Condolence letter for the death of a colleague, partner


  1. In writing a letter of offering sympathy for the death of a business colleague, courteously recognize the receiver's hardship while giving him or her comfort and encouragement. Be tactful, truthful and genuine while you write the letter, if possible, write it by hand and on a personal stationery. Do not write business specifics like benefits or distributions on the letter. You can write about these things some other time.
  2. Make him or her feel your sympathy.
  3. Reminisce the deceased's success and his or her character, or one of your beautiful memories about your relationship with the deceased.
  4. Give additional sympathy and encouragement.


[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],

I have been greatly saddened by the passing away of Colin. Colin and I had known each other since our college days, and for the last thirty years, he has been my business partner and closest friend. My whole life has been an adventure that Colin had shared with me, and he was the man who kept me going through the hard times.

It is with heartfelt sympathy that I write this note, and Denise and myself would ask that you let us know if there is anything we can do to help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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