7 Best Condolence Letter Templates

A condolence letter template is used to generate letters of sympathy for somebody in pain or grief. It is nice to show support to your loved ones while they are going through tough times and they may have lost a loved one or heard some really bad news about a loved one. If you are living somewhere far away from such friends and acquaintances then it is considered polite that you should write a condolence letter to show support and love. Condolence letters are generally written in a very polite manner and it must depict that you are with them in the time of grief and shock. You may also offer some help or assistance that they need during such time through a condolence letter. A condolence letters can also be made in the form of a card to cheer up the person in grief and pain.

A condolence letter starts with the name of the person being addressed followed by your starting statement that must show that you feel sorry about the incident or the loss. There are no set rules for the length of the condolence letter, it may vary according person to person. It must be noted that whatever you state in a condolence letter must represent your true feelings towards the person. The basic layout and the format of the condolence letters is usually kept simple and in dull plain colors. A condolence letter template must also contain the date on which you are writing the letter. You may also mark your signatures at the end of the condolence letter but it is not compulsory since it is usually made for personal purposes.

Here are few examples for Condolence Letters.




Death of Colleague          

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

Dear__________,

I was very saddened to hear of the death of Mr______. Please accept my sincerest sympathy on this terrible loss. I will always remember Mr. _________ for his wonderful sense of humor every time I saw him at my office. He would repeatedly refer to himself as ‘the old codger’ or ‘the thin man’ and would jokingly play up the part.

Mrs. ______, I sincerely admire how competent you were in providing excellent care for Mr._______ as his health declined. I was impressed by your devotion to him throughout his lengthy illness. I plan to phone you within a few weeks to see how you are doing. In the meantime please accept my fond respect to you and your family.

 

Sincerely,

(Name)


Death of Patient

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

Dear __________,

I learned of the death of _____________ through my associate. Although her death was expected please know that you are not alone at this time. She was a courageous young woman who never faltered in her determination to fight her illness. I admired the way she thoroughly researched all available treatment options, asked direct and open questions, and remained optimistic.

I recall the time _______ came to my office after her first chemotherapy treatment looking sad and upset. She had suffered severe side effects from the chemo and was very tired. We had a long talk during that visit and she thanked me for being open and honest with her. She came over and gave me a hug and I will never forget that moment. She was a very special human being.

You are in my thoughts and prayers,

Sincerely,

(Name)




Death of Father

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

Dear (Name):

I would like to express my sincere condolences on the recent passing of your father. “Mother/wife” and the children also send their thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Although I didn’t know your dad that well, on the half dozen or so occasions that I spent time in his company over the years, I did come to realize his great kindness and compassion towards those less fortunate than him. And I do know that he was very highly respected throughout this community and profession, and his good works changed the lives of many. As you know, it was not that long ago that my own father passed away, so I have some idea of what you and your family are going through. I realize that no words of comfort are quite enough to replace the loss.

Please pass my deepest sympathies on to your mother, and brother, and sister, and to all of your father’s grandchildren.

Yours in sympathy,

(Name)


Death of Husband

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

My heart broke into pieces earlier this week when I learned of the sudden, unexpected death of your dear husband, and I cannot imagine the depth of your sorrow. I wish I had words to comfort and sustain you in your grief, but I know there are none that will take away any pain you are feeling now. My heart aches for you, Susan, and my arms long to embrace you. Even my knees know your grief, as I have been on them in prayer for you.

Although words seem futile now in the midst of your sorrow, they are all I have to give you. Please accept these written words as warm hugs to wrap yourself in, and know that I am holding you and your children in my heart at this sad and difficult time.

With all my love,

<Name>


Death of Father in Law

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

Michael and I were so saddened to learn of your father in law’s death this week. Please know that we are thinking of you and sending you our heartfelt sympathy.

Even though your father has been ill for some time — and surely you’ve already been feeling the loss of him — this still must come as a painful blow. To bury your parent is to bury a substantial part of your past — and that is a significant loss.

We didn’t know your father, but to leave this world a son as fine as the man that you are is no small accomplishment, and for that alone we wish we could have known him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Charlene at this sad time.

In sorrow and with love,

<Name>


Death of Daughter

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

There simply are no words to express the sorrow we felt when my friend telephoned us with the awful news of the death of your precious daughter _______ earlier this month, and we can only imagine how devastating this must be for you and the rest of your family. Of course your life is forever changed as a result of ______’s death ~ because there is nothing, nothing, nothing as painful as losing a child. After all, we are not supposed to outlive our children, are we? It goes completely against the natural order of things, it is so terribly unjust, and it is so very hard to accept.

We are both so very grateful that _______ was able to see _____ and spend a little bit of time with her during his recent visit to your home. I know he had a wonderful time being with all of you again, and it means a lot to both of us to know that he got to be with Jane one last time, before her earthly address was exchanged for a heavenly one.

I’m sure you already know that the bond you have with ______ will be with you always, ________, just as long as you keep her memory and the love you share with her alive in your heart. You will always be _______’s dad, and she will always be your beloved daughter. Death may have ended her life, but it certainly does not end the relationship you have with her. Although she is no longer physically present, it doesn’t mean you cannot continue to love her in her absence.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time.

Wishing you peace and healing,

<Name>


Death of Wife

House Address.
Town, City,
Country

Date: 00 / 00 / 0000

My dear (Name Here),

I am deeply saddened to hear of your Wife’s death. She was a wonderful woman and I’ve always enjoyed hearing your stories of her and seeing the photos on your desk. It was obvious to all what a beautiful marriage and friendship the two of you shared. I cannot imagine the heartache you must feel right now.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We want to help you and your family by bringing meals by for the next two weeks. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

 

With Love and Prayers,

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