Example sympathy letter for a company founder's death

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],

Every member of staff here at Crispin's seek to honor the memory of our founding father, James Crispin. Mr. Crispin is in our eyes the greatest business person this nation has ever produced.

It is the inspiration and drive of Mr. Crispin that forged our company, and it was he more than anyone who helped create our worldwide reputation. Mr. Crispin was a perfectionist and demanded the same standards from all of our products.

As a company, we would offer every sympathy to the family of Mr. Crispin, at this time of their loss. We would offer our promise that the memory of Mr. Crispin will continue to be honored in everything we do, and the person who tries to replace Mr. Crispin will have a to replace big shoes. Mr. Crispin touched everyone he came into contact with, and he will never be forgotten, and we hope that this is in some way a small measure of comfort to you.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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