Effective Tips to Write a Condolence Letter

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Published: 07th April 2011
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A condolence letter is written to console a person during hours of pain, grief, or misfortune. It is often written to your loved ones, friends, and anyone in the social circle to show an expression of sympathy.

Well-written letter of condolence can be very effective when comforting the person who is grieving a loss. Such letters can be written to ease the pain following the death of a friend or relative or to comfort in any case of any monetary lost or lost of relationship. There are many situations in life that are difficult to handle and cope up with but a friendly and a warm word during tough times can prove to be very comforting.

Following are some of the effective tips to write a warming letter of condolence:

• The first thing to keep in mind before writing the letter is to judge how close you are to the reader. This will help you decide what to write and how deeply you can leave your impact on the reader’s mind. You cannot be too personal if the receiver of the letter is not so close to you.
• Show that you are keen to help or offer any kind of support if required from your end. You can state in the first paragraph that you will be happy to offer assistance.
• Words help you explain and express better. So be very touching in the way you write and show how sorry you feel for the loss the reader has experienced.
• Keep condolence letters short. The family may have a mountain of cards and letters to read and answer. Don’t add to their burden.
• Don’t ever try to break-in their feelings by mentioning phrases like ‘I understand’ because the fact remains that one can never understand what the other person goes through. As a friend or a relative you can only feel sorry for the person but you can never ever realize the pinch of the hard blow reader has experienced.
• To comfort the grief following the death of a loved one, you have to be very cheerful in a way to fill the emptiness the deceased has left in the life and world of the receiver.
• In case of broken relationships and shattered hopes you can show your optimism and ensure that whatever happens, happens for the good.
• At the end, make sure that you cross check all the words and phrases. The words used should be simple, effective, and warming. It should sound friendly and optimistic without digging the old memories that can sometimes even add to the grief.

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