Sample letters of sympathy offer guidance for you when you have to write a letter to the family of a deceased friend or relative. These samples have been selected because they show how to include personal messages and stories about the deceased, which help comfort the bereaved. They express common sentiments that will inspire you to write your own thoughts. Make sure that you handwrite your letters of sympathy and include personal facts and information about your relationship with the deceased. Take inspiration from these sample letters of sympathy.
I recently heard about Robert's unfortunate death. I was deeply saddened at this news, as I know that it must be very difficult for you. You and your family are in my prayers tonight.
Robert possessed showed such kindness in his lifetime. I am reminded of his affinity for taking in stray animals and helping find good homes for them. One in particular stuck in my mind. A cat had been hit by a car several miles from where he lived at the time, and he just happened to come across it on his way to work. He stopped, rescued it and brought it to an emergency veterinary clinic, causing him to be late for work. He took that cat into your home (you were always very patient as well) after it got out of the clinic. He loved all animals, but he always had an extra space in his heart for that cat. I still think of that cat today.
Robert will be sorely missed by all those who loved him, most of all you, but take solace in the beautiful family you have raised together. Each one of your three children have grown to espouse the core values held by your late husband. In this time of mourning and reflection, please don't hesitate to call on me if you would like help with anything around the house. I am available most evenings and weekends.
Always your friend,