Sample letter announcing the Death of a Family Member


  1. Handwritten notes are the best way to inform close friends and relatives who live out of town. Black-banded printed letters could also be an option. Although these announcements are formal, a personal tone would sound better. Both of these options convey the same information in different levels of personalization. An immediate phone call would is essential if they wish to attend the funeral. Announcement letter can reach them later.
  2. The announcement shall directly address the reader.
  3. Convey the message in a sensitive way.


[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 to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely aunt, Susan Franks, died unexpectedly on Monday night. She had been admitted to hospital only a few hours earlier complaining of severe pain. It proved to be a burst appendix, and although surgery and appendectomy were undertaken it was too late.

There is to be a memorial service on Monday for Aunt Susan; this is to be held at 2:00 pm at the Funeral Chapel here in York. We would ask that Aunt Susan's final wishes are observed, and there are to be no flowers, donations to the York Town Scholarship fund would be welcomed instead.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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