GUIDELINES

  1. Acknowledge the loss and give your condolences.
  2. Share a pleasant memory of the deceased.
  3. Encourage the bereaved and reassure them of your support.

SAMPLE LETTER

[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-


Dear [Recipients Name],

It is with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of your dear brother. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

John was an honest man, and he had a big heart. I am honored to have known him, and I will surely miss him. We all shall miss him.

Take heart and be strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this. I am here if you need any help whatsoever. Please don't hesitate to contact me. I will come to be with you tomorrow. See you then.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -