Sample Sympathy Letters

Sample Sympathy Letters serve to comfort family and friends during tough times, breakups, divorces, sickness, poor health and the death of

Sample Sympathy Letters

loved ones are a few things that come to mind.

And although you can compose and send email messages faster than you can letters, there are still some people who think that writing or receiving letters is more personal,and because of that they believe that sending letters is a more meaningful way to express sympathy.   

Still, writing sympathy letters can be hard and arguably can be even more difficult to express adequate words of support the closer your relationship is with the experiencing the loss. So, I put together the following sample letters as a "go to" resource when you need some.

Following are Sample Sympathy Letters Submitted By Visitors Like You

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Sample Sympathy Letters

Here are the letters submitted by others.

Remarkable Woman 
Dear Joan, I want to express my sympathy and regards to you during this time of grief. I know the passing of your mother, Stella, is a difficult thing …

Your Sister Was A Shining Jewel 
A few years ago my best friend passed while traveling in Europe. I had only met her family members once, and I did not hear of her death until a …

Offer of Condolence - Just Go With It 
"As time goes on I find myself more and more remembering the good times we had together and letting go of the irrational anger I felt at him for leaving …

Sample Letter of Sympathy - Encouragement For My Cousin 
Sample Letter of Sympathy. A few months ago my cousin's husband died.  e had been ill for months, so my cousin was expecting his death at any time, …

Free Sympathy Letters  
You'll find many Free Sympathy Letters about the Loss of a husband here on By The Letter. This one was submitted by Kelly. Here's what she …

Sympathy Letter Example - Never Done Running 
"Kevin, a teammate, suffered a career ending injury during my freshman year of college. Although we never ran cross country together again, our friendship …

Sympathy Letter - Loves and Hugs 
Loves and Hugs. This Sympathy Letter is about the death of a 90 year old friend whose passing was deeply felt. ** Dearest [Name] Sad as …

Sympathy Letter Examples for Loss From Miscarriage 
Loss from Miscarriage - "One of my friends had a miscarriage recently. I had one last year, and I noticed how many people just "forget" to send cards or …

Sample Letter of Sympathy Condolence; For Mrs. Roylene 
The Sample Letter of Sympathy Condolence below was submitted by Beth for a friend whose mother died. Beth Described the friend's mother as a very …

School Should Never Take Importance Over Family 
A few months ago, my grandmother lost her baby sister to a very unexpected stroke. I, unfortunately, was so wrapped up in finishing my schooling that I …

Sympathy Letter Sample 
Sympathy Letter Sample- Loss Of A Student. In 2007, a very popular member of my high school's football team passed away. He drowned, and our whole community …

Letters of Sympathy 
Here's one titled "Jenna, I Should have been different." It's about the death of a friend's mother during a time when the writer was immature, a little …

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Eight More Sample Sympathy Letters

sample sympathy letters

Sample Sympathy Letter #1
Dear ______,
I am so sorry about the loss of your _______.  May memories of your years together comfort and fortify you when you're experiencing sad times.  And although words can't take away your grief please know that I'm thinking of you and send you love and warm thoughts.  Also, I am just a phone call away, so please feel free to call if there's anything I can do for you. 

Sample Sympathy Letter #2  
Dear _____,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your _____. She was a wonderful person.  My family and I will be attending the memorial service and have arranged for the delivery of a flower arrangement, but want to do more.  So, we decided to make a contribution to the American Cancer Society in her name. And although it will not change the circumstances of her passing it feels right and I think she would approve.  You're in our thoughts and prayers,

Sample Sympathy Letter #3
Dear ______,
I have no words to express how sad I am about ______'s passing.  Although we were good friends for more many I never had the opportunity to personally meet you.  _____ was a wonderful person and often shared how much she loved you dearly...and by her accounting you loved her just as much.  I hope you are able to find some measure of comfort in knowing that despite her being physically gone she will always be with us in our hearts...always. 

Sample Sympathy Letter #4
Dearest _____,
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of ______ and can only imagine the pain and sadness you are experiencing. Losing a family member van create a void in our hearts that can never really be filled again. It's a terrible pain, and I'm so sorry that you must experience it. In this dark hour I wish you peace and quick healing. Please accept my sincerest regards for your loss and if there is anything you need please do not hesitate to ask.

Sample Letter of Sympathy #5  
Dear _____, I want to tell you how sorry I am about the passing of your father. _____ was an exceptional person who will always stand out in my memory as one of the most remarkable persons I have ever known. There are countless memories of him which I treasure and not a day goes by that I don't recall something that he said or did that lifts my spirits.

I am sure you know how proud he was of you.  He always had the warmest smile on his face whenever he talked about you and your accomplishments.

We all miss him a great deal, and I know you miss him more than any of the rest of us. All of those whose lives he touched are saddened greatly by his death, but we will always remember him for the kind and wonderful person he was. 

I hope that in time your sadness will be overshadowed by the fond memories of him and the many thoughtful ways he touched our lives.

Best Wishes,

Sympathy Letter #6 
Dear _____,
______ was not just a friend or a colleague, but a beloved brother. Today, he breathes, eats, drinks, works, plays with us no more but he remains to live in our hearts, minds and souls. His parting from us is a great loss and the void great; but if the good Lord is willing we will be reunited once again. Until then, peace be with you and know that I am always available if you need me.

Sympathy Letter #7
Dear _____, 
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of ______.   He was a happy man who loved you dearly, and he often shared how much he felt loved by you and in that regard he a lucky man.  Although he is no longer with us, and it's difficulty dealing with his absence, I hope you are comforted by the fact that his love for you was one for the ages...forever & forever. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, but I hope that during your time of grief  ____'s love for you will once again brighten your days. 

Sympathy Letter #8
Dear ______,
Words fail to express how sorry I'm to hear about the passing of your beloved sister, Liza. I know that nothing I can say to you will erase the pain from your heart. I only hope that you will find comfort in knowing that she is now with God, free of all suffering and pain. Although God wills us to be apart for a while, us here on earth and our beloved in heaven, we are still together. For no grave or death can ever cut the bonds of love that we had. Your sweet sister's garden is still in bloom, safe and everlasting in our hearts, our precious memories, hand in hand throughout the journeys of our lives, until we meet again.

Sympathy Letter #8 
Dear ______,
I'm so sorry to have heard the news about your best friend, ______, having passed away. The employees at ________ and I are praying for you during this tough time. I remember the time when you told me of the story when you and _____ went to the fair...and rode the Ferris wheel by yourself because she was afraid of heights.

Then, when you got stuck on it due to a ride malfunction she overcame her fear of heights and climbed the tower located right next to it just so you wouldn't be by yourself. As you know, friends like that are rare. Naturally, you will miss _____ in a big way,  but her kind qualities and heart-warming characteristics will be with you for the rest of your life.

Please take all the time you need off work to deal with her loss. We will find people to cover your shifts and know that the rest of the team and I are here if you need anything.

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