Sample Letter of Sympathy Condolence

A sample letter of sympathy, or condolence letter , can be the saving grace when you, or family and friends have lost someone you love and/or deeply care about; whether it's a parent, husband, wife, partner, child, or anyone else. It can help you with the heart wrenching task of finding the right words to express your sorrow.

Some people have a knack for quoting the perfect poems and quotations at funerals, memorial services, in obituaries, condolence letters and sympathy cards at one of the saddest times in a person's life. 

Unfortunately, I'm not one of them and struggle mightily to find the right words for the occasion.

I know others who feel inadequate in offering comforting words to bereaved family and friends. Can you relate to what I'm saying?

Still, because we know that the right words during a time of death and sadness can be comforting we will spend hours researching and reflecting on the right things to say, like I did with in writing the following sample letter of sympathy, or condolence for you to use as a model for your own.   



Dear [[name]];

Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolence about the death of your mother, [[mother's name]]. I was saddened to hear about her untimely death.

As you know I thought the world of her. She was warm, kind and inspired everybody who knew her to be a better, more caring person; one who would give more rather than take; to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most.

Yes, [[mother's name]] was special and she will always have a special place in my heart as her words of guidance, encouragement and supports have had a profound impact on my life. I am a better person today because of her.

In closing, although I know you to be an emotionally strong person, please know that I am available to you during what surely must be one of your most trying times. You can call on me anytime for anything. and my thoughts are with you and your family.

With deepest sympathy,

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Letter of Sympathy Condolence From a Family Friend 
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Helpful Sample Letter of Sympathy Condolence 
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I Really Liked It 
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Heartfelt and Effective 
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I Understand, But... 
I understand what you are saying in the intro paras (above the sample letter) but the phasing is a little awkward eg para 1 "anyone else", para 2 "quoting" …

Focus on The Good 
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Good, But a Bit Impersonal 
The actual letter doesn't need to start paragraphs with things like "Yes,..." or "In closing". Those markers make it feel like an essay rather than a letter. …

Very Appropriate and Emotive 
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Exactly 
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It's Good, But Could Be Shorter/Sweeter  
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Fairly Balanced 
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Good Template For a Difficult Time 
Finding the right words to comfort someone who has experienced a loss is always difficult. One of my best friend's younger sister was recently killed in …

I Don't Like It 
To my mind, this is way too long, and does sound like a form letter. Unless this person who lost her mother is a close friend she would not expect this …

Simple and Sweet. Sympathy Condolence Letter 
This letter is so succinctly heartfelt, it is impossible not to be moved by it. It is simply written, and hits all the right notes in a sensitive tone. …

This Letter Affects Everyone At Some Time 
I have lost both my mother and my mother-in-law (who was like a mom to me). This letter fits both of these fine women. They both were loving and giving. …

It;'s A NiceLetter  
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Very Fine Thoughts on the Passing of a Loved One 
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Truly Helpful in My Time of Need 
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Very Good with Only a Few Flaws 
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Incredibliy Heartfelt 
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