Not many people find writing a condolence letter very easy. However this gives a person the opportunity to say a last good by to the deceased, to give a last honor to their memory. Sadly nowadays there are so many modern ways to write messages, starting from emails, text messages (SMS), and various online social media that actually sitting down and writing a condolence letter must be quite tough for many.
It is not difficult however if you know the main components that such a piece of writing is made of. Learning more about the various parts of this letter will enable you to write the proper and sincere note to the family of the deceased.
Loss Acknowledgment – This is the first part of the letter that introduces the subject and acknowledges that you’ve heard the sad news. Simply express here your deep sadness for their loss.
Giving your Sympathy – This second part needs to let the receiver know how much you really cared for the deceased and how much they meant to you. You need to be honest here and convey truly what you feel and how deep it all goes in your soul and heart.
Remember various things about the departed one – If you have some stories to tell, stories that will touch the hearts of the readers, now is the time to do it. Write about any funny experiences the two of you had, about anything that comes to mind that has pleasant memories in you about them.
Recount some of the good qualities of the deceased – Through the stories you can easily transit to their good qualities. Share the strength of the person that you’ve noticed they had in various difficult situations in the past. Share about their good heart and nature, and about anything positive that you know will help the bereaved ones with their grief.
Before the closing offer assistance in any way you can. Let the family know that you are there for them should they need any help from you. Sometimes you might simply offer this assistance as a matter of courtesy and the family will never take you up on it, however it is customary to do so.
The closing – This is the final piece which many people have problems with. You can, however, very easily add some condolence phrases that can be even found on the internet if you choose to search. Depending on how close you are to the family, you might choose to go with something traditional or offer a more personal closing.