased, like respect, admiration, etc. You can even add a line about what are the few things you will miss about the deceased. You should offer your support as well as help, and extend the condolences to other members of the family.

Sample #1

Dear Jonathan,

Please accept my condolences on the death of your sister Samantha. Her sudden death due to a freak accident is tragic and heartbreaking. We all wish we could undo what happened and bring her back as her witty and cheerful self. The world seems a lesser place without Samantha in it.

I wish I had words that could make your pain less. But the least I can do is let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve.

In sympathy,


Sample #2

Dear Anita,

It was with a great sense of loss that I heard of John's death. I just wanted to let you know that you have my greatest sympathy, and my heart is truly saddened.

John was more than just a wonderful person; he was always so kind and considerate to everyone at office. This made him a very delightful colleague to work with. We know that his passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him. John will always remain within our hearts, and I have included you and him in my daily prayers. May God give you strength.

If there is anything that I can do to help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call me at anytime. You can phone me at xxx-xxxx, even if it is only to talk.

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.

With my deepest sympathy,


Sample #3

Dear Ryan,

My love and prayers are with you and your beautiful sister. My heart is filled with sadness.

Praying for you with open arms.

Deepest sympathy,

Jake Blake

You can use any of the sample from here to draft a personal letter of your own. There are hundreds of examples of sympathy letters on the Internet. You can choose a sample that suits your situation best and personalize it accordingly. You can also add a few more words that will help make your letter more personal.