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To console is to comfort, to soothe, to provide solace, or allay sorrow or grief. A condolence letter or note is an expression of sympathy to a person who has experienced pain, grief or a misfortune; it may be one of the most meaningful acts of kindness and compassion you can give to a grieving person.

A simple condolence letter or note can be a great source of comfort and provide a gift of healing for anyone who is grieving a loss. Well-written condolences can help ease feelings of pain following the death of a love one. To paraphrase the lyrics to an old BeeGee's song, "It's only words, and words are all I have to take your ache away."

Bereaved people will acknowledge that condolence notes or sympathy letters from friends become some of their most meaningful mementos of a difficult time.

Memory BookThey may read these treasured letters of condolence over again days, weeks or years after the loss, to re-experience the loving thoughts and tender memories written by caring friends. Letters of condolence become treasured mementos to save, cherish and pass down through the family.

A condolence letter or sympathy note may be one of the most challenging correspondences to write, but sending a message of compassion can also be a worthwhile experience. The benefit of sending condolence letters is often more clearly understood once you have been in a position of receiving condolence letters.

Purpose of a Condolence Letter or Sympathy Note

A condolence letter serves two main purposes:

1. To offer tribute to the deceased.
2. To be a source of comfort to the survivors.

Basic Guidelines for Writing the Paper Condolence Call

Condolence letters should be written and sent promptly, within two weeks after the death. Your message should be neatly hand written on stationery or if sending as a condolence note, inserted into a beautiful card.

The most effective condolence letters are the ones written as though you were actually talking with the grieving person. Write the way you would normally speak to the person. Well-written letters or notes are more like a conversation on paper. Think of the condolence letter as being a visit on paper or a written condolence call. Ideally, the person reading your letter should feel as though you were sitting with him/her.

Components of a Condolence Letter

Zunin and Zunin, a husband and wife team and authors of The Art of Condolence studied thousands of condolence letters to determine how they were organized. They identified seven key components to include when writing a condolence letter.

Greeting Card1. Acknowledge the loss and the name of the deceased.
2. Express your sympathy.
3. Note special qualities of the deceased.
4. Include a memory of the deceased.
5. Remind the bereaved of their personal strengths or special qualities.
6. Offer help, but make sure it is a specific offer.
7. End the letter with a thoughtful word, a hope, a wish or expression of sympathy e.g. "You are in my thoughts and prayers." ("Sincerely," "love," or "fondly," may not be the best choices.)

Components of a Condolence Note

There may be times, when you prefer expressing your sympathy in a short note instead of a longer letter. Write a brief personal note on a commercial condolence card or insert a brief hand-written note into a card with soothing imagery. When writing a shorter condolence note, Zunin and Zunin, authors of The Art of Condolence recommend including components 1, 2, 3 & 7, four of the seven key components:

Note1. Acknowledge the loss and the name of the deceased.
2. Express your sympathy.
3. Note special qualities of the deceased.
7. End the letter with a thoughtful word, a hope, a wish or expression of sympathy e.g. "You are in my thoughts and prayers." ("Sincerely," "love," or "fondly," may not be the best choices.)


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Gift Baskets to express your Sympathys:

Sympathy Gift Baskets Australia AU - Australian Capital Territory ACT New South Wales NSW Norfolk Island NI Northern Territory NT Queensland QLD Southern Australia SA Tasmania TAS Victoria VIC Western Australia WA

Sympathy Gift Baskets Canada CA - Alberta AB British Columbia BC Manitoba MB New Brunswick NB Newfoundland/Labrador NL Northwest Territories NT NWT Nova Scotia NS Nunavut NU Ontario ON Prince Edward Island PE PEI Quebec QC PQ Saskatchewan SK Yukon Territory YT

Sympathy Gift Baskets Europe - Austria AU Belgium BE Bulgaria BU Czech Republic CZ Denmark DE Finland FI France FR Germany GE Greece GR Hungary HU Italy IT Luxembourg LU The Netherlands NE Norway NO Poland PL Portugal PO Republic of Ireland IR Romania RO Slovakia SK Bratislava Spain SP Sweden SW Switzerland SZ

Sympathy Gift Baskets Middle East - Egypt, EG Iran, IR Israel, IL Jordan, JO Kuwait, KW Lebanon, LB Oman, OM Qatar, QA Saudi Arabia, SA Syria, SY Turkey, TR United Arab Emirates, AE Yemen, YE

Sympathy Gift Baskets New Zealand NZ - Auckland AU Bay of Plenty BP Gisborne GI Hawke's Bay HB Manawatu-Wanganui MW Northland NL Taranaki TA Waikato WA Wellington WE Canterbury CB Marlborough MB Nelson NS Otago OT Southland SL Tasman TS West Coast WC

Sympathy Gift Baskets Puerto Rico PRGift Baskets Puerto Rico PR

Sympathy Gift Baskets Republic of Ireland Gift Baskets Republic of Ireland

Sympathy Gift Baskets South Africa SAGift Baskets South Africa

Sympathy Gift Baskets Southeast Asia - Bangladesh China India Indonesia Japan Macau Malaysia Philippines Singapore South Korea Taiwan Thailand Vietnam

Sympathy Gift Baskets United Kingdom UK - England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales

Sympathy Gift Baskets United States US USA - Alabama AL Alaska AK Arizona AZ Arkansas AR California CA Colorado CO Connecticut CT Delaware DE District of Columbia DC Florida FL Georgia GA Hawaii HI Idaho ID Illinois IL Indiana IN Iowa IA Kansas KS Kentucky KY Louisiana LA Maine ME Maryland MD Massachusetts MA Michigan MI Minnesota MN Mississippi MS Missouri MO Montana MT Nebraska NE Nevada NV New Hampshire NH New Jersey NJ New Mexico NM New York NY North Carolina NC North Dakota ND Ohio OH Oklahoma OK Oregon OR Pennsylvania PA Rhode Island RI South Carolina SC South Dakota SD Tennessee TN Texas TX Utah UT Vermont VT Virginia VA Washington WA West Virginia WV Wisconsin WI Wyoming WY

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