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Tips for writing a condolence letter

Tips for writing a condolence letter

When somebody passes away, it’s natural to want to reach out to their loved ones and express your condolences. Sending a card or a letter is a favoured way to do so, as it doesn’t put them under the pressure of answering the phone when they may not want to talk. They can read it in their own time, as often as they like. But it isn’t always easy to do, which is why we’ve compiled these tips to help you write a condolence letter.

Start simple

Always start with a simple greeting. Address the recipient and express your sympathies. This doesn’t need to be dressed up or made too complicated.

Share a memory or comforting words

If you have a fond memory of the deceased, a sweet story or something personal, you could share it. It’s easy to assume loved ones will find memories too hard to think about, but it can actually be comforting to remember happy times and know they have the freedom to discuss them. Alternatively, you might choose some comforting words to convey empathy, understanding and support.

Use someone else’s words

It can be hard to know what to say, and when you are grieving yourself, finding the words can be tough. So, you could consider using words of comfort from another source. It could be from a favourite book or movie, from a religious verse, a song lyric or a poem. You’ll often find someone out there has put things into words in the perfect way already, and there is no harm in quoting them.

Offer support

Before signing off, let the recipient know you are there for them. Assure them they can give you a call or send you an email at any time, suggesting meeting up when you can. You can also offer to help with things such as child care, cooking and funeral planning. These can ease some of the pressure, and let them know they can ask you for help.

If you’ve lost a loved one and are looking for cremation services or affordable funerals in Manchester, contact Far and Beyond Funerals today.