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Find samples of Bereavement Thank You Notes and Sympathy Thank You Letters here. grieving the loss of a loved one. On behalf of my family, I thank you.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

I have to inform everyone of the sad news that our wonderful and lovely aunt, Susan Franks, died unexpectedly on Monday night. She had been admitted to hospital only a few hours earlier complaining of severe pain. It proved to be a burst appendix, and although surgery and appendectomy were undertaken it was too late.

There is to be a memorial service on Monday for Aunt Susan; this is to be held at 2:00 pm at the Funeral Chapel here in York. We would ask that Aunt Susan's final wishes are observed, and there are to be no flowers, donations to the York Town Scholarship fund would be welcomed instead.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -

Sample letter announcing the Death of a Family Member.

Further things to consider when writing announcement letters to friends

Announcement Letters

Announcement letters are letters that notify or give information about a certain occasion, special event, or occurrence that people are required to be aware of. They could be for a concert, a special sale, or even a graduation party. Announcement letters are usually informal and state clearly and concisely what the event/occasion is and what further actions the recipient should take. Announcement letters can be used in many personal and business situations. In personal situations these letters may be used, for instance, to announce a birthday, death, wedding, or graduation. In the business world, such letters may be used to announce a new policy, change in management, financial summaries for investors, grand sale, or actions against a customer due to nonpayment.

Announcement letters should be written in a straightforward manner stating all the necessary facts. Clearly state why you feel the occasion is important. If you are delivering bad news, be optimistic for the future. Bold and highlight the points that need focus so that the content is clear to the reader. Add any information which you think your reader might want to know and do not miss out any important detail. End the letter on a positive note.

Letters to Friends

Letters to friends are letters you write to people with whom you have a bond of mutual affection. These letters are like conversations and can be just about anything. They could be thank-you letters to thank your friends, congratulation letters to congratulate them, apology letters to say sorry, condolence letters to comfort the bereaved, etc. You could also write to your friends to share general information such as school and family news, what has been happening in your town, or just tell funny stories. Letters are special and show the other person that you are thinking about him/her. The recipient can keep the letters for years and read them over and over again.

Letters to friends are personal and are usually addressed to specific individuals. Since the recipient is a person with whom you have a close relationship, the salutation is more personal and less formal. Greet the recipient warmly and proceed to stating the reason for your letter. Share some information about yourself. Maintain a polite and friendly tone. End your letter on a note of anticipation to seeing the recipient soon or reading from him/her. You can also add a postscript for something you forgot to say.

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Letter Announcing a Death

sample letter for death in family

Dear, Curtis

I am extremely sorry to inform you that our beloved grandfather expired on 03rd September, 2010 at 6:30PM in the hospital. Since two months he was suffering from paralysis . He was at home after getting his first paralysis attack and we were looking after him at our residence. But on 03rd September, 2010 in the morning at around 10:00AM he got sick; he was finding difficulty in breathing so we took him to hospital which is nearer by my residence.

Doctors had tried all enough treatment to bring him back to normal position but everything was in vain. Our beloved grandfather was not able to control the pain and passed away. The funeral would be held on 05th September, 2010 at ST. Stanislaus Church with the Morning Prayer at around 8.00AM I request you to please be there before time. With bottom of my hearth I prayer to god that his soul may leave in peace.

Yours truly,


Mr. John V. Thurman
1489 Richland Avenue
Houston, TX 77060

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How To Write A Meaningful Condolence Letter

sample letter for death in family

Sending Condolences In A Letter Or Calling On The Phone?

After working with children all day, I’m a sucker for a mindless reality show. One of my indulgences is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In a recent episode Lisa Vanderpump, who recently lost her brother to suicide, was visibly upset by a condolence note she received from a fellow cast member, Erika Girardi. The handwritten note, written on personalized stationary, expressed the following:

Dear Lisa,
Tom and I were saddened to hear of your brother Mark’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Sincerest condolences,

Lisa goes on to state, “Erika, when you sent me a couple of lines in a condolence card, I wish that you’d called,” and laments, “It was a little distant…”

Erika, taken aback by Lisa’s criticism of the note, retorts, “If that didn’t work for you, I don’t know what to say.” Later, in the reality style confession interview, Erika added, “I’ve never known of anyone to react this way. ‘Your condolence note wasn’t good enough.’ Are you f—ing kidding me?”

