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Sample Letter of Sympathy for Your Neighbor’s Friend

This Sample Letter of Sympathy for Your Neighbor’s Friend shows understanding of a woman’s grief in the death of her close friend.  The bereaved in this example is elderly, but you can adapt the ideas and sentences to fit the situation for someone of any age.  For some people, losing a close friend can be just as painful, if not more so, as losing a relative, and a grieving neighbor or other acquaintance will appreciate your recognition of that fact.  Mentioning a positive aspect that you noticed about the friendship may help the grieving friend focus on good memories.  You can also share your own brief memory of the deceased.  When you have a neighbor or acquaintance who has lost a very close friend, don’t hesitate to send condolences.  Feel free to use this Sample Letter of Sympathy for Your Neighbor’s Friend as your model.

Sample Letter of Sympathy for Your Neighbor’s Friend

Dear Mrs. MacDonald,

I’m so sorry to hear that your friend, Mrs. Barry, passed away suddenly. I know that you had been close friends for many years. You must have come to depend on each other, especially since you both experienced the loss of a husband.

You’ve been friends for so long; I expect it feels more like losing a member of your family. I heard Mrs. Barry say once that you understood her better than anyone else.

As you know, I was acquainted with Mrs. Barry through the library. Almost every time I went, she was working at the front desk, checking out materials for people with a pleasant smile on her face. What a dear, sweet lady she was! I know you will miss her.

I remember you told me that she picked you up for church every Sunday and then you both went to lunch afterwards. Her favorite was Mexican, wasn’t it? (I loved your hilarious story about the sombrero!) Nothing will ever replace those fond memories, I’m sure.

Since you don’t drive anymore, Mark and I will be glad to drive you to church or to any other places whenever we can. We are planning on attending the funeral, so you are welcome to ride with us then. Perhaps you would like to join us for lunch this coming Sunday, as well.

I’ll be in touch. And don’t hesitate to call if you need anything.


Brenda Bishop

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