How to Write a Great Sympathy Letter to a Friend for the Loss of a Mother

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How to Write a Great Sympathy Letter to a Friend for the Loss of a Mother
Sympathy letters can give comfort to a friend in a time of need. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A sympathy letter is a note written to offer condolences for a recent loss. If your friend recently lost his mother, a well-written sympathy letter could let him know that you are thinking of him. While writing the letter, it's important to include the proper things and not go over the line emotionally. You want the letter to bring good feelings instead of making your friend sadder. Saying the right things about his mother will ensure that your letter is sympathetic and genuine.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Start the letter by greeting your friend and acknowledging the death of his mother in one sentence that is short and has an apologetic tone.

  2. 2

    Express your sympathy in the next sentence. You can choose to use the actual term "sympathy" or use another word that means the same thing, such as "condolence."

  3. 3

    Talk about his mother and the qualities she had that you adored. The tone of this part should be happy and kind. Reminisce on a good memory that involves the deceased.

  4. 4

    Offer your support in the form of favours for your struggling friend. Make sure not to offer anything up that you aren't willing to come through on.

  5. 5

    Close the letter in a thoughtful tone and sign off. This will ensure that the letter is the perfect length (under one page), and ends in a sympathetic and positive tone.

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