Taking The Time To Show You Care

I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to express condolences; however, I do think there are better ways than others. Regardless of the number of lines and sincerity of thought, Erika did one thing well–she took the time to handwrite a note versus buying a canned sympathy card, and this is meaningful in an age of texts and emails.

Suggested Read:The Importance of Writing a Handwritten Note

How to Write a Meaningful Message

It is easy to fall back on standard phrases for a condolence letter like the ones Erika used. I know I have. Sometimes, we don’t know exactly what to say or how to say it. When writing a meaningful condolence letter, Angela Morrow, RN suggests using these seven components.

  1. Refer to the deceased by name.
  2. Express your sympathy.
  3. Point out something special about the deceased.
  4. Remind your friend or family member of his or her good qualities.
  5. Share a memory.
  6. Offer to help.
  7. Close with an expression of sympathy.

More Supportive Content:Everdays Guide For Families And Friends: What Do You Write In A Sympathy Card?

Condolence Letter Format

Dear Macie,

I was shocked and saddened to learn about the death of your brother, Michael.(1) I know you were close to him and thought of him as ‘your twin’. I imagine your grief must be overwhelming. Please know that I am here for you.(2)

Mark was thoughtful and generous, and his devotion to family and church was admirable. Whenever I needed help with an event, I knew I could always count on Mark.(3) I’ve also seen Mark’s best qualities in you, as you will also go out of your way to help others.(4)

I will cherish the memories I have of Mark. I remember meeting Mark for the first time at a dinner party you hosted. His jokes made everyone laugh, and his smile lit up the room.(5)

Next week will be very busy for you. I can drive Brett and Braden to and from school for you. I know my kids would love to have them stay and play after school on Monday if that works for you.(6)

I wish you peace, and I’m here to support you during this difficult time.(7)

With love,


The next time a friend or family member loses a loved one, consider writing a personal handwritten letter to send your condolences.

Everdays connects you with the people that matter most during life’s important moments. To learn more, visit our website or download our app, available on both iOS and Android.

Death of an Employee Sample Announcement Letter Please keep [Employee's First Name]'s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

Writing a letter of condolence and sympathy

sample letter for death in family

Sayings for Sample Letters of Sympathy and Condolences

Here you can select from a variety of sayings from our sample letters of sympathy and condolences that you can use in your own personal letter.

The Salutation

The Salutation sets the tone for a condolence letter. The most popular forms it takes are listed below. After you select your greeting, you can choose condolence phrases from subsequent sections to build a complete letter.

  • Dear _______,
  • Dear Mr. _______,
  • Dear Mrs. _______,
  • Dear Mr. and Mrs. _______,
  • Dear Aunt _______,
  • Dear Uncle _______,
  • Dear Aunt _______ and Uncle _______,
  • Dear Cousin _______,
  • My Dear Friend _______,
  • Dear Rabbi _______,
  • Dear Father _______,
  • Dear Pastor _______,
  • Dear Reverend _______,
  • Dear Reverend and Mrs. _______,
  • My Dear Friends _______ and _______,
  • Dearest _______,
  • Dearest _______ and _______,
  • Dear _______ and Family

Selected Opening Phrases Fro Our Sample Letters of Sympathy and Condolences

It is important to convey compassion at the start of your letter. Some traditional ways to do so are:

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of _____________. He/she was a fantastic individual who will be greatly missed everyone who knew him/her.
  • We just heard the sad news of ______’s passing, and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • I am very sad to hear of ______’s sudden death.
  • It was painful to learn of _____'s death. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time.
  • I was devastated to hear the news of _______’s death. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times and please pass these feelings onto your family.
  • I was absolutely saddened to hear of your uncle _______’s passing. He was a great guy and I’ll always remember the many times he made us all laugh.
  • I just heard of your husband’s sudden death. I am so very sorry, and am praying for you and your children at this time.
  • We are all shocked to hear of the sudden death of your nephew. Please accept our deepest and heartfelt condolences. 
  • I would like to express my sincerest condolences on the passing of your loving partner ________.
  • Thank you for calling to tell me the sad news about ________. I really liked him/her and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the children.

