Sample Sympathy Letter for a Close Friend


The following sample sympathy letter can be easily personalized and printed off to save you time or just to give you some ideas for what to write.

And here is what the letter says if you would like to read it before you download it.  You could also just use the sample to write your own hand-written letter.

Dear [Recipient],

I can’t believe that I am writing you this letter. I can’t believe [Name of the deceased] is gone, and I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now.

I wish there was something I could say or do to make it easier for you. I miss [Name of the deceased] and I’ll never forget [share a special memory]. I’ll hold on to that memory and so many others, knowing that they can bring me some small comfort in the face of this overwhelming grief. I know the grief is much greater for you, but I hope you can find some peace in your happy memories, too.

I hope you know that I am here for you, no matter what you might need. I’m sorry and I’m thinking of you



Ideas for Other Sentiments That Can Be Used in a Sympathy Letter for a Close Friend

If part of the sample sympathy letter above just doesn’t seem quite right, you could substitute one of the following sympathy sentiments.

  • Words seem inadequate to express the sadness I feel.
  • My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
  • I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
  • My thoughts are with you and your family.
  • Wishing you peace and comfort.
  • Wishing I could be there with you.

I hope this sample sympathy letter makes it easier for you to express your heart.