Sample Condolence Letter. A good condolence is short, but long enough to be empathetic and meaningful.
The last thing anybody wants to read is a long letter when a loved one has died.
Other helpful tips include describing your relationship with the deceased, mentioning the unique strengths and achievements of the deceased and being sure to extend your condolences to members of the family.
Finally, while you want to be supportive you don't want to intrude during what are often private, intimate moments.
Below is a sample that brings all of this together.
I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your brother, [brother's first name].
Although I didn't know him well, I recognized his gentle spirit and kind regard he had for people he came in contact with. In that regard he was very much like you.
Not too long ago I also experienced the death of
a loved one, my grandmother, and know first hand how elusive comforting words
can be. Still, I'd like to offer my deepest sympathies.
In closing, please feel free to call me anytime for anything.
Your friend, [Your name]