When you know what you want to say, but you can't find the words to say it…


Losing someone we love is devastating. The loss is usually greatest for the family of the person who died. Often human beings want to express their support, or a memory, or their sorrow to the family. Here are three sympathy letters written to the survivor(s). One is to a close friend, one to an acquaintance, and one to a stranger—when you knew the person who died, but not their family.

Each letter was written in Microsoft® Word® (ending in .doc) using the font Times, and also saved in pdf and .swf formats. Unless you actually removed it from your font list, Times is available on your computer. These letters can be copied and pasted into Microsoft® Word® or any other word processing application including text editors, and changed to suit your needs. Two letters are available in Spanish.

Remember to make the letter yours by using stationery and a font that is appropriate. This is not the time for Comic Sans or Sand. A jaunty-looking font will take away from the seriousness of your letter and make it look like you don't mean what you say.

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Sympathy Acquaintance English
Sympathy Acquaintance Spanish
Sympathy Close Friend English
Sympathy Close Friend Spanish
Sympathy Stranger