- Acknowledge the loss.
- Share a happy memory of the deceased.
- Offer condolences and your support.
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[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
I am deeply saddened and devastated by the news that James has died.
He was such a cheerful and intelligent young man who touched the lives of many. I will never forget the touching, inspirational speech he gave at my graduation last year. I got a new approach to life thanks to him. His spirit will keep on being alive in our hearts.
Take heart my dear. I am with you in my thoughts and my prayers. May God comfort you and your family during these trying times. I am here for you. Please let me know if you need anything.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
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cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Sympathy letter to a friend.
Further things to consider when writing sympathy letters to friends
Sympathy letters are letters you write to express sorrow and concern for someone else's misfortune. Maybe this person has experienced a huge personal loss or was recently divorced. Perhaps you know of an expectant mother who has just experienced a painful miscarriage. These are the times you just need to find the right words to say the right things. Drafting a sympathy letter will bring great solace to the recipient, who may keep the letter for years and read it over and over again. The purpose of this letter is to let the recipient know that you know what he/she is going through and that he/she can count on you during this difficult time.
The best sympathy letters are those that are genuine and come from the heart. Be brief and mention how you learned about the news. Be empathetic and sensitive with your words. Be careful not to give advice when none is needed. Do not try to compare your loss with theirs. Encourage the recipient simply and honestly. Offer your help and support but do not make promises that you cannot keep. End the letter with an expression of affection, sympathy, or comfort
Letters to Friends
Letters to friends are letters you write to people with whom you have a bond of mutual affection. These letters are like conversations and can be just about anything. They could be thank-you letters to thank your friends, congratulation letters to congratulate them, apology letters to say sorry, condolence letters to comfort the bereaved, etc. You could also write to your friends to share general information such as school and family news, what has been happening in your town, or just tell funny stories. Letters are special and show the other person that you are thinking about him/her. The recipient can keep the letters for years and read them over and over again.
Letters to friends are personal and are usually addressed to specific individuals. Since the recipient is a person with whom you have a close relationship, the salutation is more personal and less formal. Greet the recipient warmly and proceed to stating the reason for your letter. Share some information about yourself. Maintain a polite and friendly tone. End your letter on a note of anticipation to seeing the recipient soon or reading from him/her. You can also add a postscript for something you forgot to say.