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Letter of Sympathy for a Co-Worker’s Fiancé

This Letter of Sympathy for a Co-Worker’s Fiancé seeks to console a young woman as she deals with a shattered future.  Although the bereaved woman was not yet married, the writer in no way diminishes her sense of loss.  Rather, she acknowledges the pain and disappointment caused by this untimely death.  The writer assumes her co-worker will move on with her life, but notice that she tries to understand her friend’s emotions.  She also reminds her colleague how much her fiancé loved her.  When you personalize your own letter, try to imagine yourself in your friend’s situation.  Don’t be afraid to mention the name of the deceased and perhaps something you will remember about your friend and her fiancé as a couple.  Adapt this Letter of Sympathy for a Co-Worker’s Fiancé to your own friend’s particular life situation.

Letter of Sympathy for a Co-Worker’s Fiancé

Dear Karen,

I just heard about Donny. As I write this letter, I am picturing you in my mind, and I can imagine the anguish on your face. I wish that I could take away your pain. What an awful time for you! I am so, so sorry.

With all the wonderful plans you two had made, you must feel as if your future has been ruined. Your vision of a wonderful marriage to Donny has been ripped away, even before you had a chance to begin it. How unfair!

Everyone could see how much you loved each other. Even Janice and I used to talk about how happy you both looked when Donny came by the school to see you on occasion. Your face always lit up when you saw him. Don’t let anyone try to diminish the relationship you had. Although you weren’t married yet, you had committed your lives to each other already. You must be devastated. I know you’ll move on with your life, but even then, his memory will remain in your heart.

Everything must seem so uncertain for you now, but please know that I am here for you. I have no idea how I can help. I suppose you’ll have some difficult phone calls to make; perhaps I could make them for you. Maybe you just need me to listen. Whatever I can do in these upcoming weeks and months, let me know and I’ll do my best.

It will be difficult for you to finish teaching this semester, I’m sure. Standing in front of the class and talking all day is probably the last thing you want to be doing. We’re so close to the end, I’m sure someone can fill in these last few weeks. Everyone will understand. But do what you feel is best for yourself. Only you know what you really need to do in order to keep going. Do what you have to do.

Your friend,

Sheila Barnes

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