What to Write in a Condolence Card or Sympathy Note to a friend

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Sample Messages of Sympathy after the death of someone close

Long Sample

Dear (Michelle),

I recently learned of you (relative)'s death and I wanted to offer you my deepest condolences, to let you know how sorry I am and that my loving thoughts are with you during this trying time.

I wish that I would be able to express to you all this in person, but sometimes the world is not so small so (email/a letter) is the next best thing and I do hope that it will serve to give you some comfort even though I am far away.

I know that there is never a good time for a family member to pass away, but life brings to us the many joys we cherish in our memories to guide and hold us together in these challenging times that come inevitable our way.

I remember when my (relevant person) died, I was (age) years old at the time and very unprepared for what I needed to deal with. My family and dearest friends however with all of their wonderful support and unconditional friendships, managed to guide me through what to me seemed like an insurmountable mountain.

It is wonderful to see how during these times of sadness, how those around you always are able to say the special uplifting words which we cannot find within us at the time. I know that they all helped me make it through the days, helped me heal.

I hope that I have given you a smile for the day with my words and know that I am thinking of you. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need anything or if there is anything that I can do.

With much love

(your name)

Short Example

Dear ____,

We were upset to hear about your recent loss. _______ was dear to us.

He/She will be missed greatly by all of those who loved him/her.

Respectfully yours,

Your Name

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