"Apology Letter to a Friend Template"

Writing an Apology Letter to a Friend isn't easy. It first requires you to acknowledge a mistake you have made and own up to it. After the realization that the damage has already been done, it is still extremely important to apologize correctly to your friend. If not to make amends, then to at least have the peace of mind that you did everything in your power to try and resolve the issue, owing up to your mistake and acknowledging it.

An Apology Letter to a Friend should be an open and honest statement coming from the person that wants to apologize. They need to say 'sorry' and hold themselves accountable for failing their friend or causing them pain either by doing something or in some cases, by not doing something. The key is to remain sincere and show that you truly regret your actions. If you get the tone of the letter wrong, it could sound patronizing and have the opposite effect of what you want to achieve.

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How to Write an Apology Letter to a Friend?

A good Apology Letter to a Friend should take into account the following points:

  1. Before beginning to write your letter, understand what it is that you want to say and think about the tone of the letter. You should clearly think about why you are apologizing and how this has impacted your friend.
  2. Begin by acknowledging the reasons as to why your friend may be upset with you.
  3. Apologize. This should be clear and concise without any over complications. Own up to your mistake and take full responsibility - this should be the focus of the apology. If you begin to start explaining your actions, stop writing and come back to the letter at a different time. This will make it sound like you are coming up with excuses and that you are not genuinely sorry for the harm you have done.
  4. Make it clear that you want to undo the damage. List some ways in which you plan on making it up to your friend. Remember to keep this realistic and make sure you actually follow through with your promise. If you are unsure of what to offer, you could ask your friend to get in touch with you and inform you of any ways in which you can genuinely make it up to them.
  5. Finishing by mentioning why the friendship is important to you.

Sample Apology Letter to a Friend

[Name of sender]

[Full address of sender]

[Name of recipient]

[Full address of recipient]

[Date of letter]

Dear [insert friends name],

I know that no matter what I say, it will be difficult to repair the damage inflicted upon our friendship because of my actions. I want you to be aware that I am genuinely sorry for [point out your error here] and I want you to know that I was completely out of order. I hold my hands up and take full responsibility. My actions were inexcusable and I feel deeply ashamed, having had time to reflect on the situation.

I hope you can find it in your kind heart to forgive me. I want you to know that I value our friendship and I will do what it takes to regain your trust and confidence in me. I would like to start by offering you [write down the things you are willing to do to make amends]. Please, let me know if there is anything else that I can do for you. I will be more than glad to help.

The time that I have spent without you has truly made me realize what a mistake I made. All the things we have done together as friends, the amount of times you have been there for me when I have needed you have made me realize that I cannot destroy our friendship. It simply means too much to me. I ask that you forgive me and in return, I promise to make this friendship truly special.

I understand that for you this will be a gradual step-by-step process, but let's make the first step and discuss what I can do for you to make amends.

Best Regards,

[name of sender]

[signature of sender]


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Apology Letter to a Friend
From: ___________________________
To:______________________________
Sender’s Name
Recipient's Name
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Sender’s Address
Recipient's Address
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City, State, ZIP Code
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Dear ____________________________,
Recipient's Name
Where do I even begin? I suppose saying “I’m sorry” is a start. I’m sorry.
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Describe the offending action
But I suppose hindsight is always 20/20. It was stupid and I wasn’t the friend that you
expected me to be. Even if I explain my actions, it still doesn’t justify that I did some
pretty hurtful things. I hope you can forgive me for what I did and put this matter behind
us. I treasure our friendship and all the things we’ve done and been through. And
hopefully, what transpired can become one of those incidents that make our bond stronger
than ever.
If you have anything on your mind regarding this, please feel free to share it. I promise to
listen before I speak. It’s the least I could do if you’re willing to forgive me. You know
how to contact me. I hope you do.
Sincerely,
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Sender’s Name
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Sender’s Signature
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Apology Letter to a Friend
From: ___________________________
To:______________________________
Sender’s Name
Recipient's Name
_________________________________
_________________________________
_________________________________
_________________________________
Sender’s Address
Recipient's Address
_________________________________
_________________________________
City, State, ZIP Code
City, State, ZIP Code
_________________________________
Date
Dear ____________________________,
Recipient's Name
Where do I even begin? I suppose saying “I’m sorry” is a start. I’m sorry.
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
Describe the offending action
But I suppose hindsight is always 20/20. It was stupid and I wasn’t the friend that you
expected me to be. Even if I explain my actions, it still doesn’t justify that I did some
pretty hurtful things. I hope you can forgive me for what I did and put this matter behind
us. I treasure our friendship and all the things we’ve done and been through. And
hopefully, what transpired can become one of those incidents that make our bond stronger
than ever.
If you have anything on your mind regarding this, please feel free to share it. I promise to
listen before I speak. It’s the least I could do if you’re willing to forgive me. You know
how to contact me. I hope you do.
Sincerely,
_________________________________
Sender’s Name
_________________________________
Sender’s Signature
©
TEMPLATEROLLER.COM