Writing words of condolence in a letter is a good way to offer your support to the family of the deceased. The family can read the letter anytime during the grieving process. A letter allows you to include sincere words of condolence and personal information about the deceased, memories, and an offer of support to the family. Visit the main listing of Words of Condolence for more examples or choose one of the examples below:
How very sorry I was to learn of your grandfather's passing. You and your family have my deepest sympathy.
How wonderful that he was able to live such a long and fruitful life and be part of your life for so many years. I'm sure that having his wisdom and love has been a great joy for you. I never knew my mother's father as he died before I was born and my father's father died when I was too young to know him very well.
Your grandfather was one of those true gentlemen and his quiet demeanor and thoughtful nature served him well. His wisdom came naturally from having made a long and careful journey in life and learning so much along the way that he was always willing to share with others. He always seemed to know the right thing to say and at exactly the right time.
Tom Brokaw has called your grandfather's contemporaries "the greatest generation," and knowing your grandfather as I did I can understand what he is talking about. I think your grandfather was a shining example of what Mr. Brokaw meant and he truly exemplified all the best qualities that define his generation- hard working, honest, strong, patriotic and family oriented.
Your grandfather had a long and wonderful life and I will always feel fortunate to have had the great opportunity to know him. He has left us all with so many great memories that he will not soon be forgotten. His greatest legacy however will be in the wonderful family that he helped create and nurture. I know that a great deal of who he was will live on in all of you.
May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.
With Love and Sympathy,
I was so sorry to hear that your grandpa died. It seems like only yesterday we were looking for scraps from his carpenter shop to make ourselves wooden swords. We must have been real pests to him, but he never said a harsh word, only reminded us to be careful and to “watch out for nails”. You were so lucky to have him as a grandpa. All the kids in the neighbourhood liked Mr.Wilcott. And the tricks he used to play! He’s going to be sadly missed.
I hope you’re doing okay. I know you were especially close to him, having worked with him during your summer holidays and when you finished school. I know he taught you everything you know that makes you such a great carpenter and a fantastic person today.
Please pass on my condolences to the rest of your family, especially your dad and grandma. My folks send their deepest sympathies, and mom said she’ll pass by with one of her casseroles. I’m going to ask for time off to come to the funeral, so I’ll see you then.
Thinking of you at this difficult time,