Special Thoughts

Next add a special thought about the deceased such as:

  • There is a great emptiness left by _____________’s passing, but I am certain that the strength of the love that you and your family share for each other and for _____________ will get you through this difficult time. May that love honor their memory and may you cherish the time you had together.
  • I especially remember _____________’s gentle spirit and loving nature. They will always be remembered as an especially giving person of great character.
  • I often recall when we first moved into the neighborhood. _____________ came right over and helped us carry our things into our new house. After he/she brought us over a home cooked meal. That was a wonderful act of kindness which we’ll never forget, and which demonstrates the type of person that _____________ was.
  • May the outpouring of love you have received since _____________’s parting serve as a reminder to you and your family of how much she/he was loved by all who knew him/her.
  • I'm sorry I never got to meet _________. Everyone says she/he was a loving and caring person. Though you may have been kept apart physically by the miles between you, the emotional bond and love between you was as strong as if you were living in the same city.
  • _______ was a valuable and highly respected member of our team here at (name of company or business). The effects of his/her loss are being felt already by those of us who had the honor and pleasure of working with him/her.
  • I’m so sorry I could not be there in person to convey my condolences. Though I may be far away, know that my spirit and prayers are with you. I will give you a call next week to talk.
  • As you requested, I’ve made a donation to the Cancer Society in ________’s name.
  • I will miss ________ so much. He/she was a dear friend whose company I cherished.

It is Appropriate to Offer Help to the Bereaved

In our sample letters of sympathy and condolences we offer help to the bereaved such as:

  • I have included a box of those cookies you enjoy so much; I baked them fresh for you.
  • I’ll be doing my weekly grocery shopping on Wednesday so I’ll pick up a few things for you and the kids and make a couple of casseroles that you can just throw in the oven or microwave to warm up.
  • If you’d like, I’ll take your kids to soccer practice on Tuesday then after they can come with us for burgers. It might do them some good to spend a bit of time with someone their own age.
  • I’ll accompany you later to the funeral home in case you’d like some help making the arrangements.
  • I’ve recently learned how to build websites and would like to make one dedicated to­­­_______. I'm off every Friday so maybe we can get together and talk about what we can put on the site; maybe go through some old photos to put online.
  • I hope we can get together for a chat soon. I’ll give you a call next week and maybe we could go for a coffee or something.
  • I’d love to sing at the funeral if that’s okay with you. Would you be able to put me in touch with whoever is making the arrangements?
  • I will be honored to be a pallbearer. ________ was always there for me; to carry him/her to his/her final resting place is the least I can do.

Sometimes We Use Quotes by Famous individuals in Our Sample Letters of Sympathy and Condolences

  • "Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.” - Rabindranath Tagore
  • “While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.” - John Taylor
  • "Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains." - Kahlil Gibran
  • Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.- Rossiter Worthington Raymond
  • "As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens." - Author Unknown
  • "He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind. - William Wordsworth

Bible Verses Make Excellent Condolence Phrases

Some of our sample letters of sympathy and condolences use biblical verses and religious sayings to deliver words of condolence. Some are:

  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. - Mathew 5:4
  • The LORD is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. – Psalm 9:9
  • Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28
  • You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. - Psalm 18:28
  • Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. - Peter 5:7 
  • Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die. Isaiah 57:1-2
  • The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18
  • Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.- Galatians 6:2 
  • Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:7 
  • Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. - Psalm 119:50

These are Sample Letters of Sympathy and Condolences for Social Media

Some short condolence phrases you can use for texts, emails, tweets, and Facebook are:

  • There are no words to express my sorrow for your loss.
  • You are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Don’t forget how much we love and care about you.
  • Please know that I am thinking of you and the rest of your family at this time
  • My heart is heavy as I think of your Mom/Dad and the blessing she/he was to me.
  • May the love of your family comfort you in the days ahead.
  • Praying that the Lord will give you strength during this difficult time.
  • Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss; my prayers are with you and your children during this difficult time.
  • My sincere condolences. May you find comfort and the strength to cope
  • Our condolences to you at this sad time.
  • Closing Thoughts From Our Sample Letters of Sympathy and Condolences

    The closing of your letter is as important as any other part. Some special words of sympathy to close with are:

    • With deepest sympathy,
    • My/Our sincerest condolences,
    • May God bless and comfort you and your family,
    • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,
    • Thinking of you during this time and always,
    • _____’s memory will be forever in our hearts,
    • With all my love and condolences,
    • With love and sympathy,

    Don’t make these common spelling mistakes if substituting your own words for the phrases from our sample letters of sympathy and condolences:

    • Sympaty
    • Simapthy
    • Simpathy
    • Simpathie
    • Sympothy
    • Simpothy
    • Simpothie
    • Condolenses
    • Condulescense

    When an employee suffers the death of an immediate family member, he or she is usually entitled to a few days of paid vacation leave in order to take care.

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