Example letter to sympathize for the death of a colleague

GUIDELINES

  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.

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],

Everyone here at Junk Clothing would like to offer our deepest sympathies upon the death of Craig, your firm's co-founder. We have had a long working relationship with Craig and yourself, and it has been a good five years. Craig did much to aid our own business, and everyone will sorely miss him.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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