Condolence Letter Templates and Samples

What Is a Condolence Letter?

A Condolence Letter is a personal document sent to a family member, friend, or colleague of a person who has recently passed away. Typically composed by an individual who knew the deceased person as a way to console relatives and friends who suffered a loss, a Letter of Sympathy will help the recipient to manage their grief better, remind them they do not remain alone, and demonstrate the willingness of the writer to share an emotional and financial burden with them.

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  • Sympathy Letter.

Check out our library of Condolence Letter templates to find the one you need. You can customize a sample Condolence Letter template to suit your needs or use one of the documents below.

Condolence Letter Types

  1. Generic Condolence Letter. This is a generic template you can fill out to add as many personal details as needed - tell the letter reader you were upset to find out about the loss of the person with whom they have shared a close relationship, share a nice memory about the deceased person, and suggest to stay in touch in case they need your moral support.
  2. Sympathy Letter for Loss of Mother. If your relative or close friend has to deal with their mother's passing, consider sending them a note to express how sorry you are, remind them of the love their mother had for them, and wish them strength during this difficult moment.
  3. Condolence Letter for Loss of Husband. Whether you know the recipient well or not, you can use this short Letter of Condolence to help them find some comfort and peace after their husband has died.
  4. Condolence Letter for Loss of Father. The passing of a parent can be one of the worst moments in a person's life - reach out to your family member, friend, or coworker to express your heartfelt condolences on the death of their father and remind them they are in your thoughts.
  5. Condolence Letter for Loss of Wife. Provide support and solace to someone you care about once you find out their life partner has passed away - you can tell them you are very sorry to learn this tragic news and offer to help them before and after the funeral takes place.

What Should a Sympathy Letter Include?

Each Condolence Letter is unique. Nevertheless, here are the parts and phrases you should consider including when writing a Sympathy Letter:

  1. Introductory paragraph. You can only add "Dear [name of the addressee]" and express in one short sentence your condolences for their loss. Mention the deceased person by name and specify their relationship to the recipient of the letter.
  2. The main part of the letter. Only a few phrases would be enough here - if you knew the deceased individual personally and for a long time, share a story about them and explain the impact they made on your life. However, do not write the letter to talk about your feelings - focus on the loss of the addressee and express hope they find inner peace soon.
  3. Final part. Depending on your ability to help with the funeral arrangements and the possibility to come and offer your condolences in person, you can add the personal touch you want. At a minimum, write down words of comfort and sign the letter with your full name.

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If you want to ease the burden of someone you care about and give comfort to the person or people whose father has passed away, this type of letter can be the best way to let them know you are thinking of them.

If you learned that your relative, close friend, or colleague has lost their partner, consider preparing a letter such as this to show your condolences.

A mother's passing is often the worst thing that may happen to a person, and a letter such as this may provide them with a few encouraging and kind words to help ease their pain.

An invidual may use this letter as a personal expression of sympathy that they feel when writing a note to a relative, friend, or colleague that has lost their husband.

A Condolence Letter is a personal document sent to a family member, friend, or colleague of a person who has recently passed away.

When a friend has experienced a painful loss or tragic event it can be helpful to use this type of letter to show your support and give comfort.

The purpose of this type of document is to show sympathy to your client and support them when they need it.

This letter can be used to express condolences to a family who have experienced a painful loss or troubling experience.

This letter can be written for a former employee, business partner, or member of a professional association to formally share your condolences with the individual in question.

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