1. Send a gift along with your sympathy letter because this act will personalize your expression of sympathy. This message is appropriate for an illness, hospital stay, operation or death. Keep it brief and informal.
  2. Express your sympathy right in the beginning. Tell the reader about the gift.
  3. Offer your condolences or best wishes, whatever is appropriate.


[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 was so surprised and saddened to hear about the loss of your beagle, Lilo. I know he was such a good friend and that it will take time for you to feel better. I hope this framed photo of both of you helps, though. Give me a ring if you need to talk to someone.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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