Example Letter #1
I have just learned of the death of your father. I have always had the highest regard for him. He was the epitome of a refined gentleman and always treated everyone with utmost respect. I know this is an enormous loss, but you may be comforted by the knowledge that he left the world better than he found it. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Example Letter #2
The news of your daughter's accident has saddened all of us at Doe Corporation, and we extend our deepest sympathy for your loss. I know she brought you great happiness. The passing of a child is especially difficult for loving parents. We extend our deepest sympathy to your and your family.
Example Letter #3
Words cannot express how sad I was to hear of your loss. Although I wasn't close to Jane, I always admired her energy and positive attitude as she came to greet you for lunch each day. She must have been a magnificent support for you as a wife and as a great friend.
I know this must be a very difficult time for you, so please let me know if you need more time off to handle these important affairs.
Example Letter #4
My staff and I extend our sympathy on the death of your wife. Although we knew her mostly through the stories and photographs you shared with us, we sense the loss you are experiencing. Please let us know how we might help during this difficult time.
Write Your Letter Step-by-Step
Express your sympathy briefly.
If you were acquainted with the deceased, recall his or her achievements or character; otherwise, write something generally complimentary.
Offer further condolences or support.