Offer Sympathy For a Marriage Separation or Divorce • Letter Templates and Guides

How to write this letter:

1Express your sympathy briefly.
2Offer the reader your sympathy and support.


This letter should respectfully acknowledge the reader's circumstance, while offering comfort and support. Be brief, honest, and sincere as you write the message by hand using personal stationery.

Example Letter #1


I have just learned of your divorce and want you to know I am here to offer support. I know it may be one of the hardest things you will have to endure in your life. Please know that there is still a lot to look forward to. You know I have been divorced five years, and with time the pain does go away. Know that I care about you and want you to be happy.

Example Letter #2


I feel sad hearing that you and John are separating. Your heart must be broken. Divorce is such a difficult thing. Please know that I will always be your friend regardless of your marital status. I am here for you if you need a confidant.

Example Letter #3


My heart aches for you at this trying time, and I felt that I must let you know how deeply sorry I am about your divorce. I know this must be a painful experience, and I hope it will not be long before the clouds start to lift. I don't want to intrude, but I do want to be a supportive friend. Please call if you need anything or if you just want to talk.

Example Letter #4


I heard about your decision to divorce John and want you to know that my thoughts often are with you both.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step


Express your sympathy briefly.

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Offer the reader your sympathy and support.

Example Sentences for Step 2

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