Letters of Sympathy Templates
A good letter of condolence is like a handclasp, warm and friendly.
-LILLIAN EICHLER WATSON
Letters of condolence and sympathy are some of the most difficult to write.
People who are shocked and saddened and who feel inadequate and tongue-tied
are writing to people who are grief-stricken and vulnerable and who feel life is
hardly "worth living.
Howev er painful they are to writ e, letters of sym pathy are imperat ive if you
have a personal or business relationship with the deceased's family or friends. It
will not be easy for them to overlook your ignoring something as all-important as
the death of a loved one.
Condolences are offered only in the event of a death; sympathy may be
expressed for a death., but it is also extended to those who have suffered from a
fire, flood, storm, or natural disaster; burglary, theft, or violent crime; a lost job,
bankruptcy, personal reverses, or other misfortunes.
Send Letters of Sympathy in Cases of
* absence of a superior who would normally respond
* anniver sary of a death (see also ANNIVERSARIES)
* death of a family member of friend/neighbor/relativ e/customer/
death of an em ployee (write to next of kin)
* death of a pet
* hospitalizat ion due to serious illness or ac cident (see also “ GET WELL” )
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