Ending a Condolence Letter
When you are done with recognizing the death of the deceased and expressing sympathy to the recipient of the letter, what is next? Just ask yourself whether it is enough to bring some comfort to the reader, or you just want to fulfill some formality of expressing condolences. Your condolence letter is not worth until you end it with a specific offer to help the reader, and with a sympathetic phrase.
Ending a condolence letter the same way it has started is equally important as this is the section where you show the reader that you genuinely care about them and are desperate to do your part by offering them some help. When someone experienced death of their family member, they will be surrounded by their friends, relatives and known people. Every person will do their job of offering condolences, and they may even give some advice to the mourning person. However, just verbal sympathies are not sufficient for the mourners to deal with the blow. This is the time when they need some solid assistance and support to help them get through this difficult phase of life.
Writing a condolence letter to the bereaved family demands some time and effort. As you start the letter with words of sympathies, support and encouragement, you should as well end it by offering any possible help and with a phrase that will comfort the family of the deceased and express your love or affection.
The ending of the condolence letter is the last thing the reader will read. This paragraph of the letter will leave remain in the reader's mind for a longer period of time. Hence, the words of this paragraph should reflect your true feelings and sentiments. You could use, "with heartfelt sympathies", "yours sincerely", "best regards" or "with love and affection".
To end the condolence phrase, you can choose anyone from this list below:
- May God hold (name of the deceased) in His arm and lay him/her on the bed of roses to sleep soundly forever.
- May God be with you and shower His blessing on you and your family at this difficult time.
- (Name of the deceased) will always be in our thoughts and prayer forever. We miss him/her badly.
- We are with you and share equally the loss of your loved one.
- We are thinking of you and praying God to offer you strength to overcome this difficult phase of life.
- Though no words and nothing can replace the loss you bear, just know that you are always in our thoughts and prayer.
- You have my deepest sympathies and support on the death of your (mother/father/uncle/aunt/wife/husband).
- Please know the fact that a person leaves his/her body, but the soul lives forever and finds a new body for her. One day he/she will surely return to you in one or the other form.
- Try to hold yourself and come out of your grief soon. Remember the departed soul is watching you from above and he/she will not feel good to see you in grief.
These are the phrases you can use to end the condolence letter with. You can also add words that come within your heart for the bereaving person. Don't make it sound poetic, just be natural and your true feelings. However, don't forget to offer some help in the closing sentences.