Sympathy Thank You Notes
Sample Letters of Sympathy

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Sympathy Thank You.  There are 2 sides of a sympathy note:

1) Writing a sympathy note to someone who is grieving, and
2) Thanking someone for their sympathy.

Here are some examples of what to say in both cases.

1) Writing a Sympathy Note

Writing a sympathy note confounds the most talented writer. Maybe the reason is that there's nothing you can say that will help. You want to be comforting, warm, and meaningful but instead everything sounds stiff, formal, and cliche.

But don't put too pressure on yourself to say just the right thing. Try to put yourself in this person's place. Would you be dissecting each word offered to you? Probably not. Most likely you'd think of the person who was writing to you, and note that they were thinking of you. That's what counts at a time like that.

Here are some samples of wording for sympathy notes. Remember, the most important part of the note is your name at the bottom; that it's you who cares.  Keep it brief.

  • We're so very sorry to hear about Marv.  Please know we're thinking of you at this difficult time.  Hugs from us both.
  • You're in our thoughts.
  • I was very sorry to hear about Margaret. Please know I'm thinking of you in your time of sorrow.
  • Please accept my condolences.  I once read a quote by Isaac Asimov that I found comforting: "Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome." You're in my thoughts during this time.
  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
  • Thinking of you at this difficult time.

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2) Thanking Someone for Sympathy

While nobody would fault you for not writing thank you notes at a time like this, writing them could make you feel more connected and supported. 

Even if you have someone write a note for you, you can rest assured that your loved ones who sent flowers, money, or other things know that you appreciate their gifts.

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