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Basic Details You Should Expect When Drafting Condolences Words

When you learn that someone close to your friend or colleague has died, you may want to do something to let them know that you are there for them. You can acknowledge their grief by sending them a sympathy message. There are various things you should keep in mind when writing condolences messages.

You can begin the note by admitting that a loss has indeed occurred. If you knew the deceased, use their name in the letter whenever referring to them. If you know any special qualities that the person had, mention some of them.

If you had interacted with the person before, share pleasant memories you have about them. If you have never met the person before then you can share the nice comments that the person may have said about them. You can retell a story about something they did or something the loved.

Be simple and go straight to the point. No need to try and come up with something fancy like a poem or special message. A heartfelt note will be appreciated more. Since the recipient may get many notes during this time, they may not have the time to read through a long message.

You can offer the bereaved help. Be specific about what you can do for the recipient, instead of offering generalized help. You can conclude your letter by a thoughtful expression. This includes letting them know that they are thinking and praying for them. Visiting the bereaved personally will make a big difference, instead of just posting the letter.

Sympathy notes should be written and sent as soon as possible after the loss. If you can, hand write the note instead of typing it out. This gives it a more personal touch. If you had bought a sympathy card from the store, add a personal note to it and include it in the card.


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