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Letter of Sympathy for a Terminal Illness

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Do you want to write someone a letter of sympathy for terminal illness but don’t know where to start?  Well hopefully this article can point you in the right direction. 

  • Start off by briefly expressing your feelings, whether it be sadness, support, fear, etc
    • Examples:
  • “I was so sorry to hear….”
  • “I wanted to write and tell you how sad I was to learn that…”
  • “When I heard the bad news, I wanted to write…”
  • Express to whomever you’re writing the letter to that you empathize with their situation and that you’re there to support them.
    • Example:
      • “I can only imagine what it must be like to go through … but know that I’m here for you.”
  • If you want to, offer to help in some way
    • Examples:
      • “If there is anything I can do please let me know…”
      • “I’m sure you could use some help around the house, just let me know when I can stop by…”
      • Babysitting, donations, help out with an obligation are other ideas.
  • Be brief and concise, you don’t need to write them a novel or go into all the details.  A simple statement is usually the best.
  • End the letter with a genuine phrase.
    • Examples:
      • “We’ll be thinking of you…”
      • “Our thoughts and prayers are with you…”
      • “Just know that we love you…”
  • Be sincere and personal.  Attempt to word your letter as if you’re talking to them face to face.
  • Do not type!  Handwritten notes are always the best and show that you took the effort to write it out personally.  Don’t worry about penmanship, it’s the content that counts, not how neat your writing is.

The stress that comes from a situation like this can be overwhelming.  Showing that you care and support the individual can make all the difference in the world.  No one should have to suffer alone and by taking some time out of your day to let someone know they are loved and that you’re thinking of them can be a great ray of sunshine for that person.  It’s never easy to express yourselves in a situation like this, but hopefully the tips outlined above will help you write that letter of sympathy for terminal illness.



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