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Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Young Adult

This Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Young Adult provides an honest expression of condolence to his parents.  Notice that, in this example, the parents’ friends do not try to compare this loss to any they themselves have experienced.  Rather, they admit that they can say nothing to diminish the pain. Such honesty means more to the grieving person than trite expressions or clumsy efforts to say something significant.  What means most to the bereaved, in any situation, is to know that his or her friends are aware of the pain and that they are available for support.  Often, grief-stricken family members also want to know that other people will honor the memory of their loved one.  So don’t hesitate to acknowledge the positive influence of the young person’s life.  Adapt this Sample Letter of Sympathyfor a Young Adult to write your own letter of honest condolence.

Sample Letter of Sympathy for a Young Adult

Dear Greg and Carol,

Our hearts ache for you in the loss of your son. We have never experienced a loss so tragic as this, so we can only imagine what you must be feeling. What a horrible time for you; we wish we could take away the pain!

Gary was such a wonderful young man, so full of life and promise. He always provided a positive example for everyone around him, even in his illness. He fought with great courage and hope, and his life will remain an inspiration to all who knew him. We know you were proud of him.

May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge that he is now with God, that he is in no more pain, and that he has received his eternal reward in heaven.

We have no words to make you feel any better or to offer any real relief from your pain. All we can say is that we are so terribly sorry.

Neither do we know how to help, except to offer our presence if you need us and to promise our prayers on your behalf. We’d like to stop by soon, but, of course, we will call first. Please be honest if you do not feel like visiting. We’re your friends and we’ll understand.

When you are ready, we will get together again. Perhaps you would like to come for dinner before long.

Your friends,

Bob and Cathy

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